June 28, 2020

ADHD

Acupuncture + Medication for ADHD

At Metro Acupuncture, we believe our patients should not have to choose between “conventional” and “alternative” medical treatments. Our healthcare philosophy is rooted in a holistic approach, specifically designed to meet the needs of the whole individual, and achieved through the integration of all available modalities. For us, healthcare is not “conventional” medicine versus “alternative” medicine. Holistic healthcare is one medicine.

Stimulants are the mainstay of treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults. The transition from pediatric care to adult care for patients who take medications such as Vyvanse, Adderall, Concerta, and other stimulants is challenging. Gaps in care can be a source of setbacks and frustration, often resulting in either time without, or even the discontinuation of, needed medication.

As a board certified pediatric oncologist and medical acupuncturist, Laura Bowman, MD has found that a holistic treatment plan consisting of conventional medication management in combination with monthly acupuncture appointments results in improved concentration, more regulated sleep, and enhanced overall quality of life for her patients. In addition to providing relief for ADHD-associated symptoms, this treatment method has also shown to be particularly beneficial in reducing the uncomfortable side-effects some patients experience as a result of their medication. This can often include headaches, insomnia, decreased appetite, and muscle tightness in the head, neck, and shoulders. By combining acupuncture treatments with monthly check-ups for prescription refills, Dr. Bowman’s patients are able to optimize the therapeutic ratio of their medication: they achieve the greatest benefit while minimizing or eliminating the unacceptable side-effects. During these appointments, Dr. Bowman is able to provide holistic care for individuals with ADHD by assessing the need for changes, prescribing medication refills, providing lifestyle and dietary counseling, and preventing or addressing intercurrent illnesses.

At Metro Acupuncture, it is our goal to provide a supportive and holistic understanding of the elements needed to maintain optimal health and performance for all of our patients. If you or your child has a diagnosis of ADHD and are interested in a holistic treatment approach, please click here to book an appointment with Dr. Bowman.

To find out more about how acupuncture can be helpful to you, please feel free to give us a call at 404-255-8388