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Homeopathy for hyperactive fidgety children

An interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Heiner Frei from the University of Bern enrolled 83 children between the ages of 6 and 16 in the study. All children were diagnosed with ADHD after neurological and psychological examinations.

A doctor trained in homeopathy determined the right homeopathic remedy for each child. No other medication was allowed.

62 children responded to homeopathic therapy. The criterion for this was a 50 percent reduction in the Conners ’Global Index (CGI) after an average of five months. The CGI is a scale with which ten criteria such as outbursts of anger, screaming fits, tolerance of frustration or disturbing other children are recorded. A maximum of three points are awarded per criterion: 0 points means that the symptom never occurs, 3 points means that it occurs very often.

62 children took part in the placebo-controlled study

The actual placebo-controlled double-blind study has now started. The 62 children who responded to the homeopathic remedies were assigned to two groups, A and B. In these groups they were treated for six weeks and then switched to the other group. In which group they received placebo or the homeopathic remedy that was right for them, neither children nor parents nor the treating physicians knew. All children then received their homeopathic remedy (Eur J Pediatr 164, 2005, 758).

During and after the end of the study, the CGI was significantly reduced under homeopathic therapy compared to placebo - on average by 12 points from 19 to 7 points (this corresponds to 63 percent).

A strong result. So why is homeopathy not widely used in ADHD?

This is due to the fact that it takes time for the therapy to respond and that this therapy is not suitable in emergency situations, according to the colleagues from Bern. On the other hand, it is important that parents record their children's symptoms accurately and communicate them to the homeopath. And that's not easy. But only then can the appropriate remedy be found.

Homeopathic remedies, which are often prescribed for ADHD, are mainly Calcium carbonicum, Lycopodium and Sulfur, according to Frei's statements. But also Belladonna, Causticum, Chamomilla, Ignatia, Nux vomica, Phosphor or Silicea are used. Long-term therapy is important, as Frei emphasizes.

Complex remedy targets typical ADHD symptoms

A complex remedy tailored to ADHD is Zappelin® (reimbursable up to the age of 12). It contains about Chamomilla, Kalium phosphoricum and Valeriana. The effect was compared with that of methylphenidate (Ritalin®) in a cohort study with 355 ADHD children. The children took an average of 30 globules or 10 to 40 mg methylphenidate daily.

After 12 weeks of therapy, the study doctors checked the overall clinical impression. A "much better" or "very much better" compared to the start of treatment was found in a good 47 percent of the children in the complex remedies group, in the methylphenidate group in just under 78 percent of the children. Almost 70 percent of the children in the complex remedies group rated their condition as "good" or "very good" (almost 74 percent in the control group).

Balancing combinations for states of excitement

Another complex remedy, Damiana Pentarkan®S, is used, for example, for nervous tension, lack of concentration and poor memory. The preparation also contains ginseng root in a homeopathic preparation.

Stramonium Pentarkan® is prescribed for nervous sleep disorders that are triggered by emotional states of excitement and are accompanied by inner restlessness and fear. The tablets can be dissolved in water to make it easier for children to take.