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Are there any natural medications that can help with ADHD kids who have troubles with school?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: While "natural" does

Not always mean "safe" (st.
John's wort, sam-e) there are a few studies on nutrients that suggest at beneficial effects if omega 3 & omega 6 efa's are used together. A large study with zinc showed 29% of treated group vs. 20% of placebo group improved in hyperactivity/impulsivity. Stimulants allow the brain's own Dopamine & norepinephrine to circulate where needed, not " synthetic" da & ne.

In brief: While "natural" does

Not always mean "safe" (st.
John's wort, sam-e) there are a few studies on nutrients that suggest at beneficial effects if omega 3 & omega 6 efa's are used together. A large study with zinc showed 29% of treated group vs. 20% of placebo group improved in hyperactivity/impulsivity. Stimulants allow the brain's own Dopamine & norepinephrine to circulate where needed, not " synthetic" da & ne.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

A double blind study published in the june 17, 2006 journal of european child & adolescent psychiatry showed a significant reduction of adhd symptoms in children after supplementing with pycnogenol, an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the french maritime pine tree, everyday for one month.

In brief: Maybe

A double blind study published in the june 17, 2006 journal of european child & adolescent psychiatry showed a significant reduction of adhd symptoms in children after supplementing with pycnogenol, an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the french maritime pine tree, everyday for one month.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
It used to come from Germany. Other "DB Pedes' " & my clinical experience using follow-up reports from parents & teachers showed no efficacy
Dr. Joel Feiner
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Comprehensive evalut

Beware of the adhd diagnosis without a comprehensive evaluation including parenting issues.
Sophisticated work with parents may lead to calming in all spheres. Children may carry family issues into the classroom as worries. If possible include all family members to get a comprehensive overview. It may take more time but this approach could have enduring benefit and might avoid the quick med.

In brief: Comprehensive evalut

Beware of the adhd diagnosis without a comprehensive evaluation including parenting issues.
Sophisticated work with parents may lead to calming in all spheres. Children may carry family issues into the classroom as worries. If possible include all family members to get a comprehensive overview. It may take more time but this approach could have enduring benefit and might avoid the quick med.
Dr. Joel Feiner
Dr. Joel Feiner
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: None proven

Although there are claimsthat certain substances can treat ADD, none have been proven using what is the gold standard for medicine - a double blind controlled study.

In brief: None proven

Although there are claimsthat certain substances can treat ADD, none have been proven using what is the gold standard for medicine - a double blind controlled study.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Despite the hype, there are to my knowledge, no scientific research studies proving that " natural " products safely improve add or adhd symptoms.
There may be exceptions such as caffeine, but the side effects probably outweigh the small benefits.

In brief: No

Despite the hype, there are to my knowledge, no scientific research studies proving that " natural " products safely improve add or adhd symptoms.
There may be exceptions such as caffeine, but the side effects probably outweigh the small benefits.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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