Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is often medically treated with stimulant or non-stimulant medications, psychotherapy, or even a combination of the two, but many people are becoming increasingly concerned with the side effects or long term effects of the medications.
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The National Institute of Mental Health considers Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to be one of the most common childhood disorders, affecting between 3 and 5% of all American children. However, this neurobehavioral disorder does not end with childhood.
It is a lifelong health issue that can create difficulties with attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, among other issues.
Inattention, lack of impulse control, and hyperactivity can create problems in a person’s social life, employment, and home life, as well as increase stress and anxiety.
While there is no known cure for attention deficit disorder, there are a variety of natural remedies available to help children, teens, and adults with ADD/ADHD.
Remedies can vary from the extremely low-technology, like behavioral modification and making positive dietary changes, to adding homeopathic or herbal remedies and caffeine stimulants (which have a similar effect to stimulant medications), to the slightly more medical approaches, such as upper cervical chiropractic and EEG Biofeedback.
Behavioral modification helps children and teens learn valuable life skills and can be used either alone or in conjunction with other treatments, like herbs or diet. Encouraging positive behavior with praise and rewards will both reinforce it as well as give a valuable self-esteem boost.
Discouraging negative behavior can be as simple as ignoring the undesired irritating or annoying behavior, or imposing consequences for more serious rule infractions.
Encouraging plenty of physical activity – whether in unrestricted activity or organized sports – can help children and teens (as well as adults) release pent-up energy and boost blood flow to the brain, which can all help reduce symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity, as well as alleviate stress.
Nutritional changes can help reduce symptoms as well. Some ADD/ADHD diets are well-known, while others are less well-known, but most involve reducing the intake of artificial ingredients, like coloring, flavoring, sweeteners, and preservatives.
Eliminating processed meats, processed foods, switching to organic dairy products, and limiting candy and sugar can further reduce symptoms. Increasing foods that are high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids can boost brain health overall.
A variety of prepared natural herbal remedies for adult and child ADD and ADHD are readily available over the counter.
Ingredients to look for when choosing an herbal remedy to ease symptoms of stress or improve mental performance include herbs such as ginkgo biloba, avena sativa, hops, rosemary, chamomile, gotu kola, lemon balm, and American Ginseng or Korean Ginseng. Other herbs that may help with ADD/ADHD include red clover, pine bark extract, and green tree extract.
Focus ADDult contains three of these ingredients – rosemary, gotu kola, and Korean ginseng – in a therapeutic dosage intended to promote healthy brain function, improve blood flow to the brain, increase concentration and mental clarity, and reduce stress.
Caffeine is known to improve brain function in people with attention deficit disorder as much as some prescription stimulants. The best natural sources for caffeine would be coffee or tea. Other sources such as colas or chocolate often contain other ingredients, such as artificial colorings or sweeteners, known to worsen symptoms of ADHD.
Another natural treatment for ADHD is upper cervical chiropractic care. Upper cervical care is a highly specialized form of chiropractic care that focuses solely on two vertebrate in the cervical area of the spine. It is not intended to cure any disease, but it can clear the nerve blockages that can occur along with a subluxation in this area, as well as improve blood flow to the brain, thus easing symptoms.
A more high tech treatment for ADD includes EEG Biofeedback. It is a more medical approach, yet drug-free approach, that promises to train individuals to control their own brain waves using neurofeedback. Proponents of EEG Biofeedback claim it can help as many as 90% of patients who use it, while others estimate 50 – 75% see great improvement.
As with more traditional approaches to treating ADD, a combination of natural remedies may work better than a single approach. Dietary changes along with behavioral modification, upper cervical care, and herbal supplement like Focus ADDult may provide the best results for some people, while others may need more or fewer adjustments to control their symptoms.
Because there is no known cure for ADD/ADHD, it is important to make lifestyle changes, rather than short-term changes with no long term goals. However, with appropriate lifestyle changes and natural remedies, attention deficit disorder can be a very manageable condition that can not only not inhibit but enhance a person’s life.