When my son was diagnosed with ADHD, trying to decide the best action for treatment was physically and emotionally exhaustive because as a Mom, i wanted what was best for him. Was it going to be natural ADHD remedies or prescription medicine? After doing some research and finding out all the negative side effects of prescription drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderall, I steered toward natural ADHD alternatives.
Even though these prescription drugs have proven effective in many children, I owed it to my son to try some very safe and highly effective natural alternatives. No side effects versus negative side effects was an easy decision for me to make.
Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta (all stimulant drugs) increase brain activity which in turn increases a child’s alertness and heightens his attention span. Side effects that are common, but negative, include headaches, irritability, loss of appetite, insomnia, and others. Concerta is considered worse though as recent studies have shown much more serious side effects such as psychosis, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.
Are you starting to see why I chose natural ADHD remedies?
The prescription drug, Strattera, is a non-stimulant. It can increase your child’s attention span as well as control impulsive behavior. It does this by “keeping an eye on” a chemical in the brain that controls these functions. But again there are side effects such as moodiness, fatigue and decreased appetite.
Wellbutrin, an anti-depressant, decreases anxiety and helps with mood by changing brain chemical composition. This drug is usually prescribed to kids diagnosed with both ADHD and depression. Side effects can include dizziness, weight loss and suicidal thoughts.
Many natural ADHD remedies have proven to be just as effective and can be much safer alternatives than giving your child Ritalin, Adderall, or other prescriptions. Homeopathic and herbal remedies do not have the negative side effects that are often accompanied with prescriptions.
When researching natural ADHD remedies, make sure it includes herbs or homeopathic ingredients which have been shown to be the most effective.
Herbs that will help include:
* Valerian: This is a medicinal herb that is sometimes used as a sedative, but also seems to have stimulant properties that make it an effective ADHD herbal remedy.
* Oatstraw: acts as a nerve tonic whose calming effects grow with time and consistent use.
* Ginkgo: Extracts of the ginkgo biloba tree, a rare Chinese tree, have long been used to treat a variety of ailments, and it has been found that the extracts are also a useful herbal remedy for ADHD.
Homeopathic ingredients that will help include Hyoscyamus, Tuberculinum, Arsen iod, and Verta alb.
There are many natural ADHD remedies that are formulated specifically for children with ADHD. Remember to give the remedy some time to take effect because even though they are much safer, they do take time for positive results. Every child is unique and will react uniquely to the remedy. Also make sure you tell your child’s doctor what you are doing because combining natural remedies with prescription drugs can be dangerous.
You will find that natural ADHD remedies can provide your child with a safe and natural path to an ADHD symptom-free life.