12 Ways To Treat ADHD Without Drugs (#8 Is Quite Different)

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4. Brahmi

In Ayurvedic medicine, brahmi is often used as an alternative treatment for those with ADHD. Sometimes called bacopa, this herb works as a tonic to the brain, improving word recall, memory, and lowering feelings of anxiety or depression. Brahmi stimulates cognitive function and stops damage from free radicals. You can mix one teaspoon of brahmi powder and some honey and consume this twice each day. You can also take this herb in a supplement but you should consult with your doctor, especially if this is for a child, so that you can get the proper dosage.


5. Diet And Nutrition

As you might already be aware of, diet plays an important part when it comes to managing the symptoms of ADHD. You can improve memory, obtain a longer attention span, and sharpen the reflexes by making some simple changes in diet.

Focus on getting your child to consume high protein foods such as fish, beans, eggs, nuts, and dairy products. Foods high in protein stimulate the body to produce dopamine, which not only fights depression, but helps us to maintain focus.

Also, start your child eating more complex carbs that are high in fiber and low in sugar. Include some magnesium rich foods such as spinach, and sunflower seeds.

Eliminate all foods with artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and/or preservatives. All of these ingredients cause hyperactive behavior.


6. Ginkgo Biloba

This popular herb is also a great option for ADHD. It will improve memory, cognitive function, retention, perception, and focus. The Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience published a 2001 study showing that subjects who had been diagnosed with ADHD showed improvement in hyperactivity and social behavior when they consumed a combination of American Ginseng, Asian ginseng, and gingko biloba. This herb can interfere with certain prescription medications, so please consult your doctor for proper dosage. You should also consult your pediatrician before you allow your child to consume this herb.

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