ADHD is a mental disorder common among children. Traditional treatment involves prescription drugs such as Ritalin or Adderall. These drugs, however, can have side effects. The side effects may be minimal or may be more pronounced. They may include mood swings, depression, loss of appetite, hallucinations and stomachaches, to name just some. Some of the drugs can be addictive as well.
In an effort to minimize the ill effects of some of these drugs some people are taking a more natural approach to the problem of ADHD. Herbal remedies can be an effective alternative to traditional prescription medications. There are many different herbs that may be used to treat some of the symptoms of ADHD.
Chamomile â€“ This works as a very mild sedative. It can help with sleep disorders, particularly in children. It also helps to calm a nervous or upset stomach, soothes upper respiratory tract irritations and promotes healing. It is a mild herb with no side effects or interactions.
Evening Primrose Oil â€“ Known to have a calming effect, this oil can help to reduce hyperactivity. Effects may be cumulative, sometimes taking several weeks to see any improvement.
Fresh Lemon Balm â€“ This aromatic herb is known to cure many nervous problems. It is known to help relax and calm overactive minds. It is also a cure for stomach upsets. There are no known side effects.
Gotu Kola â€“ Also known as Centella asiatica, this oriental herb is used for its anti-anxiety and anti-stress properties. It can enhance mental functions such as concentration and improve memory. It also helps treat overall fatigue.
Nux Vomica â€“ Coming from a tree that grows in China, Burma, Thailand and Australia, this herb has been used for centuries to help cure stomach problems. It can be taken in conjunction with prescription medications to help maintain appetite.
Passionflower â€“ This herb is mildly sedative and has chemicals that provide a beneficial influence on the brain and nervous system. It helps improve circulation. It is used as a treatment for insomnia.
Skullcap â€“ This herb is used in calming nervousness and is given to help mental or physical exhaustion. It helps to control irritability and reduce restlessness. Skullcap also has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Valerian â€“ This herb is known for its mildly sedative effects. It can calm and soothe restlessness and help to reduce mood swings. It is known to help reduce aggression and impulsiveness.
Wild Oat Seed â€“ This mild sedative has been used for centuries to help calm anxiety and reduce stress. It can strengthen the entire nervous system and aids the body in dealing with stress of all kinds.
Using herbal ADHD remedies often requires trial and error. What works well for some patients may not work for others. Many herbs have a cumulative effect and may take several weeks or more to have any effect. Always consult your doctor when starting a new treatment path. The doctor can help you devise a plan that will reduce or eliminate the use of prescriptions in the best way for the child.