ADHD herbal remedies

ADHD and use of herbs!

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder  or ADHD is a syndrome of learning and behavioral problems that is not caused by any serious underlying physical or mental disorder and is characterized by difficulty in sustaining attention by impulsive behavior (as in speaking out of turn) and usually by excessive activity. It affects about 3 to 5 % of children.

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ADHD affects the child’s ability to learn and to get along with others. It is very difficult to distinguish, whether the behavior of child is normal or if he or she is suffering from ADHD, as many children do not generally pay attention to the instructions of parents or teachers. But if a child shows these type of symptoms frequently, then it is a case for analyzing the child for ADHD treatment including usage of herbs like Bacopa and others as herbal remedies.

ADHD Symptoms -

Hyperactivity: Moves around constantly, stands where one should sit, may often leave one’s seat, and talk excessively. Hyperactivity symptoms are usually oblivious by 5 years of age and peak severity at the age of 7 to 8 years.

Inattention: Makes silly mistakes, is not able to focus on the work, has difficulty in remembering things or in organizing tasks etc. Inattention symptoms are most likely to manifest at about 8 to 9 years of age and commonly remains lifelong.

Impulsiveness in children:  Acts without thinking gives wrong statements at wrong time, impatient most of the times. Impulsive behavior is commonly linked to hyperactivity and get peak at the age of 7 to 8 years.

Genes that control the relative levels of chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters seem to be different in ADHD children and levels of these could be out of balance.

Probable cause of ADHD:

The exact cause is unknown. It is observed that ADHD is passed down from one generation to another. So it may be an inherited genetic tendency. Some researchers stated that in the key area of the brain of the children with ADHD, chemicals which are necessary for controlling hyperactivity and impulsiveness are not produced properly.

Some researchers stated that food and environmental allergies as well as immune response to nutrients such as vitamins and amino acids affect the functioning of nervous system and deficiency of neurotransmitters.

Some of the ADHD remedies via food includes, making children should eat protein packed breakfast such as scrambled egg and yogurt, fruits like Apples, Grapes and Brazil Nuts.

Some studies suggest that children with ADHD may have low levels of Zinc in their body. Some scientists reported an ADHD treatment of children with traditional treatment along with zinc. Again, foods rich with zinc include oysters, other seafood, beans etc.

Omega 3 fatty acid has a beneficial effect on children with ADHD. Omega 3 fatty acids have shown good results in learning problems and other neurological problems. Docosahexaenoic acid is an omega 3 fatty acid, which plays an important role in optimal synaptic functioning. Fish oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids. There are some studies that have shown, ADHD children of 8 to 12 years of age improved their mental skills after taking fish oil.

Caffeine, as found in coffee, and other herbal stimulants are proposed as an alternative to stimulant drugs in the treatment of ADHD in children.

Herbal remedies-

Bacopa monnieri has been used to improve concentration. It could be useful for ADHD.

Ginkgo balboa: contains ginkgolide and flavones glycoside. Extract of this herb increases local blood flow to brain, bringing greater oxidation to the tissues.

Siberian ginseng and its extract stimulates brain activity and causes a more economical release of body energy.

Green oats: It is one of the healthy foods for ADHD. It helps in soothing and relaxing the nervous system. Its tonic effect has not been seen immediately but continuous intake of Green oats has a cumulative and restorative effect.

Gotu kola: This herb is considered to be the food for the brain. Studies show that the herb has a positive effect on the circulatory system and is said to improve blood flow while strengthening the veins and capillaries.

Alow weed: Psychotropic effect of the herb was studied. A significant improvement in memory span was observed and significant reduction in the neurotic features was observed.

Scuttellaria laterifolia (Skullcap): Helps to maintain healthy attitude. Useful as an effective nerve tonic.

Bacopa based products or supplements should be tried first. One must not stop taking  medicines  prescribed for ADHD without the consultation of one’s physician and also one must take natural supplements with the consultation of one’s physician.

Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information and on supplements is provided for educational purposes only.



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