Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Treatment in Ayurveda

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a long-lasting condition that starts from childhood and may continue to adulthood. It constitutes various symptoms like lack of concentration, impulsivity, lack of self-esteem, etc. It may affect the academic, career, and family life of the affected individual. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment will help to resolve the embarrassing manifestations of ADHD.

Ayurveda explains the disorder Vatika Unmada which is closely related to the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Ayurveda has an effective and exclusive treatment protocol to reduce the intensity of ADHD symptoms.

Causes of ADHD

The exact reason for the occurrence of ADHD is still not clear. The central nervous system involving the brain is supposed to be affected. Genetic factors, environmental aspects, ill effects of food or medicine during the pregnancy period, etc. are considered as some of the probable reasons. 

Ayurveda details the reasons for occurrence of ADHD as follows;

  • Unfavorable, improperly prepared food and water
  • Improper timing of food intake
  • Mental depression
  • Over fatigued
  • Mental factors like anger, grief, etc.
  • Poisoning 

These factors if affect a person with low mental power, and symptoms of ADHD may be observed.

Symptoms of ADHD (Vatika Unmada)

The symptoms of ADHD may be obvious before the age of 12 years. The symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe. There will be behavioral changes in girls and boys and are more usually found to affect boys than girls. Major symptoms include:

  • Inattention
  • Increased activity
  • Inability to concentrate on things
  • Restlessness
  • Impulsive actions
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Inability to keep relations
  • Inability to follow instructions
  • Lack of interest in focus requiring games and plays
  • Talkative
  • Interrupt other’s talk

Many of these symptoms developed in childhood may continue over adulthood also. This may result in non-acceptance by friends, colleagues and relatives.  

Ayurveda explains symptoms similar to ADHD as listed below:

  • Emaciated body
  • Inappropriate emotional expressions like crying, anger, laughing, etc.
  • Imitate the sound of musical instruments
  • Over talking
  • Hyperactive
  • Constantly changing concentration

Ayurvedic Reference of ADHD (Vatika Unmada)

Ayurvedic Reference of ADHD (Vatika Unmada)

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Ayurvedic Treatment of ADHD

Ayurveda incorporates treatment protocol combining internal medicines, external medicines and treatment procedures involving purification therapies. 

Internal Medicines

  • Drakshadi Kashaya
  • Chandanadi Kashaya
  • Kalyanakam Kashaya
  • Ashwagandha Gulika
  • Manasamitra Vatakam
  • Ashvagandha Choorna
  • Avipatty Choorna
  • Saraswatarishtam
  • Kalyanagrita
  • Ashvagandhadigrita
  • Brahmigrita
  • Kooshmandarasayana

External Application

  • Himasagara Taila
  • Lakshadi Taila
  • Brihatchandanadi Taila
  • Ksheerabala Taila

Treatment Procedure

  • Siroabhyanga (Oil massage on the head)
  • Sirodhara (Pouring medicated oil/ liquids on forehead)
  • Kheeradhara (Pouring medicated milk on the whole body)
  • Siropichu (Retaining cotton soaked in medicated oil on head)
  • Nasya (Nasal installation of medicine)
  • Vasti (Enema)
  • Snehapana (Administration of ghee)

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Diet in Food Poisoning

Do’s (Pathya)

  • Bath 2 times / day
  • Sweet food
  • Adequate amount of food
  • Ghee
  • Light, digestible, and timely food
  • Good sleep
  • Give accurate instructions to child
  • Assign a good tasks for a child
  • Be supportive to child
  • Encourage doing exercise through games.

Don’ts (Apathya)

  • Spicy food
  • Fasting
  • Junk food
  • Non vegetarian food especially meat
  • Chocolate
  • Soy

Yoga and Pranayama for ADHD

Regular practice of yoga is very beneficial to attain concentration, stability and calmness. Children can train Yoga asanas (postures) slowly and should be continued as a part of life. Following postures will be effective:

  • Suryanamaskar
  • Savasana
  • Sukhasana
  • Padmasana
  • Pavanamuktasana

Pranayama helps to attain balance of body movements and to achieve concentration. Simple breathing exercises can be practised and this will enhance self-confidence as well as controlled behavioural patterns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is ADHD?

Answer: ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a disorder characterized in children with behavioural and emotional variations like irritability, inattention, expression of anger, happiness etc

Question: At what age ADHD can be identified?

Answer: ADHD is usually manifested before 12 years of age. In some children, it may be observed around 3 years itself.

Question: How Ayurveda deals with ADHD?

Answer: Ayurveda has unique management protocol for ADHD. It involves internal medicines, external applications and purification therapies that enrich physical and mental aspects of child.

Question: What is the cause of ADHD according to Ayurveda?

Answer: ADHD occurs due to the vitiation of Vata dosha that simultaneously vitiates Pitta dosha and ameliorates Kapha dosha.

Question: How Ayurveda is helpful in ADHD?

Answer: Ayurveda helps in the treatment of ADHD as it helps in achieving homeostasis of the vitiated doshas in the affected child. There are herbal formulations available in Ayurveda that act on a mental level without causing any side effects.

Question: What are the herbs useful in ADHD in children?

Answer: There are various herbs available in Ayurveda that are effective in ADHD. These are: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Cow ghee etc.

Question: What is the role of Yoga and Meditation for the treatment of ADHD?

Answer: Yoga and Meditation play an important role in the treatment of ADHD as these help in involving the body balance, breathing manipulations, posture control as these enable the child to take in extra oxygen, which is good for the brain.


  1. Shloka No. 1, Unmadaprathishedha, Ashtanga Hrudaya by Vagabhata, Utharsthana.
  2. Charak Samhita, edited by P.V. Sharma, Chaukhambha Oriented Publication. Varanasi, reprint edition, 2008, Sutra Sthana Chapter 1/55, p.7.
  3. Kashyap Samhita (2013), edited by Prof. P.V. Tewari. English translation and commentary, Chaukhambha Vishvbharti Publication, Kalpasthana Chapter 6/32-40, p. 347.
  4. Sharma P.V. Dravyaguna Vijnana, Vol. II, Chaukhambha Bharti Academy, p. 253. Reprint: 2006.
  5. Child Health and Ayurveda, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, ADHD Chapter No. 15, Page No.67-70. 

Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is ensuring the effective management of ADHD through the essence of Ayurveda. IAFA provides genuine Ayurvedic treatment to reduce the intensity of ADHD and uplift the child’s physical, mental and social wellbeing.

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Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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