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Robert Locke   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Natural Remedies For ADHD - Facts For Intelligent ParentsGuess which drug is the most popular among college students for cheating? ADHD medication! That is the hot choice at the moment, beating steroids into second place. The supply comes from the millions of kids who are or have been on Adderall, Ritalin or Concerta. That, for me, is the main argument for choosing natural remedies for ADHD which will never lead to drug abuse.

Before we look more closely at ADHD natural remedies let us try and concentrate (if we don't suffer from ADHD ourselves!) on what causes all these problems in the child's and adult's brains.

Basically there is a fault in the neurotransmitters in the brain and these control how we pay attention, concentrate and make decisions. It is as if the phone signal in our brains is breaking up all the time. So, naturally communication breaks down. In the case of ADHD, there is a lack of focus, resulting in inattention, poor concentration, impulsiveness and erratic behaviour. Very often, due to frustration, aggression and depression develop.

The drug companies claim that in medicating children with ADHD, psychostimulant drugs can be effective in 70%-80% of cases. This may be true, in part, but we also know that after a time, these drugs are no longer effective. Frustration and anger can surface and in some cases, listlessness and depression are added to the child's long list of problems. This is where natural remedies for ADHD have a distinct advantage.

The herbs and homeopathic remedies which make up the ADHD natural remedies are:- Lemon balm, St. John's Wort, Gingko Biloba, Skullcap, Passionflower, Gotu Kola and Hawthorn. These have been shown to be effective in improving concentration and general brain function. There are no side effects and parents have reported vast improvements in behavioural problems, attention and concentration.

As well as natural remedies for ADHD, parents also have to consider diet and how to avoid foods which contain damaging food colourings and dyes which have been shown to have a negative effect on behaviour and attention. There is a very good website organised by the IATP (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy). If you visit their site you will find the very handy 'Brain Food Selector' which identifies all the candies, sweets and snacks which contain preservatives, additives and food colourings (mostly petroleum derived). The European Union and the UK have already banned these and the FDA in the USA has issued guidelines about highlighting natural colour without ever having to use synthetic food dyes.

Avoiding synthetic food dyes may help but it is only part of a combined treatment strategy for ADHD. Natural remedies for ADHD are now getting a lot of attention from the media and parents themselves who are becoming more and more wary of ADHD medications. You can check the site below and find out more about these ADHD natural remedies, without putting your child's health at risk.

Robert Locke is a Health enthusiast who specializes in Children's Health. He has written extensively on ADHD. Discover what ADHD Alternative Therapy is available.

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