Some parents of kids suffering from ADHD or ADD are turning to acupuncture and other homeopathic treatments to help supplement medicine. NY1’s Jill Urban filed the following report.
Many kids who suffer from attention deficient hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, turn to medication for help, but for some parents, like Kim Sherman, a pill isn’t always the simple answer. That is why her son undergoes complimentary therapies to offer a more well-rounded approach to his treatment.
“He gets acupuncture, special massage oils, depending on how he’s feeling that day and he typically gets ear seeds which help his focus and also help regulate him and calm him down,” said Sherman.
Acupuncture and other homeopathic treatments are becoming an option for families who either want to avoid medication or supplement it.
Carla Gervasio of Urban Wellness Acupuncture treats kids with attention disorders. She began this career path after looking for options to help her own son and found this was the answer.
“Because I’ve experienced this path myself, I just find that it’s my responsibility to try to share this information with parents and give them an understanding that there are other options that not only could compliment their current traditional approach, but also could be an alternative,” said Gervasio.
Dr. Edward Hallowell, who specializes in kids with ADHD agrees. He says when it comes to attention disorders, use whatever works.
“ADD is a gift that’s hard to unwrap and I believe to unwrap it, use whatever works, as long as it’s safe and it’s legal. Medication is the best known intervention, it’s very safe and very effective, but by no means is it the only tool in the toolbox,” Hallowell said.
Now aside from treating the attention issues themselves, for those kids who are on medication some of these therapies can also be used to help offset some of the possible side effects.
About 30 percent of kids on medication have side effects like anxiety and insomnia.
Sherman says the balance of medication and alternative therapies are the magic combination for her son. He is a calmer, more focused and overall happier child. But she and Gervasio say they understand the struggles parents face when looking for solutions and encourage families to explore all options because finding the sweet spot that works for your child came can be as calming as the therapies themselves.