Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders. Children affected by this disorder have a very low attention span and get distracted very easily. If not diagnosed in childhood, this condition might persist through adolescence and adulthood. Affected children have trouble focusing or finishing the tasks that they undertake. It is believed that this disorder might occur due to chemical imbalances in the brain, problems associated with nerve pathways, genetic factors, or exposure to lead or polychlorinated biphenyl.
The characteristics symptoms of this ADHD include inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Since this neurological disorder can affect one's ability to learn and exercise self-control, it might hamper one's chances of doing well in personal and professional life. It is, therefore, important that this condition is diagnosed and treated at an early stage. While drug therapy might help in managing the symptoms, alternative treatment options such as herbal medicine or homeopathy may also prove beneficial.
The treatment options for this disorder include the use of stimulant drugs and behavioral modification techniques. Since excessive use of stimulant drugs can have certain side effects, the need for safer alternative treatment options is increasingly being felt. This explains the inclination towards the use of herbs. Some of the herbs that are recommended include gingko biloba, lobelia, chamomile, green oats, valerian, bacoba, and pine extract. If taken under the guidance of a herbalist, these may help in correcting the chemical imbalances in the brain. Homeopathic treatment can also help in alleviating the behavioral problems.
Homeopathy for ADHD
Certain homeopathic medicines that have been found to be beneficial include stramonium, cina, and hyoscyamus.
The medicines are prescribed according to the symptoms exhibited by the patient. The use of hyoscyamus is recommended, if the symptoms exhibited by the patient include violent outbursts, impulsiveness, inability to think clearly, excessive talking, fear of being chased by enemies or animals, fear of dark, and display of inappropriate gestures. Hyoscyamus niger is one such medicine that can also be used for improving the ability to focus. It also works well for children displaying manic behavior.
Stramonium is extremely useful for treating hyperactivity. It might be of great help for children who speak incoherently or talk very fast. It can also provide relief in case of children who are scared of dark, or have a fear of being abandoned. This medicine might be recommended, if the affected child or adult displays excessive aggression in the form of kicking, biting, hitting, or uses threatening language.
Cina is generally prescribed for treating fidgeting disorder in children. It also helps in improving the attention span. It is generally recommended for children who are very restless at night. It helps the child sleep peacefully throughout the night. It might be recommended for children who don't obey and exhibit difficult behavior.
Though the aforementioned homeopathic remedies are believed to be quite effective in alleviating some of the symptoms of ADHD, there are many other medicines that can help in providing relief from other symptoms. However, these must be taken under the guidance of a certified homeopathic practitioner.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a homeopathic practitioner.