Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

In Traditional Asian Medicine, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is an imbalance of Yin and Yang, affecting the Shen-spirit and the body’s flow of vital energy, or qi.  Good health is a result of inner harmony.

Treatment focuses on creating a balance of Yin and Yang, nourishing the Qi and clearing any heat or Qi blockages affecting the Shen-spirit.   NAET is used to find any allergies or sensitivities that are contributing to disharmony. Once a pattern is diagnosed, Shonishin, Tui-Na massage, herbs and nutrition are used to restore a healthy balance, relaxation and well-being.

Regular Shonishin and Tuina treatments, clearing allergies with NAET, good nutrition, herbal medicine, physical exercise and time in nature can all contribute to increasing focus and the ability to withstand distractions, the flexibility to move easily from one task to another, and the ability to remember facts recently learned and to come to conclusions regarding those facts.


Data from studies indicate that dietary factors such as amino acid deficiency, vitamin deficiency, essential fatty acid deficiency, blood sugar swings from too much sugar, food allergies, exposure to dyes and other food additives are often associated with ADHD. Deficiencies are common with processed or junk food diets high in fats, sugar and additives.  


*deep fried foods

*spicy or greasy foods

*sweet or sugary foods and drinks

*raw or cold foods and drinks

*Chocolate, monosodium glutamate, caffeine and foods with preservatives, dyes and flavors and possibly dairy and gluten.

Children will benefit from cooked vegetables at every meal. Soups are also beneficial. You can find fresh, organic, local fruit and vegetables at your local farmers market. Many small local farms now offer CSA, boxes of fresh vegetables and fruits dropped off in front of your home.

Studies have also shown the benefits of adding fish oils, B vitamins, Phosphatidylcholine, calcium and magnesium to children's diets.


Going outside, reconnecting children with wilderness, being in the quiet and calm can help greatly.   Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in the Woods, refers to the trend of children spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of behavioral issues.   “It’s a problem, because kids who don’t get nature-time seem more prone to anxiety, depression and attention deficit problems,” says Louv.

After spending time in nature, children are able to focus and concentrate better, engage in quiet activities and have more patience.

Physical Exercise:

Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise is helpful for children with symptoms of ADHD, to become more attentive and less moody.   Other studies have also shown that exercise can improve student's attention and academic skills.   This scientific research encourages parents to ensure that their children receive opportunities for unstructured physical play as well as participation in team sports and activities like dancing, karate, swimming, bike riding, or walking.

The whole family benefits:

Parents and siblings benefit by sharing these healthful lifestyle changes in nutrition, physical exercise and time in nature. These transformations create more balance in the life of the whole family.

For more information, Contact Dr. Sally Sherriff, DAOM at 831-295-6327.