Energy healing techniques of tai chi may increase mindfulness of ADHD patients
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
People who are easily distracted may make off-handed comments about having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but for patients who are actually diagnosed with the condition, it's no laughing matter. However, the energy healing techniques of tai chi and other meditative practices can help increase mindfulness for these individuals, according to The Huffington Post.
ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that may be influenced by genetics, the news source said. Children with it may exhibit hyperactivity and impulsiveness, while adults can struggle with mood swings, poor time management and relationship problems.
A therapist from Los Angeles recommends that patients take up practices that increase mindfulness, which can have two benefits.
"One is heightened concentration, allowing you to be more productive. Another is physiological changes, namely, a decrease in skin temperature and increase in oxygenation of the brain, a decrease in lactic acid (which causes fatigue) and cortisol (a stress hormone)," wrote Ronald Alexander, PhD.
Tai chi exercises and yoga are two activities individuals can enjoy. Alexander also recommends meditation. If individuals with ADHD are intimidated by the thought, they could meditate after a physical activity and start off slow, beginning with three minutes a day and working up to 20.
As of 2007, about 2.3 million Americans reported practicing tai chi within the previous year, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.