Are there any natural remedies for ADHD/ADD?

My brother was diagnosed with ADHD but we are skeptical with all the different medications we heard about. The side effects can be horrible. Are there any natural remedies?


  • oldtimekid2

    You’re right to question the ADHD drugs as the side effects list (and potential for addiction or abuse) is much larger than many people would like. However, there have actually been a lot of studies that have shown that Fish Oil can help with ADD/ADHD. It seems too simple, and that may be one reason it wasn’t really looked at closely for this, but I wasn’t surprised it would help when I thought about it. The EPA and DHA in Fish Oil help with all sorts of things including heart health, skin health, and brain health. There was a good article at that covers some of this as well.
    Give it a try… it’s economical, safe, and easy. Just make sure that the company you get it from uses Molecular Distillation because that’s currently the only safe way to remove any trace contaminants of any heavy metals. Of course, if you aren’t sure about the dosage or the benefits, you may want to consult with a holistic doctor, as they may have other additional options available to them.

    There are also a lot of people who have found some relief from limiting sugar, artificial colors/flavorings, and going with less (or no) processed food to take away those possible causes as well. From research I’ve done, Fish Oil tends to help more, but both work even better together. Good luck and I hope I helped!

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  • Horace

    Alot of patients are opting not to use the regular medicines prescribe for ADHD/ADD because of the side effects. They basically slow them down and have them docile.

    My friend’s daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and she opted for a natural cure as well and the kid is doing great! More focused in the classroom and less distracted.

    Her remedy was found at

    Hope this helps!

  • Yerin

    There are some exercises that can be used to help people focus a bit better. You should look into Learning Breakthrough or the Dore Program. I know people who have used both and they have helped them with concentration a lot.

  • Jabril

    some theories link ADHD with fungus infections primarily candidas and gluten intolerance. check out Doug Kaufman’s book the The Fungal Link. Also Linda Page’s on Health Remedies.

    Based on that the elimination of fungus and gluten may aid the managment of ADHD/ADD.

  • Psychobenzaprine

    No, there are not. (I assume you’re only interested in remedies that actually WORK.)

    Oily Fish Extract, fungus removal and all the backwards vitamins in the world won’t do a thing to treat ADHD. Because it’s not an issue of fish-fungus/vitamin deficiency!!!

    And the side effects really aren’t that bad. Euphoria and weight loss? C’mon!

  • Rory S

    Fay B –

    This is a great question, and as you can see from other responses, a very controversial one. Because ADD / ADHD is best thought (guessed might be a better word) of as a condition "caused" by a deficiency in certain neurotransmitters in the brain, most people do focus on the medications that treat ADD / ADHD.

    However, there are many problems with the medications. First and foremost, they are controversial. The medications do have a great number of side-effects, one of which tends to be an appetite suppressant which all but kills any desire to eat. This is particularly true of the stimulant type medications like Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta.

    That being said…while medications are said to be the most effective form of treatment, they do not necessarily resolve or eliminate all the symptoms, struggles, and challenges that ADD / ADHD presents as a condition.

    These medications might help someone focus more or fidget less, but they do not address the executive function challenges like time management, organization, planning, decision making, and studying (for those in school). You see, the more the medical community and pharmaceutical companies study or pay researchers to investigate ADD / ADHD, the more it is being discovered that ADD / ADHD seems to be more of a condition related to executive function challenges and motivation.

    That said, many other differences are NOT being addressed, and do not necessarily get addressed or resolved from medication, i.e, human behavior, feelings, thoughts, or the fact that people with ADD / ADHD have tremendous unique talents.

    So to address your question, are there are natural remedies for ADHD / ADD?

    There are a number of them. But as already addressed, do they really work?

    The primary challenge here becomes about focusing on what the main difficulties an individual with ADHD / ADD faces. While there are three predominant types of ADD / ADHD (Hyperactive-Impulsive, Inattentive, and Combined), every person with ADHD / ADD will display different symptoms and different challenges all of varying degree. In other words, no two cases will be exactly the same.

    You see, ADHD / ADD very rarely occur alone. That is, there are co-existing conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, learning disabilities, and anxiety (to name a few) that are also often present. This further complicates treatment and the understanding of ADHD / ADD because we have to know what condition is "causing" the symptoms.

    All that said, there are natural remedies that can and do work. But I don’t necessarily believe there are magic herbs or fish oils that will get rid of all the symptoms. On the contrary, you have to think about the greatest difficulties and what the primary goals are of the individual.

    Omega-3 fatty acids (like fish oils) can and do work to resolve certain symptoms. Listening to the right types of music can have a calming effect. A well-balanced diet is also important; one that reduces the amount of sugar intake and relies more on proteins.

    Last but not least, there is the fact that "natural remedies" also needs to include "alternative treatments" like getting enough sleep, possibly taking melatonin to help with the sleep cycle, good self-care, and much more.

    Hope this helps.


    Rory F. Stern, PsyD
    "Former therapist" and Author

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