ADHD and Homeopathy


In this webinar interview, Stephen Cowan MD took us through the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) framework to understand the link between ADHD and homeopathy. Listen in to the replay below. Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video.

ADHD Through the Lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Within the TCM framework, there are five forces:  wood, fire, earth, metal and water. In this webinar, Dr. Cowan discussed five distinct subtypes of ADHD based on this framework:

  • The Wood Child is an adventurous explorer who is always on the move but gets frustrated easily
  • The Fire Child is outgoing, funny, and can be prone to mood swings and impulsive actions
  • The Earth Child is cooperative, peacemaking, but can feel worried or indecisive when stressed
  • The Metal Child is comforted by routine, and finds it difficult to shift attention from task to task
  • The Water Child is an imaginative dreamer, yet struggles to keep track of time

Each subtype is treated differently with homeopathy, herbs, diet and lifestyle activities that are detailed in his book, Fire Child, Water Child: How Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Attention.

Homeopathy is a modality that has been used with great success to relieve a wide variety of symptoms, not only for ADHD, but for autism, pain, allergies, fever, rashes and more. It is based on the principle of “like cures like”, meaning that an infinitesimally small amount of a remedy is enough to stimulate the body to use its own healing powers.

By using this personalized approach, you can help your child reduce impulsive behavior, regulate attention, and handle school and home routines with confidence. This approach may also be useful for children with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, learning disabilities, dyslexia, developmental delays, dyspraxia/apraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder.

About Stephen Cowan MD

Stephen Cowan MD is a board-certified pediatrician with over 30 years of clinical experience working with children.

Dr. Cowan has a subspecialty in Developmental Pediatrics and has developed a unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional and cognitive disorders.

Considering the child as a reflection of the inter-related forces of family and environment is the central focus of his practice. This approach respects the inseparability of mind, body and spirit and promotes a deeper understanding of what it means to be healthy.

Stephen Cowan MD

In addition to his practices in Westchester and Manhattan, Dr. Cowan lectures across the United States and internationally. Dr. Cowan is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

You can find out more about him and his practice at his website


This webinar is not a substitute for medical advice, treatment, diagnosis, or consultation with a medical professional. It is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on to make determinations related to treatment of a medical condition. Epidemic Answers has not verified and does not guaranty the accuracy of the information provided in this webinar.

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