Many parents, who are worried about the side effects of stimulants, prefer to use a herbal remedy for ADHD. They go for herbs like Ginkgo biloba, Scuttellaria laterifolia (skull cap) and Matricaria recutita (German chamomile). Gotu Kola and Green oats are also extensively used.
Most of these herbs are mixed together to form a concoction, which is then given to a child suffering from ADHD. However, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before using any of the herbal remedies. Also as a precautionary measure all other medication must be stopped to prevent an overdose.
Most herbs help in reducing mental stress and fatigue. They also improve the general body functioning and balance. Due to this a child feels better and can control his emotions well. Herbs which specifically act on the nervous system help in increasing the concentration and focusing ability of the child.
Centella Asiatica or Gotu Kola increases the blood circulation in the body and thereby lowers anxiety and depression levels. Ginseng, a common Chinese herb, is specifically used for stabilizing body and hormonal functions. It helps a child feel more relaxed and composed. The child is then able to take decisions independently and can socialize better.
Another variety of ginseng is the Siberian ginseng. It works as a neuron stimulant and increases the concentration levels. Ginkgo biloba, which regulates the neurotransmitter levels in the body, is also used at times with other herbs.
The biggest benefit of using herbal remedies is the fact that they show long lasting effects. They tone up the body and the child feels more healthy and fit. They also improve the general immunity and concentration levels. The child often finds himself in a positive frame of mind. Most of these positive effects continue even after the medicines are stopped.