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Natural Remedies for ADHD

Unknown-1The diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has risen. Combination of behavioral therapy with prescription medication seems to be an effective treatment for ADHD. However, there are also several alternative therapies that are also considered effective. Continue reading for natural alternatives to treating ADHD symptoms.

Biofeedback: Children can learn to stay in the appropriate brainwaves through biofeedback. With biofeedback, a child plays a game using their mind as a remote control. If the child’s brainwaves shift outside the appropriate range, the game they are playing will either slow down or come to a stop. If they are in the appropriate brainwaves they can continue with the game. The goal of biofeedback is to change the abnormal electrical brain activity.

Exercise: This can improve ADHD symptoms. It can help children release energy in a healthy way. Engaging in sports or even going to the park after school can help a child release excess energy from sitting in school all day and it is a constructive healthy way to release energy.

Routine: Setting a routine is important in order to establish structure and regularity. Set a time to do homework, exercise, eat, etc. Routine can help counter chaos in an ADHD world.

Relaxation:When a child is overstimulated, try implementing relaxation techniques. You and your child can lie down on the floor face up and imagine you are melting away in the sun and your breath is like waves. This will get your child to relax from an overstimulated state to a restorative state.

Nutrition: Studies over the past 20 years have shown that there is no link between food additives and exacerbation of ADHD symptoms. In my practice however, parents have seen a decrease in their child’s disruptive behavior, decrease in hyperactivity and an increase with their focus when they reduce a child’s intake of sugar, food dyes and preservatives. Eating healthy is key. Foods like vegetables, whole grains, protein, and taking vitamins like fish oils and B-complex can help a child with the symptoms of ADHD and improve mood, mental focus and brain function.

Minerals: Check your child’s zinc, iron, and magnesium levels. Boosting their levels from these important minerals can help control ADHD symptoms and increasing iron can be helpful. Many children with ADHD are low in these minerals.

And……. remember that theses treatments is meant to make your child feel loved. Let your child also play a role in how the new changes are implemented. Find alternatives that he will enjoy and find creative ways to move in a healthy and positive direction.

What are some natural ways you use to help with ADHD symptoms?



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Helen Nieves

Helen Nieves is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Attention Deficit Consultant Specialist. She teaches ADHD on line and is on the Advisory Board at The American Institute of Health Care Professionals. She also received advanced training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and in Grief Counseling.

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Nieves, H. (2015). Natural Remedies for ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 2, 2020, from


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