Choosing a course of treatment for an ADHD child can be a challenge, especially if you’re aware of the risks and drawbacks to the commonly prescribed medic…
Choosing a course of treatment for an ADHD child can be a challenge, especially if you’re aware of the risks and drawbacks to the commonly prescribed medications used to treat ADHD. Because of this, many parents are looking for natural remedies for ADHD in children.
Even though some children may appear to do well with prescription ADHD drugs, since the FDA has raised safety issues about these medications, it may be a good idea to consider a natural, holistic approach to ADHD treatment.
In looking at natural remedies for kids with adhd, one strategy is to consider diet along with natural alternatives like herbs and homeopathic medicine.
ADHD and Diet
It is becoming well known among natural health providers that food allergies or sensitivities often play a role in ADHD in children. The pattern that has been noticed is that foods that may cause an allergic reaction are not digested well and so this can set up a cycle where important nutrients from foods are not absorbed.
Instead, the undigested food particles circulate through the body which activates the immune system which then attacks these food particles as foreign invaders (like a virus or bacteria). This is called the autoimmune response. This autoimmune response may be partly responsible for some of well-known symptoms of ADHD such as;
- lack of focus
Many times removing foods known to cause an allergic reaction from the child’s diet can reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Though this link has not been proven conclusively, there is no harm in trying this method.
As well as finding and removing food allergens from the diet, it can also be helpful to modify the diet by making sure it contains a healthy and balanced mix of proteins, vegetables and complex carbohydrates. Paying special attention to the ADHD child’s diet has been a helpful strategy that some parents have used with success.
Herbal and Homeopathic ADHD Remedies
Herbal and homeopathic remedies can be an excellent complement to diet plans and will add another safe and effective tool to your natural remedies for kids with ADHD.
Natural remedies have provided safe, effective symptom relief long before the rise of modern pharmaceutical drugs. The effectiveness of these remedies has also been verified in numerous clinical research studies.
For hyperactivity along with difficulty in focusing attention the herbs Skullcap, German Chamomile, Gotu Cola, Ginkgo Biloba and Rooibos have proven to be an effective Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) herbal treatment. These herbs support the healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system, and some have found success using a homeopathic treatment along with these herbs.
Natural remedies can take a few weeks to fully take effect so it’s important to stay with your chosen treatment plan long enough to give it a chance to work. A natural health care provider will be able offer more possible solutions and answer any questions you may have about natural remedies for ADHD in children.