ADD and ADHD can be very difficult to understand, control, and deal with. While there are prescriptions out there that may help the individual deal with one of these hyperactive disorders, they come with some costly and harmful side effects. As with most drugs, the negative impacts of these side effects may not be fully known until it is too late.
Natural Treatments for ADD and ADHD
If you or someone you know is suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD), it may be reassuring to know that there are some completely natural herbal remedies that may help individuals deal with the effects of these disorders.
Both American and Asian (panax) ginsengs are often used in alternative treatments for ADD/ADHD. These two ginsengs contain a class of phytochemicals known as ginsenosides, which have been shown to have neuroprotective properties. Since ADD/ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder, some of the symptoms of the disorder can be reduced or prevented because of the ginsenosides ability to protect nerves in the brain from oxidative damage.
These phytochemicals also boost dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, which may help normalize the hyperactivity of the brain. Studies have shown that the benefits of ginseng can be seen within as few as two weeks.
Ginkgo is also full of phytochemicals, these ones being bilobalide and ginkgolide, both of which improve mental focus as well as memory. Ginkgo is also full of antioxidants that may help protect the brain, preventing further/worsened side effects of ADD and ADHD. Research suggests that this herb may be as effective as prescription medications in helping improve concentration and attention.
Gotu kola has the same stimulatory effect as many of the prescription ADD medications, with none of the side effects. It is known to improve cognitive function and is used to treat neurodegenerative disorders. Gotu kola has been shown in multiple studies to relive the hyperactivity symptoms of ADHD and also increases attentiveness. Gotu kola is often used in combination with ginkgo.
The phytochemicals in bacopa improve the transmission of pulses between neurons in the brain and also help repair damaged neurons. Studies suggest that bacopa is effective in improving memory, mood, and mental focus.
Alkaloids in guarana help reduce mental fatigue, which can increase focus and concentration. Guarana also helps improve alertness and mood and produces a calming effect in children with ADD.
Rhodiola Rosea is well-known for its ability to reduce mental stress and fatigue. This herb is also believed to improve memory and attention span. It also has the ability to improve dopamine production in the brain, which can help address many of the symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD.
Before turning to harsh drugs to treat ADD/ADHD, try some of the natural herb treatments. Studies have shown that many of these natural remedies are just as effective as prescription medications in addressing ADD/ADHD symptoms, and they do not have any of the negative side effects.