Holistic Approach to Balance the Brain
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) are brain disorder diagnoses usually made by a pediatrician or psychologist . It is characterized by inability to concentrate, restlessness, and impulsiveness, but can be difficult to diagnose. It may first be reported by teachers or parents. There is no single cause of ADHD. Rather, scientific research suggests the effects of many underlying causes, which taken together are expressed through each individual's genetic make up as a group of symptoms qualifying for a diagnosis of ADHD.
The standard, conventional treatment ADHD is made after a physical and psychological examination and diagnosis. The standard traditional treatment is prescription of Ritalin, Concerta, or similar psychotropic drugs to help control the symptoms. Dietary and behavioral modifications as well as counseling may be recommended.
NIHA'S Integrative, Holistic Approach to ADD/ADHD
The doctors at NIHA believe the research that suggests the symptoms of ADHD are the result of a biochemical imbalance in the brain. Through a series of different and comprehensive diagnostic tests the goal is to identify the root causative factors and treat them in an effective natural, non-drug approach. The integrative practitioner combines nutritional therapy with supplementation, correction of hormonal/mineral/vitamin/EFA deficiencies, detoxification, and dietary modifications in an individualized plan for each patient to re-establish balance. Combining the diagnostic skills of the traditional approach with the willingness to deal with the multi-factorial problems of ADHD in the holistic approach benefits the whole patient.
Underlying Factors May Contribute to ADHD
The first step is to identify the possible underlying root causes/risk factors which may contribute to the symptoms of ADHD. The following are the most common categories that have been found:
1. Food & Additive Allergy & Sensitivity
2. Heavy and Toxic Metal Toxicity
3. Low Protein High Carbohydrate Diet
4. Mineral Imbalances
5. Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency
6. Amino Acid Deficiency
7. Thyroid Disorder
8. B Vitamin Deficiency
These factors are identified by means of a comprehensive medical examination including traditional and functional medicine laboratory testing.
Natural and/or Non-invasive Therapies for ADHD:
Restoring the bowel ecology
Heavy metal detoxification
Functional medicine and supplements
Hormonal and glandular support
Neurofeedback - biofeedback for the brain
Detoxification by rehabilitating the major drainage organs
The practitioner will then develop a comprehensive, integrated treatment strategy tailored to the needs of the patient.