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Ayurveda and ADD and ADHD treatment?


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September 20, 2013 5:44AM


The Ayurvedic view of ADD and ADHD is that it is a Vata dosha imbalance in the nervous system. Vata is like wind, and is the principle of movement. It is mobile just like the symptoms of ADD and ADHD. It is also cold, dry, and rough, so the Ayurvedic treatment for this condition is to encourage a diet and lifestyle that is opposite in quality to Vata.


To balance Vata, there are several important things to do.

One is to avoid cold, raw, and drying foods and to focus on warm, oily, and grounding foods like whole grains and root vegetables.

External application of warm oil also helps to calm the nervous system.

Internal application of sesame oil or ghee into the nostrils is an excellent way to calm Vata and balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Certain herbs help to calm the mind and also sharpen the intellect. Brahmi (gotu kola) is traditionally used to bring clarity of mind. Ashwagandha is the primary herb to balance Vata.

It is important to get a correct diagnosis of the health of the digestive tract so that any toxins that may be present can be cleansed. In Ayurveda the root cause of all disease is improper digestion, and with ADD and ADHD there is likely to be some accumulation of toxins in the GI tract. For proper assimilation of nutrients, the GI tract should be detoxified and rejuvenated for best healing results.