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Attention Sufferers – ADD and ADHD Helped with Acupuncture

Acupuncture Helpful for ADD/ADHD

Acupuncture Helpful for ADD/ADHD

 Acupuncture can help sufferers of ADD and ADHD feel calmer, happier, and perform better at work and in school.

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are disorders that are usually associated with one another. These syndromes consist 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 exhibit 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 People with ADD tend to be somewhat passive, and more withdrawn than their ADHD counterparts.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 too 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. Over 10% of boys and 5% of girls suffer from this disorder, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology (AACAP).

But there is help. Acupuncture can help to promote healing, alleviate pain, calm the spasms and ticking, boost the immune system, and generally encourage good health in many ways, and it can also help to address some of the unpleasant side effects of the medications used to treat ADD and ADHD.  

Acupuncture gets the thumbs up!

Acupuncture gets the thumbs up!

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 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.

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Improve Focus, Calm the Fidgets and Outbursts! Acupuncture Helps with ADD/ADHD and Tourette’s Symptoms

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Improve Symptoms of ADD/ADHD and Tourette’s with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture can be a helpful tool in the struggle to deal with ADD/ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome. The often challenging symptoms for all of these disorders can cause problems at home, school, work, and in relationships. Acupuncture can help relieve the symptoms and eliminate displays — improving attention and focus, calming fidgety or hyperactive behavior and managing mood.

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes individuals to make sudden sounds and unusual movements, such as jerking the head or blurting out obscenities. The first signs are usually simple tics. These can progress to multiple, complex movements including respiratory and vocal tics. Tourette’s syndrome is more common for males than females, the ratio being 3:1. Tourette’s begins in childhood, usually between the age of 2-15 years, and is seen in all ethnic groups. The causes of Tourette’s syndrome are not clear.

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 too 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 Tourette’s syndrome are often diagnosed together, and some medical experts believe Tourette’s is directly associated with ADHD, according to the Institute for Traditional Medicine. Tourette’s syndrome tends to be more severe and more difficult to treat if it appears in combination ADHD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). While stimulants are usually prescribed for ADHD, other medications that manipulate brain neurotransmitters are typically used for Tourette’s.

Acupuncture is a wonderful ally to traditional therapies for each of these conditions. A benefit to acupuncture as a complementary therapy 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. However, some people don’t wish to risk adverse side effects of these medications, and are choosing to use acupuncture on its own.

A study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine on the effectiveness of acupuncture on Tourette’s syndrome patients indicated that symptoms were reduced or eliminated in 73 percent of the patients treated with acupuncture therapy.

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. 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 or hyperactivity commonly seen in patients with ADD/ADHD.

Enhancing the flow of energy in the body can also assist the patient to maintain a positive outlook, and can help to regulate sleep. The patient will then gain a greater benefit from the therapies available to him or her, and can help with the side effects.

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Sources: Institute for Traditional Medicine; Tourette’s Syndrome — Potential Treatments with Chinese Medicine; Subhuti Dharmananda; January 2004

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Acupuncture Excellent Therapy for the Treatment of ADD/ADHD

Acupuncture Helpful for ADD/ADHD

Acupuncture Helpful for ADD/ADHD

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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