Acupuncture can be an excellent complementary therapy for the treatment of ADD and ADHD.
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are disorders that are usually associated with one another to describe a syndrome which consists of symptoms including a lack of ability to maintain attention to a subject for a prolonged period of time (from moments to minutes), a sense of disconnectedness from the current “flow” of activities around them, an inability to follow directions, and a hard time sitting still, among other symptoms.
Although commonly linked, ADD and ADHD manifest themselves behaviorally in very different ways. People with ADD tend to be somewhat passive, and more withdrawn than their ADHD counterparts. People with ADD are more easily overwhelmed, while people with ADHD tend to be brasher and have a harder time connecting with the people around them. Both conditions can be extremely painful for the patient socially and psychologically. They have symptoms that may begin in childhood and continue into adulthood — in fact, up to half of adults diagnosed with the disorder had it as children. ADHD and ADD symptoms can cause problems at home, school, work, and in relationships.
There are several medications currently available for the treatment of ADD and ADHD, with varying degrees of effectiveness. Most commonly used ADD and ADHD medications can cause adverse side effects, and many patients find it difficult to stay on them.
Acupuncture can help to promote healing, alleviate pain, calm spasms and ticking, bolster the immune system, and generally encourage good health in a myriad of ways, and it can also help to address some of the unpleasant side effects of the medications used to treat ADD and ADHD. Acupuncture works with the energy force in the body and regulates the flow of that energy, and it can be an extremely effective tool in addressing behavioral disorders. Acupuncture can help to calm the impulses that make it hard for a patient to stay still. It can also work to improve concentration and bolster the immune system and energy of the patient, which can address both the sluggishness commonly associated with ADD patients and the hyperactivity commonly seen in patients with ADHD. Enhancing the flow of energy in the body can also assist the ADD and ADHD patient to maintain a positive outlook, and can help to regulate sleep.
A second benefit to acupuncture as a complementary therapy for the treatment of ADD and ADHD is that acupuncture can also help to address some of the negative side effects of some of the medications currently used to treat the disorders. Most ADD and ADHD medications are associated with some sort of side effects ranging from dizziness, sleeplessness, dry mouth, abdominal pain, changes in appetite, and other symptoms. The side effects experienced will vary from patient to patient, and each experience is unique.
Once we take the patient’s medical history, which will include not only their experience with ADD and ADHD, but also the side effects of the medications utilized to treat the disorder, we will will then treat all the disruptions to the flow of energy of the body, including those introduced by medications.
For the treatment of patients with ADD and ADHD, there is no magic treatment or cure. Acupuncture can help the patient to manage the symptoms associated with ADD and ADHD, and may provide some relief which will help the patient to gain greater benefit from the therapies available to him or her, and can help with the side effects of those therapies.
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