The research and interest in ADHD homeopathy is expanding rapidly as many ADHD sufferers seek alternatives to stimulant-based ADHD medications such as Ritalin.
Stimulants such as Ritalin can cause side effects (nausea, insomnia, etc.), abuse and addiction, withdrawal, and they tend to lose their effectiveness over time. In addition, many parents are not comfortable medicating their children, and are particularly reluctant to give powerful stimulants to still developing brains.
As a doctor who treats ADHD, and as the mother of a son with ADHD, I have observed many success stories using homeopathy for ADHD with the homeopathic ADHD treatments listed below.
BrightSpark was formulated to reduce hyperactivity and enhance focus in children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
It is made from plants and herbs such as Hyoscyamus, Arsen iod, Verta alb, and Tuberculinum that boost overall brain functioning and relax the nervous system.
These ingredients have been used in Chinese and traditional medicine for thousands of years. In addition, BrightSpark contains no artificial colors, artificial preservatives, gluten, or animal products.
Focus Formula is essentially a super brain booster for children and adults. It helps balance mood, promotes the flow of oxygen to the brain, and promotes focus.
It contains ingredients such as Chamomile, Gingko Biloba, Nettle, Gotu Kola, Green Oats, Rooibos, and Skullcap. Like all of the natural supplements listed here, Focus Formula contains no animal products, gluten, and no artificial colors or preservatives.
In my anecdotal clinical experience, Synaptol is the most popular ADHD natural remedy along with Attend. It is non-addictive, and produces no side effects. It is particularly effective in children with deficits in reading and writing.
It comes in liquid form, and is listed in the Food And Drug Administration's compendium of homeopathic treatments. It contains ingredients such as Avena Sativa and Scutellaria that enhance brain functioning and promote calm.
No discussion of ADHD homeopathy would be complete without mentioning Listol. It contains many of the vitamins and minerals that many folks with ADHD are lacking.
These include vitamin B, Iron, magnesium, and the amino acid gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
These are all essential for healthy brain functioning, and also help promote balanced mood states in those suffering from hyperactivity or nervous tics.
Attend was created to support focus and concentration, promote alertness, improve cognitive function, and balance mood.
It contains natural brain boosters such as Valerian root and magnesium. In fact, research indicates that children with ADHD often suffer from a magnesium deficiency.
Like all of the ADHD homeopathic remedies listed here, Attend does not produce any detrimental side effects and has no addictive qualities.
Focus Factor for kids is widely available in most health food stores, making it one of the most widely used brain support supplements in the US.
It was formulated to promote memory, focus, and concentration and comes in chewable tablets that taste like berries.
It is a brain-boosting blend of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including DMAE, Omega 3, DHA, vitamin B3, B6 and B12, Bacopa, and more. It contains no caffeine, no artificial colors or preservatives, no gluten, and no animal products.
Natural Vitality's Natural Calm mostly consists of magnesium which is essential for healthy brain functioning and healthy overall functioning.
Studies have highlighted magnesium's many health benefits including reducing stress, alleviating depression, reducing hypertension, and more.
More importantly, magnesium deficiency has been linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children which is why it is important to make sure our children are getting enough of this essential mineral. Natural Calm is found in many health food stores.
ADHD homeopathy may not be effective for everyone because all medications and natural supplements affect everyone differently.
What works for your neighbor may not work for you. As a result, there may be a bit of trial and error required to find out which ones are most effective for each individual.
They tend to work best with mild to moderate cases of ADHD. However, I have observed that ADHD homeopathy can be effective for even extreme cases of ADHD, either as a sole treatment or more often in conjunction with other ADHD treatments such as medication and therapy.
The bottom line is this: If you or your child is still struggling to get their ADHD symptoms under control, or your current treatment regimen is not fully effective, then you may wish to try ADHD homeopathy.