The acupuncture points that the researchers selected were located on the heart, spleen, kidneys, liver and stomach meridian, as well as the bladder, gall bladder, and du meridians.
Results were measured according to different standards; Standard 1 indicated no depression, anxiety or stress felt after one to three sessions; Standard 2 was reserved for those who responded to treatment between four and ten sessions; Standard 3 referred to those who did not respond after ten sessions, or had poor reactions to treatment.
96% of the ADHD patients showed improvement, 67% of these responding in the very first treatment session. Of the 47 patients with insomnia, there was a 96% success rate, and of the 39 patients with an emotional disorder, there was a 90% success rate.
Some patients were able to cease using their various medications remain symptom-free; many of these patients had been using said medications for several years.
According to acupuncturist Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., applying pressure to these three ‘Governing Vessel Points’ is helpful for those with ADHD:
- Governing Vessel 26 – This point is easy to find; it’s halfway between the nose and the upper lip. Simply press it to stimulate your gums. This acupressure point is used to achieve clear thinking, which will overtake the feeling of being overwhelmed. If you ever feel faint, this is the place to stimulate!
- Governing Vessel 20 – This point is located in the middle of the top of your head. Twelve meridians meet at this point. Stimulating this point is useful for relieving headaches, dizziness, eye pain and irritability.
- Governing Vessel 24.5 – This is commonly known as the ‘Third Eye Point’ and it’s located exactly where the nose meets your eyebrows. Stimulating this point is said to help with focus, memory, concentration, relieving stress, calming the nerves and fighting fatigue.
Touching the #2 and #3 points simultaneously may help accelerate the results.
While acupuncture has been around for a long time, its use for ADHD is somewhat new. However, patients who’ve started using this technique have stated that they’ve seen a huge improvement in their ADHD symptoms, and have never felt better. The experts involved in the study think that everyone should try it out for a short period of time and see if it offers any benefits for their case. You have nothing more to lose than a little time, and if it works out for you, you’ll experience a great improvement in your overall quality of life.