ADHD on the rise – almost 3 millions children take medication for the condition in the US alone
ADHD made the headlines today with new research data: there are over 5 millions children diagnosed with ADHD in the country, and it seems to be on the rise.
“About 5.4 million children have ADHD in the United States, according to their parents, and 2.7 million take medication for the condition, the CDC survey of 4- to 17-year-olds found.”
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While I do believe that ADHD should not be treated as a mental illness, I don’t really want to press my opinion and just keep my focus on the herbs that may be beneficial for children that need treatment for ADHD.
There are several herbal alternatives to relieve the symptoms of ADHD. I picked 3 herbs that are used to treat ADHD, these are the following: Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica), Chamomile and Kava Kava (Piper methysticum) root extract.
The soothing properties make it well suited for overcoming insomnia and preparing for meditative practices. It is commonly used to re-build energy reserves, improve memory and treat fatigue, both mental and physical. Its high vitamin B content makes it effective for neurological disorders. Its active ingredients are vitamin B1, B2 and B6, the B vitamins that participate in converting sugar into glucose. When blood sugar levels in the body are stable, the brain receives a steady supply of glucose, which prevents mental fatigue, depression, and hypoglycemia.
I’ve read several testimonials from people who chose Kava Kava to reduce their childrens Ritalin dosage, adding Kava Kava tablet (400 mg of root, not extract) to their diet. Kava Kava is know to ease symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression. It has also been employed by the military in Fiji to aid in vigilance and anxiety reduction, to provide concentration and focus, to provide muscle control before sports and music performances, to reduce anxiety associated with public speaking and other public performances, and in corporate meetings to aid in mental clarity, sociability and improved decision making.
An Australian study suggests that ADHD may also be linked to the diet of our children.
“It also may be that the Western dietary pattern doesn’t provide enough essential micro-nutrients that are needed for brain function, particularly attention and concentration, or that a Western diet might contain more colors, flavors and additives that have been linked to an increase in ADHD symptoms. It may also be that impulsivity, which is a characteristic of ADHD, leads to poor dietary choices such as quick snacks when hungry.”