Effectiveness of Ayurveda Interventions in Children with ADHD: A Case Report


  • Sayali Rajkumar Khandelwal Shri Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  • Devyani Thokal
  • Rachana Ramteke
  • Rachnil Kamavisdar


Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, Viddhakarma, Panchakarma, Ayurveda interventions



Background: Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental behavioral disorder often found in children. The condition manifests through symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, causing challenges in daily life, including disruptions in peer relationships and academic performance. While ADHD symptoms typically emerge in preschool or early years, the median age of onset is around 7 years. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, ADHD impacts approximately 9% of children aged 3-17.

 Although there is no direct correlation for ADHD in ayurvedic texts, certain abnormal behavioral traits described in the context of Vata Prakriti, along with features of Unmada such as Anavasthitha chittatva, Manovibhrama, Smritivibhrama, and Acharvibhram, share similarities with ADHD symptoms.

Aim: The study aims to assess the impact of various conventional Ayurveda interventions in the management of ADHD.

Materials and Methods: The study involved the holistic treatment of a 7-year-old male child with ADHD, employing diverse Ayurvedic strategies. A multipronged approach was adopted, utilizing formulations like Medhya rasayana, Panchakarma procedures, and Viddhakarma depending upon the predominance of doshas.

Result: The interventions derived from Ayurveda demonstrated benefits in reducing ADHD symptoms in the treated child, as evidenced by improvements noted on the Conners Rating Scale.

Discussion: Ayurveda provides diverse Chikitsa modes for managing ADHD in children. Recognizing the chronic nature of ADHD, the study underscores the importance of long-term interventions that facilitate the child's better integration into society and contribute to an improved quality of life.


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Sayali Rajkumar Khandelwal, Devyani Thokal, Rachana Ramteke, & Rachnil Kamavisdar. (2024). Effectiveness of Ayurveda Interventions in Children with ADHD: A Case Report. Ayurline: International Journal of Research in Indian Medicine, 8(02). Retrieved from https://www.ayurline.in/index.php/ayurline/article/view/796