ADHD-Chinese Herbal Remedies
In China, traditional herbal medicine is widely used to treat various diseases and illnesses, with success rates that mirror or often exceed those of Western medicine. The philosophy behind Chinese medicine is that health is characterized by balance in all bodily systems. Symptoms of a particular disorder indicate imbalances in certain body systems. Chinese herbs are used to restore perfect balance in the body. This systematic approach lends so much potential for Chinese medicine to treat ADHD, especially since each concoction is formulated to treat individual symptoms.
While the philosophy behind Chinese medicine may seem old-fashioned, there is recorded scientific evidence of how Chinese medicine can treat various common disorders, often with astonishing results. The only difference between Chinese medical trials and the ones done in the West is that the latter use placebo controls and randomization. Chinese herbal medicine does not practice these test measures, which is why Western medicine often disregards the results of Chinese clinical trials. Even though they use different procedures, the consistent benefits of Chinese medicine are worth taking a look at.
Here are some of the standard Chinese herbal concoctions that could be helpful in the management of ADHD.
This blend of Chinese herbs was designed to control hyperactivity in children. In a study done in China, Tiaoshen Liquor was given to 100 children with ADHD hyperactive type with very positive results. Not only did 94% of the children experience reduced hyperactivity symptoms; they also had better attention spans and improved academic performance. The Chinese researchers believe that this herbal formulation works because it improves the information transfer across cholinergic synapses.
Yizhi syrup, or wit-increasing syrup, was tested on 66 hyperactive children. 84% experienced significant improvement in academic achievement and behavioral ratings, and reduction in other symptoms of ADHD. Urine sample testing showed a significant increase in the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.
Chinese herbs vs. Western medicine
In a study that performed a direct comparison between Chinese herbs and Western medicine, 80 children were given a concoction designed to reduce hyperactivity while invigorating the spleen’s function. The herbs used in this formula include Codonopsis pilosula, Scutellaria baicalensis, Astragalus membranaceus, Ligustrum lucidum, Bupleurum Chinese, Lophatherum gracile, and an herb called “thread of ivory.” The remaining 20 children were given 5-15 mg Ritalin tablets twice a day.
The study was done over a three-month period. Using EEG, IQ tests, and symptom scales, researchers found that in the herbal treatment group 23 children (29%) gained 10 IQ points, achieved normal EEG levels, and had no recurring symptoms; 46 children (58%) showed some improvement; while the remaining 11 (13%) showed no improvements. In the Ritalin group, 6 children (30%) normalized, 12 children (60%) showed some improvements in symptoms, and the remaining 2 (10%) had no improvements.
These findings suggest that there is probably little overall difference between the efficacy of Chinese medicine and that of Western medicine. Unlike using stimulant drugs, however, Chinese medicine produced no side effects.
If you are looking for alternatives to medication, Chinese herbal remedies may be a great adjunct to a comprehensive natural protocol such as the UnRitalin Solution.
I would recommend you find a certified and qualified practitioner of Chinese medicine if you consider using Chinese herbal remedies for your ADHD child.