ADHD Alternative Treatment Options

By Dr. Kensington

There is growing interest in ADHD alternative treatment options over mainstream pharmaceutical offerings such as Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, etc.

There are many reasons. For instance, mainstream ADHD medications are mostly made from powerful stimulants which can result in some nasty side effects such as nausea, insomnia, headaches, and that's just for starters.

The use of stimulants can also carry the risk of addiction and withdrawal. In addition, mainstream ADHD meds often lose their effectiveness over time, and they can be costly for families on a budget.

The good news is that there are other options, listed below, that do not have drawbacks in terms of side effects, effectiveness, or cost. These natural supplements typically work best for those with mild to moderate ADHD, but I have seen them work for severe cases too. They can work alone or in conjunction with mainstream ADHD medications.

ADHD Alternative Treatment: BrightSpark

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BrightSpark is made and sold by Native Remedies, a maker of natural and homeopathic health products. It was formulated to calm hyperactivity and promote concentration in children suffering from ADHD.

Its premise is simple: BrightSpark's overall calming effect is effective because it enables children with ADHD to help settle down and focus. This makes BrightSpark a very popular ADHD alternative treatment.

It is made from natural plants and herbs such as Hyoscyamus, Arsen iod, Tuberculinum, and Veratrum alb, all of which enhance brain functioning, improve concentration, and help balance mood.

Pros: Safe; non-addictive; no side effects; effective at relieving ADHD symptoms; no risk of withdrawal; inexpensive compared to costly mainstream pharmaceuticals, easy to use.

Cons: In my clinical experience, it works best for mild to moderate cases of ADHD, although it can be effective for severe cases too. It depends on the individual. Like many mainstream pharmaceutical ADHD medications, it may take up to three weeks to gain the full benefits.

Focus Formula

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Another popular ADHD alternative treatment option, Focus Formula is made from plants such as Ginkgo Biloba, Skullcap, German chamomile, Gotu Kola, Nettle extract, Rooibos, and Avena Sativa.

These ingredients are, in essence, powerful brain boosters that enhance focus and concentration while promoting normal energy levels (i.e. reduced hyperactivity).

Focus Formula works by promoting the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, which supply the brain with the vital nutrients it needs to function optimally.

To use: Dilute drops of Focus Formula in a small amount of water or juice and enjoy. Or you can consume the liquid directly.

Pros: Can be used for all ages, not just children. Safe, non-addictive, less expensive than mainstream ADHD meds, easy to use.

Cons: Like many mainstream pharmaceutical ADHD medications, it may take up to three weeks to gain the full benefits.

Focus ADDult

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Specifically formulated for teens and adults, Focus ADDult is a brain tonic, circulatory stimulant and memory booster.

It is made from Gotu Kola, Rosemary, and two different types of Asian ginseng (red and white). These ingredients have been used in traditional Eastern and Chinese medicine for centuries.

Rosemary, for example, is noted for its antioxidant properties and role in lowering the risk of neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Pros: Specially formulated for teens and adults (an often overlooked ADHD population). Safe, non-addictive, no side-effects, easy to use, less expensive than major pharmaceutical offerings (Ritalin, Adderall, etc.). Made at an FDA approved facility.

Cons: Like many mainstream pharmaceutical ADHD medications, it may take up to three weeks to gain the full benefits.

Triple Complex Calm Tonic

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Triple Complex Calm Tonic helps eliminate forgetfulness and mental fatigue, increases alertness, improves concentration and memory, and increases blood flow to the brain.

Ingredients: Tissue salts (Kali phos, Nat mur, Calc phos) that act as natural calming agents, soothe nerves, reduce nervous tension, promote the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain, and regenerate healthy brain cells.

To use: Take tablets directly by mouth by chewing or dissolving.

Dosage: 2-4 tablets, 3 times daily.

Advantages: Safe for all ages, easy to use, less expensive than ADHD medications, works within days, tablets are nicely flavored for those who dislike bitter pills.

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