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Complementary and alternative medical therapies for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Altern Med Rev 2011; 16(4):323-37AM

Abstract

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a commonly diagnosed childhood disorder characterized by impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. ADHD affects up to 1 in 20 children in the United States. The underlying etiologies of ADHD may be heterogeneous and diverse, and many possible risk factors in the development of ADHD have been identified. Conventional treatment usually consists of behavioral accommodations and medication, with stimulant medication most commonly being prescribed. Parents concerned about the side effects and long-term use of conventional medications are increasingly seeking alternatives to pharmacologic treatment. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) offers parents various treatment options for this condition, including dietary modifications, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, and homeopathy. CAM appears to be most effective when prescribed holistically and according to each individual's characteristic symptoms. Possible etiologies and risk factors for the condition also need to be considered when developing a treatment plan. This article serves to highlight the latest research regarding the most commonly used CAM for children with ADHD.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Johannesburg, Department of Homeopathy, Johannesburg, South Africa. jpellow@uj.ac.zaNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22214252

Citation

Pellow, Janice, et al. "Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Children With Attention-deficit/hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)." Alternative Medicine Review : a Journal of Clinical Therapeutic, vol. 16, no. 4, 2011, pp. 323-37.
Pellow J, Solomon EM, Barnard CN. Complementary and alternative medical therapies for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Altern Med Rev. 2011;16(4):323-37.
Pellow, J., Solomon, E. M., & Barnard, C. N. (2011). Complementary and alternative medical therapies for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Alternative Medicine Review : a Journal of Clinical Therapeutic, 16(4), pp. 323-37.
Pellow J, Solomon EM, Barnard CN. Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Children With Attention-deficit/hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Altern Med Rev. 2011;16(4):323-37. PubMed PMID: 22214252.
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