ADHD and Naturopathy

Yes. You can use natural products to help children with various disorders including ADHD.

Natural remedies should form a part of a child’s ADHD treatment or management plan. But this information is not necessarily communicated to you by the allopathic medical system.

Today we look at treating ADHD naturally. While it is a condition that cannot be “cured” it is a condition that can be adequately managed and dealt with, so that your child can live more happily and peacefully. And this of course spills over to you as the parent or support person. Because with ADHD, you need all the help you can get.

You have probably seen one. A frenetic child with ADHD who cannot stop moving, who cannot follow instructions and who cannot calm down. Adults frequently perceive these children as flawed, “deviant” and downright naughty. But the reality is there is something far more complex going on physiologically and neurologically.

ADHD –Definition

ADHD is a real, neurological condition that affects about 5% of children and adolescents. It can also affect adults. People with ADHD may have an “imbalance or an impairment” with the neurotransmitters noradrenaline and dopamine.[1] This in turn affects concentration, behaviour, emotion regulation, cognition and following instructions. These behaviours will not be context specific but will be evident in a multitude of settings and may be commented upon by a multitude of teachers or individuals.

Needs and Natural Remedies

The child with ADHD does not need harsh discipline. Nor does he or she need to be told they are no good, badly behaved, troublesome and time consuming. The child, adolescent or even adult with ADHD needs to be extended compassion, understanding and acceptance for being a little different from the standard model!

Various natural products can help with ADHD. While allopathic practitioners will focus on the use of Ritalin, alternative and complementary products can help enormously. In 1996, The World Health Organisation “warned that Ritalin over-use had reached dangerous proportions and that the use of such medications on a long term basis was questionable.”[2]

Some of these include:

  • Homeopathic remedies
  • Omega 3, 6, 9.  A US Purdue University study found that boys with ADHD had lowered levels of omega 3 fatty acids. Supplements of these can markedly improve concentration and other symptoms.
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc

Food and Additives to Avoid

Also make sure the diet is supplemented with antioxidants and that the individual with ADHD stays away from the following:

  • Trans fats – hydrogenated oils
  • Processed foods
  • Refined foods
  • Sugar
  • Food colourings
  • Artificial flavourings
  • Food preservatives

It is well known that people with ADHD may be susceptible to these.

It is very important ADHD sufferers eat nutritionally balanced diets comprising fresh fruit and vegetables, pulses, meats and proteins.

If you have a child or family member who suffers from ADHD, take them to a nutritionist or naturopath and follow the simple outlines given here.

Have a great day.