As the name suggests, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder that usually affects children and adolescents, but may continue to adulthood. Earlier it was known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). ADHD has a negative impact on child’s ability to work properly and causes problems at home and school. ADHD symptoms usually vary for different age groups. While cases of hyperactivity, impulsiveness, inattentiveness, restlessness, fidgeting with hands or feet, lack of concentration, and daydreaming are commonly observed among children; adults tend to shift often between activities or conversations of long duration, have disorganized working methods, face problems associated to relationships, self-esteem & employment, forget daily activities & tasks, indulge in addictions, and lose things. Those who experience this problem since childhood, tend to suffer from long periods of anxiety & depression even at the later stage. ADHD cannot be diagnosed physically with the blood test, urine test or brain scan. It is generally carried out by a specialist, like psychiatrist, psychologist or pediatrician, who observes the individual to recognize their behavioral characteristics, and judge, if they are synonymous with ADHD patterns. Mentioned below are a few home remedies to treat ADHD naturally.
Home Remedies for ADHD
1. Physical Exercise
Focus in children can be significantly improved by 20-minute exercise sessions. Children become less distracted during classroom tasks after physical activities and produce better results.
Yoga is very helpful for people afflicted from ADHD. Practicing yoga regularly helps reduce anxiety, hyperactivity, and social problems. The relaxation that yoga provides is highly nourishing.
3. Tai Chi
This is highly effective in calming down anxious and hyperactive teenagers. Active participation in Tai Chi Martial Art classes, twice a week for 5 weeks, helps teenagers as they perceive less daydreams and display fewer inappropriate emotions.
Getting a 20 minute massage session twice a week, for those suffering from ADHD could be highly effective in improving mood, both in short-term and long-term. Using organic unrefined oil (olive, almond, and sesame) during massage is grounding, and helps one fall asleep easily.
5. Proper Diet
One should reduce the intake of sugar, refined foods, and supplements with additives (synthetic food dyes, preservatives, MSG, etc.) because it increases hyperactivity. Eat more cooked vegetables, and grains because the proper amount of protein helps focus and makes you less disruptive. Fish oils help stabilize the nervous system along with mood stability and improved mental skills. Intake of zinc supplements treats the symptoms of ADHD; so, you may have seafood like oysters, poultry, beans, and cereals.
6. Avoid Gadgets
These days children and adults remain hooked to their cell phones, laptops, iPod or watch TV for long hours at a stretch. This constant communication with gadgets exposes them to electromagnetic radiation (EMR), which fragments their attention span and agitates the CNS (Central Nervous System). The evident side effects are headaches, distorted vision, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Limiting this exposure helps calm down the brain.
Herbal Remedies for ADHD
7. Herbal Tea
Tea containing lemongrass, spearmint, chamomile, and other herbs are the best way to relax. They are recommended to promote rest and sleep. These are best used before bedtime because children suffering from ADHD face trouble falling asleep and waking up in the morning.
8. Bacopa Monnieri
The herb made from the leaves and stem of Bacopa monnieri, improves intellectual capacity, thought clarity and the functioning of the brain. Taking bacopa extract significantly improves the ability to retain new information; thus, recommended as an alternative treatment for ADHD these days. Syrup of its dried extract 350 mg per tsp for children between the age group of 6-8 thrice a day is generally suggested.
9. Centella Asiatica
This is highly beneficial in enhancing mental clarity, and reducing anxiety levels of people dealing with ADHD. Centella asiatica is high in nutrients (Vitamin B1, B2, and B6) that are required for healthy functioning of the brain. To incorporate this herb in your diet, add its fresh leaves in your dishes and garnish salads with it. Or else, have its supplement.
10. Pine Bark
Plant extract from the bark of pine tree is used to reduce hyperactivity and improve concentration. The extract is also known as Pycnogenol, it effectively reduces stress hormones by as much as 26 percent and decreases the amount of neurostimulant dopamine. This extract is highly useful in normalizing antioxidant levels.
11. Ginkgo Biloba
This is beneficial for increasing mental sharpness, boosting oxygen circulation in the brain and reducing symptoms of ADHD. The extract should be consumed daily for 3 to 5 weeks.
Note: Ginkgo has potential benefits, but at times it can cause a few negative side effects like constipation, stomach ache, and skin reactions.
This is another herbal remedy, which is highly beneficial to increase energy, and stimulate the brain function. 1000mg of ginseng, if consumed regularly for 8 weeks, helps reduce anxiety, personality, and better social behavior.
13. Green Oats
Green oat extracts help boost attention, calms nerves, improves cognitive performance, and regulates stress level. It is also known as Avena sativa; it helps develop the ability to concentrate on a particular task and weans off neurologic medicines.
14. Lemon Balm
Note: Consult a doctor about its adequate dosage, if you are already taking medicines.
15. Eschscholtzia Californica
This herb helps balance the nervous system, reduces spasms, relieves emotional disturbances, and promotes sound sleep. It is preferable to use the seeds in cooking.
16. Nepeta Cataria
It is also called as Catnip; this relaxant induces sound sleep and acts as a stress reliever. This is beneficial to treat headache or stomach ache caused by stress. The herb is brewed to consume as juice, tea or infusion.
17. Grape Seed
The extract of grapefruit protects the brain against toxins and damage free radicals. Blood flow in the brain is improved, and capillaries are strengthened. The extract is known to have strong antioxidant effects. An adult can consume 50 to 100 milligram of this extract thrice a day along with meals.
- Alternatively, grape seed oil can be used in cooking to obtain its health benefits.
- Instead, fresh grapes are the best alternative.
18. Piper Methysticum
The extract diminishes violent feelings and relieves ADHD, helps improve mood and acts as a stress buster. The herbs are chewed or grinded into a strong kava drink generally followed by hot tea.
19. Hypericum Perforatum
This herb is safe for long-term usage. It helps regulate attention and relieves emotions like apathy, guilt, and isolation. Also known as St. John’s Wort, the herb is taken orally 1 to 3 times daily for up to eight weeks in varying dosages depending upon severity.
20. Scutellaria Laterifolia
It is commonly known as Skullcap; this herb is a useful sedative with no side effects, like mental impairment or drowsiness. It helps ease crying spells and irritation. The herb is traditionally taken in the form of tea, tincture or capsule.
21. Valeriana Officinalis
This relaxing herb boosts learning skills, tapers down restlessness, and aggressive behaviour. Valerian tea should be prepared with lukewarm water otherwise the lighter oils may drive off.
- Ensure that your diet contains a lot of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Maintain healthy weight.
- Organize items of daily use in their designated places.
- Make a proper schedule, and follow the same routine daily.
- Cut down on junk food, candy, and colored cereals.
- Don’t intake an overdose of vitamins or minerals.
- Avoid medications. In case it is necessary, limit the dosage to minimum.