Chinese Medicine (CM) considers ADHD as a spectrum of normal human behavior and regards the syndrome as an expression of a Heart–Mind (Xin) imbalance.
CM understands ADHD as Excess Heat/Wind in the head with Liver Qi Stagnation, often complicated by Dampness, which, in turn, might be rooted in a Deficiency of the Spleen and Kidneys.
Acupuncture for the treatment of ADHD
Acupuncture may be useful for both ADHD itself, and for helping people wean themselves from stimulants. In that regard, some studies have suggested CM may actually be superior to methylphenidate. Click here to find more about the acupuncture points for ADHD.
Treatment with acupuncture, can be remarkably simple. The focus needs be on clearing the Excess Heat/Wind in the Head, relieving Liver Qi Stagnation, and tonifying the Spleen and Kidneys.
Acupuncture, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and the Energetics of Stimulants – Practitioners who are tempted to explore acupuncture for the treatment of ADHD found surprisingly successful outcomes, sometimes when they least expect it.
Pediatric Tuina for ADHD
Pediatric tuina, which is also called traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) pediatric massage or pediatric anmo, is a special modality of TCM therapies. It is a manual intervention for preventing and treating medical conditions in children based on TCM theories and previous experience.
Pediatric tuina progressive muscle relaxation exercise which can be learnt by parents and can conduct this treatment on their children at home.
Pediatric tuina for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in preschool children: study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial – Parent-administered pediatric tuina is a potential alternative therapy with fewer side effects and economic burden, and is more flexible for parents and children to receive the treatment.