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Natural Herbal Remedies for Hyperactivity in Children

Updated March 16, 2017

Children with hyperactive disorder, called attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are plagued by the inability to stay focused, the inability to control behaviour, and hyperactivity. This disorder prevents many children from doing well in school and from forming meaningful friendships with other kids. Drug treatment is available, but there is debate as to whether drugs are really in a child's best interest. If you are wary of drug treatment, try a natural remedy. Note, however, that if the condition is particularly serious, you should take your child to see a doctor.

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Herbal Remedies

Before diving into a herbal treatment course for your child, have your child assessed by a medical professional to determine if, in fact, your child is hyperactive. While you may notice symptoms such as the inability to sit still or excessive talking coupled with anxiety, your child might not be diagnosed as hyperactive.

If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, a herbal course of treatment could help alleviate the symptoms. Some herbal remedies contain multiple herbs and natural ingredients. Other herbs, taken by themselves, could achieve similar results. For instance, St. John's wort, wild lettuce and chamomile are said to have calming effects on the body, according to care2.com. Combining these with herbs that improve concentration and memory (such as ginseng or Ginkgo biloba) could help calm your child's hyperactivity and increase his ability to recall things and focus. Experiment with these herbs and watch for any improvement. If your child does not improve, return to a medical professional to seek advice on what course to take next.

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About the Author

Based in Traverse City, Mich., George Lawrence has been writing professionally since 2009. His work primarily appears on various websites. An avid outdoorsman, Lawrence holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both criminal justice and English from Michigan State University, as well as a Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated with honors.

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