12 Herbs That Help Stop ADHD

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You can read dozens and dozens of books and articles about ADHD, what it is, and the symptoms it causes, but you can basically narrow it down with these three characteristics: distraction, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. The onset of these symptoms are often seen in early childhood but some cases aren’t properly diagnosed until adulthood. Yes, if you were not aware of this, adults can also suffer from ADHD.

Many of the drugs that are prescribed for ADHD are worse than the disease itself. Many holistic doctors see this disorder as a physical problem that can be helped with proper nutrition and therapeutic herbs. When you consider the sugary fast food and junk food diets most kids are fed, this is not surprising.

One of the first things that should be considered is a proper diet. Remove as much sugar from the diet as possible and add plenty of whole, natural foods, especially raw or lightly steamed vegetables. Make fresh fruit a dessert instead of candy. Make water with fruit juice a treat in place of sugary sodas. You cannot begin to find the source of the problem until you have ruled out a nutritional deficiency. After a good diet has been established for a minimum of 3 months, then you can begin to add these herbal remedies to your routine. Read also how sufficient amounts of one fatty acid might be a solution to ADHD.

Keep reading and find out the top 12 herbs that are recommended by holistic doctors for the treatment of ADHD.


1. St. John’s Wort

Scientists have shown that St. John’s Wort has shown tremendous promise for those with ADHD. St. John’s Wort has calming properties that help children sleep, especially children who are on medication who find that they are sleepy during the day but not at night. St. John’s Wort regulates serotonin and GABA, which improve moods and gives one a sense of relaxation. This herb also encourages the body to produce dopamine and norepinephrine, hormones that help stop depression.



2. Lemon Balm

This is perhaps one of the most used herbs for treating ADHD. It has a reputation for making positive changes, improving focus, attention span, and mental clarity. This works very well when combined with other herbal sedatives such as valerian or passion fruit. Lemon balm will reduce feelings of anxiety, fidgeting, nervousness, and restlessness. This herb has been used for centuries to improve sleep and the appetite, as well as reducing stress. One of the really good things about lemon balm is that it will improve night time sleep while not causing daytime drowsiness. Lemon balm is one of the mildest herbs around and is known to be completely safe for children.


3. Skullcap

This is an herb well known or being a sedative, nervous system restorative and cerebral vasodilator. This is a great herb for agitation, nervous exhaustion, restless sleep or insomnia, and nervous system weakness. Skullcap is great for poor concentration and general irritability. Skullcap is a type of nerve tonic that will normalize by nourishing the central nervous system.

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