Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that
affects both children and adults. Learning disabilities such as
forgetfulness, inability to organize thoughts and shortened
attention span can make ADHD a very frustrating illness to live
Research has shown that the cause of ADHD is a failure of the
brain to properly stimulate the neural network that rules such
areas as how we react to outside stimulation and our emotions. The
result can be extreme anxiety and aggressive behavior.
Diet is a component that should 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. Red, yellow and blue food dyes
found in many foods can also cause undesirable reactions in
children with ADHD.
Mainstream medicine often uses antidepressants or other
stimulant-type drugs to treat ADHD, but they’re often ineffective
and can cause a lack of interest in life and depression. More
people who suffer from ADHD are turning to herbal remedies for
positive results. 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. It’s a natural antioxidant.
– 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. Lemon Balm can also be effective
in treating digestive ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome and
– Chamomile – The properties of this herb are valued for their
effectiveness to treat conditions such as anxiety and Attention
Deficit Disorder (ADD). A natural antioxidant, Chamomile can also
be taken as an antihistamine.
If you’re considering treating an ADHD problem with herbs, be sure
that you also adhere to a diet free of sugar or soft drinks (both
diet and sweetened) that contain phosphates. And, get plenty of
sunlight – use full-spectrum lighting if the patient is unable to
spend time outside.
There are safe, herbal treatments available that are completely
non-addictive and that don’t contain the risk of prescription
drugs. Be sure to consult with a health professional and do your
research before deciding on the type of treatment best for you.
Talk to you soon.
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