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ADHD Natural Remedies: Homeopathic Remedies

Many remedies can be helpful for chronic conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The problem with the way conventional medicine diagnoses and treats ADHD is that it generalizes symptoms, glosses over individual problems, and assumes that what works for one will work for all.  However, this is not the case.  Moreover, ADHD medications only suppress symptoms, and do nothing to correct the underlying causes.

The best treatment for ADHD is a holistic approach that will examine the individual symptoms of the child and the environmental conditions of the symptoms, and identify any relationships and connections between the symptoms and the environment.  Treating the individual child instead of the symptoms is the essential philosophy of the homeopathic approach.    By understanding the unique features of the child's ADHD, rather than just the symptoms, a homeopath can restore balance into the child's system and help him or her overcome the disorder through homeopathic remedies.   In other words, homeopathy can offer the possibility of a life without ADHD and without the harmful side effects of ADHD medication.

Homeopathic remedies are derived from plant, mineral, or animal substances that have been successfully used to treat a certain set of symptoms.   Obviously, since homeopathic treatments are highly individualized to the unique constitution of the patient, there is no such thing as an "ADHD homeopathic remedy." If you want the best results with homeopathy, you will need to find an experienced homeopath. The following are only examples of remedies that could be used if your child needed them. (This is just to illustrate, so don't run to your health store to buy these).

Anacardium

Anarcadium, or the ripe fleshy portion of the cashew fruit, is known to help relieve the following symptoms:

  • Lack of self-esteem and a deep struggle to do things
  • The feeling of  two wills, as though there is an internal struggle between an angel and devil
  • Antisocial, malicious, or cruel behavior, and a lack of morality
  • Absent-mindedness, or a disliking of  concentration, often with a feeling of unreality
  • Feelings of being dominated, abused, frustrated, and blocked

Hyoscyamus Niger

Also called stinking nightshade or henbane, this flower was originally used in Arabia, Europe, and Asia for its psychoactive properties. Today, it can be used to alleviate the following behaviors:

  • Tendency to show off, perform, joke, or swear too much. A desire to be shocking. Sarcasm.Jealousy, distrust, suspicion, feelings of persecution
  • Sexual precociousness

Stramonium

Also known as ditch weed or thorn apple, stramonium is actually a part of the nightshade family, and can help reduce the following symptoms:

  • Fear of the dark; fear of being alone or abandonment. Timidity, shyness, and withdrawn behavior around strangers
  • Constant talking, laughing, or singing
  • Anger, fits of rage, aggression, tendency to be bossy and domineering
  • Physical effects of past trauma

Veratrum Album

Also known as white hellebore, this plant was often used by the ancient Greeks. Today, this plant is known to help those with the following behaviors:

  • Premeditated lying, cheating. Nail-biting
  • Feigning of sickness. Craving lemons, sour fruit, or ice water
  • Being quarrelsome, critical, defiant, talkative

Homeopathic remedies are easily available in specialty stores, but do not give any to your child without a proper consultation and a full evaluation from a homeopathic practitioner.  Again, it is important to remember that homeopathic remedies are targeted at your child's unique situation and not to the ADHD diagnosis.