Medications are often prescribed to children who have ADHD. In fact, the number of children taking medications for ADHD increased by 42 percent from 2003 to 2011. Even though medication can be effective in helping control ADHD symptoms, it often comes with unwanted side effects. Serious side effects include heart problems, mood swings and suicidal thoughts.
Fortunately, there are many natural remedies that can be used in order to control ADHD symptoms. Below is a list of tips for using natural remedies to control ADHD:
Forgo Preservatives And Food Colorings
According to Mayo Clinic, food colorings and preservatives can increase ADHD symptoms in children. Some of those colorings and preservatives including sodium benzoate, D &C Yellow 10, FD & C Yellow 5 and FD &C Red 40. Avoiding those colorings and preservatives can help reduce ADHD symptoms.
Children who have allergies may exhibit ADHD symptoms when they are exposed to those allergens. Consult with your child’s physician if you suspect that he or she has allergies. Milk, eggs, chocolate and chemical additives are common food allergens.
Try EEG Biofeedback
Electroencephalographic, or EEG, is a form of neurotherapy. It involves measuring brain waves. A 2011 study showed that EEG feedback can be effective for treating ADHD. Children may have to play a video game during an EEG session. They will have to concentrate on a specific task during the video game. If the child gets distracted, then the screen will go dark, or the game will end. This will help the child stay focused.
Get A Massage
A massage is not only relaxing, but it can also help people manage ADHD symptoms. There was a study done in 2003 that examined the effects that massages had on ADHD symptoms. The results of the study showed that children who received a 20-minute massage twice a week for one month had an improvement in behavior and mood.
Consider Tai Chi or Yoga
There have been studies done to show that both tai chi and yoga can be effective for treating ADHD symptoms. One study done in 2013 showed that boys who did yoga on a regular basis had improvements in their anxiety and hyperactivity. Another study showed that teens who practiced tai chi on a regular basis were less anxious and hyperactive.