(Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

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Chinese Medicine for ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include problems with concentration, hyperactivity and controlling impulsive behaviors. Self-focused behavior, forgetfulness, interrupting, emotional turmoil, physical restlessness and frequent feelings of frustration can all be signs of ADHD in children and adults. 

Research has shown a rising trend of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) usage among children with ADHD across various populations. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers ways to help symptoms of ADHD holistically, without the side effects caused by medications.

Causes of ADHD

The exact cause of ADHD is unknown. Factors that may be involved include genetics, the environment or problems with the central nervous system at key moments in development. According to the basic theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), problems like ADHD are concerned with imbalances of the Heart, Mind and Spirit. In a meridian system, human health is characterized by “yin” and “yang” as well as five organ networks.  Symmetry of these two forces and the organ systems is required for a healthy mind and body, whereas imbalances result in conditions such as ADHD. 

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How TCM Addresses Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

While stimulants are effective for many people with ADHD, they may cause side effects. Parents of ADHD children search for more natural and safe treatment options. This has resulted in a growing interest in complementary and alternative therapies (CAM), such as herbal remedies, dietary modifications and supplements, homeopathic therapy, and chiropractic treatment (Tuina) for ADHD.

Herbal Therapy

Herbal medicine is an effective treatment measure used by TCM physicians to treat different syndromes of ADHD. Some Chinese herbs have a relaxing effect and are helpful for supporting a calm, yet focused mind. While others, known for their energizing properties, may also be helpful for boosting mental focus. Like any other Chinese medical therapy, there is no singular ADHD formula. Based on the unique experience of each individual, a customized herbal combination will be made to treat the symptoms of ADHD. These can be provided in child-friendly formats like liquid drops, pills, or powders.

Pediatric Tuina Massage

Medication and behavior therapy are the conventional treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but they have limitations for preschool children. Evidence suggests that Pediatric Tuina, which is a modality of traditional Chinese medicine, might have beneficial effects on this condition. It is a manual intervention for preventing and treating medical conditions in children. According to different classification and symptoms of ADHD, specific acupoints are chosen in Tuina to open up the meridians. These can tonify heart and nourish kidney, clear liver and suppress yang - harmonizing peace, mind and spirit.


Alternative therapies like acupuncture offer proven benefits with no harmful side effects that can be caused by prescribed medications. Acupuncture works by using your body’s pressure points to clear blockages and restore energy flow (known as qi) throughout the body. TCM practitioners use acupuncture to resolve a variety of symptoms from ADHD. Auricular acupuncture (commonly known as ear acupuncture), is a treatment in which points on the outer ear are stimulated with very tiny, thin needles. This noninvasive procedure is the favored treatment for children.

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ADHD Types We Treat

Inattentive type

This type of ADHD is characterized predominately by inattention and distractibility without hyperactivity. People with inattentive ADHD often make careless mistakes because they have trouble focusing, following detailed instructions, and organizing tasks and activities. Oftentimes, people who experience inattentive behavior get bored quickly, are easily distracted by external stimuli, and often lose things. This type of ADHD is more commonly diagnosed in adults and girls, and was formerly known as ADD.

Hyperactive-impulsive type

People with hyperactive ADHD feel the need for constant movement. They often fidget, feel restless and have difficulty sitting still. Children and adults with hyperactive-impulsive type ADHD, are impatient, talk constantly and interrupt others, blurt out answers or inappropriate comments, and struggle with self-control. Children with this type of ADHD can be a disruption in the classroom. They can make learning more difficult for themselves and other students.This type of ADHD is more recognizable and more often diagnosed in children and men.

Combination type

People with combined-type ADHD, the most common type of ADHD, is demonstrated by impulsive and hyperactive behaviors as well as inattention and distractibility. The behavior occurs more often and interferes with how you function at home, school, work, and in social situations. Most children have combination type ADHD.

TCM ADHD Treatments in Markham or Rosedale


Not all the herbs are safe for kids. But as professionals, we put safety first to make sure there is no side effect of any kids. Besides, all the herbs imported to Canada already passed Health Canada approval.
Early intervention works best. If treatment begins as soon as the symptoms start, this decreases the number of treatments needed and, possibly, the amount of medications that the child will need to take.
Pediatric Tuina is an ideal approach for treating young children. It is gentle and induces no unwanted side effects. Acupuncture points and meridians are activated without the use of needles. Until the age of 6, children in general respond very well to Tuina massage therapy.
With qualified and caring staff, your comfort is our top priority. Whether it is your first time using TCM or acupuncture, we strive to make it an enjoyable experience and cater to your specific needs.

Why us? We provide high-quality TCM and acupuncture services while always prioritizing the client’s comfort.