Effective Herbs For Help in ADHD
Well, it could sound funny to you if I say that there are medicinal herbs which work well for ADHD symptoms. I do not bluff when I say nature does cure. We know that ADHD is a biological disorder with no specific cure. But medicinal herbs may alleviate its symptoms without any side effects, risk of addiction and withdrawal effects unlike the Modern medicines dominant in the market.
Some of the popular and effective herbs for ADHD are
2) Roman Chamomile
3) Kava kava
4) Lemon Balm
5) Passion Flower
7) Ginkgo Biloba
People with ADHD show inattentiveness, impulsiveness and hyperactivity which form a part of their characteristic behavior pattern. They find themselves in difficult situations as they cannot socialize, have short attention spans and are hyperactive, occasionally resorting to involuntary noises and twitching. It is disheartening to realize that these predicaments live along with them with no ultimate cure. Yet, it is a relief to know that there are many natural remedies available from the lap of Mother Nature to make life with ADHD normal and better.
Valerian is a herb that is said to have powers to calm the nerves and to help with concentration and attention. Chamomile again promotes calming and relaxation of the mind to increase attention span and to reduce nervousness. There are no side effects reported of Roman Chamomile other than some allergic reactions. The extract of Kava Kava root helps to reduce anxiety, promote alertness, focus and concentration. It gives presence of mind and aids decision making and sociability which are often seen lacking in people with ADHD. Ginkgo Biloba is a herbal treatment which promotes blood flow to the brain and thus helps in improving performance and attentiveness. However, it is not recommended for children. Adults with high blood pressure are also to be warned against Ginkgo as it enhances cerebral blood flow increasing the risk of stroke.
Gotu Kola is an effective Indian herb for children who suffer from learning disorders. It supports the central nervous system, calms the mind and the body (with its B complex), negates the effects of depression, aids memory and concentration. American Ginseng along with Ginkgo may work well for depression related to ADHD while strengthening the immune system and enhancing vigor. European Melissa or Lemon balm fights the symptoms of nervousness, anxiety and stress for ADHD patients and also improves sleep and digestion. Emotional imbalances, stress, panic attacks, mild mood swings and sleep disturbances can find a remedy in the native American Passion Flower. Primrose oil is also speculated to have positive effects on ADHD patients because of its omega-6 fatty acid. And research points out that ADHD children also are seen to have fatty acid deficiency more than others. Malnutrition and fatty acid deficiency also cause health problems like allergies, eczema, asthma, headaches, stomachaches, ear infections and dry skin in ADHD children. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids essential for proper functioning of the brain have to be received through the daily diet as the body does not synthesize it. Indian Ginseng or Ashwagandha is yet another plant which can promote relaxation, fight the effects of stress and anxiety attacks.
Puneet writes a blog about ADHD and helps ADHD sufferers to find new treatments in naturopathy and alternative medicine. If you are looking for a well-researched herbal remedy for ADHD, you may read more