ADHD symptoms improved by Ginseng Extract, new research reveals
Korean scientists conducted a controlled trial with Subjects aged 6–15 years old, who satisfied the inclusion criteria and had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms. This was done in order to test the efficacy of Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) in regulating areas of the brain that produce hormones responsible for focus, memory and behaviour.
For 8 weeks subjects were given (1g KRG extract/pouch) twice a day. Scientists observed ADHD symptoms such as: inattentiveness and hyperactivity improved. It was also evident that The Korean Red Ginseng group had significantly decreased brain wave activity.
In another study, in which 18 subjects with ADHD aged between 6 – 14 were given 1,000 mg of Ginseng, twice daily. It was observed that red ginseng maybe effective in improving inattentiveness in ADHD children.
People suffering from ADHD have a dysfunctional hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis (HPA). The hypothalamus is the control centre for many functions of the autonomic nervous system, and it has effects on the endocrine system because of its complex interaction with the pituitary gland. So, this is the reason why it affects emotions, body temperature, focus, learning, sleep and growth in ADHD patients.
It was found in a recent study that in the non-stress states, the existence of dysfunction of the HPA axis (lower plasma cortisol) in children with ADHD might be due to the under-reactivity of the HPA axis. This is what causes ADHD patients attention deficit, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.
Ginseng has chemical called saponin, which has been proven to regulate the secretion of cortisol, and the binding of corticosteroid to certain brain regions is increased in subjects who had the adrenal glands removed.
The regulation of adrenal function and neurotransmitter pathways exerts an effect on the central nervous system improving learning, memory, attention, sensory-motor performance and cognitive processing. Making it a great way to naturally treat patients seeking to minimise ADHD symptoms, drug free.
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