Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common behavioral conditions among children. It is a condition of the brain that makes it difficult to concentrate or control impulsive behavior. In the United States, approximately 4.5 million children between the ages of 5-17 years old are diagnosed with ADHD each year. Children with ADHD generally struggle with paying attention or concentrating. They struggle to follow directions and are easily bored or frustrated with tasks. They also tend to move constantly and are impulsive, not stopping to think before they act. Adults with ADHD may have difficulty with time management, organizational skills, goal setting, and employment. They may also have problems with relationships, self-esteem, and addictions.
Research indicates that when treating ADHD, a multidisciplinary approach is most effective; combining behavioral therapy, exercise, dietary changes and medication. An excellent addition to any treatment plan, acupuncture and Oriental medicine are used to help restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while also diminishing the symptoms of ADHD.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help improve focus and attention, augment mood management techniques, reduce fidgeting, lower hyperactivity and enhance concentration. A couple points people can do themselves at home are the following:
Try pressing on Yin Tang (Hall of Impression), which is similar to the “third eye” location in yogic practices.
It is level with the base of the eyebrow, midway between the inside corners of the eyebrows, over the bridge of the nose.
Boost Mental Clarity Massage acupuncture point Du 20 for some mental clarity.
Du 20 is located on top of the head, midway between the ears. It is used to clear the mind and improve focus.
Stimulate the point with your index finger 35-40 seconds for a quick “brain boost.”