Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to support people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This approach aims to restore the balance of the doshas, especially Vata, alleviate symptoms and improve overall well-being. We will discuss some Ayurvedic approaches that may be useful for ADHD.

An image of a woman with her eyes closed, her hair blending into a cloud of various thoughts. This image represents the high mental load of people with ADHD. In this article we talk about ways in which Ayurveda can help treat ADHD.
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Diet and Nutrition (Ahara)

Since ADHD is often associated with an imbalance of the Vata dosha, a Vata-balancing diet from Ayurveda can be useful. The diet should include warm, oily and grounding foods. This includes warm soups, stews, cooked vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats such as ghee and sesame oil. It’s also very important to cut down on sugar, caffeine and processed foods that stimulate the nervous system and can aggravate symptoms. In addition, always give priority to nutrient-rich foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, which are rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

Herbs (Dravyaguna)

Oil massages (Abhyanga)

Regular full body massages with warm, soothing oils such as sesame oil or Brahmi oil can help to calm Vata, relax the nervous system and improve concentration.

Cleansing procedures (Panchakarma)

The Ayurvedic therapeutic purgation, Virechana, can help eliminate toxins from the body and restore balance to the doshas. In addition, Nasya, the application of nasal oil, supports the cleansing of the nasal passages and can calm the nervous system. Finally, Basti, Ayurvedic medicinal enemas, are particularly effective for calming vata and supporting intestinal health, which can indirectly affect the nervous system and help relieve ADHD symptoms.

Yoga and meditation

Gentle yoga exercises can help to calm Vata, stabilize the nervous system and promote mental clarity. Special asanas such as Sarvangasana (shoulder pose), Balasana (child’s pose) and Savasana (death pose) can be useful. In addition, practicing pranayamas, Yoga’s technical breathing exercises, promotes relaxation and helps to calm the mind. Nadi Shodhana (alternate breathing) and Bhramari (summary breathing) are particularly recommended. Meditation can also play an important role in improving ADHD symptoms, as regular meditation helps to calm the mind, improve concentration and reduce stress.

Lifestyle changes (Vihara)

Although people with ADHD find it very difficult to follow routines, maintaining a structured daily routine helps to stabilize Vata and calm the nervous system, improving the ability to function.
In addition, another challenge for those with ADHD due to mental agitation, which is very important for relieving symptoms, is getting adequate sleep, which is fundamental for mental and physical health.
Finally, regular physical activity helps to channel excess energy, especially in hyperactive types, and promote general well-being.

Environmental adaptations

Creating a calm and orderly environment, especially for work and study, is essential to minimize distractions and promote concentration. In addition, aromatherapy can be an important tool, using calming essential oils such as lavender, chamomile and sandalwood to calm the mind and promote relaxation.

It is important that patients with ADHD work closely together with their doctor and their Ayurveda expert to ensure that Ayurvedic approaches are used safely and effectively in combination with conventional treatments. Customisation of the treatment plan is crucial for the best possible results.
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