Herbal Remedies - Means of Treating ADHD
Herbal remedies are often sought out and preferred by people who are interested in resolving their health problems in a more natural way. These herbal remedies can be used instead of conventional prescription medications or used alongside those medicines prescribed by doctors. Attention Deficit Disorder or ADHD, a behavioral illness usually affecting children and increasingly affecting adults, is one of the many disorders for which herbal remedies can be helpful.
There has been a marked increase in the number of medications prescribed to treat ADHD, as the disorder becomes increasingly diagnosed. Among those medications which are prescribed by doctors are the stimulants. These stimulants can help individuals who suffer from ADHD; however, many individuals are wary of the negative effects of using those strong drugs on children. Also, most of the ADHD drugs contain amphetamine and methylphenidate substances which can make a drug addictive causing an individual to be a drug abuser and drug dependent. That is why herbal remedies for treating ADHD are becoming popular among people who suffer from said disorder.
Popular herbal remedies used to treat ADHD are Ginkgo biloba, Siberian ginseng/Panax Ginseng, Brahmi or Bacopa monniera, and Gotu kola. They have antioxidants, and brain/nerve tonics making them an effective stimulant. In addition, these herbal remedies affect body structures involved in ADHD. These include the brain as well as neurologic and behavioral body structures.
Ginkgo Biloba is a well-known herb which contains flavones and ginkgolide. This herb has the ability to improve blood circulation to the brain, as well as increase the brain's neurotransmitter levels, helping the brain to focus. Also, Ginkgo Biloba's positive effects have the tendency to be permanent, thus, eliminating the need for continuous usage of the herb.
Siberian Ginseng is another brain stimulant which increases endurance and concentration, and also moderates the release of body energy and normalizes body function. In addition Panax Ginseng, an herb similar to Siberian Ginseng, reduces stress and fatigue, strengthens the immune system, increases motivation and also normalizes body function.
Brahmi, also known as Bacopa monniera, is an herb that is known to enhance the brain's cognitive and learning function. This herb also provides protection for the brain against free radicals.
Lastly, Gotu Kola is known to reduce anxiety levels and enhance memory and brain function. It can also help in increasing blood circulation to the brain as well as improve general circulation.
Furthermore caffeine, though technically not an herb, has stimulating effects which can also address symptoms of ADHD. Many undiagnosed individuals self-medicate by using caffeine.
Those mentioned herbal remedies have the same stimulating effects with the effects produced by the prescribed medication. Also, the research on the effects of those herbal remedies showed benefits to the body structures involved in the ADHD condition. Could these herbal remedies actually be considered a natural alternative to Adderall and other ADHD medications? These benefits can help a lot of people suffering from ADHD. However, it is important for an individual to consult a doctor before stopping or trying any medication. If an individual decides to try the herbal ADHD remedies, he must remember to wait for at least a few weeks for these remedies to take effect.
Carole Gayle is a freelance writer who focuses on health-related topics. For additional information about ADHD remedies and to sign up for the free monthly newsletter, visit the ADHD Help Center.