Treating ADHD with Acupuncture

Do you consider treat your child’s ADHD problem with acupuncture?


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common seen problem among children. About 7-9% of children is the US are affected. The first choice for medical intervention and treatment of ADHD is to prescribe stimulants such as Ritalin. Side effects from long-term use of Ritalin are many, including appetite suppression with weight loss, irritable mood, and insomnia.


Because of its side effects and addictiveness, many health conscious parents often look for acupuncture to help as it is a safe and natural alternative. National Institutes of Health studies have shown it to be effective for treating pain. More recently acupuncture has been used for ADHD.


Here is a story how acupuncture helped 8-year-old Alex Karaszic who was diagnosed with ADHD.

Parents say acupuncture has alleviated boy’s ADHD


How often are treatments?

At the beginning, one treatment per week is good. When the child improves, the frequency decreases. Most children can improve within a few acupuncture sessions.


Do the needles hurt?

Generally speaking, there is very little pain associated with acupuncture treatment. Most patients feel only a very slight pinprick and either a mild tingling sensation or a little dull ache. For children the deep of needle insertion is shallow and most children even don’t feel the needle pricks.