For helping a child or adult with ADD or ADHD it makes sense to try natural remedies. Some of these natural treatments are made from herbs, in the form of herbal medicines, which are a safer option than some of the potent ADD/ADHD medications prescribed today.
If you or your child struggles with attention deficit disorder, you might be pleased to know that there are homeopathic medicines and natural health solutions available.
Herbal Remedies For Helping To Focus
Herbs and natural medicines for ADD don’t have the negative side effects of the traditional medications. Mainstream medicine often uses antidepressants or other stimulant-type drugs to treat ADHD, but they are full of negative side effects and can cause a lack of interest in life and lead to depression.
Therefore the benefits of homeopathic remedies cannot be brushed aside. They are a natural way of helping find symptom relief to whatever the problem is.
- Herbs For Symptom Relief
Some helpful herbs include:
- Ginkgo Biloba – This Chinese herb has been used since 2800 B.C. to help patients who suffer from memory loss and diseases of the brain and nervous system. Western medicine now uses Ginkgo Biloba to help treat the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s and depression.
- Lemon Balm – A healing and calming herb that has widely been used to treat PMS and menstrual cramps, it’s now found to be helpful in treating depression and anxiety.
- Chamomile – The properties of this herb are valued for their effectiveness to treat conditions such as anxiety and ADHD. A natural antioxidant, Chamomile can also be taken as an antihistamine.
ADD Natural Medicines
There are many different natural ADHD medicines available today, however, I have written reviews on a couple for you. One is Synaptol and the other Focus Formula. You can read my Synaptol Review and my Focus Formula review for more information on how they help to provide symptom relief.
As far as you or your child suffering with ADD or ADHD, please remember it is not your fault! New research is finding that it has more to do with the inability of the brain to produce some of the essential chemicals that help us stay focused.
So if you are blaming yourself…stop beating yourself up about:
You may want to consider other factors that could be exacerbating the problem. Diet is a component that should or could be addressed when attempting to treat ADHD — too much sugar or allergies to certain foods such as peanuts, tomatoes or milk – can have a huge impact on controlling adverse stimulation to the brain.
For instance, some foods have been found to cause hyperactivity. I believe diet has a lot to answer to in the case of my many disorders. There are people that will argue that ADHD diets are a waste of time, but I tend to disagree, as I have seen how diet can help ADHD symptoms and autism in my own nephew. Diet helped him immensely!
- Diet doesn’t “cause” ADD/ADHD it may just exacerbate the symptoms.
- Consider putting your child on a healthier diet by eliminating some of the potential “hyper” trigger foods such as foods containing bleached white flours and processed or sugary foods. Colorings, such as in red cordial, have shown to make kids ‘hypo’!
- Supplement with lots of fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains as much as possible.
- Medical research shows that Omega-3 is a vital substance that promotes healthy brain growth and helps with other mental impairments. Therefore, foods that contain Omega-3 should definitely be included in the daily diet of someone who has ADD.
It has also been stated that the symptoms of attention deficit disorder are quite similar to the signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. People suffering from these two disorders both exhibit inattentiveness, restlessness, forgetfulness and repetitive actions.
Since their manifestations are basically the same, (however they are two different health issues) it would appear that the natural supplements for Alzheimer’s Disease — vitamins A, C and E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng and rosemary extracts — could also be beneficial.
Another common natural remedy for ADD is physical activity! Who would have thought? Studies have also shown that children who have ADD or ADHD do well when they are part of an organized sport or lots of activities.
Often, by making sure that kids with this type of condition get plenty of physical activity each day, parents find that their children are more able to focus on school work and pay attention better.
- Plus, an active child is able to relax and sleep better and this allows children to be healthier and happier overall.
Acupuncture is also a very popular natural remedy for attention deficit disorder today. For centuries, this method has been used successfully by the Chinese to cure various medical problems, one of which is helping people to focus.
For parents seeking natural remedies for ADD/ADHD, there are plenty of options and the most important thing is not to give up. Your child isn’t bad, they just have a condition that can be helped. If you have ADD or ADHD, you are not bad either!
So if you are considering treating an ADHD problem with herbal remedies, be sure that you also adhere to a diet free of sugar or soft drinks (both diet and sweetened) that contain phosphates and exercise regularly to burn off extra energy.
There are safe, herbal treatments available that are completely non-addictive and that don’t contain the risk of prescription drugs. Many ADHD homeopathic remedies have proven to be successful in relieving ADHD symptoms. Be sure to consult with a health professional before deciding on any type of treatment.