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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 Spokane 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.

Written by Valerie

December 13th, 2016 at 8:48 pm

Posted in Acupuncture

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