Few people like the idea of taking a medication that affects their brain. That's why when someone suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, one of the first things they are likely to look for are OCD remedies that do not require medication.
There are many out there, but whether or not they work is another story. We'll explore some fo the most well known OCD remedies in this article.
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Introduction to Natural Treatments for OCD
Before you start, keep in mind that OCD is a behavioral disorder. That means that even natural medicines are not going to be effective in the long term. You still need to learn the right behaviors, and there is nothing more natural than a treatment that doesn't even use herbs or supplements. Take my anxiety test to learn more.
The following are some of the most commonly used OCD remedies, and information on whether or not they're effective:
St. Johns Wort St. John's Wort is an herb most commonly used for depression. Depression and anxiety do have many similarities so it stands to reason that it may be effective for OCD as well. As is often the case with natural remedies, there are few to no research studies supporting this theory, but it is an interesting option for those that want an herb with a fairly storied history.
5-HTP The most common medication treatments for OCD are SSRIs, which increase serotonin levels in the brain. Herbal medicine enthusiasts believe that 5-HTP effectively acts as a stimulator for the production of serotonin in the brain, thus the belief is that 5-HTP should be a valuable natural OCD remedy.
Kava Kava is one of the few herbal medicines that has received research, and there are many indications that it is helpful for anxiety. However, note that kava hasn't had much testing on OCD symptoms specifically. Instead, Kava has been tested on anxiety, and not all anxiety disorders respond to the same treatment. That said, it may be worth trying. Other examples of this type of treatment include passionflower and valerian root, which are believed to do the same thing but much weaker.
Inositol Inositol is a nutrient found in most food that some studies have linked to improvements in OCD. Small studies that have compared it to medications for OCD have shown it to be comparable, but these studies also included very few subjects and no control group, indicating that they were not true research studies and may have been affected by small samples.
As you can see, there are several possible options for obsessive compulsive disorder, but none of them have received substantial research. Part of this is because herbal remedies are not the best choice for treating obsessive compulsive disorder. Ideally, you need to make sure you're learning to combat your negative thoughts and control your behaviors.
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Author: Micah Abraham, BSc Psychology, last updated Sep 28, 2017.