The question of using tissue salts for children diagnosed with attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder comes up from time-to-time. This morning when I received this query again, it prompted the thought that many parents may be tormented with their child being given this same label, and could possibly derive some benefit from the simple salts.
Sharing a little of my own experience with this, I have witnessed the transformation of a family member’s ten-year-old child from a distracted, disinterested academic underachiever – who had struggled with focus and basic comprehension in primary school – into a young person who began to show improved results by the end of the seventh grade, and then went on to achieve distinctions throughout high school and university. This young adult (now 25) works in a field requiring focus, intellect and attention to detail, and uses extra tissue salts when needing to cope with focused work stress, career examinations or exhausting long hours.
Needless to say, I do believe that tissue salts can help immensely and are worth considering in children that have been diagonsed with ADD or ADHD. If the child is already using prescribed medication, it is important to continue with it, adding the tissue salts, and have the prescribing doctor check the appropriate dosage of medication over a period of months. In these situations it is always better to have a personal evaluation and tailored tissue salts program to optimize the result, but I can offer the following as a general guideline:
The basic two to look at would be Kali Phos (no 6) and Calc Phos (no 2). Supplemental doses should start slightly higher than recommended on the container – at least 1 tablet of each in the morning, afternoon and evening; if it has been a difficult day one can top-up as frequently as required in-between:
- They can be kept on the homework desk and used additionally at times of study;
- Extra if there are frustrations in doing homework or comprehension – take a break every half hour and have another of each at these break times.
- Basically the more one is aware of the symptoms, the more frequently one should use the salts.
Others that could be involved are indicated as follows –
- emotional tension; non-stop talkativity – Mag Phos (no 8);
- hypersensitivity to external factors such as noise or light etc – Silicea (no 12).
Please remember that each child is uniquely individual, and it may be that other tissue salts are required in conjunction with these to achieve an optimal result. It is also perhaps worth noting that many adults are being diagnosed with these disorders. The salts remain the same, regardless of the age, although it is much more likely that there would be other mineral deficiencies due to age factors.