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Chinese medicine and ADHD


More and more children but also adults are being diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD is an umbrella term for all kinds of different combinations of inattentiveness and hyperactivity/ impulsiveness in a person.


In Chinese medicine, the exact analysis of your symptoms is always crucial for a correct diagnosis. Anything that includes impulsiveness, presents like an excess of energy, is always Heat and needs to be cooled down.

To use a picture, if the water on the stove bubbles too strongly, you need to switch of the fire.

What about inattentiveness, exhaustion, symptoms that get worse when tired: now imagine what happens to this pot of water that has left for too long on the fire – there is less and less water left over. You need to add water (energy, nourishment) to the pot, ideally add cool fluid.


The Chinese medicine organs most involved in ADHD are the Heart (emotions), the Liver (stress), the Kidneys (core constitution). The optimal mix of calming and energising is – as always- based on the individual presentation.

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