ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a developmental and behavioral disorder in which a child or an adult consistently displays certain characteristic behaviors such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive attitude.
ADHD has causes that have not been fully understood as yet and researchers are still exploring genetic linkage. Some other risk factors for developing ADHD include – Premature delivery, very low birth weight, birth injury (to the brain) and smoking during pregnancy.
Conventional medicines such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) or amphetamines are used as the first line of treatment. These belong to the stimulant class of drugs and are a habit (addiction) forming drugs. A newer non-stimulant class of drug – atomoxetine has also been used but with a lower efficacy as compared to stimulants.
Is Ritalin the only option?
There sure are options – Homeopathic treatment along with healthy lifestyle changes go a long way in helping those suffering from ADHD and provide a relief to those around them.
Common toxins to avoid:
- Artificial sweeteners – aspartate
- Sugar / corn sugar / syrup
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – It is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese
- Artificial colors.
- Allergic foods – milk, wheat, Genetically Modified Foods (GMo)
Attention Enhancing Supplement:
- Choline Supplements
- Inositol – it is a component of phospholipids which are the major part of cell membrane and hence protective to nerve impulse transmission
- Cod liver oil
- Zinc rich diet – Adult requirement – 15 mg / day. Sources – high protein foods – organ meat, seafood – shellfish, whole grains, legumes (beans & peas)
- Iron Supplements
- Thiamine Supplements
Retrain Child’s Brain:
- Encourage regular bedtime
- Limit screen time (TV, Computer, Smartphone, Playstation) to one hour per day
- Include calming supplements – 1tbsp of lecithin in a cup of juice thrice a day or 3tbsp of brewer’s yeast per day
Homeopathy is very strongly recommended for ADHD. It is very effective in reducing the hyperactivity and impulsiveness. It helps improve attention span and concentration.
Unlike conventional medicine, homeopathy seeks to treat each child as an individual. There is no homeopathic Ritalin. Each child is assessed as the unique person they are. The remedy must reflect everything about the child. A detailed history is fundamental to the correct choice of remedy.
The homeopath will ask about various details such as the health of the child and the family, the pregnancy and delivery, early development, vaccinations, life events, schooling, favorite foods, drinks to mention just a few points. The more information gathered, the easier it is to find that tailor-made remedy.
Most common remedies indicated for ADHD:
1) TARANTULA HISPANICA:
Show hyperesthesia and hyperactivity called “Tarentism” which means “dancing mania”. Very restless children, spits, screams, bites, strikes others. They can never sit in a place for long even during the interview. Cunning and feigning illness, fidgety. The tendency to twitching and jerking. Attention seeking, Sensitive to music. Desire raw rice.
2) AGARICUS MUSCARIN:
Sings, talks but does not answer, loquacity, aversion to work, fearlessness, confusion, delirium characterized by singing, shouting, muttering rhymes and prophesy. Wants to injure himself. Takes long steps and jumps over small objects. Physical strength is increased can lift heavy loads. Uncertain gait. Trembling.
A person may be talking, laughing, singing, full of life, dancing, weeping all night and laughing all day. The destructiveness of clothes. Naked wants to be. Violence and striking. Stammering exerts himself a long time before he can utter a word. Graceful rhythmic motions, staggering gait.
4) HYOSCYAMUS NIGER:
It’s a perfect picture of the mania of a quarrelsome and obscene character, gestures, and expressions, very talkative. Persists in striking herself or uncovering genitals. He is jealous, suspicious, great hilarity, inclined to laugh at everything. Muttering speech. Constant carphologia, deep stupor, tremulous weakness, great restlessness, a state of irritability and excitability, gradually increasing weakness, convulsions.
Irritability, temper tantrums, throwing things, capriciousness, striking, doesn’t want to be touched or crossed or carried. Desires many things but refused when offered, twitching and jerking, distortion of the limbs, trembling, paralyzed, shocks, will jump suddenly as though in pain, hyperesthesia is both mental and physical.
Homeopathy is very well indicated and strongly recommend for ADHD but it is advisable to consult a trained Homoeopath for a detailed case history of the patient rather than just taking over the counter medicine.
Homeopathy should not be last source but the first line of treatment for ADHD for a mild and gentle effect on the restless souls.
– Written by Dr. Sumegha Sharma, Lifeforce Homoeopathy.Got Questions? Get answers to all the questions regarding your ailment from Dr. Shah directly.[/box]