According to the Women’s International Summit for Health (WISH) ADD Summit page (Summit starts October 28th), six million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Furthermore, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association says that about 85% of adults are not aware that they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Symptoms include restlessness, inability to concentrate, difficulty organizing tasks and becoming easily distracted by outside stimuli. For most people with ADD/ADHD, work and social life is negatively impacted due to missed tasks, forgotten agendas and a seemingly uninterested, disruptive attitude.
To keep such symptoms at bay, doctors typically prescribe a litany of medications such as Ritalin, Adderall and Zoloft. However, like many medications, adverse side effects may include bladder and/or back pain, bloody urine and irregular heartbeat. While some people may find comfort in such medications, it’s important to know that there are herbal remedies that can help diminish ADD/ADHD symptoms, without the harmful side effects.
Top Four Herbal Remedies to Help Decrease ADD/ADHD Symptoms
It’s not unusual for children and adults to be given a variety of these medications, often too freely. In an effort to move away from this harmful, sometimes fatal trend, many people seek the benefits of herbal treatments to diminish the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
1. Gotu Kola: This herb has been known to produce additional neurotransmitters and contributes to enhanced blood flow which can increase mental function and improve the ability to concentrate.
2. Gingko Biloba: Used by many for their belief that it improves brain function immensely (it may even be effective in helping diminish the effects of Alzheimer’s disease), Gingko biloba plays a critical role in delivering blood and blood sugars to the brain and certain nerve cells.
3. Ginseng: ADHD is often associated with deficits in dopamine-related neurological pathways. Studies show ginseng compounds can combat this deficiency, helping expedite neurodevelopment and also contributing to improved communication between neuronal cells. It’s often used for alertness and to improve concentration.
4. Valerian: According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), valerian can be given to as a treatment for ADHD. Valerian has been said to promote relaxation and more restful sleep in individuals, without drowsiness that can impair one’s abilities.
To help make others aware of ADD/ADHD symptoms and news, or to learn more yourself, you can download and distribute related materials found at the ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) website via this link: http://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/resources/
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