— For many Americans, the ADHD epidemic is the most pressing health issue facing our country.
The news of the nation’s most common mental disorder has been gripping the nation since the 1980s, and today the public is fed up with news about the rising rates of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
What to know:What is ADHD?
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Who is at risk of ADHD and how are they being treated?
What is the role of medicine and treatment in managing ADHD?
How can I tell if I have ADHD?
Why do I feel like I need to take more medication?
What can you do to treat ADHD?
Are there effective medications for ADHD?
What if I miss a dose?
How do I take medication?
How should I use medication?
Where can I find ADHD medications?
Where is ADHD medication available?
What does it mean to be an adult with ADHD?
Learn more:Watch more videos on the symptoms and treatments of ADHD: http://youtu.be/1wOg_v0XJ8sWhat are some of the best ADHD treatments available?
These treatments include:Dr. Timothy Hartzler, professor of neurology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, explains how he and his colleagues at the Center for Cognitive Neurology and Behavior (CCNB) in Omaha have discovered and are studying the efficacy of an herbal remedy called “Herbal Therapy.”
“The goal is to help people improve their functioning,” Hartzle explains.
“They are not just taking the medication to help them.
The medication helps them to feel better.”
What do the experts say about this herbal treatment?
Dr. Michael Wigdor, director of the Center on Treatment Alternatives at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, says this herbal remedy is being studied to see if it is a viable alternative to medications currently available for ADHD.
“I think it’s really good and very well researched,” Wigdor says.
“It has not been tested on animals yet.”
The effectiveness of this remedy could have significant clinical implications, he says.
“It’s an excellent idea to have something that has a therapeutic effect, and to know that you have the medicine,” Wagdor says.
Wigdor has previously conducted research to test whether the herbal remedy helps individuals with ADHD manage their symptoms, and he is now studying how it works with ADHD patients.
He says the herbal treatment works by changing the way your brain functions.
“When you have a problem, it’s your prefrontal cortex, which is the area that’s thinking about what you should be doing,” he says, “and when you have ADHD, that’s the part of the brain that has to think about it.”
In the past, the prefrontal cortex has been a part of regulating behavior and making decisions.
“You’re making decisions based on how you’re feeling, but you’re also trying to predict your response, and it’s all happening in the prefrontal area,” Wigsdor explains.
“We want to make sure that if you have this new kind of behavior, it has an impact on the brain, that it’s not just the prefrontal, but also the part that is thinking about the problem.”
How does the herbal medicine work?
According to Hartzl, the remedy works by stimulating the part known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC).”DLPFB is the part where the prefrontal is thinking and that’s really important,” Hartl explains.
The DLPFB and the part responsible for regulating your behavior is part of your brain’s “wiring.”
“You can activate your prefrontal, the part which regulates the behavior of your body, and your brain is not able to do that,” Hartzl explains.
In order to stimulate your DLPFC, Hartzels team has used an innovative herbal formula that consists of several ingredients.
“The whole system of ingredients, in this case the herbs, has been designed to work together,” Harttzles team says.
This herbal treatment is an addition to other therapies, Hartzl says, including meditation, acupuncture and physical therapy.
“They’re all trying to find a way to work with the same mechanism, so that they can work together in a therapeutic way,” Hartzel explains.
He hopes this herbal therapy will be a stepping stone for the treatment of ADHD.
If you or someone you know has ADHD, talk to a doctor about treatment options.
Learn more about treating ADHD.
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