Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD or ADD) is a developmental disorder diagnosed when a child or adult shows signs of attention problems and hyperactivity. The symptoms must start before 7 years of age and persist in at least 2 different settings for at least 6 months for the diagnosis to be considered. ADHD is one of the most commonly studied disorders in children. Adolescents and adults with ADHD tend to develop coping mechanisms to compensate for their impairments. ADHD can cause problems in social, school and work functioning.
Healing ADHD with Natural Medicine
Conventional treatments for ADHD typically include stimulant medications. The side effects from these medications can cause difficulty falling asleep at night, loss of appetite, anxiety, and other symptoms. This can be difficult for many kids and adults to manage.
At Boulder Natural Health, we take a different approach to ADHD from conventional medical care. Naturopathic doctors believe that ADHD may be more than just a neurological condition or a learning problem. Often the adrenal gland, a gland that produces a hormone called cortisol and regulates the fight or flight response in the body, can be imbalanced in patients with ADHD. Addressing any adrenal gland dysfunction with adaptogenic herbs like holy basil, black current, ashwagandha, ginseng, schisandra, rhodiola and bacopa can be extremely effective in addressing issues of focus, concentration and memory. Also, specific diet changes that eliminate foods that irritate the nervous system and imbalance blood sugar levels such as sugary foods, foods with high fructose corn syrup, high glycemic index fruits, and other potential food allergens such as dairy, wheat, eggs, soy, tomatoes and citrus fruits can have a significant impact on reversing ADHD symptoms. Amino acid supplementation using specific amino acids like dl-phenylalanine, l-tyrosine, l-theanine, and others can greatly reduce issues of focus, attention and hyperactivity.
Depending on your specific health concerns, you will receive a individualized naturopathic protocol including diet recommendations, lifestyle changes, and herbal, homeopathic, vitamin and/or nutrient supplementation, or amino acid supplementation that work together to optimize the cognitive function. Naturopathic medicine can be extremely effective in improving ADHD.
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