WHAT IS ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER?
It can be defined as a group or syndrome of persistently recurring behavioral symptoms that occur primarily in the children. These symptoms could be of impulsiveness, hurry, short span of attention, lack of concentration, passive behavior, and inattentiveness; that interferes with a good social, academic, and personal life.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF ATTENTION DECIFIT DISORDER?
There is no one particular cause of Attention deficit disorder. The general environment at home, the behavior of peers in school, or the social circle; any of these could lead to Attention deficit disorder.
There are some proposed causes that may lead to ADS. They are:
- The major cause is genetic association
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Brain trauma or injuries
- Psychological causes
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER?
There are a wide range of symptoms that present in children with attention deficit disorder. These are:
- Fidgeting with things
- Impulsiveness to complete actions
- Lack of concentration span in one activity
- Constantly shifting from one activity to another
- Getting up in between work to walk around
- Difficulty in retention
- Not a good listener
- Ignoring what elders say
- Disorganized work habits
- Always being ‘on the go’
HOW CAN AYURVEDA HELP ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER?
Ayurvedic system of medicine is an ancient Indian system of medicine that uses the inherent power of herbs to help diseases in a natural and healthy way. We in Ayurveda believe that the body is controlled by three different energies which are Vada, Pitta, and Kappha. These energies maintain the balance in our bodies and any imbalance in these energies may disorient the body system.
In cases of attention deficit disorder, the body energies are imbalanced that make the person’s brain and body system lack coordination and the person becomes weak and irritated. He has lack of concentration and low intellect. He/she wish to be the centre of attention. Ayurveda has wonderful herbs that help such cases in a natural way.
HERBS IN AYURVEDA THAT HELP IMPROVE CASES OF ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
BACOPA MONNEIRI (BRAHMI)
The Brahmi herb is famous for its magnificent properties. A few of its astonishing effects have been proved on conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It is used by physicians for stress, post-natal depression, anxiety, ADD and epilepsy. It is a major product of many a memory tonics. Stress, anxiety, menstrual disturbances, hair loss and fatigue are a few conditions where the herb has shown positive effects. These anti-oxidants remove the toxins from the body nourishes the blood cells. Another wonderful action of the herb is on the nervous system wherein it works to increase the coordination between the nervous system components thereby increasing the brain functioning. It is therefore used as a brain tonic. For its action on controlling the anxiety of the nervous system the Ayurvedic herb is used as a tranquilizer. The actions of the Brahmi herb over the brain area make it a wonderful tonic to help enhance the mental capabilities of the individual. It affects both the short and the long-term memory. It promotes a relaxed state of mind and nerves, spreading calmness. It takes care of the emotional disturbances; tension caused headaches, feeling of anxiety and depression. The herbal product is highly recommended for people suffering from ADD as it helps them analyze clearly. Brahmi is an essential ingredient of Memory support capsules and Brahmi capsule.
ACORUS CALAMUS (VACHA)
In Sanskrit ‘vacha’ literally means ‘speaking’; that relates to its wonderful anti-stammering properties. Ayurvedic physicians believe that this herb alleviates Vada and kapha (kinetic and potential energies) but aggravates the pitta (thermal energy). The Indian Ayurvedic system uses it as a nerve tonic. The magical root of this herb has a reliever action over many mental disorders. Commonly known as ‘sweet flag’ it can relieve speech disorders, enhance speaking abilities and coordination, also working on the memory of the person. The regular intake has proved to increase and improve memory. Apart from these, other areas of its function are the digestive disorders and urinary dysfunctions. It has a mild sedative action and can be used for hysteria and epilepsy too. Vacha is used to prepare Memory support capsules.
CONVOLVULUS PLURICAULIS (SHANKHPUSHPI)
A common Indian drug used by parents to help increase their child’s memory, retention power and concentration. This herb has the potential to increase the retention power as well as increase the remembering capacity of the brain. It works miraculously to relieve stress and anxiety. Physicians use it to relieve nervous disorders, mental disorders, problem of insomnia and fatigue-both mental and physical. It is used to prepare Memory support capsules.
GYLCERRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE)
It is an excellent herb for memory and intelligence. The ancient Ayurvedic authority CHARAKA (1500 B.C) named it as the ‘MEDHYA DRAVA’; which means it is a wonderful herb for memory and intellect. It is commonly called the ‘sweet root’ and it has a compound that is 50 times sweeter than sugar. The Chinese use it extensively as a drug for mental and physical vigor. The modern researchers have found excellent anti-ulcer and anti-depressant properties in this herb. Along with these, certain wonderful effects this herb has on the eyesight, cold, eczema, cankers and gastric ulcers. Licorice is a part of the product MEMORY SUPPORT CAPSULES.
INDIAN PENNYWORT (GOTU KOLA)
Gotu kola herb is well known for increasing memory and concentration. The herb is a nutrient rich herb that usually grows in marshes. It covers lack of concentration and prevents nervous exhaustion. The herb feeds the nervous system. It is rich in vitamin A, B, E and K. We at planet Ayurveda prepare GOTU KOLA CAPSULES using this herb.