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Drug-free ADHD treatment

Focus…without the risk factors

Q: My daughter told me that the pediatrician wants to give my grandson an ADHD drug. Are there any other options she should consider? I hate what those drugs do to kids.

Dr. Wright: While there isn’t a lot of research on herbal treatments for ADHD, there are some early clinical trials that show promise for two herbs. Pycnogenol, a standardized extract of French maritime pine bark, significantly improved ADHD symptoms in children taking it over the course of a 4-week study. And another herb, Bacopa, significantly improved sentence repetition, logical memory, and learning after just 12 weeks. While behavior results weren’t clear in that study, Bacopa may be worthwhile even in children who don’t suffer from ADHD.