What is a good herbal supplement for smaller children with ADHD?
by Sandy Newmark, M.D.
There is limited evidence that supports using herbs in treating ADHD. I do use valerian a lot. It calms hyperactivity, but it doesn't improve concentration. Valerian also helps with sleep problems and lessens the "rebound effect" that some kids experience when stimulants wear off. There is a small study that shows that a combination of ginseng and ginkgo helps manage ADHD symptoms, but I do not use these herbs much in treating ADHD.
Another study, on a product called Nurture and Clarity, a combination of several herbs known to improve mental sharpness, shows some promise. I have given this product to a few patients, one of whom reported significant success.