Study shows homeopathy is an effective treatment for ADHD
ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome is a complicated and often misunderstood condition. It is thought to affect between 3- 5% of children. It has also been estimated that ADHD is 3 or 4 times more common in boys than in girls. Generally, the ADHD child is unable to concentrate, is hyperactive to the point of being disruptive, and has poor school performance compared with intelligence.
A growing problem
In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in the number of cases of ADHD. ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is strongly linked to diet, chemicals and food additives in processed food, especially refined sugar and carbohydrates and corn syrup. Food allergies, heavy metal toxicity and caffeine found in sodas are all aggravating. Essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency has been found in many cases.
Drugging our kids
Conventional treatment involves giving children suffering from ADHD pharmacological drugs such as stimulants. This is worrisome, as these drugs can cause psychoses, including manic-like and schizophrenic-like disorders. Congress has called for an investigation of the effects of prescribing certain stimulants to children, and certain pharmaceutical companies producing these stimulants have been the subject of class action lawsuits in recent years, as more parents are realizing that the drugs are actually making their children sick.
ADHD can be treated naturally without the use of pharmaceuticals that cause more problems than they purport to solve.
The natural answer
Clinicians using homeopathy for ADHD have reported good results, but objective evidence has been lacking. Now, a double blind, placebo-controlled study of 43 children with ADHD shows that homeopathy can be effective in treating the disorder.
In a study published in the British Homeopathic Journal, Oct 1997, children afflicted with ADHD were given either a homeopathic treatment or a placebo for ten days, then parents or caregivers rated the children on the amount of ADHD behaviour they displayed. Those receiving homeopathic medicines showed significantly less ADHD behaviour than those given placebos.
When evaluated in a follow-up interview two months after the study’s end, 57% of the children showing improvement with homeopathy had continued to improve, even though they had discontinued the homeopathic medicines; twenty-four percent relapsed by the time of the follow-up; and the remaining 19% continued to experience positive results, but only while taking the homeopathic medicines.
The homeopathic medicines found most helpful for ADHD were Stramonium, Cina and Hyoscyamus niger. Stramonium was specifically indicated when children had many fears, or suffered symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder; children who were physically aggressive benefited most from Cina; and, children with manic or sexualized symptoms responded most favorably to Hyoscyamus niger.
At healing-arts.org you’ll find an alphabetical listing of homeopathic remedies and a brief summary of how each might be applied to children with ADHD or ADHD symptomolgy. However we always recommend that you see a licensed practitioner to get a personalised and accurate prescription.
If you want to uncover other natural remedies for ADHD then go to our find a cure section www.naturalcures.com/find-a-cure/adhd
You’ll find a whole range of therapies including ayurveda, aromatherapy, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. You’ll also learn about the best dietary and nutritional choices for you, as well as an up-to-date range of supplement suggestions. Our team is constantly on the lookout for natural, complementary alternatives to taking drugs. Together, we’ll set you on the road to recovery.