The efficacy of a homeopathic preparation in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

ATTENTION-deficit hyperactivity disorder
SELENIUM
DRUG interactions
MEDICINE -- Research
CHILD development
MATHEMATICAL statistics

Abstract:The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of the homeopathic combination preparation Selenium-Homaccord in the management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).The study completed was a double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. The study group consisted of twenty children diagnosed with ADHD, ten on prescribed psychostimulant medication and ten not on any medication. Current management of ADHD involves the administration of powerful drugs, of which the longterm value is questionable and side effects common. Although orthodox treatment may improve many aspects of general behavior in the ADHD child, studies have failed to show it to be effective in improving school achievement. Prognosis remains unchanged, whether the child is on allopathic drugs or no edication. Selenium-Homaccord was administered over a two-month period, with three evaluations being done during the treatment period. Children were required to complete the Conners Parent's Symptom Questionnaire. The results of the above tests were analyzed statistically, using the analysis of variance technique. The alpha value was set at the 0.05 level of significance. From the results, it was apparent that Selenium-Homaccord was effective in decreasing the overall hyperactivity exhibited by an ADHD child. Significant differences were seen regarding the cild's inattention,impulsivity, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. These changes were more widespread in the experimental group than in the control group.

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