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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - explanation

ADHD (earlier ADD – attention deficit disorder) is a frequent childhood disorder sometimes continued in adults. Children suffering from it are usually hyperactive and have problem being focused on anything, sometimes get easily aggravated and even aggressive.

Exact cause of ADHD is still unknown, but the scientists suggest that problems with brain chemistry (neurotransmitters in the brain) and prenatal trauma may be associated with this condition. Boys are more affected with ADHD there are 10 times more boys than girls suffering from this condition.

ADHD children show three possible subtypes of the condition:

  1. Mainly hyperactive-impulsive
  2. Mostly inattentive
  3. Combined subtype, hyperactive and inattentive (most children have this type of ADHD)

There is no cure for the ADHD, but treatments could ease the symptoms of hyperactivity.

What can be done?

Sometimes, pediatricians prescribe Methylphenidate drugs to ADHD kids. Medication affects the chemical signals in the brain and is believed to help in focusing and concentrating. But, as the other drugs, it has some serious side effects affecting appetite, weight, sleeping pattern and heart too.

Considering the possible adverse effects, some parents decide they don’t want their child to be medicated. Luckily, there’s another option: change in diet, herbal remedies and counseling. Some substances, like synthetic food colors, milk, chocolate, sugar and preservatives may provoke ADHD. Removing them from your child’s diet may improve the condition. Change what your child eat: avoid food additives like nitrates or synthetic food colors, caffeine (from the soft drinks) and excessive sugar  they might be worsening the ADHD symptoms.

Since the 1970s Germans use valerian, as the ADHD proven remedy. Because of the unpleasant taste valerian is sold as tincture. A German study shows that children respond well to the valerian treatment, improving their learning skills and reaction time, anxiety and aggressiveness are milder, and 25% of treated children have been recovered completely from ADHD.

Catnip is another European herb for ADHD treatment, usually used with valerian.

French kids usually take some linden flower tea, to calm them down. You could find linden tea (sometimes called French or English herb tea) in many of the natural food stores or groceries.

Hyperactivity tincture is made of 1 teaspoon f valerian rhizome, ½ a teaspoon of catnip leaves tincture, ½ a teaspoon of passionflower leaves, ¼ of a teaspoon of peppermint tincture and ¼ of a teaspoon f linden flowers tincture. Mix all of the ingredients and use several times a day.

Primrose oil is known in PMS (premenstrual syndrome) therapy, but may also be helpful with ADHD. It calms the hyperactivity and eases the sleeping problems in ADHD kids. The oil is sold in capsules so make sure to adjust the dose to your child.

 Some doctors suggest the use of magnesium vitamin B complex and vitamin C supplements to the ADHD patients.

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