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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD and Ayurveda

Author : Gurnam Saini  

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD Natural Herbal Ayurveda Treatment Melbourne Australia

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 behaviour that they may have attention lapse or even show hyper active performances. They may show poor performance in school and at times, their impulsive reaction may be too intense as well. Some report sturggle 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 the environmental factors are concerned, they too may lead to ADHD. As per reports, excessive exposure to tobacco and even alcohol during pregnancy may lead to ADHD problems in children. Further, some children who are exposed to certain chemicals like lead or dialkyl phosphate may more likely suffer from ADHD.

 

Symptoms of ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

The following symptoms may be commonly associated with ADHD:

 

  • The person finds it hard to stay attentive.
  • The person finds it hard to focus upon 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 hyper active, one may find the following symptoms.

 

  • Tendency to talk nonstop.
  • Tendency to keep moving or fideting
  • 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 as Ayurveda, ADHD is generally categoried under the vata dosha disorder. Vata is one of the three doshas that helps in controlling the different elements and their functioning. When the vata dosha starts to dominate in the body for whatever reason, diet or lifestyle etc., it may lead to the problems similar to ADHD. 

 

According to Ayurveda principles, Vata is mainly responsible for governing all the different movements, including breathing and nervous impulses as well. Vata helps to transport the energy to various parts of the body. When vata is vitiated, the body sometimes start to behave hyper energetic.

 

All those who have 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 in order to treat vata condtions ike anxeity, stress and ADHD, it is ideal to balance the vata dosha as it will help in making people feel better and relaxed.

 

Natural Remedies for ADHD or  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

One can find a lot of different Ayurveda natural treatment, mentioned to balance Vata dosha, as there are various Ayurveda herbs and therapies used for same. 

 

 

Ayurvedic Herbs to Manage Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

 

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

 

 

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri):

 

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

 

Shankpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis):

 

Shankhpushpi has been considred to help in stabilising the mind and may ehnance the memory and presence of mind and help to stay focused. It is an herb that helps in pacifying all the doshas; however, its main action is over vata and pitta dosha. As ADHD is cased because of excessive vata dosha, shankpushpi may help in pacifying the same or help the person to manage it better.

 

Vacha (Acorus calamus):

 

As per the Ayurveda texts, it is believed that this herb can turn out to be useful in various mental and nervous disorders. It may help in improving the concentration of the patient and may also offer clarity of speech as well. It may be considered useful for ADHD patients. Mainly, it helps in pacifying vata and thereby may find its use in treatment of ADHD.

 

Ashhwandha (Withania somnifera):

 

This Ayurveda herb may find its use in treatment of ADHD, due to vata balance effects. It may on work as nervine tonic. With pacification of vata, it may help the patients in feeling a lot better.

 

Ayurveda Therapies for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

 

Shirodhara:

 

Shirodhara is an Ayurveda therapy which actually 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. These  liquids can be oil or milk or buttermill etc depending on the condtion. The oils etc are chosenvery mindfully that they are believed to bring peace and relaxation to the mind. This may be beneficial those who tend to be hyper active all the time.

 

Nasya:

 

Nasya is an Ayurveda therapy where in a mixture of herbalised oils and different Ayurveda medicines are administered to the patient through the nose. As the liquid passes from the nose to the head, it helps in cleaning the different channels and brings about a lot of benefits. It helps 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 Ayurveda massage. As the massage is carried out using the finest Ayurveda herbs, it may help in feeling better. The excess of vata may be balanced and hyperactive patients may feel much more relaxed and at peace. 

 

These are some of the different ways which are commonly used in Ayurveda fto support the management of ADHD in a more natural and holistic manner.

 

 

Both Ayurvedic Practitioner Gurnam Saini and Pooja Saini have worked in mental health in their Registered nursing career in Australia. Both of them worked in Public and Private hospital in Melbourne for number of years till 2019. Gurnam Saini holds a Post Gradute Diploma in Mental Health Nursing and Pooja Saini completed Master of Nursing in Mental Health. They have genuine passion to offer a better quality of life to people living with mental health conditions. They believe in active listening and therapeutic engagement of their clients and support them acheive their recovery goals rather.

 

If you wish to consult Ayurveda, you may choose to 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 for online Ayurveda consultation. 

 

 

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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