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ADHD-Diagnosed Children Can Benefit Enormously From Chinese Herbal Remedies

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In treating various types of disorders the Chinese have a very old medical tradition that makes use of homeopathic remedies and herbs. Chinese medicine makes use of natural methods to bring back the proper flow of energy in the body and restore balance to the bodily systems, resulting in the cure of the disease, unlike Western medicine, whose objective is to merely mask the symptoms with pharmaceutical medications. In Encino Chinese medicine, a person traditionally visits a practitioner such as an herbalist or acupuncturist and reports his/her symptoms to the practitioner. The herbalist creates an herbal concoction designed to resolve the symptoms being manifested. Pharmaceutical medications are designed to relieve a general set of symptoms, Chinese herbal concoctions, on other hand, are customized to address a specific illness or symptoms that a patient manifests. This may be the reason why Chinese medicine works so well and is sought out by people who have had no success with Western medicine.

An increasing body of studies has now provided scientific evidence showing the effectiveness of Chinese medicine in treating certain chronic conditions and several common disorders. Mainstream medicine however, continues to discredit these studies simply because the same testing standards used by Western medicine are not used by Chinese medicine. Still, it is worth considering the health benefits Chinese medicine can offer a person, especially since physicians are just now getting to understand the power of Chinese herbs to treat ADHD naturally. Listed below are some formulations that can naturally cure ADHD.

Yishi syrup

Yishi syrup, which is also referred to as wit-increasing syrup, is made up of Chinese thorowax root, extract of oriental white ginseng, and skullcap root. In a study participated in by 67 hyperactive children, 83.8% showed better academic performance, improved behavior, and experienced lessened ADHD symptoms. Researchers confirmed through urine sample testing, that yishi syrup can boost the production of norepinephrine and dopamine.

Tiaoshen liquor

This liquor is made of ingredients similar to those in Yishi syrup. Developed accordingly to control children’s hyperactive behavior this tincture claims to have been tested by Chinese scientists. An ADHD study in which 100 children with the condition participated in revealed that a daily dose of Tiaoshen liquor for several weeks led to significant positive outcomes. Parent observation revealed that 93.9% of the children showed less hyperactivity, performed better at school and had better attention spans.

Western medicine versus Chinese medicine

Another noted study was done this time to compare the effects of Western medicine to Chinese medicine in the treatment of ADHD. An herbal formula consisting of herbs known to invigorate the spleen and reduce hyperactivity were given to 80 children. The herbal concoction was made up of an herb known as “thread of ivory,” bulpeurum sinenses, Codonopsis pilosula, Scutellaria baicalensis, Astragalus membranaceus, Ligustrum lucidum, and Lophatherum gracile. The rest of the children were treated with Ritalin drugs (5 mg- 15 mg) twice a day.

For three months the children were subjected to IQ tests, and EEG scans and symptom levels were monitored. Researchers observed at that 30% of children in the Chinese medicine group no longer met the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. Some (13%) showed no improvements at all, while 59% had some improvements. On average, this group showed normal EEG levels and gained 10 IQ points. On the other hand, about 31% of the children in the Ritalin group no longer met the diagnostic criteria; 10% experienced no improvements, 30% showed some improvements while 60% still experienced some symptoms.

In terms of efficacy what this study shows is that very little difference exists between Western medicine and Chinese medicine. When it comes to side effects, however, long-term use of ADHD drugs such as Ritalin are known to cause long term or even permanent damage. Compare that to Chinese herbs, which rarely cause rare allergic reactions and have no serious side effects at all. Talk to a licensed Chinese medicine practitioner if you plan to try natural remedies for ADHD for your child.

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December 13th, 2016 at 8:48 pm

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Helping ADD/ADHD Children Get Well Using Safer and Natural Treatments

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Sadly, more and more children in the United States are being diagnosed with ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) by their doctors. There are about 6% of girls and 11% of boys with this controversial condition according to the AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry). The most common pharmaceutical drug prescribed by Western physicians for ADHD is Ritalin, a very harmful drug that has extremely adverse side effects but still given nevertheless to younger and younger children. It has been shown that between 1991 and 1995, 106% of girls and 78% of boys younger than five years old diagnosed with ADHD were prescribed with stimulants by their doctors. This alarming penchant of doctors for prescribing toxic substances to their young patients has forced many parents to seek out alternative and safer treatments for their afflicted kids.

The United States which comprises just 5% of the world’s population somehow manages to consume 90% of the Ritalin sold in the global market. In other countries, particularly, in China, the symptoms of ADHD are addressed in quite a different manner. The Chinese, for example, think that certain ADHD symptoms are actually normal behavior of preschool children and when these children start school, this behavior can be modified. Of course, some children would find it difficult to adjust and this is the time tests for ADHD are administered to them. Instead of Ritalin, Chinese herbs, food elimination tests, and allergy desensitization are used to treat ADHD as they are deemed to be safe and effective treatments for this condition.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Based on the tenets of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), ADHD is the result of Kidney Yin deficiency. To address this deficit, Chinese herbal tonics loaded with Yin energy (Qi) are usually used. The most common formulas given for ADHD include remedies containing Dioscorea opposita, root of Acori graminei, Polygala radix, bark of the Phellodendron tree, Anemarrhena radix, and Rehmannia radix. A 1987 Chinese study was done in which 325 participating children all diagnosed with ADHD ranging from the ages of four to sixteen were given Jing Ling Extract, a Chinese herbal remedy. The conductors of the study observed that around 32% of the children was cured (no sign of ADHD for six months, negative coordinate movement test, vast improvement in academic performance, and the removal of all clinical symptoms). A similar study also done in China using the same Jing Ling formula showed a 93% effectiveness rate in 103 girls and 454 boys with ages four to sixteen. The formula was administered two times a day for half a year. About 26% of these children were cured.

In 1995 another Chinese study was conducted and a 94% rate of effectiveness rate was achieved including better academic performance, better attentiveness and lessened hyperactivity when the subjects were given an herbal formula known as Tiaoshen Liquor. Another Chinese study done in 1994 involving 67 hyperkinetic kids showed an 85% effectiveness rate when these children took an herbal syrup called Yishi syrup. The children showed soft neurological signs, better school records and a major improvement in their behavior.

Chinese herbal formulas will rarely have one active herb in them. Multiple herbs are mixed into a single tonic to neutralize the side effects and boost the potency of the medicine. No available research study is available using single herbs for the treatment of ADD/ADHD; the aforementioned studies showed great promise and are worthy reasons for performing future huge controlled trials.

Allergy Desensitization

A great number of clinical data point to the fact that a significant number of ADHD/ADD cases are related to environmental and food allergies. A lot of ADHD children also seem to suffer from a weak immune system attributable to environmental toxins. Probable autoimmune reactions against the neurotransmitters and nervous system were also observed using a diagnostic procedure known as the electrodermal technique. Immune reactions due to deficiency to amino acids, vitamins and other nutrients as well as food and environmental allergies lead to neurotransmitter deficiency and nervous system dysfunction. A new treatment procedure known as BioSET technique, involves a combination of food allergy management, allergy desensitization, Enzyme treatment, and detoxification of neurotoxin has shown great promise for the treatment of ADHD. These days, the BioSET technique is almost often used during the early phase of ADHD therapy. Once the stabilization of the immune system is achieved, other modalities such as nutritional supplementation and Chinese herbal medicine are utilized to address the deficiency in the body.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has shown to be an excellent adjunct therapy for children with ADD/ADHD. One type of acupuncture known as ear acupuncture has provided consistent results in the treatment of this condition.

Ear acupuncture or auriculotherapy has been practiced in China for thousands of years but only in the past 50 years been the time that the entire somatotopic and microsystem maps were developed. Ear acupuncture may be used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with body acupuncture to address the condition via the activation of acupoints using devices such as laser, electricity, or needles. Because there are now other techniques for this procedure besides the needling process, acupuncture can work fine with children. Some acupuncturists will place acupuncture beads on their young patients’ ears. A study in which seven children participated involved the attachment of beads into the subjects’ ear. The bead was massaged for half a minute thrice a day. The outcomes showed a substantial improvement in behavior, better academic performance and a reduction of the ADHD symptoms of these children.

No substantial data about the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating ADHD has been found yet although auricular acupuncture for the treatment ADHD has provided encouraging results. It is recommended that numerous clinical studies be made on auricular acupuncture for the treatment of ADD/ADHD in the near future. In 1993, the NIH has actually financed a laser acupuncture study for the treatment of this condition.

It has been shown in some clinical researches that acupuncture combined with Chinese herbs can be utilized as an alternative treatment for ADHD. Primary treatment for mild cases of the condition can include nutritional supplements (amino acid therapy), ear acupuncture, Chinese herbs and BioSET technique. For severe cases, they can be used as adjunct therapies to help lower the required drug dosage and to neutralize the side effects of the drug.

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December 30th, 2014 at 2:59 am

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Acupuncture for ADHD

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In the United States, ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the most common diagnosis reported among children. It is said that about 5% of girls and 10% of boys in grade school do have this disorder. Since 1991 to 1998, the drug Ritalin (methylphenidate) has been widely used on younger and younger children with about a 78% and 107% increase of use on affected boys and girls respectively during that period. This is a real concern for parents of affected children considering the very serious side effects of this drug on young kids.  This has forced parents to look for natural and safer approaches to ADHD.

The liberal use of Ritalin on children basically can be blamed on US doctors. They need to be aware that ADHD is not a uniquely US problem but it is only in the US that the primary course of treatment for this condition is the prescription of Ritalin. In terms of Ritalin, the US uses 90% of this drug. This is quite alarming since the US only comprises 5% of the global population.  Other countries have other safe approaches for ADHD. The Chinese, for example, see that a lot of ADHD “symptoms” are merely natural behaviors of normal preschool kids. These behaviors are often changed by the time the child reaches six to seven years old.  There are children who may have difficulty changing their behavior and more tests for ADHD may be conducted for them. Chinese herbal medicine and allergy desensitization are the primary medical options for ADHD children since they are considered safe and effective for young ADHD sufferers. Certain clinical studies have shown that Chinese herbal remedies as a standalone treatment for ADHD can also be an ideal way of addressing ADHD.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Based on TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), ADHD can result from the deficiency of Kidney Yin. Chinese tonic herbs like Dioscorea opposite, Acori graminei root, Polygala root, Phellodendron bark, Anemarrhena root, and Rehmannia root are often prescribed by Chinese herbalists for ADHD.  A 1987 study involving 326 children with ADHD with ages ranging from 4 to 16 were treated with a Chinese herbal remedy known as Jing Ling Extract. This herbal extract was taken by the children two times a day for three months. The treatment was able to cure about 32% of cases with a 95% rate of effectiveness. Another study done in China also using Jing Ling in pill form involved 557 children (103 female and 454 male) ages of 4 to 16 years old. This herb was taken by the children two times a day for up to half a year.  The result showed that 144 or 26% of cases had been cured with an effectiveness rate of 93%.

A 1990 random trial was done in China compared 5 to 15 mg of methylphenidate given twice a day to 20 subjects with 80 subjects taking a Chinese herbal formula for 1 to 3 months.  Of the 80 subjects using Chinese herbs, 23 of them were cured; for those who have taken methylphenidate, however, only 6 of the 20 showed an improvement of their symptoms. The effectiveness rates were 86 percent for the subjects who have used methylphenidate versus 90 percent for those given Chinese herbs.  The effectiveness rates between the two groups revealed little difference. But the one given Chinese herbs had a greater IQ rise and had lower side effects compared to the medication group.

A 1995 Chinese clinical study, found a 94% rate of effectiveness, including improved academics, improved attention and reduced hyperactivity on the group given Tiaoshen Liquor herbal tonic.  Another Chinese study performed in 1994 involved an open trial involving 66 hyperkinetic children. These children were given Yizhi syrup herbal formula. The study revealed an effectiveness rate of 85 %, including soft neurological signs and substantial improvement in academics and behavior.

Chinese herbal remedies often contain more than a single herb to boost the therapeutic benefits of the herb and minimize side effects and for ADHD, herbal formulas containing multiple herbs are often prescribed for ADHD patients.

Allergy Desensitization

There is still debate on whether ADD/ADHD cases are connected to environmental and food allergies; however, a huge collection of clinical data suggests that a connection indeed exists. Due to toxins in the environment, a lot of ADHD children suffer from a weak immune system. Environmental and food allergies and immune reaction to nutrients like amino acids and vitamins can lead to a deficiency of neurotransmitters and nervous system dysfunction. A 2003 study showed that a BioSET technique, that is composed of allergy desensitization technique, enzyme therapy, food allergy management and   neurotoxin detoxification produced remarkable results in the treatment of ADHD. BioSET and similar techniques that address immune system weakness and toxins are always availed of in the initial stage of the treatment. After the stabilization of the immune system, other complementary therapies like nutritional supplements can be more successful in resolving the deficiency of the body.

Acupuncture

More and more parents are finding acupuncture for their children to be a better form of complementary therapy for ADHD. Different types of acupuncture like laser and ear acupuncture have proven effective in treating ADHD. Auricular or ear acupuncture treats specific acupuncture points on the ear to resolve medical illnesses. Besides needles, laser, electricity or other tools that are less invasive than the needles can work well with children. Acupuncture beads can be attached on a specific acupuncture point on a child’s ear. The bead can be massaged for half a minute three times a day. A study involving this technique revealed substantial improvement in behavior of subjects.

There is a lack of systematic data about acupuncture therapy for ADHD although what is available showed that ear acupuncture for ADHD can produce great results.  More clinical studies about auricular acupuncture are needed to verify and provide definite proof of the effectiveness of ear acupuncture for the treatment of ADHD.

BioSET technique that integrates acupuncture, Chinese herbs, amino acid therapy and other nutritional supplementation, according to clinical research, can be utilized as an alternative and primary therapy for ADHD.  It can also be an adjunct therapy for medication therapy for severe types of ADHD.

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April 4th, 2014 at 6:37 am

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Acupuncture for ADD/ADHD

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Diagnosing a hyperactive child with ADD (attention deficit disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a very controversial issue among some doctors. They argue that a lot of children in the past have this kind of characteristic and it was not really considered a type of health condition all throughout those years. Nevertheless ADHD is one of the most common conditions diagnosed in children in the United States today. In terms of gender distribution about 5% of girls and 10% of boys have this disorder. This statistic comes from the AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology).

ADD and ADHD conditions are usually addressed by very dangerous medications such as Ritalin (methylphenidate).  What’s worse this drug is now being given to younger and younger children.  These drugs have dangerous side effects and parents are wary of having their children take these types of drugs. Because of this apprehension, more and more parents now are seeking for safer, more natural and effective ADD/ADHD treatments for their children.

The addictiveness and nasty side effects of Ritalin is making this drug less and less popular especially among parents who only want natural treatments for their kids as much as possible.

These past few years, more and more people are beginning to see how acupuncture can be an ideal complementary therapy for children suffering from ADD/ADHD.  One very potent treatment is ear or auricular acupuncture. Depending on the acupuncturist, ear acupuncture can be the sole treatment for ADD/ADHD or it can be combined with body acupuncture. Acupuncture is widely known to address dozens of illnesses via the stimulation of target points on the body using reed-thin needles or with other devices such as laser or electricity. Since auricular acupuncture is a noninvasive procedure (as with all types of acupuncture procedures), using it on children is okay.

Acupuncture belongs to an oriental type of medicine called traditional Chinese medicine or TCM. This system has its own way of evaluating a patient particularly focusing on their bodies, problems and personality. ADHD treatment using TCM and acupuncture is considered a lot differently in western medicine. While western medicine views ADD/ADHD as a complex neuro-developmental disorder, TCM sees these conditions as either the result of orifice blockage by static phlegm or blood, spirit agitation by some type of heat or nourishment deficiency of the spirit. Static blood may likewise lead to poor blood flow which may result in insufficient nourishment of the spirit.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be modalities to address ADD/ADHD.  A treatment plan involving ear acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be utilized as primary treatment for children with mild ADHD. They can also serve as an adjunct therapy for extreme types in order to help lower the dosage of the medicine and lessen its effects.

The United States considers ADD/ADHD a condition and because of this it is almost the only country in the world that uses Ritalin on its children.  Most countries handle the problem very differently.  The Chinese, for example, think that certain ADD/ADHD symptoms are normal characteristics of the way many preschool children behave. As the child ages by 6 or 7 years old, his behavior can change. In cases where behavior became worse, the child is given tests for ADD/ADHD.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are usually the primary option for children with these problems simply because these therapies are very safe for children.  For more than 3 decades, countless clinical trials have been done to see how Chinese herbs alone can treat ADD/ADHD children and the results have been encouraging so far.

Parents who are interested in trying out acupuncture treatment for ADD/ADHD for their children should talk to a licensed acupuncturist or a licensed TCM practitioner, preferably one who specializes in ADD/ADHD treatment. The good news is that many health insurance companies now cover full or partial costs of acupuncture treatments.

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March 28th, 2014 at 7:36 am

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