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April 06, 2013 / by Dr. Han

Alternative Treatments for Kids with ADHD

ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a very common diagnosis for children with hyperactivity, impulsivity, distractibility, inappropriate levels of attention and concentration. Instead of taking pills, Traditional Chinese Medicine is an alternative and successful treatment for kids with ADHD that are drug free.

Research revealed that ADHD either does not produce enough of certain neurotransmitters- the chemicals that allow nerve cells to communicate with one another so that messages get through- or that there are fewer connections between nerve cells. Conventional medicine tries to repair with drugs. However I get the same or better results by taking a holistic approach including Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture, Acu-pressure, Spine Massage, and Herbs. If kids are afraid of needles, I use beads (seeds) or fingers to stimulate points instead of needles. After four, five weekly treatments, patients usually report positive results including improved behavior and improved grades, less frustration, less anger, better ability to focus. Also patients’ physical symptoms such as poor digestion, insomnia, headache, etc. improve significantly.

I also suggest parents feed kids with ADHD more whole grains, and fresh vegetables, less sugar, packaged or processed food that are full of various additives. In addition, emotions of parents need to be consistent, fair and appropriate to make your child feel loved, accepted and nourished.