Acupuncture For ADHD Treatment: Side Effects Of Acupuncture Therapy

Traditionally, ADHD is treated with medicines and behavior therapy.  However, there are a lot of complementary therapies, when taken with the traditional medications that can help in the treatment of ADHD in children.  One of these alternative treatments is acupuncture.

ADHD Treatment With Acupuncture

  • Acupuncture alleviates pain, treats and prevents diseases, and promotes general health.
  • Special needles are placed in different acupuncture points to restore health and function.
  • These needles are retained for about 30 minutes.
  • Acupuncture is inexpensive, simple, and safe.
  • Different styles of acupuncture available:
    • Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
    • Aurical Acupuncture
    • Medical Acupuncture

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • ADHD is a developmental disorder commonly diagnosed in children.
  • 3-5% of school aged children are diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Boys are more frequently diagnosed with ADHD than girls.
  • Symptoms of ADHD include:
    • Inattention
    • Hyperactivity
    • Impulsivity
  • Acupuncture can be a good addition to the treatment plan of individuals with ADHD because it helps moderate the symptoms of ADHD.
  • It is an alternative medicine used to treat ADHD.

Acupuncture For ADHD Treatment

Acupuncture, as part of a variety of ADHD treatment options may help with:

  • Improving focus and attention
  • Managing moods
  • Reducing fidgeting
  • Improving concentration

Acupuncture may help an individual diagnosed with ADHD to gain better benefits from other treatments given to him/her.

It helps alleviate the side effects of medications given to treat ADHD.

Because children may get scared with needles that are usually used in acupuncture, needle-free acupuncture treatments, that use brushes, rollers, and blunt probes, are also available.  These include:

  • Stroking
  • Rubbing
  • Tapping
  • Pressing

Side Effects Of Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture is a very safe treatment method and if done correctly serious side effects are not experienced. Short-term side effects that may be experienced are:

  • Light headedness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Stinging upon insertion of needle
  • Slight bruising
  • Residual muscle aches

Drinking water and resting after treatment may spare that patient from these side effects.

Acupuncture is relatively inexpensive.  Acupuncture treatment cost varies from practitioner to practitioner.

Treatment Preparation Tips

  • Bring any medical records or medications pertinent to condition.
  • Eat a light meal before going to the acupuncturist for treatment.
  • Wear comfortable clothes for easy access of the acupuncture points in the body.


  1. Dia said:

    I wish if you can help me by giving me a prescription of acupressure points to treat my ADHD disorder. Normally I feel antisocial, timid, and have difficulty to put thoughts into words; like I have continuous mind blocking and I m not interested in what is going around me.
    Because of this fact I isolate myself, and now I find it more difficult to be with others. I feel exhausted with others, especially if I don’t know them very well. I feel exhausted because I get easily bored, and I don’t like to listen, because I’m not interested what others say and do.

    June 27, 2012
    • PUP said:

      You have to consult an acupressure specialist who will give you pressure points on your hand and feet. Once you learn these pressure points, you can also practice them at home.

      June 28, 2012

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