Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Effect of Ayurveda in Current Scenario
Priyanka Triwedi and Anamika Shukla
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral and developmental disorder of childhood, characterized by emotional problems, low self-esteem with inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Its incidence is 3-5 % globally. Conventional modern treatment with stimulant drugs lead to many side effects. There is need to develop alternative treatment with safe and effective medicine. Exact cause of ADHD is unknown but there are no. of factors which can contribute to the appearance and progression of this disorder including specific inherited genes, food additives, and environmental factors like harmful habits during pregnancy. Ayurveda includes herbal and nutritional supplementation, meditation, yoga and abhyanga for the treatment of physical and psychological disorder, therefore there should be some parenting tips with yoga for ADHD children to reduce stress like Suryanamaskar, Pranayam, Vrikshasana, Meditation and medicines suggested are MedhyaRasayana, Brahmi (Bacopamonnnieri), Shankhpushpi (as nervine tonic and mind soother), Sarpagandha (reduce hyperactivity). Some researches explored the effectiveness of massage and exercise therapy on reducing symptoms and medication doses in ADHD school age patients.