Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common behavioral conditions among children. In the United States, approximately 4.5 million children between the ages of 5-17 years old are diagnosed with ADHD each year.
Research indicates that when treating ADHD, a multidisciplinary approach is most effective; combining behavioral therapy, exercise, dietary changes and medication. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be added as one of the treatment methods that can successfully manage ADHD.
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition of the brain that makes it difficult to concentrate or control impulsive behavior.
Children with ADHD generally struggle with paying attention or concentrating. They struggle to follow directions and are easily bored or frustrated with tasks. They also tend to move constantly and are impulsive, not stopping to think before they act.
These behaviors are generally common in all children, but they occur more often and are more severe in a child with ADHD. The behaviors common with ADHD interfere with a child’s ability to function at school and at home.
Adults with ADHD may have difficulty with time management, organizational skills, goal setting, and employment. They may also have problems with relationships, self-esteem, and addictions.
Treatment for ADHD
Treatment for ADHD is multifaceted, consisting of ADHD medications, behavioral therapy and lifestyle and dietary modifications.
ADHD is best managed when families, educational and health professionals work together to meet the unique needs of the child or adult who has ADHD to help them learn to focus their attention, develop their personal strengths, minimize disruptive behavior, and become productive and successful.
An excellent addition to any treatment plan, acupuncture is used to help restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while also diminishing the symptoms of ADHD.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help improve focus and attention, augment mood management techniques, reduce fidgeting, lower hyperactivity and enhance concentration.