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Homeopathy May Help ADHD Management

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Homeopathy can play a useful part in the management of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) particularly in pre-school age children, research shows.

Amidst concern about the over-use of Ritalin (methylphenidate) for infants, children and adults, new NICE guidelines comprise a treatment plan that includes psychological, behavioural and educational advice and interventions to manage the problem of ADHD(1) rather than the prescription of Ritalin or other drugs. The NICE guidelines recommend that drug treatment should be reserved only for those patients with severe symptoms and impairment; they specifically state that drugs should not be prescribed for pre-school children.

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In 2001, the authors of a clinical trial recommended homeopathy as a useful treatment specifically for ADHD in pre-school children. The study assessed homeopathy's effectiveness in 115 children with ADHD and aged between 3 and 17 years. In cases where treatment of a hyperactive child is not urgent, homeopathy was found to be an effective alternative to Ritalin: 75% of the children responded well to homeopathy, averting their need for further use of Ritalin.

The BHA commends homeopathy as a safe treatment option in ADHD, especially for children of pre-school age.

For further information : Robert Mathie, Research Development Adviser, BHA on 0870 444 3950

ADHD is a common behavioural disorder in children and young people, estimated to affect up to 3% of school-age children and young people in the UK, and about 2% of adults worldwide. The symptoms of ADHD include: being inattentive (unable to concentrate for very long or finish a task); hyperactivity (fidgety and unable to sit still); and impulsive (speaking without thinking about the consequences).