Within the last decade, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have been a focus of interest and discussion in the popular media (including the internet) and in funded research in the scientific community. Parents of children with ADHD actively seek out "alternative" treatments due to concerns of the risks of their children being given powerful psychoactive medications over an indeterminable and prolonged period of time.

ADHDBiochemical therapies include herbal remedies, vitamins and nutritional supplements. Lifestyle/Mind-Body therapies include exercise, nutrition, environmental changes and mind body techniques such as hypnosis, psychotherapy and biofeedback.

Bioenergetic therapies include acupuncture, therapeutic touch, prayer and homeopathy.

These therapies are based on the notion that they restore harmonious balance of an invisible energy or spirit that surrounds and flows through the body.

The Chiropractic Perspective

Recent research efforts are now bringing into fruition supporting evidence upon the Chiropractic principle of the supremacy of the nervous system. ADHD is a central nervous system disorder Attempts at understanding the underlying neurobiology of ADHD remains a challenge.

Considering that all of the alternative therapies as described by above are incorporated in a number of Chiropractic practices or at least networked into by most, it is my contention that Chiropractic provides the best "alternative" for children with a diagnosis of ADHD.