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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

In Traditional Asian Medicine, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is an imbalance of Yin and Yang, affecting the Shen-spirit and the body’s flow of vital energy, or qi.  Good health is a result of inner harmony.

Treatment focuses on creating a balance of Yin and Yang, nourishing the Qi and clearing any heat or Qi blockages affecting the Shen-spirit.   NAET is used to clear any allergies or sensitivities that are contributing to disharmony. Once a pattern is diagnosed, Shonishin, Tui-Na massage, herbs and nutrition are used to restore a healthy balance, relaxation and well-being.


Data from studies indicate that dietary factors such as amino acid deficiency, vitamin deficiency, essential fatty acid deficiency, blood sugar swings from too much sugar, food allergies, exposure to dyes and other food additives are often associated with ADHD. 


*deep fried foods

*spicy or greasy foods

*sweet or sugary foods and drinks

*raw or cold foods and drinks

*Chocolate, monosodium glutamate, caffeine and foods with preservatives, dyes and flavors and possibly dairy and gluten.

Children will benefit from cooked vegetables at every meal. Soups are also beneficial. 

Studies have also shown the benefits of adding fish oils, B vitamins, Phosphatidylcholine, calcium and magnesium to children's diets.


After allergy testing, it is often no surprize that your child is sensitive or even allergic to specific foods or chemicals.  Through NAET, we can treat reactions to the allergens, so your child can experience life calmer and more focused. Gentle Tuina massage and Shonishin help to balance the immune and nervous system.


Going outside, reconnecting children with wilderness can help greatly.   Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in the Woods, refers to the trend of children spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of behavioral issues.   “Kids who don’t get nature-time are more prone to anxiety, depression and attention deficit problems,” says Louv.

Physical Exercise:

Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise is helpful for children with symptoms of ADHD, to become more attentive, less moody and to improve student's academic skills.   Be sure to ensure that your child has opportunities for unstructured physical play as well as participation in team sports.

The whole family benefits:

Parents and siblings benefit by sharing these healthful lifestyle changes in nutrition, physical exercise and time in nature. These transformations create more balance in the life of the whole family.

For an individualized healing program for your child and info on Lunar treatments, contact Dr. Sally Sherriff, DAOM at 831-295-6327.

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