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OCD Remedies

Last Modified on Feb 23, 2015

Treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder may incorporate a variety of options; however, natural supplements are often the best option. A variety of supplements can be used in treating OCD to naturally balance the body’s composition and alleviate emotional and cognitive stress. Supporting the body’s nutritional needs prevents upsets and outward manifestations of disorder.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive compulsive disorder is defined as a mental health condition that involves unreasonable thoughts and fears, or obsessions, which lead one to perform repetitive behaviors, or compulsions.

Natural Remedies for OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder can largely be attributed to a chemical imbalance in the body. As such, treating the condition can be achieved by returning balance to the system through natural supplements. 5-HTP, cayenne and chamomile have all been identified as beneficial treatments for OCD. Obsessions typically follow a theme such as the fear of dirt or germs or danger. Common compulsions include washing, cleaning, checking, counting, following a strict routine and others.

The condition is typically considered to be the result of biology and environment. An individual’s natural body chemistry affects the manifestation of OCD as does one’s environment.


5-HTP is known as the direct precursor to serotonin, which is an important biochemical that transmits signals from one part of the brain to the other. As such, 5-HTP serves as a serotonin regulator, which in turn maintains a more balanced level of serotonin in the body. This balance facilitates more effective sleep, alleviates depression and prevents symptoms of OCD.


Cayenne possesses concentrated amounts of capsaicin a chemical that aids in the treatment of anxiety. Capsaicin increases endorphins in the brain and diminishes the transmission of pain signals, which together relax the body and decrease anxiety. Less anxiety equals less manifestation of OCD.


Chamomile is another anxiety calming compound. Chamomile in capsule or tea form is known to relieve stress and aid in healthful sleep. These two effects are effective for treating and relieving OCD symptoms.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is considered a mental health condition associated with anxiety. Natural treatment options work to alleviate the condition by balancing the body’s natural chemicals and relieving stress.

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5-HTP   0  0   

5-HTP is the direct precursor to serotonin
According to University of Mississippi researcher Ronald F. Bore, Ph.D., in his article: Serotonin: The Neurotransmitter for the 90's. Drug Topics. 1994, October 10:108., serotonin is "The Neurotransmitter of the 90's" Of the chemical neurotransmitter substances, "serotonin is perhaps the most implicated in the etiology or treatment of various disorders, particularly those of the central nervous system, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, stroke, obesity, pain, hypertension, vascular disorders, migraine, and nausea."

5HTP is often used in the place of SSRI drugs and L-Tryptophan in the treatment of more severe depression and for epilepsy.

As a result, 5HTP has many similar uses compared to L-Tryptophan, such as the assistance of sleep and alleviation of age related mental depression, as well as alcohol withdrawal, but its affects are concentrated in the brain (L-Tryptophan has other roles throughout the body).

Very high doses of 5HTP must be avoided, unless also taking carbidopa to avoid serotonin crossing into the bloodstream. Normal doses are 50mg to 100mg (200mg-maximum) daily.

Avoid use with other serotonin enhancing agents, such as L-Tryptophan or other serotonin enhancing drugs, such as SSRI drugs like Prozac, etc., without your physician's guidance.

Replied by Dawn
Yorkshire, UK

[QUESTION]   A Dr Murhree had a protocol to treat FM and CFS which involved taking 5 HTP at night to help sleep, whether or not you were on SSRis or not. Due to the fact that these drugs do not actually produce any serotonin just inhibit the breakdown. Now I was worried about seratonin syndrome but I really would like to try the stuff before tapering off my seroxat. Do you think I would be safe from serotonin syndrome?

Cayenne   0  0   

Posted by Dan (Hoboken, New Jersey) on 09/16/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hey everyone, I am 29 years old and have had OCD since about 12 years old. I have been searching for a natural cure and recently came across cayenne pepper. I put about 1 teaspoon in a mug of hot water, and it actually noticeably eased the OCD. And I mean my mind free'd up for the first time in years. The OCD is still there, but it became more tolerable. I'm interested to see if this helps out other people who read this. Please post if you try this and it helps. I also drink a lot of green smoothies, that may have helped too.

Replied by Thenewguyintown
Westwood, New Jersey, Usa

Aw the many wonders of Cayenne, its good for SO many things. You may want to consider adding some natural honey to it which will help as well.

Chamomile   1  0   

Posted by Afsoon (Tehran, Iran) on 10/15/2012

[YEA]  I have had OCD for about 19 years. I have taken some SSRI medicine and some other medicine to. Most of them have not had any significant effect on me. I had insomnia because of obsession and anxiety. So last week because of allergic reaction to some food id searched for a remedy. I found out that chamomile tea is good for it. I drank it, and it was very very good! It really helped me for anxiety, allergy and itching and the best one for me was it affects good on my obsessive thinking and insomnia. so I suggest u, drink it every night. But be careful it may make u more sleepy for some days. So u can sleep sooner at nights. and it makes u relax and sleep good. Use it for anxiety, insomnia, allergy and... To. u can search for that and find more info. chamomile or Chamaemelum nobile

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Rita (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 05/05/2013

Hi, I have suffered the below symptoms/disorders for many years, and I just wonder if any of you see any link between them (i.e. due to the lack of some mineral/vitamin, etc. ). I have had OCD for almost 10 years, and it has caused me chronic tension headache for 8+ years. The headache is better due to physical therapy, but OCD is still there. Further, I have ganglion cysts in my wrists. This could be due to sports, but I also had ovarian cysts, so not sure if something else is causing the cysts. The ovarian cysts were discovered 2 years ago and removed soon after the discovery (was causing great pain). Not sure when the ganglion cysts first appeared, but it started bothering me 2-3 years ago and still present after the doctor drained one.

This hasn't be diagnosed, but I think I have some degree of derealization or brian fog (not sure exactly what to call it). Basically very often I feel detached to the world and feel like the things/people around me are not real. I have trouble feeling my own feelings and cannot stay connected to my inner self or outside world. My brain often feels slow, sluggish and dull, and I cannot follow conversations sometimes even when I really try. When I am feeling spacey, time passes by quickly without me getting anything done. The "brain fog" followed soon after the OCD symptoms.

Just curious, does anyone see a link between OCD, brain fog and cysts? I am sure there isn't a single cause, but just curious if they could be related to some sort of element deficiency in my body. Also, any suggestions for cure will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Replied by S.B.
Charlotte, Nc

Look into Mary Reed Gates protocol for OCD. You can google it. Lots of QUALITY fish oils.. Like 18-20 fish oil a day, 2 or 3 Tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil, no sugar, no white flour, no alcohol, no chocolate or caffeine, just some of her suggestions and mine. OLIVE OIL is GREAT!! antiinflammatory!! EAT cooked greens with some olive oil.
Replied by Sam

You may want to do some research on natural, bio-identical, USP progesterone cream. It sounds like it may benefit you. Ovarian cysts can lead to excess estrogen production which can cause all kinds of problems including brain fog and headaches. Natural progesterone keeps estrogen in check. Don't use synthetic progesterone because it can make everything worse. Magnesium oil may also help you. Only purchase brands from the Zechstein seabed because other sources may contain toxic heavy metals. Not sure if OCD is part of the equation, but I would guess that when you reduce a lot of your symptoms with progesterone and magnesium oil, the OCD will ease up a bit. Good luck to you!
Replied by Tlcm

I notice this brain fog... I often find when I am at home... it takes me a lot to get going. Once I get to work I am fine unless I am really tired. Often it just takes a lot for me to get organized. I am on an SSRI and I find the symptoms are much better but the brain fog persists... time goes by in turbo
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

To TlCM;

When did the Brain Fog start? Do you associate it with the taking of certain meds? Or an infection, likely upper such as sinus or ear infection; maybe tooth related...does any of that ring a bell; let's try to track onset and that will tell us cause of Fog

Replied by Dan
Los Angeles, CA

I associate brain fog with mercury poisoning due to silver fillings...(if you have them of course) silver teeth fillings contain mercury which are constantly releasing mercury vapor into your brain which can cause brain fog , depression, and anxiety and many other skin and neurological problems. Hope this helps someone! Search: mercury poisoning amalgam fillings

Link to Strep   0  0   

Posted by Sailor (Waldorf, Maryland) on 12/29/2010

There is a link between OCD and Strep called PANDAS.

Replied by Abedog
Kirkland, Wa Usa

there is most definitely a link between OCD and PANDAS. I would love to see this covered more here. My 5 year old daughter has this and had sudden severe onset at 3 years old. I have been tryin to apply a lot of what I have been reading all through this site to her case. But a PANDAS specific page would be wonderful!
Replied by Shara
Chapel Hill, Nc

Can you please post some info about Pandas? Just starting to research and don't know where to begin. What has helped and what has not? Thanks.

Lithium Orotate, Lithium Aspartate   1  0   

Posted by Gean (Salina, Ks) on 05/24/2010

Hello, has anyone here had any experience with the over-the-counter supplements lithium orotate or lithium aspartate? This would be for OCD, or bipolar disorder, or anger, PTSD, etc. Thank you.

Replied by Burblemesh
Austin, Texas

[YEA]   I have taken lithium orotate (40 mg, 4 of the Gabatone pills per day provides this and other useful supplements) to help control bipolar disorder, specifically the mania. It has, however, helped even me out overall, including my depression. I have OCD as well and take 1800 mg of Inosotil and 1500 mg NAC to help with that. This combination has worked better than anything else I have tried, and I have tried a lot (completely exhausted Western medical options to no avail).

N-Acetylcysteine for Trichotillomania   1  0   

Posted by Bee (Stl, Usa) on 10/09/2009

I have suffered from TTM for pretty much my whole life, and have struggled to get past the pattern of pulling and guilt and shame. Unfortunately, I have not found anyway to stop pulling; I pull my eyelashes and eyebrows until they are gone. I recently read that N-Acetylcysteine may help treat TTM and wonder if anyone has any experience with using this? I am considering trying it, looking up studies on pubmed as well. I would love to be able to have full eyebrows and eyelashes and not be embarrassed and ashamed. It's so hard to explain to people the compulsion to pull. Please if you know of anything that can help, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it!

EC: From Wikipedia:

"Trichotillomania (TTM, also known as "Trichotillosis"[1]), or "trich" as it is commonly known, is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, facial hair, nose hair, pubic hair, eyebrows or other body hair, sometimes resulting in noticeable bald patches.[2]:645 Trichotillomania is classified in the DSM-IV as an impulse control disorder, but there are still questions about how it should be classified. It may seem, at times, to resemble a habit, an addiction, a tic disorder or an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Trichotillomania often begins during the individual's teenage years. Depression or stress can trigger the trich. Due to social implications the disorder is often unreported and it is difficult to predict accurately prevalence of trichotillomania; 2.5 million in the U.S. may have TTM, with a 1% prevalence rate.[3]

The name derives from Greek: tricho- (hair), till(en) (to pull), and mania."

Replied by Sandy
Indianapolis, Indiana, Usa

[YEA]   I've suffered from trich since I was in my teens by pulling out my eyebrows and lashes when stressed out, sometimes not realizing what I was doing until the damage was already done. A few years ago I found Bach Flower Essences and tried the White Chestnut for when 'thoughts are buzzing in my head' and it has helped tremendously. You might want to check out the different flower essence descriptions to see which essence best fits your specific anxiety symptoms. When you find one you want to try, just put a few drops mixed in some water and sip or place a couple of drops under the tongue. I do this anytime I feel like I'm starting to get overstressed which is what triggers my pulling. Good luck!

Supplements   0  0   

Posted by Breanna (Tucson, Az, USA) on 12/13/2009

Dealing with OCD/Anxiety

Hello, I just quickly wanted to say that i'm very familiar with this site and it has helped me very much through the few past years, so thank you!

I have had OCD since I was a child, but its mainly always been purely obsessional, no physical rituals. My anxiety has increased the past three months and I constantly feel afraid, nervous, sick because of the nerves, or just depressed. My brain fog has become very severe, its hard to pay attention to anything, and I always have a headache, especially behind my eyes. I never feel content, calm, or happy. I'm just very confused and numb. I know that vitamin D is good for the brain, i'm also familiar with valerian root, gotu kola, st. johns wort, and 5-HTP. The 5-HTP that I took was I believe 500 milgrams(?) and it said to take on an empty stomach before bed, but it gave me severe anxiety and almost made me vomit. I stopped taking it after three nights. I have never tried the St. Johns wort but i'm feeling so compelled too, I just wanted to know how to take it and how much should I take, as well as gotu and vitamin d. Will these counteract with one another? If there are better recommendations I would love to hear suggestions/insight. Thank you for reading, hope to here back soon.

Replied by Tom
Regina, Sk

Breanna: Have you tried the niacinamide form of Vitamin B3?

From the Pauling Library archives:
Supplemental Niacinamide Mitigates Anxiety Symptoms: Three Case Reports

Each of these 3 persons were given a daily dosage of niacinamide to follow, and those doses are in the article. Anxiety disorders are classified into various categories such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder (PD), social phobia/social anxiety disorder
(SAD), and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This report will not differentiate the various categories of anxiety disorders as
Described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 3 Considering
Their high prevalence, it is paramount that effective treatments are offered to patients due to the obvious suffering that accompanies
Anxiety disorders. Heart racing, muscular tension, sweating, flushing, nervousness,
Constant worry, and panic characterize some of the debilitating symptoms
Of anxiety disorders

Replied by Jana

I heard Inositol is good for OCD. Also look up Dr. Amen's Brain healing program. He suggests Fish oil, N-Acetyl choline (i think). I saw him on PBS & have always wanted to get his program. He knows A LOT.

Ted's Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Anonymous on 08/28/2007

Dear Ted, I am 32 years old and I have been living with my parents for the past six years, unable to work as a financial accountant due to my illness... My Symptoms: I was always a healthy person but since age 17 I began to have obsessive anxiety disorder (diagnosed as OCD by ALL the psychiatrists) and it was kept under control with Anafranil. But after five years' use it stopped working and everything came apart very rapidly from my 26 th year. I could no longer work, gym, listen to music or watch television or read a book - nothing. People talk about brain fog. I had almost NO brain function at all - just anxiety thoughts and pain. A total mental collapse. Here are my symptoms: BRAIN Anxiety, Bizarre obsessive thoughts, Paranoia, little perception, depressiveness, no pleasurable thoughts - all negative, No focus or concentration, impossible to start any task, nothing seems "real" and I am in a different world, severe brain fog, no cognitive function/ low ability to comprehend/learn. Can't "experience" or "feel" anything like music or a movie. Can't really think or experience at all. I can see and hear but Im not really "here". Burning sensation like acid in the brain. Pressure in the head. Always aware of "burning" and "pressure pain" but not like a headache. Difficulty in forming words or sentences and talking very unclear so that I have to repeat myself constantly. BODY Lethargy and tiredness - have to sleep A LOT. Burning type of pain over the whole body. Very weak muscles. No power or energy. Nerve problems. Pain in neck tendons and shoulders, Tremor/twitching of muscles with muscle exertion like doing a push up. Constantly feeling VERY sick all over, like having a strange flu or something but it doesn't go away. OTHER Constant ringing in the ears, "Pressure" feeling - physical, Teeth grinding while sleeping - jaw ache, Achy/irritation around eye area, Nasal congestion, Vision sometimes very blurred, Irritable Bowel Syndrome with chronic debilitating pain in lower large intestine/rectum, Spastic/Inflamed Colon (Colitis) with constipation. Kidney pain/tenderness. Hypothyroid. Weak liver. Pain under the arms. Back pain and in spinal cord. Hair loss, especially in the front. Note: There is always some good days and then bad days. Always up and down. Some symptoms come and go and come and go. I haven't felt healthy/just normal in years. Please Ted, my whole life has been robbed from me and I have seen over 50 doctors and specialists and natural doctors so far. Me and my parents have spent so much money on this strange illness that it is not even funny.

1. Does it look like metal poisoning and the resultant candida infection and maybe viral infection to you too? What would you recommend for a case such as mine? A few more specific questions.

2. Do I have to kill the candida with borax first before the metal removal or can I do it alongside?

3. I want to chelate metals with cilantro and oil pulling. Would that be ok or do I HAVE to add chlorella in order to get the metal out of the body (colon) as everybody says you must? I will be VERY VERY grateful if you could help me. Thank you for the opportunity to have written to you and ask for your help. Thanks again for helping mankind in their search for affordable health alternatives."

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The symptoms, while heavy metals is a suspect appears that you have the same condition as a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome induced heavy metals that I have witnessed here in Thailand, where mental fog and obsessive paranoia, and ringing of ears was completely cured or I may be having just a fantastic strings of luck here. LOL. The major remedies that have helped the person appears to be:

1. Magnesium 250 mg x 2 times a day.
2. Malic acid 1/2 teaspoon + Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon taken twice a day. In the early morning hours and late nights.
3. Vitamin B complex taken once every other day, where B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8 are 100 mg each, while B12 are about 100 mcg.
4. Hydrogen peroxide 3% 3-6 drops PLUS 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda in one full glass of water taken in the late mornings (about 9.00 am.) This helps with the brain fog.
5. Absolutely no sugar
6. A drop of clove oil added to the drinking water might help detox the liver
7. Some chelation using cilantro using a reasonable amount such as a tablespoon twice a week.

Those should do it, but my emphasis appears to be getting urinary pH to 7, by varying dose of baking soda more in the malic acid+baking soda mixture necessary. If a pH meter is handy, the baking soda added should be generally closer to 8. When varying dose, I usually mean more frequency. Getting sufficient alkalinity while important can only be done practically speaking 5 days out of a week.

The magnesium and the vitamin B complex, especially the alkalinity of urinary pH of 7 should solve the ringing of the ear problem. It takes about 3 weeks to noticed a general improvement using that remedy. I might be noted that should a person suffering from this condition that vomiting can result in improvement in condition as a result of excess acidosis. The remedy takes a while for an improvement, but the one I witnessed here with all the lack of taking properly, forgetting, bad communications takes about a year for a general trend of improvement, while a complete improvement were seen on the second year.

If candida is there, the remedy which is helpful was avoiding sugar, getting urine pH to 7 (using a cheap pocket pH meter), and 1/4 teaspoon (men's dose) of borax in 1 liter of drinking water usually once or twice a week at least for mild cases.

A general alkalinity formula I would use, such as 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water is also possible alternative to the malic acid, but malic acid removes aluminum. I have found that it was not only the mercury, but also the aluminum that comes from the vaccines and malic acid is an efficient chelator of aluminum. I would leave no stones unturned which might mean if thing's aren't working out, then I would consider adding 1/8 teaspoon of tannic acid in a liter of drinking water and finishing it off.

Tannic acid binds tightly to other metals such as free metal iron, cadmium, and especially mercury. I do take this myself from time to time because the water here are contaminated. Tannic acid added to drinking water for tests about 1/4 teaspoon in a liter of water if left overnight turns into almost opaque black water just to dramatically show that the metal thing is more widespread than we think.

Replied by Nan
Minneapolis, Mn

A possible cure for OCD is homeopathic Arsenicum. I worked with a girl that suffered from OCD brought on by a fire in her house when she was young... For years she woke up nonstop all night long checking doors, the stove, her jewelry/for robbers... A night did not go by that this was the case. I gave her a dose of 30X Arsenicum... The next day she reported she slept thru the night for the first time in over ten years. It continued to work for her.

One must be careful using homeopathy... Search online for instructions in taking them - you can't eat within an hour.... Can't eat the whole time using strong-tasting foods... Mint (toothpaste), cinnamon, can't drink coffee, can't put menthol on skin or eat... Etc. You don't take homeopathics every day.... Take a dose and let it work some over time... If the effects start to drop off then take another dose...

Homeopathy is different than most medicines... You might want to read up on them online.. They can work amazing results on most difficult diseases... An easy way to diagnose what remedy you might need is to search online your primary disease symptom or name homeopathy.... And read to see which remedy most fits your symptoms - homeopathy is about matching symptoms.


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