Chinese herbal medicine has been utilized for over 3,000 years to address various health conditions, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. It affects individuals' ability to focus, organize tasks, and regulate behavior, often starting in childhood and potentially continuing into adulthood.
How does Chinese medicine help?
If you try to match a herb to a condition, it doesn't work. What you need to do is help the individual where they're stuck.
What do I mean? Let's look at the symptoms of ADHD: most of them involve HYPERACTIVITY in the brain. So too much activity in the top part of the body. In Chinese medicine, the basic premise is BALANCE. So, simply put, we want to take that extra energy in the brain, and redistribute it where it is not anchored and lock it down. Sounds strange but simple? Well, I can say from 20 years experience, it works, and pretty much any other way of addressing this condition, in a Chinese medicine framework using herbs, will fail, as I did before.
Will it take long to work and will I be on herbs forever?
It can take 2-3 weeks to really settle the mind and bring about focus. Sometimes patients conditions can be complex and it may rarely take a month or two. In terms of how long you need to take the herbs to become stable, we usually recommend at least 3-6 months.
Combining Chinese herbal medicine with behavioral therapy, counseling, and, in some cases, conventional medications can lead to a more comprehensive and effective ADHD treatment plan. Collaborating with healthcare professionals who are knowledgeable about both TCM and Western medical practices ensures a holistic approach that addresses the unique needs of each individual with ADHD. As with any treatment, open communication with healthcare providers and continuous monitoring of progress is essential for the best possible outcomes.
Chris has over 20 years experience treating ADHD in 6 - 40 year old's. Feel free to send us a message if you have any questions or book online.