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.
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.
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Approval Ratings BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100% 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
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% 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 nobilePosted 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.