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Treating Depression In Children Using Homeopathy

Depression in children and teens can be treated with homeopathy in Mesa, AZDepression is a very common condition. So common that almost every person will experience it in their lives, even children. Depression can effectively be treated with homeopathy in children and teens.

Effects of School on Children

When children go to school, they are thrown into a much different world than the one they are used to at home. Being away from family and their comfort zone is not easy to begin with, and it is much harder when being subjected to stressful situations..

School also demands that children achieve certain standards of physical and mental performance in addition to pleasing the teachers and conforming to rules and regulations. The social and cultural envir­onment is also completely new and often quite challenging for every child.

Depression Stemming from Stress

When children get depression, it does not mean they are not healthy and well-adjusted. It does not mean the parents didn’t do something right. Growing up is the hardest stage in our lives. Children are continually subjected to stress which can lead to depression.

During the growing and developing stage of childhood, there is a great deal of stress that can occur. Adaption to changes and stress is hard on a person mentally, especially a child. Stress can easily turn into depression and that is when we must get help.

How Homeopathy is the Right Approach to a Child’s Depression

Doctors who are trained in the medical field simply prescribe medications that mask the illness, instead of figuring out the underlying cause to truly cure it.

Homeopathy is the right approach to depression because it actually takes care of the problem instead of covering it up. Plus, we want the best for children so of course choosing natural medicine is the healthiest option.

Conclusion

Due to school and the stress of growing up, children can easily get depression. Homeopathy doesn’t just cover up the problem – it gets to the actual causes and treats it naturally. It is important not to self diagnose or self treat this illness. Only an experienced and trained homeopath should evaluate and treat children.

There are very few medical professionals with extensive training in homeopathy. Some homeopaths may have experience in homeopathy but not the medical training for the specific area of behavioral disorders. Choose a practitioner that is trained in classical homeopathy with experience treating behavioral disorders and has medical training.

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Treating ADD and ADHD in Children Using Homeopathy

Treating ADD and ADHD in Mesa, AZ with homeopathy.ADD and ADHD in Children

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and ADD are some of the most commonly diagnosed disorders among children in the US, with rates having increased by 42 percent between 2003 and 2011. Clearly, this is an issue that must be addressed, as a child diagnosed with ADD/ADHD is also at comparably high risk of other difficulties. He or she may:

  • exhibit behavior problems such as aggression or lashing out
  • experience difficulty learning
  • have issues maintaining peer relationships
  • be saddled with low self-esteem and anxiety

If left untreated, these difficulties can persist, leading to troubles later in life such as difficulty finding and maintaining a job, relationship issues, and in some cases even legal problems or incarceration.

Treatment

Roughly twenty percent of children treated with chemical prescriptions either experience negative side effects or show no improvement whatsoever in response to the first stimulant prescribed. By contrast, one key study found rapid and sustained in children with ADD receiving homeopathic treatment, noting that even after cessation of homeopathic treatment, 57 percent of the children continued to improve, while another 19 percent continued to improve while taking the prescribed homeopathic remedy. Some of the homeopathic remedies that the study found useful, especially in terms of cognitive and behavioral improvement were:

  • Stramonium
  • Cina
  • Hyoscyamus niger

Many other treatments are effective and available, though it is important to note that even in the case of this study, the remedies used were guided by an experienced and knowledgeable professional.

The Importance of Knowing Your Caregiver

Illnesses, particularly chronic ones, are sometimes unbearable– a truth that may lead many to self-diagnosis and self-medication. This can hold even truer when the person afflicted is one of your own children. But regardless of the case, it is crucial that a patient not only seek professional help, but also be informed about the background and qualifications of the health care professionals he or she chooses. Although many medical professionals are familiar with diagnosing and treating physical illness, a fraction of these practitioners are truly knowledgeable about mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and how to effectively treat them. While many who seek to diagnose and treat illnesses are well-intentioned, they are not all qualified. Make sure you seek help from someone who is.

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Common Miasm Treatments and Medicines

Now that we’ve covered “Miasms: The Foundation of Homeopathy” as well as “Miasms and Disease – Part 1” and “Miasms and Disease – Part 2” we’ll take a look at why you should care about miasms and what they mean to you and your health.

Miasm treatments are generally called nosodes.  The word nosode comes from the Greek word NOSO, which means disease.  Nosodes are created or prepared from products of diseases or diseased tissues of human beings, animals and plants.

We’ll cover each miasm briefly below as well as the most common nosode:

The Sycotic Miasm is the miasm of excess and extremes and the conditions which result from consistently living in these extremes.  Examples of “extremes” are excessive eating and excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs. The primary remedy for this miasm is called Medorrhinum nosode.

The Syphilis Miasm involves conditions of “erosion” (destruction on all levels but not violent).  It involves conditions of self-destruction, ulceration and auto-immune diseases.  The person’s mental state is one of fear and anxiety. Often the fear is in the area of physical health issues.  The primary remedy for the Syphilis Miasm is Syphilinum.

The Psora Miasm includes diseases of lack and deficiency.  There is a poor defense mechanism and a tendency toward illness.  They catch every cold rolling through town and take forever to recover.  This miasm includes 85% of the illnesses and diseases (both physical and mental) according to Samuel Hahnemann, MD.  Psorinum is the primary medicine for this miasm.

The Tuberculosis Miasm includes respiratory diseases, such as tuberculosis.  This type of person is a “grass is always greener on the other side” type of person.  They are constantly changing jobs, relationships, homes, cities, etc. There’s an extreme lack of contentment and peace. The primary nosode for this miasm is Tuberculinum.

The Cancer Miasm encompasses all disease with growths such as cancer.  This person is a people pleaser and extremely insecure and self sacrificing.  Individuals with a family history of cancer and diabetes often present with this miasm. Carcinosin is the remedy used to treat the Cancer Miasm.

The Lyme Miasm covers conditions such as Lyme Disease.  Where the physical conditions change and evolve as the condition progresses.  There can be fatigue, skin lesions, aches, pains and feeling like you don’t belong.  The symptoms can come and go.  It’s deep and comes out in various acute and chronic symptoms.  The treatment nosode is the Lyme nosode.

Now that you’ve recognize yourself in one or many of these miasms, you may ask yourself why it matters.  Think about it…we’ve already learned that chronic diseases do not develop overnight.  They have to develop over time (sometimes years) and it only happens “if” the entire body is compromised. According to Hahnemann, miasms can be acquired throughout the individuals lifetime or inherited from previous generations. Seeking the diagnosis, treatment and medicine from an experienced Naturopathic doctor gives you the preventative tools you need to circumvent both acute and chronic illnesses.  It is also important to note that miasms if they are present are not always treated with the indicated medicines above. The presenting symptoms must match the symptoms that the homeopathic medicine would produce in an otherwise healthy individual. This is the Law of Similars, mentioned previously in another article. It is also important to remember that there are well over 3,000 homeopathic medicines available today to treat just about any known disease or condition. This is why it is very important to seek out an experienced Naturopathic physician or homeopathic prescriber, especially for the treatment of chronic disease.

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Miasms and Disease – Part 2

In past posts this month, we have covered “Miasms: The Foundation of Homeopathy” as well as “Miasms and Disease – Part 1“.  If you have not read those informative and foundational posts, please review them so that you can continue your study of miasms in more depth and detail as we progress through this series.

After the three foundational miasms of Psora, Sycotic and Syphillis were defined by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, in the late 1700’s, additional researchers defined the following miasms:

The Tubercular Miasm lies somewhere between the Syphilis and Psora Miasms. Tuberculosis, along with other respiratory illnesses, are prevalent in this miasm.  Skin conditions, such as eczema, and bone pain illnesses are also included. This miasm is associated with mental restlessness and discontent.  These individuals are constantly seeking for a better life, relationship, job, etc.  They bore and tire easily and tend to be plagued with fatigue.  They are also prone to compulsive behavior and ritualism.  Autism has been associated with this miasm due to the repetitive tendencies of the majority of autistic individuals.

The Cancer Miasm typically involves a growth of some sort, such as cancer.  It also has a wide presentation because it attacks multiple organs. It can also present in reckless hyperactivity and excessive sexual activity.  The type of individual typically under this miasm is very empathetic, has difficulty making decisions, hypersensitive to criticism, are easily hurt (emotionally) and have a deep desire to please others.  They suppress their negative feelings like anger, fear and aggression.  They put  on an air of cheerfulness and dependability to disguise insecurity and fears.  There is often a feeling of being unfulfilled.

The Lyme Miasm includes Lyme disease.  These symptoms include aches, pains, skin lesions and fatigue. It is behind many “mystery” diseases and is often very difficult to identify and diagnose due to it’s varied and vast presentation in individuals.  In addition to the constantly shifting physical symptoms, there are also a host of mental symptoms to this miasm such as concentration issues and memory loss.  The individual may also be extremely irritable and have a tendency to push people away.

There are numerous other miasms which have been identified over the decades but these are the most widely accepted and most generally used by Naturopathic doctors and other homeopathic prescribers.  Next we will cover, why you need to be informed and concerned about miasms and how they are used to identify the proper treatments and remedies for illnesses and diseases.

 

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Miasms and Disease – Part 1

What are Miasms?

As we mentioned in our last blog, a miasm is defined as the fundamental cause of an erroneous or diseased state of the body. Chronic conditions are caused by chronic miasms, just as acute conditions are caused by acute miasms. Miasms cause a complete dynamic and physical change to the interior of the whole man…his whole being is altered. It is only after this complete change has occurred that symptoms of the disease or illness are demonstrated.

The original three foundational miasms identified by Samuel Hahnemann are Psora, Syphilitic and Sycotic. About 85% of the diseases are classified in the Psora miasm with the remaining 15% distributed between the Syphilitic and Sycotic miasms.

Starting with the miasms with the smaller percentage of diseases, we’ve listed each one below and their related diseases or areas of body where the disease might develop.

The Sycotic Miasm includes all conditions of excess of the mind and body. Any conditions with the prefix of “hyper”, such as “hyperactivity” and “hypertension” are included. It also includes conditions with inflammation and a suffix of “itis” such as “sinusitis”. It also includes the following types of disease:

  • sexual
  • urinary
  • joint issues
  • mucous membrane afflictions
  • arthritis and rheumatism
  • asthma
  • catarrhs
  • bronchitis
  • cystitis
  • warts (includes all warty excrescences and growths)

The Syphilis Miasm typically involves ulcerative conditions. All diseases with tissue destruction and degeneration are included in this miasm. All conditions with a preMiasms are the foundation of homeopathy diagnosis and treatment in Mesa, AZfix of “dys” are included such as “dystrophy”. It includes the following types of diseases:

  • nervous system
  • blood disorders
  • skeletal conditions
  • range of psychological disorders (including: alcoholism, depression, suicidal impulses, insanity, loss of smell and taste, blindness, deafness and ulcerations)
  • many heart conditions
  • some vesicular skin eruptions
  • diseases that have a definite nocturnal periodicity

The Psora Miasm is the largest and most encompassing miasm. Individuals with this classification typically have a “lack” of mentality and poverty consciousness. They are prone to anxiety and pessimism. The Psora miasm is a disease with deficiency at all levels – knowledge, thoughts/ideas and nutrition. Diseases in this miasm typically start with “hypo”, such as hypotension (low blood pressure). It includes diseases and afflictions such as:

  • all non venereal chronic diseases
  • all skin diseases
  • most mental illness other than syphilitic ones
  • allergies
  • varicose veins
  • hemorrhoids
  • most dysfunctional diseases of organs and systems
  • catarrhs
  • asthma
  • pleurisy
  • haemoptysis
  • hydrocephalus
  • stomach ulcers
  • scrotal swelling
  • jaundice
  • swollen glands
  • cataract
  • diabetes
  • tuberculosis
  • epilepsy
  • fevers

After the initial three primary miasms were identified by the father of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, MD in the late 1700’s, additional and more specific miasms where defined. Not all of them are widely accepted by Naturopathic doctors and other homeopathic prescribers. We will cover a few of these miasms in our next post.

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Serotyping and Diet – Dietary Serotype Panel

It has been observed that some individuals are less susceptible to disease than others and that persons with certain blood types seem to have higher amounts of specific types of diseases. The connection between genetic markers on red blood cells and susceptibility to disease has long been known by anthropologists and physicians and has been used to trace population migrations around the globe. Serotyping can be used to determine the best diet for your personal health.

In theory, the different blood groups evolved in different parts of the world depending upon the type of environment, society and availability of food sources. For example:

Blood type O is generally coSerotyping for diet in Mesa, AZ uses your blood type and genetics to determines what's best.nsidered the oldest blood type showing a prevalence for hunter-gatherer cultures. Because of the high protein content of their diet, group O individuals tend to secrete higher amounts of stomach acid in order to digest the protein. Therefore, it is not surprising that group O individuals have a greater incidence of gastric ulcer disease than the other blood groups. Blood group O is about 46% of the American population.

Blood group A was the next to evolve and emerged with the development of agricultural practices. Blood group A can be broken down into A2 and A1, with A2 having evolved sooner than A1. Blood group A is primarily associated with vegetarian food sources and individuals in that group secrete smaller amounts of stomach acid. Protein requirements are not any less than a group O person but the source is different. Group A2 persons can handle higher amounts of animal protein than A1 persons who look for their protein from vegetable and legume sources. Group A comprises 42% of the American population and group A1 comprises 80% of the group A individuals.

Blood group B was the next to evolve and is associated with cultures which use higher amounts of fermented dairy products. Persons who are blood type B tend to do better on diets which are high in dairy products and fish. Group B persons tend to have higher incidences of urinary tract diseases, such as kidney and bladder infections. This is due to an absence of the alloantibody B which conveys a greater protection against bacterial infections. Group B persons make up about 7% of the American population.

Blood group AB was the last to evolve and has been dubbed the “modern diet” blood type by D’Adamo & Powers. This is because an AB person combines the characteristics of groups A & B and therefore can tolerate a wider range of foods. Blood group AB persons can tolerate small amounts of many different foods where as the other blood groups will show a dietary or systemic reaction. Group AB persons tend to tolerate diets high in seafood, some dairy, nuts and grains. Blood group AB comprises 4% of the American population.

Importance of Serotyping

The reason blood grouping is important in determining a person’s diet is because of dietary lectins which are found in foods. If dietary lectins pass undigested into the intestinal tract, they are either recognized as self or non-self by the body’s immune system. Cooking eliminates a large percentage of dietary lectins but not all. Therefore, if digestion is compromised, a small percentage will make it through into the intestinal tract. It stands to reason that if raw foods are eaten, a greater percentage of lectins will pass into the intestinal lumen. However, if the proper amounts of food enzymes are present, this does not occur as the enzymes will complete the digestion.

Not all dietary lectins are incompatible. Depending upon the blood grouping, the body’s immune system will register the lectin as compatible and will not react to remove them. When the body perceives the lectins as non-self, they are removed from the intestinal tract by a nonspecific immune reaction which results in the release of histamines, activation of complement and IgA, resulting in inflammation. This nonspecific reaction is thought to be the basis of the food sensitivity testing done by the Voll or Vega methods. Prolonged gastrointestinal inflammation results in increased permeability of the gastrointestinal tract. Eventually the intestinal brush border breaks down resulting in unrestricted macromolecule permeability and eventual antibody formation. If it is the first exposure, IgM levels begin to rise, or if it a subsequent exposure, serum IgG levels will begin to rise or circulating immune complexes will be detectable. Either way it means that the person is now at high risk for the development of other diseases. This is thought to be one of the mechanisms of the development of chronic degenerative diseases such as arthritis, lupus, nephritis and cancer.

There are other blood group antigens which are involved in the determination of incompatibility of foods such as the MN and Lewis blood group systems. Of particular importance is the presence or absence of the secretor gene. The presence of blood group antigens in the mucus of secretors conveys an immune system advantage to the development of disease. This is achieved through the presence of silica acid residues which make the mucous “stickier” to offending allergens. Blood group O, A, and B secretors tend to have lower incidences of rheumatic fever following group A beta hemolytic streptococcal infection than do non- secretors. Clinically we see persons who are non-secretors with higher incidence of chronic degenerative diseases. Given the same disease in a secretor, the non-secretor will generally be sicker, develop a greater amount of pathology and take longer to recover from the illness.

It has been observed by physicians and those interested in diet and nutrition that not all individuals respond to the same diet. Clinical experience suggests that some persons do well on a vegetarian diet, while others do poorly and vice versa. Certain ethnic groups such as American Indians respond better to higher meat diets and do less well with dairy and vegetarian foods. Dr. James D’Adamo in his latest book on serotyping, The D’Adamo Diet, points out that persons who are heterozygous such as AO and BO retain certain traits of the individual blood types represented. Clinically we have made this observation as well.

Of the various allergy testing methods available each demonstrates strengths and weaknesses. However, if used in tandem, they can provide useful information to the physician. Serotyping provides a method to determine which type of diet is most compatible with the individual by providing a genetic, biochemical and immunological basis for diet selection. The test is done one time only and has confirmed the value of the  IgG Rast and Vega testing for food allergy.

Reprinted with permission from Thomas A. Kruzel, ND.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Miasms – The Foundation of Homeopathy

What is the origin of Homeopathy?

The father of Homeopathy is Samuel Hahnemann, MD.  Hahnemann, who was born in Germany, was a traditionally trained doctor in the late 1700’s and believed that the allopathic or conventional treatments for illnesses (both physical and mental) typically did the patient more harm than good.  In his research Hahnemann discovered that “like cures like”; meaning that the best medicinal or herbal treatment for an illness was one which produced the same symptoms in a healthy person that the disease presented in the ill person.

Although the Law of Similars mentioned above, seemed to work in the majority of the patients Hahnemann treated, there were still exceptions to this “law” when dealing with chronic illness and disease.  Initially, these chronic conditions seemed to respond to the indicated treatment but as time progressed the treatments ceased to work and the illness came back with increased vigor. This discrepancy lead Hahnemann to research further and develop the Theory of Miasms.

What are Miasms?

As Hahnemann described it, a miasm is defined as the fundamental cause of an erroneous or diseased state of the body.  Chronic conditions are caused by chronic miasms, just as acute conditions are caused by acute miasms.  Miasms cause a complete dynamic and physical change to the interior of the whole man…his whole being is altered.  It is only after this complete change has occurred that symptoms of the disease or illness are demonstrated.

Chronic diseases slowly progress and symptoms result over the course of a lifetime, due to an inadequate constitutional response to a miasm.  With respect to acute disease or illness, there is a rapid onset of symptoms progressing towards a crisis which ends in recovery or death without treatment. For example, cancer is typically a chronic disease that progresses slowly over years whereas the flu is an acute disease that progresses swiftly over a few days.  In both conditions, the entire body has to be compromised or changed by the miasm before the symptoms are demonstrated by the patient.

In Hahnemann’s research, he observed that a patient with a chronic disease would initially improve once the appropriate homeopathic medicine was administered. But as time progressed and the disease progressed, the medicine would cease to improve the condition and new symptoms would present themselves.

The three miasms that Hahnemann identified after 9 years of research were Psora, Syphilitic and Sycotic.  About 85% of the diseases known at that time, were classified in the Psora miasm with the remaining 15% distributed between the Syphilitic and Sycotic miasms.  The Psora miasm was the original miasm and the one that Hahnemann spent the bulk of his research and efforts understanding.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Treating OCD Naturally

Treating OCD Naturally

Treating OCD Naturally in Mesa, AZ

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

OCD is an anxiety based disorder where repeated actions or thoughts relieve tension.  Everyone feels the need to go back and double check whether the door is locked or the coffee pot is off.  But those with OCD have an uncontrollable need to repeatedly check things or perform rituals and routines over and over.  The thoughts and activities typically interfere with normal life.

How many people suffer from OCD?

Between the ages of 18 and 54, approximately 2.3% of the U.S. population are treated for OCD in a given year.  It affects men and women equally.

What are the traditional treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

OCD is traditionally treated with psychotherapy, medications or a combination of both.

Psychotherapy:  One type of psychotherapy typically used is called exposure and responsive prevention.  It works to teach a person to react to stressful situations with less fear and anxiety so that obsessive thoughts and compulsive activities are not necessary.

Medications:  Typically antidepressants and/or antianxiety medications are prescribed.  It takes up to 10 to 12 weeks for these medications to be effective and often produces side effects such as:  headache, nausea or difficulty sleeping. Please note that antidepressants have been given a “black box” warning by the FDA (the most serious possible) because they can cause suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts in some individuals.

How is OCD treated naturally without harmful side effects?

Homeopathic treatments are based on the understanding that the mind and body are dynamically interconnected and that both directly influence each other.  It is the most effective way to rebalance a person’s mental, emotional and physical well-being, allowing OCD behaviors to diminish over time.  Treatments are developed for each individual by a highly trained homeopathic doctor. This includes a complete medical history, physical and mental constitutional analyses and consideration of any miasmatic tendencies which are believed to be a predisposition or susceptibility to chronic disease.

The following are common treatments:

  • Natrum Muriaticum – Obsessive about being in control and alone.
  • 5-HTP – Stimulates the productions of serotonin (low serotonin levels exacerbate OCD symptoms)
  • Arsenicum Album – Obsessive about appearance.  Fear of illnesses
  • Inositol –  Calms patient throughout the day and makes it easier to sleep at night (primarily effective on undermethalyted/high-histamine patients).
  • Calcarea Carbonica – Obsesses about natural disasters and social problems.
  • Carsinosin – Obsessive about diseases, for self and family.
  • Hyoscyamus – Obsessive about sex and obscene gestures. Also picks at fingers and clothes.

The above list are only a few of the many numerous treatments for individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder.  Please consult with a trained homeopathic doctor to obtain a treatment specific to your symptoms.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Treat ADHD with homeopathy

Is It Possible To Treat ADD and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) With Homeopathy?

What is ADD/ADHD?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects both children and adults and can drastically affect a person’s ability to learn or work in most traditional settings.

There are three types of ADHD:

Treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with homeopathy in Mesa, AZ

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  1. Combined ADHD (most common), patient has both inattentiveness and hyperactivity/impulsivity.
  1. Inattentive ADHD (previously known as ADD), patient has impaired attention and concentration.
  1. Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD, patient has hyperactivity without inattentiveness.

What are the symptoms of ADD/ADHD?

Typically to be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms that cause impairment must be present before age 7 and in more than one environment.  The symptoms fall into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Common inattention symptoms:

  • Consistently producing messy and incomplete assignments/work.
  • Easily distracted by small noises or activities that others easily ignore.
  • Unable to follow conversations, not listening to others, constantly shifting the conversation from one topic to another.

Common hyperactivity symptoms:

  • Inability to sit for prolonged periods of time, even when absolutely necessary.
  • Often “on the go”.
  • Talking excessively.

Common impulsivity symptoms:

  • Extremely impatient.
  • Obsessively blurting out answers to questions before the question has been asked.
  • Interrupting conversations to the point of causing issues.

How many people are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD?

The most recent statistics on the number of people, in the United States, diagnosed with ADD/ADHD are from a 2013 CDC (Center for Disease Control) report which analyzed findings from 2011.

  • 1 in 10 school-aged children were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by a healthcare provider in 2011.
  • The number of children ages 4-17 diagnosed with ADD/ADHD is on the rise.  A 42% increase between 2003 and 2011.
  • Approximately half of all children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD continue to experience some level of impairment from the symptoms in adulthood.

What are the traditional treatments for ADD/ADHD and are there side effects?

Typically ADD/ADHD is treated with medications and behavioral therapies. Finding the right medication, dosage and schedule can often take quite a while.  Typically doctors will start with pyschostimulant or stimulant medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta or Dexedrine.  This class of medications is effective in 70% to 80% of patients.  If this class of medications does not work or if the side effects are too great then nonstimulant medications are tried such as Strattera or Intuniv.  If neither the stimulant or nonstimulant drugs are effective or well tolerated then there are a handful of other medication options such as Wellbutrin, Elavin or Catapres.

The side effects of stimulant drugs typically go away after prolonged use.  They include: weight loss, sleep problems, headaches and jitteriness.  Occasionally severe side effects such as cardiovascular problems, depression, psychosis or anxiety occur.  It has also been shown that stimulant drugs are toxic to nerves because they stimulate the cells until they exhaust their energy reserves and die.  In some instances, growth and maturity has been impaired in children.  It also can inhibit the normal development of attention span which leads to adults with ADHD.

How can ADD/ADHD be treated naturally with homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a very effective and gentle treatment option for ADD/ADHD. Homeopathy takes a holistic approach by first removing all toxins from the diet such as: artificial sweeteners, caffeine, all forms of sugar, MSG, artificial colors and all allergic prone foods (milk, wheat, etc.).  After all toxins are removed, a natural and organic baseline diet is implemented. Then treatments can be given based on the patient’s remaining symptoms and medical history.  Options include:

  • Aranea iaxabola – Encourages others to misbehave.
  • Baryta carbonica – Acts out, class clown.
  • Baryta iodatum – Difficulty concentrating.
  • Chamomilla – Irritable, impatient, restless.
  • Cina – Very difficult behavior, disobedient.
  • Cornus circinatus – Cannot concentrate, doesn’t want to read, think or work.
  • Zincum metallicum – Fidgety and restlessness.

The above list should not be used for personal diagnosis and treatment.  This is a short list of possible treatments.  The exact treatment, dosage and schedule should be determined by a trained homeopathic doctor.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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