phytotherapy
Let`s take a walk down memory lane… My son,now a teenager in full bloom, was diagnosed some five years ago with ADHD. I noticed all the signs but thought of it as typical phases that were experienced by every little boy. I adored his whispering of sweet little nothings in my ear… He was a real hyperkinetic! His smile could melt ice in winter and when his mood swung and he gave me that ‘sulky face’ look, boy oh boy, I wanted
to kiss him all over.I soon noticed that he became restless, ungainly and a bit clumsy, forgetful, disorganised, impulsive (action before thought), easily distracted and exhibited a lack of perseverance. I thought of him as Mr. Scattered Brain.He then became loud and his speech sometimes seemed to be garbled and difficult to understand. I realised that I
had a bird’s eye view of ADHD.
I now have the privilege to share with you my understanding, knowledge and expertise on this ‘label’ and afford you the opportunity to make informed decisions regarding a treatment regime suitable for anyone diagnosed with ADHD. In my opinion, it has
become acceptable to reject the model of a mind-body dichotomy. I favour a unitary view of a person and acknowledge that events that affect the body inexorably
affect the mind and vice versa.There are three separate Attention Deficit Disorders
(ADD):
* ADD without hyperactivity
* ADD with hyperactivity
* ADD residual type – 18 years and older (primarily viewed as a continuation of ADD into adulthood)
ADD, in short, is a disorder characterised by developmentally inappropriate degrees of inattention and impulsiveness manifested at home, in school and in social situations. It has specific DSM criteria. It can appear from childhood, sometimes for the first time only
noticed in adolescence, and may persist into adulthood.Hyperactivity may be a feature but is not necessary for the diagnosis.
Ritalin (methylphenidate) – a drug so nearly identical to cocaine and interchangeably used in medical research is often prescribed. Symptoms of ADD often have an undiagnosed underlying problem and the problem must be uncovered. A health professional must also test for the following conditions that can lead to ADHD symptoms: Nutritional deficiencies, Yeast Infections and Food Allergies. Check the Thyroid Function and test for
anaemia. Any person, taking medication for ADHD or are under a physician’s care, must consult their doctor before making any changes.Aggression, nervousness, anxiety and agitation are also symptoms of hypoglycaemia. Never let yourself get hungry – eat every two hours. Protein (chicken, fish,beans, seeds, nuts, low-fat dairy products etc.) will break
down slowly and help keep blood sugar levels stable.Avoid high-sugar foods (sweets, soft drinks, pies, cakes etc.) as these trigger the release of insulin (a hormone
that lowers glucose) thus lowering blood sugar levels.Eliminate carbohydrates (not only sugar but also white flour) as these turn quickly into glucose. Take a high-potency nutritional supplement with the approval and supervision of your doctor. Minerals and EFA are also important. There are many herbal preparations and medicine that work wonders, so consult a health care professional such as a Phytotherapist/Medical Herbalist.
The “Feingold Hypothesis” is an interesting theory where research shows that food additives induce hyperactivity. Food additives include anti caking agents (calcium silicate), thickeners, vegetable gums, colourings (artificial azo dye derivates), bleaching
agents (benzoyl peroxide), flavourings, emulsifiers,preservatives (benzoates, nitrates, sulphites) and anti-oxidants (BHT, BHA).
I want to conclude by highlighting the importance of movement. Movement is a criterion for life and rhythm is paramount as it brings order (sense of structure).
Rhythm and movement improves self confidence and assists in the development of self-image (and self-image is an important determinant of behaviour!) Music alleviates fear of the unknown and stimulates the brain,so possibly consider Dance Movement Therapy to create organization in confused and chaotic worlds.
Dr. Pierce van Tonder has first-hand experience of ADHD and offers
advice on the best treatments available for the condition.
Contact him today for the best practical advise available.Call Him on  +2779-346-0001 or email at info@naturalmed.co.za
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