- Valerian root extract has sedative and tranquilizing properties without side effects and is often used for hyperactivity. Use only recommended dosages.
- Passion flower acts as a natural calming agent. It can be used with safety even for small children.
- Chamomile and wood betony are considered calming nervine herbs. Caution: Do not use chamomile or lobelia on an ongoing basis. Avoid chamomile completely if you are allergic to ragweed.
- Other herbs that may be beneficial for hyperactivity include Xia ku cao, catnip, black cohosh, hops, lobelia, lady’s slipper, skullcap, and thyme.
- Eat a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, and high quality protein.
- Foods that may help curb aggression include complex carbohydrates (pasta, cereals, breads) and simple carbohydrates (sugar). Note: Sugar has nothing to do with hyperactivity. Research shows that carbohydrates, including sugar, are more apt to calm than arouse the brain, and thus ironically, tend to reduce hyperactive and aggressive behavior. Caution: Sugar and other carbohydrates tend to induce drowsiness and slow down mental activity in normal people.
In some cases, herbal products can interact negatively with other medications. Such interactions can be dangerous. Herbal remedies are not regulated and their quality is not controlled. Moreover, while there is an abundant supply of information circulating about herbs, not much of it has been scientifically proven. Consult your physician. Informing your doctor and pharmacist of what herbal products you are using is just as important as letting them know what drugs you are taking. Your physician and the pharmacist on duty at your pharmacy can assist you in deciding which herbs