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ERIC Number: EJ904460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 112
ISSN: ISSN-1080-4013
Old and New Controversies in the Alternative Treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Rojas, Neal L.; Chan, Eugenia
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, v11 n2 p116-130 Apr 2005
Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become widespread in both referral and primary care populations. We review the purported mechanism of action and available evidence for selected CAM therapies for ADHD. Enduring controversies, such as elimination of artificial food additives, colors, and/or preservatives; the effect of sugar on behavior in children; and the use of EEG biofeedback, have been well studied but lack support as effective sole treatments for ADHD. The initial evidence for some emerging CAM therapies, such as essential fatty acid supplementation, yoga, massage, homeopathy, and green outdoor spaces, suggests potential benefits as part of an overall ADHD treatment plan. More rigorously designed studies are needed to evaluate their effectiveness as single therapy for ADHD. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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