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TCM for ADD or ADHD Symptoms

TCM for ADD or ADHD Symptoms

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Chinese Herbs and ADD

Many symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are associated with Deficiency of Heart Blood or YIN in the literature of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Restlessness, poor concentration, hyperactivity, anxiety, disturbed sleep, and other changes in consciousness are associated with this condition.

Herbal treatment will probably include herbs with the following functions:

  • Herbs That Nourish the Heart
  • Herbs That Calm the Spirit
  • Herbs That Tonify Heart Blood

  • Herbs That Tonify the Spleen 

  • Herbs That Open the Orifices

  • Herbs That Drain Heart Fire

Single Herbs for Memory and Concentration (ADD/ ADHD)

Longan Fruit (LONG YAN ROU),
Chinese Dates (DA ZAO)
Chinese Date Seed (SUAN ZAO REN)
Sweetflag (SHI CHANG PU)

Acupuncture for ADD & ADHD

Acupuncture can help to calm the disruptive natures of Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and it can also help to ease the side effects of the medications used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder.

Acupuncture has become  popular for children with ADHD. Frequently, auricular (ear) acupuncture is used. Since the ear may be stimulated through noninvasive procedures, it is favored for children.

When body points are used, acupuncture techniques used to treat children are similar to methods used to treat animals.  Since neither children nor animals are likely to remain still for very long while receiving acupuncture, needles are inserted and then removed after only a few moments.


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