What are some of the useful herbs for ADHD treatment?
Many intelligent parents are asking healthcare professionals for alternative remedies that can be effectively used to treat ADHD in their children.
There is no doubt that prescription medications like Ritalin are effective in many children with ADHD (and adults too).
However, these drugs come with side effects that are not acceptable to some parents.
We have compiled a list of herbs that have been traditionally used to manage hyperactivity, attention problems, anxiety and restlessness.
Below are some of the herbal natural remedies for ADHD treatment used both in children and adults.
They are recommended by herbalists and naturopathic doctors from around the world.
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Ginkgo is by far one of the most popular and useful herb for memory related problems including memory loss and forgetfulness.
It is extensively used in traditional Chinese Medicine and in Germany and France. It will improve concentration and blood flow to the brain.
It is rich in anthocyanin, flavone glycosides, bioflavins and beta-sitosterol. These active substances are believed to have a positive effect on the nervous system.
See ADHD Managment with Ginkgo Biloba for a discuss on this herb.
Dose: Take 40 mg three times daily to start. Benefits may take up to four weeks to appear.
This is a traditional herb used to treat restlessness, anxiety and nervous tension. People often drink chamomile tea after a stressful day of work to relax and wind down.
Dose: Tea - Drink one cup of tea once or twice daily to calm down to mind and body.
Extract - Take 10 to 15 drops in 100 mL of water up to three times daily.
Skullcap is used traditionally to treat anxiety, nervous tension and insomnia. It is regarded as a nerve tonic.
One small study showed that volunteers given skullcap became relaxed and this benefit lasted for 2 hours.
It is rich in flavonoids, tannins, valerianic acid and coumarins.
Dose: Extract (1:1) - Take 2 to 4 mL three times daily.
Tincture (1:5) - Take 1 to 2 mL three times daily.
Tea - Use 1 to 2 grams of the leaf to make 150 mL of tea. Boil for 10 minutes, strain and drink three times daily.
Lemon balm contains phenolic acids and flavonoids, both useful for relieving stress, restlessness, mood changes and anxiety.
Some clinical studies showed that it has anti-anxiety effects.
Dose: Extract (1:1) - Take 60 drops daily.
Rooibos tea is very popular around the world and is used by many people to help reduce anxiety, stress and nervous tension.
It contains potent antioxidants and flavonoids and is also rich in magnesium, zinc and iron.
It is shown in animal studies to protect the brain against damage caused by lipid peroxides, a highly reactive substance.
Dose: Tea - Drink 1 cup of rooibos tea as needed.
Gotu kola is used in Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine to help reduce anxiety and nervous tension.
Some studies show that it can improve blood flow in the brain and overall circulation to the rest of the body.
It is also helpful in reducing fatigue. There is some evidence that it can act as a mood stabilizing tonic.
Dose: Extract - Take 30 to 60 mg twice daily.
Bacopa is traditionally used to help with learning, memory problems, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, mental endurance and for anxiety.
Clinical studies have confirmed the benefits of bacopa for improving verbal learning and memory. Results took 12 weeks to appear.
For the research findings showing that it could help, see Using Bacopa for ADHD/ADD Symptoms.
Dose: Extract - Take 300 mg daily.