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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2014 Oct;23(4):853-81. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2014.05.011.

Traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of ADHD: a review.

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1
Department of Pediatrics of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 138 Xian Lin Avenue, Nanjing, China, 210046.
2
Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 766 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA.
3
Department of Pediatrics of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 138 Xian Lin Avenue, Nanjing, China, 210046. Electronic address: hxm1nj@163.com.

Abstract

This review covers an introduction of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), focusing on the traditional theoretic basis from the perspective of TCM regarding ADHD's cause, pathogenesis, methods of syndrome differentiation, and rationale for treatment. The authors present commonly accepted and successfully practiced clinical procedures used in China for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD by TCM clinicians along with the supportive clinical evidence. The authors hope to inspire more research to better understand the mechanisms underlying the therapies and to promote appropriate incorporation of TCM therapies with Western pharmacologic treatment to better help patients with ADHD.

KEYWORDS:

Acupuncture; Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; Chinese herb medicine; Diet; Tai chi chuan; Traditional Chinese medicine; Tui na

PMID:
25220091
DOI:
10.1016/j.chc.2014.05.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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