Natural Remedies for ADHD and ADD: An Alternative to Prescribing Ritalin for Children

December 5th, 2005

By Tess Thompson

When your child is diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, deciding on the best form of treatment can be an extremely draining and intensely personal process. Recent headlines about dangerous side effects of commonly prescribed drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta can leave parents feeling ashamed of their decision to give their children these medications.

It is important to remember that while some children who take these drugs do experience alarming side effects, many are treated effectively. But it is also important to be informed of alternatives, and to know about natural medications and ingredients that have shown to be both highly effective and safe.

In order to make the best decision about treating your child, you need to understand what the most commonly doctor-prescribed drugs are and what they do.

Stimulants (such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta) increase brain activity and tend to increase a child’s alertness and ability to pay attention. The most common side effects of these drugs are mood changes, headaches, irritability, insomnia and loss of appetite. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received reports that Concerta was producing more serious side effects such as psychosis, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts among some users.

Non-Stimulants, such as Strattera, increase attention and impulse control by monitoring a brain chemical believed to affect those behaviors. Side effects similarly include moodiness, fatigue and decreased appetite.

Anti-depressants, such as Wellbutrin, relieve anxiety and regulate mood by altering brain chemical composition. These drugs are commonly prescribed to children suffering from both ADHD and depression. Side effects can include dizziness, weight loss and suicidal thoughts.

Many Natural Remedies for ADHD and ADD have proven to be equally effective and can be excellent alternatives to prescribing Ritalin for children as the homeopathic medications do not produce the same disturbing side effects.

When researching Natural Remedies as a treatment for ADHD, look for ingredients which have been shown to be the most useful. One of these is Centella Asiatica (also called Gotu Kola), a natural ingredient known to reduce anxiety levels and enhance memory and brain function. Recent studies show that it may also help increase blood flow to the brain and improve general circulation.

Another popular ingredient, Green Oats (also called Avena sativa), acts as a Nerve Tonic whose calming effects grow with time and consistent use.

Panax Ginseng, a Chinese herb, has been shown in studies to strengthen the immune system, reduce stress and fatigue, increase motivation, and normalize body functions.

There are many Natural Remedies available that focus specifically on child ADHD treatment. Every child is unique and will react uniquely to medication, so trust your instincts and give the remedy time to take effect. As always, consult a doctor if you have questions, but you may find that homeopathic medications provide your child with a safe and natural path to an ADHD symptom-free life.

About the Author

Tess Thompson is a Homeopathic Practitioner, Reflexologist, Certified Aromatherapist, and Herbalist who contributes regularly to Native Remedies - where you can find All Natural Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies for many health conditions including the natural treatment of ADHD.

Chakra Clearing Therapy E-Course

December 5th, 2005

Chakra Therapy is the basis for any holistic course.

Not only does this Chakra Clearing Course give you an understanding of our energetic bodies and why it is important to keep the seven main Chakras of the body clear and balanced, it also teaches you how to keep your & others’ Chakras balanced and how to recognize where and why an illness has manifested in the physical, emotional, and/or spiritual body.

Key Benefits of Chakra Clearing:

Recall the state of relaxation that’s best for you anytime you need it. You’ll learn that truly balance already ‘’is'’ and know how to get there when you’re feeling overwhelmed or out of sorts.

Get away from all the stress and conflicts when you choose to relax. Improve focus and attitude throughout the day. Have a healthier and more productive life.

Course Cost

Basic Course: $30.00 With Certificate Option: $48.00

Course Lessons

  1. Beginning Chakra System - The first half of the chakra system will be covered in this lesson.
  2. The Chakra System - Brief description of the last half of the chakra system.
  3. Function and Awakening of the Chakras and Clearing them - Brief description of the functions of each chakra and how to clear chakras with your hands.
  4. Essential Oils and chakras - Brief intro into which Essential Oils to use on which chakra.
  5. Gemstones, Colors and Chakras - Each chakra has it’s own color and there are Gemstones that are very helpful in regaining balance for each chakra. This lesson will cover that and a bit more.

Optional Certificates Awarded

  1. Certificate of Attendance
  2. Certificate of Class Participation
  3. Certificate of Outstanding Achievement
  4. Certificate of Academic Excellence

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Herbal Eye Pillow Blends

December 5th, 2005

Ingredients:

  • Relaxing - Lavender, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Rosemary
  • Headache - Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
  • Sinus - Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lavender

Directions

Be creative - consider using Essential Oils in a mixture of rice, use just the Herbs for your pillow, or a combination of Herbs and Essential Oils. Find out which way works best for you!

Dandruff Remover

December 5th, 2005

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

Directions:

Combine ingredients then apply directly to the scalp. Use before shampooing. Apply twice a week.

Blackhead Remedy

December 5th, 2005

If its blackheads you want removed then I know something to help. Take some sandalwood powder. Mix a little of the sandalwood powder with tap water till it is a thick paste and spread onto face. Then rub on face with fingers - especially at the blackhead prone areas. Rinse off with tap water.

You’ll be amazed how clean and smooth your face will be. I repeat this weekly and it keeps the blackheads away. If you can’t seem to get sandalwood powder where you live then use ground chickpea (powder) instead.



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