Natural Remedies for Hyperactive Children

Updated April 17, 2017

Even if a child does not have a clinical diagnosis of ADHD, there are many natural remedies available for treating hyperactivity. The treatments are safe, natural and may offer a positive change for a hyperactive child. If one alternative remedy is tried and doesn't seem to have any effect, another may work. Some families find that a combination works best. Since the following treatments are holistic and homeopathic, it's perfectly acceptable to use more than one. But to know which one is working, it's best use one treatment at a time and add others later. Consult a professional to gain the most from your natural remedies.

Regular Exercise

While exercise is good for any child, it's especially beneficial for those with hyperactivity. Exercise provides the opportunity to release some energy, and on a regular basis can significantly reduce its symptoms. Children who are old enough to know when they feel an episode coming on can use exercise to release some the stress associated with the condition. Making exercise fun allows it to be more appealing to most children. A trampoline, a swing set, pool or other exciting activity is attractive to children of all ages.

Diet Change

Foods that are high in artificial ingredients may aggravate the condition. So having your child avoid these types of foods and consume all natural ingredients can have a calming effect and may improve concentration.

Underlying allergies to foods may also worsen the condition. Removing one item at a time from the child's diet can be effective. Milk, chocolate, wheats and salicylates worsen hyperactivity in some children. Substituting these items with an alternative may help.

Herbal Supplements

Certain herbal supplements, or a combination of a few, can prove to be helpful. Ginkgo biloba is the most popular choice and may help to increase blood flow to the brain. Brahmi is an herb that treats hyperactivity since it improves cognition. Siberian ginseng has a natural ability to relieve the stress that's often associated with hyperactivity. Gotu kola regulates blood flow in the brain during stressful occurrences. And green oats mimic stimulant drugs but may work only after used for an extended period. As with any pharmacological drug, herbal supplements need to be monitored and regulated by a physician or holistic practitioner.


Biofeedback is an interesting treatment option. It requires repeated visits to a facility that specialises in the technique, as well as active participation from the child. As the child's brain waves are captured by electrodes and visualised on a screen, the child is taught to regulate them and bring them down to a level that's considered normal. Some biofeedback machines use the temperature of the child's skin or some other natural measure to determine the level of hyperactivity. Reduction methods vary, but can include meditation or other forms of relaxation.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is a fun option for treating hyperactivity that's especially useful for younger children. Frequencies of sound, alpha, beta, theta and delta, each affect the bran differently. An electroencephalograph, or EEG, machine measures brain waves and an appropriate music therapy is selected to regulate them. After the initial reading, and in between check-ups, the therapy works at home and is as easy as wearing a headset and listening to recorded music playing for an hour or so.

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Rebecca DeLuccia-Reinstein has been a freelance writer since 2004. She is a native New Yorker based in Pennsylvania. Her writing includes books, manuals, training guides and articles published as a ghostwriter and she has covered topics such as education, sales, art and psychology. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.