Being the parent of a child with ADHD can feel like a constant battle just getting through day-to-day activities. It is heartbreaking seeing your child struggle in school, not from a lack of ability, but from behavioral difficulties and lack of focus. The choice to medicate is never an easy one, trying to find the balance between strong medications with undesirable side effects and helping your child find the focus needed to be successful in life. Medications that are currently prescribed for the treatment of ADHD can be effective, but only for a few short hours, leaving more frustration as true improvement in the condition isn’t realized. Safety data on use of these medications is also lacking. Despite a greater than 50-year history of using stimulants to treat ADHD, there are very few studies demonstrating the long term effects in adults treated as children.
How do you treat ADHD naturally?
Natural therapies abound for the treatment of ADHD. Diets can be effective, and nutrition is an essential component for any health condition, but very restrictive diets can be hard to stick with, especially with a big family. At Fountainhead Clinic, we address overall healthy diets and treat susceptibility to food sensitivities, limiting the need for long-term restrictive diets. We do this primarily through homeopathic care. In our experience, homeopathy has the highest compliance rate of all of our natural therapies in the pediatric population, making treatment easier on both the child and the parents.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that stimulates the body to heal itself, leading to sustainable improvement in overall health. This improvement is achieved with little to no side effects, and when prescribed properly, occurs quickly, giving rapid relief of symptoms. At Fountainhead clinic we feel very strongly that homeopathy is the most effective treatment and the most vital step to our success in helping someone achieve perfect health.
Do you use any other treatments?
Occasionally there are “obstacles to cure” that must be dealt with for homeopathic treatment to be its most effective. These may include nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, or stressful social relationships. Our doctors routinely assess for the many factors contributing to disruption of mental and physical health, and remove obstacles when possible, in order to continue the healing process. Supportive therapies are therefore identified and prescribed on a strictly individual basis.
How do you manage my child’s current medications?
We are happy to work with your psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician regarding current medications. For more information about medication management Click here.
Jacob (patient’s name has been changed) first came to see Dr. Bahr as a referral for homeopathic treatment of ADHD. Jacob was 13 at the time, and was having increasing difficulty with completing his schoolwork. Despite being a very sweet kid who was eager to please his parents and teachers, he also found himself getting into trouble for his inattention. His parents had tried eliminating sugar and food coloring from his diet with some success, but not enough to keep him from needing to be prescribed stimulant medications.
At the initial consultation, Jacob and his family decided that homeopathy would be the best approach to take at this point as his goal is to eliminate the need for medication. It seemed the medication helped, but left him feeling a bit more “on edge” than he liked. When taking Jacob’s case it was uncovered that he was a very precocious young man with a well-developed vocabulary. He had a great interest in technology, and even taught Dr. Bahr a few things about how to best use her computer. His greatest struggles with attention were related to his great need for perfection and order, causing him to lose sight of the task at hand. He was also a very creative kid, and found that he was greatly affected by music.
His symptoms suggested that Carcinosin 30C was the best remedy for him. At his first follow-up he reported an easing of the tension he felt with needing everything to be perfect and well organized and an increased ability to focus. He was getting in trouble less at school, and had decided to try out for the basketball team. He continued to improve, slowly, beyond the initial follow-up for another 6 months. At the 7-month follow-up he reported that he had started to get in trouble in class again because he was focusing too much on things that were of interest to him and once again losing focus on the task at hand. He was increased to Carcinosin 200C, and continues to improve. He has not yet removed his stimulant medication entirely, but he has found that he doesn’t need to use it daily.