Is there a natural remedy for ADHD?

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My child has ADHD… is there a natural remedy that helps with this condition?

I’m sure that you’ve heard it before, but the first natural remedy to ADHD is a balanced diet. Though Granny will argue that sugar is the devil, Mama knows that sugar in limited quantities is an okay part of a child’s diet. But replacing refined sugar like soda and candy bars with natural sugars like fruit is the first step in managing your child’s ADHD.

Much like diabetes , you do not cure ADHD. There is no remedy, natural or otherwise, but there are management tools that can help you to enjoy your child again. Some parents have reported excellent results using gingko biloba and other memory stimulants. Others claim the key is to eat a high protein, low sugar (and that means carbohydrates too) diet.

However, the most effective tool I have witnessed for the treating of ADHD without medication, herbal or otherwise, is a routine. Believe it or not, children need order and discipline. This does not mean military school and no fun ever. It means routine. Children like to know what to expect and when.

Do not let your child vary their bed time, even on weekends, by more than an hour. The same with wakeup times. We all think that getting caught up on our sleep on Saturday morning is a good idea, but it really just throws our bodies off their natural routine and makes it harder to dealw ith our schedules the rest of the week. To use the scheduling method for controlling your child’s ADHD, begin with a set wake up time every morning.

Ten minutes before your child is to wake up for the day, introduce some light and soft music to the room. This signals the brain to start waking up. Then, have a routine. have the school books packed the night before and sitting near the front door or in the same place every day. Pick out clothes the night before and allow last minute changes only in case of serious weather changes or clothing malfunction (a lost button, tear, etc.) Provide your child with a good breakfast, not sugary cereal from a box, and make them sit down to eat it.

 This may make you late the first few times you try it, so begin on a weekend. Set specific boundaries for your child and enforce them. This should include outdoor play time when it is feasible (due to te weather) and indoor quiet time. And, plan at least half an hour evey day to goof off. Your child is, after all, just a kid.

By creating boundaries and making sure your child understands what is expected of them, you can control ADHD and learn to enjoy spending time with your child again. It doesn’t have to be a struggle, but you do have to be the boss.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you, Mama

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The answer to "Is there a natural remedy for ADHD?"

Question asked on April 1, 2008at 3:20 pm:: Comments (2)

Mama, I don’t think Sugar is “the devil!” It’s merely a demonic minion. But I think your answer is spot-on.


Posted by: Granny on April 6, 2008 at 11:30 am

Also, it’s all the doggoned preservatives in our food that hype up the young’uns. Good, fresh food is the answer, Mamma! So get that garden planted.


Posted by: Granny on April 20, 2008 at 11:50 am

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