Despite what medical doctors say about prescription drugs being the best treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, there is no magic bullet that can universally cure this condition. There are so many facets to ADHD that each individual affected by it experiences a unique set of complex symptoms. Perhaps the biggest shortcoming of conventional medicine is that it does not take advantage of the various natural, non-pharmacological interventions that have been shown to be useful in the management of the disorder.
Chinese medicine has a very interesting perspective on ADHD. According to this philosophy, each person has a spirit that resides in the heart. When the child's spirit is too restless and too active, he or she experiences chronic inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity because the heart has become overheated. In order to treat this condition, pressure points have to be stimulated to cool down the heart. This approach is known as acupressure, and its intended effect is to bring back balance in the energy system of the body and treat illnesses, calm down emotions, and rejuvenate the spirit.
The belief underlying acupressure is that physical and mental health is determined by the harmonious flow of Chi (life energy) throughout the body. When the flow of Chi becomes obstructed, an individual becomes sick. In order to treat an illness, the specialist uses the hands, elbows, or other devices to apply pressure to specific points on the body. This brings relief by restoring balance in energy paths and in the steady flow of Chi. Acupuncture works on the same principles, except that the practitioner uses needles instead of applying physical pressure. Since children are generally afraid of needles, acupressure is great for children with ADHD.
One special acupressure method that can be helpful is the use of acupressure beads or ear magnet seeds. The acupressure bead, a round metallic object coated with gold, is applied to the surface of the ear with an adhesive tape. The acupressure beads are simply applied; there is no need to put pressure on them for the Chi to flow. Most children with ADHD seem to respond favorably to the treatment after the first week of bead placement, and continue to improve throughout the coming weeks.
Acupressure and acupuncture are practiced by over 2,000 licensed medical doctors who integrate alternative treatment with traditional Western medical modes. Due to the success of Chinese medicine in treating numerous health problems, many insurance plans partially or fully cover sessions with an acupuncturist. To locate an acupuncture or acupressure specialist near you, contact the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture by calling 800-521-2262 or visiting their website at www.medicalacupuncture.org.