Natural Remedies for ADHD – an Introduction

As a family care Chiropractic physician in St. Louis, I see a remarkable number of parents who come to my practice to ask about ADHD and their children. I say “remarkable” because this is a diagnosis that has spiked in the past 20 years. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 out of 10 children are diagnosed with ADHD.

But – what is ADHD? What are the symptoms? More importantly, if your child does seem to manifest symptoms of ADHD, how can they be remedied?

Symptoms of ADHD, their causes and natural remedies.

Over the next weeks and months, I will be discussing the symptoms of ADHD and their possible causes, as well as their remedies.

According to the CDC, “The causes and risk factors of ADHD are unknown, but current research suggests that genetics plays a large role.”

This statement is mirrored by the major health resources available to the public.

However, the drugs that are commonly prescribed to address these symptoms have very real side effects, ranging from stunted growth to stroke to psychotic episodes and seizures. Any parent would want to make very sure that the diagnosis and remedy for this was correct before playing roulette with these side effects.

To me, this level of uncertainty is unacceptable – especially given the fact that the ADHD medications have so many possible negative side effects. It’s a bit like taking your car into a shop because it has a noise under the hood, then being told – “We don’t know what’s causing the noise, but we can fix it – maybe. Or… your car may stop working altogether. We’re not sure.” I wouldn’t accept that for my car, and I certainly wouldn’t accept that for a child.

List of ADHD symptoms

 

According to the CDC, the following is a list of ADHD symptoms:

People with ADHD show a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development:

  1. Inattention: Six or more symptoms of inattention for children up to age 16, or five or more for adolescents 17 and older and adults; symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months, and they are inappropriate for developmental level:

    • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.

    • Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.

    • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.

    • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).

    • Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.

    • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).

    • Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).

    • Is often easily distracted

    • Is often forgetful in daily activities.

 

  1. Hyperactivity and Impulsivity: Six or more symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity for children up to age 16, or five or more for adolescents 17 and older and adults; symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for the person’s developmental level:

    • Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.

    • Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.

    • Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).

    • Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.

    • Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.

    • Often talks excessively.

    • Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.

    • Often has trouble waiting his/her turn.

    • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)

Natural remedies for ADHD

 

Over the coming weeks and months, I will be discussing each of these symptoms and their possible causes and natural remedies in great detail.  Please subscribe to my blog to get updates as they are released.

If you have questions about ADHD, please call me

If you are concerned that your child may have ADHD, please call me.  We can set up an appointment for a visit, and I will do an analysis of the symptoms and their causes with you and your child, and we will develop a program of natural remedies to address the issues at hand.  (636) 391-1611

 

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