Since 2010, sales of ADHD medications have risen by 8% every year. Several health experts attribute this not to a rise in ADHD occurrence but rather to an increase in pressure for treatment.
According to renowned psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Kagan, this pressure has gotten so bad that only 10% of children in the U.S. taking ADHD meds actually need them.
As for the other 90%? Their symptoms are likely treatable with natural methods – like meditation.
The Remarkable Effects Of Meditation On Children With ADHD
One impressive example of meditation helping kids with ADHD comes from a 2007 Australian study.
Researchers had 48 children on ADHD medications participate in Sahaja yoga meditation. Within 6 weeks, their symptoms reduced by an average of 35%. That’s well above the success rate medication manufacturers aim for, by the way.
By the end of the study, 6 children were able to stop taking medication completely and experience normal behavior. 12 kids halved their dose while another group reduced theirs by a quarter.
Another form of meditation – transcendental meditation – has also shown tremendous promise in kids with ADHD.
In one study, the practice reduced ADHD symptoms in kids by an incredible 50%. That figure is right on par with the percentage of kids who respond well to amphetamines and methylphenidate doctors commonly prescribe to treat ADHD.
These results were not just self-reported, by the way. Through brain scans, researchers observed very tangible brain changes in kids with ADHD who learned how to meditate.
Why Meditation Works For Treating ADHD
As author Alvaro Fernandez puts it, meditation essentially works by developing the ‘mental muscles’ required for kids to pay attention. This theory is consistent with research that shows meditation improves the brain’s ability to control itself.
This is reflected in EEC scans that show an increase in beta brain activity for kids with ADHD who engage in meditation. Heightened beta brain wave levels indicate increased focus.
Remarkably, as Dr. Sarina Grosswald says, children with ADHD have no more difficulty learning how to meditate transcendentally than kids without it.
“The fact that these children are able to do TM, and do it easily, shows us that this technique may be particularly well-suited for children with ADHD,” Dr. Grosswald says.
What’s also worth mentioning is the fact that meditation produces virtually no side effects, while conventional ADHD medications result in a whole boatload, including:
- Reduced appetite
- Sleep problems
- Cardiovascular problems