Healing Options for ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

“Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders. ADHD is a broad term, and the condition can vary from person to person. There are an estimated 6.4 million diagnosed children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” [1]

“ADD is an outdated term. It was once used to describe people who have difficulty focusing on tasks or generally paying attention whereas ADHD was used to describe people with trouble focusing compounded by hyperactivity symptoms. Now, professionals distinguish using the terms ADHD primarily inattentive type or ADHD primarily hyperactive type.” [2]

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YOGA (A : 9.69/10) 

“Control. Breath control can help children feel more in control of their brains and bodies, which is huge for a kid with ADHD. Most of us take shallow breaths, so when we concentrate on taking nice deep breaths, the extra oxygen gives our bodies a kick in the backside. Some of the benefits include a sense of well-being, increased energy levels (the good kind), anxiety reduction, and less irritability.

My son used to hold his breath during tantrums, which resulted in a red face, bulging eyes, and an unimpressed mother. Now my kids practice deep breathing any time they feel their bodies or emotions getting away from them. It brings them back to a nice calm state. OK, calm-ish.

Deep Breathing Exercise: Take five slow, deep breaths through the nostrils, rest for five regular breaths, then take five more deep breaths. Repeat as necessary.” [3]

1.Pranayama or Alternate Nostril Breathing

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“Benefits: Helps prevent memory loss by strengthening the subtle nerve currents along the spine and the brain while restoring memory loss. If practiced for a few minutes daily, can help restore imbalances in the brain, calm your emotional state, improve sleep, calm your nervous system, and is like a reboot to the brain as your thinking will become clearer.

How-to: Here is a description of the first cycle; repeat cycle three times to begin. Sit in a comfortable,  crossed-leg position, make a loose fist with your right hand, release your thumb and the ring finger and little finger. Relax your right arm against your chest. Close your right nostril with your right thumb, and slowly exhale as much as possible without strain to your left nostril. Then inhale through the left nostril, closing the right nostril with the thumb, to the count of four. Hold the breath, closing both nostrils, to the count of 16 (if you can). Exhale through the right nostril, closing the left with the ring and little fingers, to the count of eight. Exhale through the left nostril, keeping the right closed with the thumb, to the count of eight. Repeat.

Tips for working in the pose: When inhaling, expand your stomach to full capacity to fill the lungs during this nerve purification exercise. It balances the two hemispheres of the brain.”

 

2. Shoulder Stand

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“Benefits: Relieves stress and nervous disorders. Aids in sleep and hypertension. Improves the function of the pineal, pituitary, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, which regulates our endocrine system, allowing for hormonal balance. Shoulder-stand works on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and creates health in the brain and spine by increasing blood flow to the scalp and brain. This pose has been clinically observed to promote vitality and increase memory and IQ.*

How-to: This is said to be one of the most beneficial poses of yoga. Begin by holding this pose for just one to three minutes. Lying flat on the floor, relax your whole body and keep your shoulders away from your head, draw shoulder blades down the back, contract the abdominals, and bend your knees. Inhale and lift your legs straight over your head in a horizontal position and then straighten to a vertical position. Begin your adjustments by stretching the soles of the feet to the sky, bringing your chest to your chin, pushing hips into your body, tucking in your tailbone and tightening the buttocks. You can modify this pose by keeping knees bent, or by leaning feet against a wall or a chair. Go in and out of this pose gently and relax on the floor after coming out of it.

Tips for working in the pose: When in the pose, lace your fingers together and extend and stretch the arms on the floor, bringing your arms straight out behind your back. Bring your elbows closer together and then lift higher on the shoulders. When you become more advanced, hold this pose for five minutes.”

 

*Caution:  Not suitable for individuals with heart problems, high blood pressure, ear or eye problems, or during menstruation.  Do not stay up if there is pressure in the head, ears, nose, or throat. It is important to work up to this pose.

 

3. Yoga Nidra

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“Benefits: Helps restore the natural health of the body’s entire nervous system. When you’re lying in the face-up position, all the nerves and vertebrae that support the spine and nourish the brain gently release tension and completely relax, helping to promote spinal alignment and mental balance.

How-to: Achieve deep relaxation as your consciousness becomes inactive and by progressively releasing tension from each part of the body, while increasing circulation by contracting and releasing the muscles. Tense your left foot, and release, paying mindful attention to the muscles that create tension in the body. Repeat on the right foot, and work up the legs, isolating the right and then left, calves, thighs, buttocks, etc. In your mind’s eye, work up the body to relax completely, finishing with the jaw and eyes. Release tension on each breath and feel the warmth of relaxation in your body.

Tips for working in this pose:  Breathe into each part of your body as you isolate, tense, and relax. Think of the breath moving down to your feet, bringing your awareness to the whole of your body. This is a perfect way to prepare for pranayama.” [4]

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CHIROPRACTOR(A : 4.32/10) 

Researches:

BACKGROUND:

“Characterized with hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has a prevalence in children, ranging from 2.6% to 11.4%. The medical approach is multimodal, with combination therapies of behavioral modification and pharmacotherapy. With growing concerns regarding the safety of both short-term and long-term use of psychotropic medications, the need for investigating alternative approaches to the care of children is warranted.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this review was to describe the chiropractic care of children with medically diagnosed ADHD.

 

CONCLUSION:

A retrospective case series of ADHD patients under chiropractic care is described. This provides supporting evidence on the benefits of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy. We encourage further research in this area.” [ncbi]

 

“Chiropractors suggest the following tips and lifestyle changes for children dealing with ADHD:

-Eliminate sugar, preservatives, food dyes and additives from the diet.

-Use natural, unprocessed foods, avoiding all pesticides and herbicides.

-Find out if your child has any allergies, and address them.

-Avoid medications, alcohol, nicotine and any other stimulants while pregnant.

-Find time to relax while pregnant as stress can affect the unborn baby’s health.

Chiropractic can treat many ailments, including ADHD.  If you have yet to experience all the health and wellness benefits of chiropractic care, visit The Joint location nearest you today and experience everything regular adjustments have to offer.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.” [5]

 

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HERBAL (A : 3.91/10) 

“Caffeine, as found in coffee and other herbal stimulants has been proposed as an alternative to stimulant drugs in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Although herbal practitioners rarely use caffeine or caffeine-containing herbs alone, many of the most popular formulas do contain stimulating components.

The benefit of caffeine stimulation has been addressed in several studies in this population. In general, these studies have demonstrated significant benefits with the administration of caffeine to children with ADD/ADHD. The benefits however have not been without side effects, and have failed to match or exceed those derived from the conventional stimulant medication regimes.” [6]

 

Herbal Tea

“A recent study found that children with ADHD had more problems falling asleep, sleeping soundly, and getting going in the morning. Researchers suggested that additional treatments might be helpful.

Herbal teas that contain chamomile, spearmint, lemon grass, and other herbs and flowers are generally considered to be safe options for children and adults who want to relax. They’re often recommended as a way to encourage rest and sleep. These teas may be best used before bedtime.”

Ginkgo Biloba

“Ginkgo biloba has long been recommended for improving memory and increasing mental sharpness. Study results on the use of ginkgo in ADHD are mixed.

2014 study, for example, found that symptoms improved for people with ADHD who took a ginkgo extract. Children who took 240 mg of Ginkgo biloba extract daily for three to five weeks showed a reduction in ADHD symptoms with few negative side effects.

Another study from 2010 found slightly different results. Participants took either a dose of ginkgo or methylphenidate (Ritalin) for six weeks. Both groups experienced improvements, but Ritalin was more effective. Still, this study also showed potential benefits from ginkgo.”

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

“Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is also known as water hyssop. It’s a marsh plant that grows wild in India. The herb is made from the leaves and stems of the plant. It has been used for centuries to improve brain function and memory. Studies on humans are mixed, but some have been positive. The herb is often recommended as an alternative treatment for ADHD today.

2013 study found that adults taking brahmi showed improvements in their ability to retain new information. Another study also found benefits. Participants taking a brahmi extract showed significantly improved performance in their memory and brain function.” [7]

 

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ACUPUNCTURE (B : 9.8/10) 

“Traditional treatment of ADHD and ADD (attention deficit disorder) is through the prescription of the stimulant methylphenidate (Ritalin): its production has increased seven times in the 1990s alone, and is continually administered to younger and younger patients. Parents are beginning to question the drugs side-effects and are asking for alternative approaches to ADHD.

In recent years, acupuncture has become a popular complementary therapy for children suffering from ADHD. Auricular acupuncture, specifically, has been proven most effective. The ear may be used alone or in combination with body acupuncture to solve countless illnesses through the stimulation of specific points on the body with micro-thin needles, electricity, laser, or other devices. Since the ear may be stimulated through noninvasive procedures, it is the favored treatment for children.” [8]

CONVENTIONAL (B : 8.8/10) 

“Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common mental disorder in childhood, and primary care clinicians provide a major component of the care for children with ADHD. However, because of limited available evidence, the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines did not include adolescents and young adults. Contrary to previous beliefs, it has become clear that, in most cases, ADHD does not resolve once children enter puberty. This article reviews the current evidence about the diagnosis and treatment of adolescents and young adults with ADHD and describes how the information informs practice. It describes some of the unique characteristics observed among adolescents, as well as how the core symptoms change with maturity. The diagnostic process is discussed, as well as approaches to the care of adolescents to improve adherences. Both psychosocial and pharmacologic interventions are reviewed, and there is a discussion of these patients’ transition into young adulthood. The article also indicates that research is needed to identify the unique adolescent characteristics of ADHD and effective psychosocial and pharmacologic treatments.” [9]

AYURVEDIC (B : 8.5/10) 

  1. “Natural home remedy using brahmi powder

    1. Take 1 tsp of brahmi powder, a commonly available ayurvedic herb
    2. Add honey for taste
    3. Eat the mixture twice everyday
  2. Natural home remedy using fish oil

    1. Fish Oil supplements are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
    2. Consume 1g of fish oil supplement everyday

 

  • Protein rich food, increases production of dopamine
    • Dopamine allows person to stay focussed
  • Increase consumption of protein rich foods like
    • Milk
    • Soy bean
    • Eggs
    • Chicken
    • Fish
  • Eat salmon and tuna
  • Meditation helps increase concentration” [10]

 

HOMEOPATHIC (B : 7.7/10) 

“Aconite:
Indicated especially for those who often have strange and irrational fears, fears and sweating at night, a tendency to fevers, croup, and thirst.
Anacardium:
Indicated especially for those who feel put down, isolated, and separated from the world; for those who feel pathological inferiority; those who feel need to prove themselves; test-taking anxiety in which the person goes blank.
Argentum nitricum:
Indicated when there is antagonism within the self, the mind is of two wills, the person imagines devils speaking in one ear and angels in the other, like Jekyl and Hyde. It is indicated for people who can be cruel and malicious, often after a history of being abused or belittled; for those who swear; and for those who act as if they lack a conscience.
Aranea ixabola:
Indicated for excessive teasing, especially teasing and manipulating by acting cute; for those who act as a mischievous leader, inducing others to disobey; and for those who are fascinated with spiders.
Arnica:
Used for children in shock, or who have never been well since a shock or trauma, even trauma from a difficult birth. It is often confused with Sulphur.
Aurum metallicum:
Used for children who act like little adults; who want affection, but don’t know how to express emotional needs; for those who can be cold to their family, and have a hard time making friends. It is indicated for those who are perfectionist, and who can be bitter and negative; for those who try hard and don’t want to fail; for those who tend to sinus problems, nasal congestion, and moaning in sleep; and for those who feel better from music.” [11]

REFLEXOLOGY (B : 6.4/10) 

“ADHD affects 10 percent of children in todays society. It has been accepted as a genetic disorder, although no one really knows the cause. If these symptoms look familiar to you, your child may be suffering from ADHD.

Common complaints and problem areas include Fidgeting and squirming Rocking and jiggling legs Fears Sleep and often wakes up crying or unable to get back to sleep

Frequent nightmare and terrors Excessive talking Easily excitable and demonstrates unpredictable behaviors Impulsive (regardless of consequences) Does not follow directions Tendency toward daydreaming Very short attention span and very distractible Defiant and does not obey rules Sees himself or herself as a failure Destructive or aggressive toward others Unorganized and often loose things Clumsiness, uncoordinated (for example, finds it very hard to ride a bike) Poor hand eye coordination, difficulty tying, writing, drawing, cutting etc

Some have speech difficulties like stuttering and problems with pronunciation. There are many kinds of treatments for ADHD.

Some of the most common conventional treatment regimens include occupational and play therapy, child and clinical psychiatry (which usually results in medication), physiotherapy, remedial practice, speech therapy, and educational therapy.

A few holistic approaches that have been shown to work include supplementation, diet intervention, reflexology and homeopathy. Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure in a strategic manner to reflexes of the feet and hands, and even the face and ears.

Reflexologists see the hands and feet as an open door to the bodies systems. Each section of the feet and hands correlate to a specific organ.

By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, you can stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxin buildup in the corresponding organs and systems of the body.

And because reflexology works to put the body in a state of well-being, it is beneficial to every system in the body. It helps reduce body tension and definitely brings a sense of relaxation.”  [12]

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