Using Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Omega-3 Fatty Acids for ADHD
North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Acupuncture in Beverly, MA
Acupuncture treatment has many health benefits, from lowering blood pressure, alleviating back and neck pain, to treating ADHD.
One of the most common childhood diagnosis in the United States is ADHD. Over 10% of boys and 5% of girls are diagnosed with this disorder according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Western treatment of ADHD is typically through the prescription of a stimulant called methylphenidate (trade name is Ritalin). However, methylphenidate can have many health side effects and many parents are looking for alternative therapies.
At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine in Beverly, MA we use acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, Chinese herbal medicine and Omega-3 supplementation to address ADHD. Our approach toward ADHD is a effective, safe, and gentle approach for your child's health care. Acupuncture works to solve countless illnesses through the stimulation of acupuncture points with hair thin needles. Additionally, at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we employ the use of Japanese style acupuncture. Japanese style acupuncture allows us to use needle-free techniques that stimulate the same acupuncture points and have tremendous health benefits for your child's health and wellness.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we address the full spectrum of your child's health rather than just the symptoms that are showing. From a traditional chinese medicine (TCM) standpoint there are many reasons why ADHD maybe occurring within your child. Our goal is to determine exactly what patterns and pathologies are specific to your child and provide an acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbal medicine plan that is specific to those patterns and pathologies. This allows for greater success with treatment plans and reduction of symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
Omega-3 EPA and DHA
Omega-3 fatty acids and fatty fish supply two of the most important essential fatty acids for optimal brain function and health.
If levels are low many side effects can occur. Without getting into detail, every aspect of brain signaling is impacted. That means that every "message" that is sent from brain cell to brain cell is affected. Every thought, emotion, and action is impacted by Omega-3 levels within the body. Unfortunately, the diet of most individuals in the United States does not have the proper ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3s. The recommended ratio is 2:1 and the average diet is in the range of 15:1 - 40:1. Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids, more specifically, EPA and DHA are beneficial to those who suffer from ADHD. Studies show that children who use Omega-3 supplements experience less hyperactivity. Additionally cognitive functioning is better, and the "working memory" is improved allowing for more success in school, sports, and social interaction
Omega-3 supplements and fish oil supplements go beyond ADHD. Omega-3s reduce cellular inflammation and improve all neuron functioning! If you are a parent, reading this article for your child, you too can benefit from Omega-3s. Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids have shown anti-amyloid, anti-tau, and anti-inflammatory actions in the brain. All of which play a role in the development of alzheimer disease. North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine carries a high-quality line of Omega-3 supplements that are great addition to your daily health care routine. Take the step to reduce the risk for loss of cognitive functioning and inflammation within your body!
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