Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), though the ratio is only 5% of the world's entire child population, according to the report of National Institutes of Health, in number it is actually millions of children who are afflicted with ADHD. There is still no absolute cure found for this disease.
Despite few clinical studies regarding the theory that Ginseng can treat ADHD, this medicinal herb is claimed to have immense benefits in treating ADHD and related disorders. There lies physiological and biochemical reasons behind such a claim – ingesting ginseng can be a good complementary therapy for treating ADHD.
Therefore, first let us know more on Ginseng and ADHD.
What is Ginseng?
Ginseng is a traditional herb enriched with medicinal properties, which aid in treating various ailments. Mainly, the roots of ginseng are used in preparing nutritional supplements. These supplements can come in the form of pills, powder, or tonic – all derived from ginseng root extract.
Korean red ginseng is the most effective and popular among all types of ginsengs. It is claimed to relieve various diseases such as diabetics, inflammation, arthritis, sexual dysfunction, hormonal deficiency, lung infection, liver problem, immunodeficiency, cancer etc. Its stimulating effect also treats mental and psychological problems such as stress, anxiety, lack of energy, depression etc. The primary mechanism of Korean red ginseng are ginsenoside saponins, powerful molecules with adaptogenic functions at the cellular level in the body. Naturally used by the plant to endure harmful environment, this class of molecules, unique to ginseng species, has a variety protective functions in human beings.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is one of the most commonly found mental disorders in kids. Though it occurs during childhood or teenage, it lingers even in adulthood. Children affected by this disease face various social, behavioral, and developmental challenges like:
●Lack of listening
●Difficulty in sitting still
Sometimes, children with ADHD grow symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity such as not playing quietly, talking excessively, being restless, squirming when seated, interrupting others, blurting out replies etc.
In adults, symptoms of ADHD shifts. They suffer from lack of organization skills, relationship problems, depression, addiction, mood swings, lack of concentration, impulsiveness, procrastination, boredom, frustration, stress, problems at work etc.
How Ginseng Benefits ADHD?
1. Ginseng Contains a Multitude of Healthy Substances
Ginseng can be a multi-beneficial herbal therapy of ADHD. It doesn't merely contain a single compound, rather it contains a combination of many substances with potential medicinal benefits. All these compounds function together to improve the mental and body function, and thus treat ADHD. For standardization, ginseng should be grown to 6 years prior to harvest, as this is the age of maturation of the ginseng root, and a 6-years-grown ginseng is highly associated with positive health results.
Ginseng converts nutrients in the soil to its base healthy, functional components. It takes 6 years for ginseng to produce the wide variety of healthy components which have chain-reactions in the human body in useful quantities. Furthermore, ginseng should not be grown in the same land, crop after crop (the land must lay fallow for considerably long periods in order to restore the nutrients). Therefore, ginseng should be grown by ethical, well-known growers and grown for 6 years.
2. Ginseng Fills Deficits on Dopaminergic Pathway
Normal dopamine level is necessary for a regular brain function. If there is any deficit in the dopaminergic pathway due to reduced dopamine levels in the areas between neuronal cells and various other key areas of your brain, you may develop symptoms of ADHD. Ginseng contains substances that can regularize the dopamine levels protecting the pathway from potential threats, and this herb also speeds the neurodevelopmental process.
3. Ginseng Boosts Learning Ability and Memory Function
A certain proportion of agility is required between the neuronal cells to let the brain link itself to adapt to the newly learned things. This new connection-building ability of neurons is known as 'synaptic plasticity'. ADHD patients suffer from learning disabilities and memorization problems due to lack of this connection building. Korean red ginseng is rich in elements which strengthen the communication between neuronal cells by stimulating them. These elements also enhance the memorization capacity for longer term.
4. Ginseng Promotes Aerobic Glucose Metabolism in the ADHD Brain
One of the significant factors that cause ADHD is the lack of oxygen and glucose content in brain. This shortage leads to the development of inattention, impulsiveness, and lack of concentration. Ginseng isolates promote aerobic glucose metabolism and thus improves brain function.
5. Ginseng Grows Norepinephrine Levels from Low to High
ADHD patients suffer from the deficiency of a neuro-signaling agent, norepinephrine, which causes motor behavioral dysfunction, attention deficit, auditory processing delay, complex cognitive processes etc. Red ginseng increases norepinephrine levels in the affected areas and thus aids in brain function.
6. Ginseng Prevents the Premature Aging of Brain and Promotes Nerve Growth
The development of some regions of brain comes at a cease due to ADHD. In adults, often it results in premature aging of brain. Ginseng elements aid in neuronal growth as well as repair damaged neuronal cells. Thus, this medicinal herb fights against death of cells and inflammatory damage.
A Final Takeaway
You cannot be negligent in treating such a sensitive disease, as ADHD. It may turn out to be severe any time. Why don't you consider taking ginseng supplements as a complementary therapy in treating ADHD? Korean red ginseng tea can be your ideal stimulant.