Studies scientifically show that ADHD medication is most effective for ADHD for the majority of people (80%), so that’s why it is recommended as the first line treatment in Western Medicine (American Academy of Pediatrics for one).
Functional medication looks at treating an individual in a different way. They look at the body and how it’s functioning as a whole to see if there is something there that can be corrected to alleviate symptoms of whatever is troubling the patient. That usually starts with nutrition and supplements. I know many functional meds docs who do prescribe medications for ADHD when necessary. They just don’t look there first.
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough studies showing solid results for alternative treatments for ADHD yet, except neurofeedback.
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