Treating ADHD With Acupuncture

by Administrator 6. October 2015 18:16

ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a common behavioral disorder characterized by symptoms such as difficulty in concentrating, problems in staying focused, hyperactivity and inability to control behavior. The condition is more commonly seen in boys below the age of 12 years, however, it may sometimes continue till adulthood. For a child to be diagnosed with ADHD, the symptoms must prevail for more than 6 months and affect normal functioning in multiple aspects of life. Depending upon the symptoms manifested, ADHD can be classified as:

  • Predominately hyperactive-impulsive
  • Predominantly inattentive
  • Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive

Causes of ADHD

  • Genes: Children suffering from ADHD may have a family member suffering from the condition. It is usually considered to be an inherited condition that causes a particular gene to have thinner brain tissue in the area associated with attention.
  • Environmental factors: Smoking and consuming alcohol during pregnancy can cause ADHD in children. Even exposure to high amount of lead through plumbing fixtures or paint can cause ADHD in preschoolers.
  • Brain Injury: Children who have suffered a brain injury in the past may show symptoms of ADHD.
  • Food: Excessive intake of sugar and processed foods has also been linked to the development of ADHD in children.

How Acupuncture Can Help?
       
Acupuncture is a popular minimally invasive therapy for ADHD. According to traditional Chinese medicine, ADHD is caused due to inadequate sustenance of the spirit. It is also believed that the condition is a result of an imbalance in the protective energy (qi) in the body. Acupuncture aims at helping to restore balance within the body, eliminating the symptoms and treating the underlying cause of ADHD.

During the procedure, the acupuncturist inserts fine needles into different parts of the patient’s body. Usually, auricular acupuncture is used to stimulate the specific points in the ear. The needles may be moved manually, with the assistance of heat energy or an electric current. Acupuncture treatment works by correcting the malfunctioning in the body, allowing the brain and different organs to work coordinately, thereby, improving the symptoms of ADHD. The therapy can help to:

  • Improve focus and attention span
  • Enhance concentration power
  • Manage mood swings
  • Control fidgeting
  • Reduce hyperactivity
  • Promote better management of emotions

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide comprehensive acupuncture treatment for ADHD. To schedule an appointment with our acupuncturist, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit the clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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