Take a look at the list below!
1. Transcendental MeditationParticipants with ADHD practiced Transcendental Meditation for three months and afterward, symptoms of ADHD were reduced significantly. There was also less stress, anxiety, and hyperactivity symptoms. Meditation increases activity in the portions of the brain that involve focus, learning, and memory. However, meditation must be consistent in order for it to work. Source: http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ875576
2. Aerobic ExerciseAlong with boosting brain power, exercise also removes excess energy that causes hyperactivity. However, like with meditation, one needs to be involved in a consistent aerobic exercise program for it to have any effect. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22895892
3. Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty AcidsIn one study, individuals supplement with n-3 PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) experienced significant reductions in ADHD symptoms. The effect is not immediate, and the supplements need to be taken for about three months to have any effect. It may not work for anyone, so give it a try to see. If there is no change, try something else. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2661342/ Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18448859/
4. CaffeineSome people find caffeine helps with symptoms. However, there isn’t any scientific evidence to back this claim. It will not work as well as medication, but one can give it a try to gain some extra mental energy. Tests on animals with ADHD showed improved spatial learning skills when they were given caffeine. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15877934
5. NeurofeedbackMany individuals with ADHD have slower than average brain wave activity. In order to speed brain waves up in the brain, scientists have figured out a way to hook electrodes up to the scalp and train people to speed up brain activity. This training attempts to uptrain slower brain waves such as theta and alpha into the beta brain waves range – primarily involved with focus. I do not know how “natural” this is, and success rates are up for debate. It is also an expensive and time-consuming alternative. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15357015/
6. Pycnogenol (French Maritime Pine Bark Extract)If one is looking for a natural treatment option for children, Pycnogenol is probably the best choice. It has been found useful in many studies and reviews. Pycnogenol is an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine and consists of phenolic acids, catechin, taxifolin, and procyanidins. In children this was supplemented by doses of 1 mg/kg/day – so if you are an adult, you may want to experiment with a higher dosage. Just one month’s worth of daily administration of this substance significantly reduced hyperactivity and improved attention, and visual-motor coordination and concentration. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16699814
7. Monoamine Amino Acid PrecursorsMonoamine, amino acid precursors, have been shown to be effective in cases with ADHD. They increase the various amount of neurotransmitters in the brain, and, taken correctly, could reduce ADHD symptoms while maintaining healthy brain function. All monoamines are derived from amino acids like tyrosine, tryptophan, and thyroid hormones. These are thought to play crucial roles in emotion, arousal, and cognitive function.