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NCCIH: Part of the National Institutes of Health. NIH: Turning Discovery Into HealthClinical Digest

June 2015

for health professionals

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Complementary and Integrative Approaches for ADHD

Surveys estimate that as many as 9 percent of American children and 4 percent of adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although stimulant medications have been shown to be helpful for at least 70 percent of children with ADHD, many adults and children use complementary health approaches such as omega-3 fatty acids, melatonin, herbs and other dietary supplements, special diets, neurofeedback, and several mind and body practices, including acupuncture and meditation to control ADHD symptoms. Many of these complementary health approaches have been studied for ADHD, but none has been conclusively shown to be more effective than conventional therapies.

This issue of the digest provides information on what the science says about some of these complementary approaches for ADHD.

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What the Science Says:
Complementary and Integrative Approaches for ADHD

Learn what current research has to say about:

Bullet Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Bullet Melatonin

Bullet Carnitine

Bullet Pycnogenol (French Maritime Pine Bark)

Bullet Ginkgo Biloba

Bullet St. John's Wort

Bullet Acupuncture

Bullet Meditation Therapies and Yoga

Bullet Neurofeedback

Read more »

Additional Resources

Bullet Clinical Practice Guidelines

Bullet Scientific Literature

Bullet Research Spotlights

Bullet For Your Patients

Bullet Tips: 7 Things To Know About Complementary Health Approaches for ADHD

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NCCIH Clinical Digest is a service of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCCIH Clinical Digest, a monthly e-newsletter, offers evidence-based information on CAM, including scientific literature searches, summaries of NCCIH-funded research, fact sheets for patients, and more.

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