Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • January 2015
Written by  Rebecca Beringer

Homeopathy for ADHD

A recent survey of 17,000 parents conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics reported that 7.5 percent of children ages 6 to 17 are taking medications for emotional or behavioral difficulties. A majority (80 percent) of those taking medication have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 10,000 toddlers have been diagnosed as hyperactive and prescribed amphetamine-based drugs like Adderall. Dr. Lawrence H. Diller, a behavioral pediatrician who was interviewed for a CNN news report on this issue, said, “There’s no evidence that it works. There’s no evidence that it’s safe. These are desperate measures.” Side effects of these medications include stunted growth, insomnia and loss of appetite even in older children.

So what is a parent to do when faced with a child exhibiting the telltale signs of ADHD? Difficulty paying attention or controlling impulsive behaviors and being overly active can cause trouble at school and stress in the home. Parents face incredible pressure to use medication. Some turn to natural methods like diet adjustment, herbal and supplement support, or changes in school environment. Those who are interested in a natural, gentle and alternative method need to look at what homeopathy has to offer.

Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine over 200 years old that uses substances from nature made into homeopathic remedies in U.S. Food and Drug Administration-regulated pharmacies to address issues of concern. Emotional difficulties, hyperactivity and attention troubles are all within the scope and practice of homeopathy and its application is shown to have incredibly positive results without harsh or irreversible side effects.

One study conducted by the Universities of Alberta and Toronto showed that 63 percent of participants had significant improvement with homeopathy. An additional study published in the British Homeopathic Journal showed that 75 percent of participants responded positively in three months.

Homeopathic philosophy holds that symptoms being experienced by a person are merely an imbalance in the energetic system. The application of a homeopathic remedy helps stimulate the body to heal itself to release from these stuck patterns. Many homeopathic products intended for relief of ADHD symptoms exist on the market, but homeopathy works most effectively when applied on the most individual level with a professional homeopath. While traditional models of treating ADHD look at the similarities of children with ADHD, the homeopath will look for what is unique to each case. This individualization allows for the most effective results, restoring balance and calm to the entire system.

Studies and statistics aside, there is imbalance in someone suffering from ADHD and very real consequences and stress put on the family unit. A local parent had large success applying homeopathy for ADHD in her son and tells her story:

My youngest son is now 12 and was diagnosed with ADHD after first grade. At the time he was impulsive, loud and fidgety. Based on the issues this was causing in school, we decided to put him on medication at the beginning of second grade. The medication did work but with side effects, including appetite and weight loss, digestion difficulties, sleep issues, and headaches. Two years after starting, he told us he could no longer taste food and begged us to take him off the medication.

At this time I began looking for alternatives and discovered homeopathy. We visited a homeopath and started our son on a homeopathic remedy tailored to his individual needs. One nice aspect of working with homeopathy is that we could have chosen to continue using his medication in addition to the remedy, but we chose to discontinue. One of the things that surprised me was how other healing was also taking place. First his digestion and constipation issues went away. Next his anxiety and fear that something was going to happen to his parents dissipated. Over the course of using the homeopathic remedies, his attention and ability to stay on task has increased. Another skill he gained in the process was learning to recognize when his system is out of balance and needs a boost. Today we do not even consider him as having an ADHD diagnosis. We are so pleased we chose homeopathy as the course for our son.

Rebecca Beringer is a classical homeopath with over five years of experience working with men, women and children of all ages. Her practice serves clients all over northeast Wisconsin and the broader U.S. Her practice is based in Appleton, inside Alternatives Holistic Health and Wellness Center. She is a graduate of the highly respected Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 920-740-5048. For more info, visit Workshop information can be located under the Community Calendar of this magazine.

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