Homeopathy and ADHD
In year 2004, there were more than 28 million prescriptions written by American Physicians for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs (ADHD) and within 4 years only, this number grew from 28 million to 39 million. The federally funded large study conducted by “The Washington post” for adhd confirmed that despite of the soaring numbers of ADHD drugs prescribed for children, the differences between those who were medicated continuously to those who weren’t were zero. (Vedantam, 2009)
Today hyperactivity and its associated syndromes like ADHD or ADD (attention deficit disorder) are among the top childhood psychiatric disorders in America. Ritalin, which is also popularly known as “Vitamin R” is the most common drug that is used to treat children suffering from ADHD and ADD.
It is confusing and surprising to discover that Ritalin ( conventional medicine for adhd) is an amphetamine-like drug. It is not shocking for one to think that it would further increase the hyperactivity level of an already hyperactive child. However, it tends to slow down a hyperactive child. The use of drug follows the basic principle of homeopathic medicine i.e. treating a patient by using a drug that causes symptoms that are similar to symptoms of a patient. (curing likes with like)
Ritalin along with some selected conventional drugs like nitroglycerin, digitalis, allergy shots, colchicine, and vaccination are known to cause several symptoms that they treat. Regardless of this fact, none of these medicines is seen as a complete “Homeopathic medicine”. Homeopaths make use of safer and smaller doses of their medicines; also, these medicines are prescribed according to the seriousness of a patient.
As per the research, Ritalin and other drugs may produce only short term benefits for children experiencing ADD or ADHD symptoms. Newsweek noted that no long term researches or studies are conducted to reassure that these drugs are not causing any unknown havoc to their child.
Some of the common side effects of ADHD/ADD drugs are anxiety, restlessness, headaches, tremors, dizziness, allergic reactions, abdominal discomfort, increased blood pressure, heart arrhythmia, and psychosis (including hallucination). Children taking these drugs also experience loss of appetite and some face dramatic height reduction. When a medicine that can cause harmful systematic effects like causing reduction in child’s height, one has to admit that these drugs can also produce some other considerably serious effects on their lives.
Therefore it makes sense for doctors and patients to find out safer ways of treating ADD/ADHD symptoms before choosing conventional drugs. Homeopathic medicines are a safer alternative and there are many studies that have confirmed great results and safer cures. However, at present, there are only few studies testing homeopathic medicines for their effectiveness and not all of them have confirmed the efficacy of treatment. Safe homeopathic medicines and studies showing benefits of homeopathic care are reasonable enough for one to consider them before resorting to over the counter medicines and harmful therapeutic measures. More researches and studies are certainly warranted in the coming time.
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