Last Modified on Oct 28, 2014
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.
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.