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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD and Ayurveda

Author : Gurnam Saini  

Harmony for the Mind: Ayurvedic Strategies for ADHD Relief


ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is primarily a psychiatric disorder that mainly affects children roughly around the age group of 6 to 12 but may also be found in adults.


It generally takes more than six months for the symptoms to be clear enough to help a medical practitioner to diagnose the problem.


In this mental health disorder, the patients are known to exhibit behavior that they may have attention lapses or even show hyperactive performances. They may offer poor performance in school, and at times, their impulsive reaction may be too intense. Some report struggles with sleep as well.


Causes of ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Largely the causes of ADHD remain unknown; however, it is believed that the disease may be mainly caused because of a blend of both environmental and genetic factors.


As far as environmental factors are concerned, they, too, may lead to ADHD. As per reports, excessive exposure to tobacco and alcohol during pregnancy may lead to ADHD problems in children. Further, some children exposed to chemicals like lead or dialkyl phosphate may more likely have ADHD.


Common Symptoms of ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


The following symptoms may be commonly associated with ADHD:


  • The person needs help to stay attentive.
  • The person needs help to focus on the task.
  • Gets bored easily, even when doing something interesting.
  • Finds it hard to follow the instructions, sometimes even the simple ones.


In cases of ADHD, when patients are hyperactive, one may find the following symptoms.


  • Tendency to talk nonstop.
  • Tendency to keep moving or fidgeting
  • A habit of squirming in the seats.
  • Inability to stay quiet for a long time.
  • Inner restlessness.


Ayurvedic Management for ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


As per Ayurveda, ADHD is generally categorized under the vata dosha disorder. Vata is one of the three doshas that helps control the different elements and their functioning. When the vata dosha starts to dominate in the body for whatever reason, diet or lifestyle, it may lead to problems similar to ADHD. 


According to Ayurveda principles, Vata governs all movements, including breathing and nervous impulses. Vata helps to transport energy to various parts of the body. When Vata is vitiated, the body sometimes starts to behave hyper-energetic.


Those with a high vata find it very hard to be at peace and tend to be restless. They are also likely to get bored easily. Ayurveda believes that to treat vata conditions like anxiety, stress, and ADHD, balancing the vata dosha will help make people feel better and relaxed.


Natural Remedies for ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or similar conditions with hyperactivity


The general principle would be to balance the vata dosha. One can find a lot of different Ayurveda natural treatments mentioned to balance Vata dosha, as there are various Ayurveda herbs and therapies used for the same. 


Ayurvedic Herbs are used traditionally to Manage conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD.


There are a lot of different Ayurveda herbs which have been used traditionally in managing symptoms of vata imbalance, similar to ADHD. Here are a few spices used for centuries to support mental health and well-being.


Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri):


Brahmi has been used traditionally in Ayurveda for treating a wide array of mental and nervous disorders. It may be beneficial in managing the symptoms of ADHD as it may help improve our body's intellectual and cognitive functions.


Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):


This Ayurveda herb may treat ADHD-like symptoms due to vata balance effects. It may work as a nervine tonic. The pacification of vata may help the person to feel a lot better.


Ayurveda Therapies are used traditionally for similar conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD.




Shirodhara is an Ayurveda therapy which means flow on the head. In this therapy, some form of a liquid is generally poured over the head of the patient with a steady calm flow. Depending on the condition, these liquids can be oil, milk, buttermilk, etc. The oils, etc., are chosen mindfully and believed to bring peace and relaxation to the mind. This is beneficial to those who are hyperactive all the time.




Nasya is an Ayurveda therapy where a mixture of herbalism oils and different Ayurveda medicines are administered to the patient through the nose. As the liquid passes from the nose to the head helps clean the channels and brings many benefits. It may help to improve oxygenation, which aids in better functioning of the brain and can therefore aid in smoother response time. 


Ayurveda massage:


Further, one can also carry out an Ayurveda massage. As the massage is carried out using the vata pacifying Ayurveda herbs, it may help in feeling better. The excess of vata may be balanced, and hyperactive patients may feel relaxed and at peace. 

These are some of the different ways used in Ayurveda to support the management of ADHD more naturally and holistically.


If you wish to consult Ayurveda, you may contact one of our Ayurveda Practitioners, Gurnam Saini or Pooja Saini, in Melbourne. Both of our Practitioners are Qualified Ayurveda Doctors from India. You may contact us at "Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic". People who can't reach us personally may choose online Ayurveda consultation.


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Author Bio:

Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More


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