Attention Deficit Disorder and its companion diagnosis, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, seem to be the new epidemics among American children. These disorders are marked by learning disabilities, impaired judgment and hyperactivity.
Children with ADD or ADHD might be forgetful, restless, and fidgety and interrupt often. About five percent of all children are thought to have ADHD, and as many as four percent of adults have what’s now called adult ADD.
While what actually causes ADD and ADHD, or whether they are even real disorders, is a very controversial subject, it is the consistent expression of distractibility, impulsivity and hyperactivity that continues for at least six months and appears before the child is seven years old that results in a diagnosis. A popular theory holds that ADD is caused by a genetic difference in brain activity that makes it difficult for sufferers to pay attention.
Prescription medication is the most common treatment of ADD, but many parents do not want their children heavily drugged just so they can fit in better at school. There are many herbs that can be helpful. For a more natural treatment of ADD and ADHD
- Improves concentration and memory
- Increases attention span
- Reduces hyperactivity and restlessness
- Calms, soothes and reduces mood swings
- Reduces impulsiveness and aggression
- Improves alertness and mental focus
- Calms overactive minds
Focus Formula is a complex calmative remedy that contains a selection of herbs known for their supportive function in improving concentration, memory, and attention span. This 100% natural remedy also calms mood swings, emotional outbursts, aggression, restlessness and overactive minds. Herbal Focus Formula is also a great complementary remedy to homeopathic BrightSpark, taken for fast-acting relief of hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsiveness. Taken together, this herbal + homeopathic approach can safely and effectively provide the best results and manage symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
First, because it is not known what causes ADD, it is important to make sure your child eats three balanced and healthy meals each day, limits sugar and caffeine, is active during the day and has been checked for food sensitivities such as dairy, wheat, peanuts and food dyes.
Herbs for ADD.
If your child has been on Ritalin and you would like to take him or her off the drug, give 10 drops of avena tincture in a quarter cup of water twice daily. This will help reduce the withdrawal symptoms associated with going off Ritalin. It can also help adults with ADD who have mild depression. It is very calming and its effects are similar to opium.
Hawthorn is a great treatment for children who are acting out and restless. Hawthorn calms anxiety, increases blood circulation to the brain and can reduce inflammation brought on by allergies, which may reduce ADD symptoms. Give three to five grams in pill form daily.
Gotu Kola is another good choice for treating ADD in children. It has been used for thousands of years to stimulate the brain and nerves. It improves blood flow and seems to help with anxiety and stress as well. It stimulates the brain while calming the body. It shouldn’t be given to children younger than two, or to pregnant women. Those on diabetes drugs should avoid it, and people with high cholesterol should be careful as it may raise their numbers. Don’t take it if you use tranquilizers. It should be taken in tablet form and may take up to three weeks to produce marked changes.
Herbs for Adults with ADD
For adults with ADD, ginkgo seems to be the most promising herbal treatment. Ginkgo has been used in Chinese healing for more than 5,000 years, It is a powerful antioxidant and increases circulation to the brain. Taking ginkgo can actually help you reactivate portions of the brain you have not been using as much of, including regions for planning and concentration.
Some people have severe side effects including dizziness and vomiting when using ginkgo; if you’re one of them, stop using it. It can also cause seizures when taken with so-called MAO inhibitor antidepressants, so if you’re on Wellbutrin or a similar drug, don’t take ginkgo.
ADD and ADHD can be difficult to treat because there are so many different symptoms, but approaching treatment with patience and love should make it easier.
Wishing you good health and happiness your friends,