Exploring Natural Remedies/medication

   I've had multiple symptoms and forms of OCD as long as I can remember. I have always controlled it on my own - or, I should say attempted to. I have been successful through the years at replacing outward behaviors with inward ones that are easier to hide. For instance, whereas I used to have outward compulsions such as snorting, whistling, bulging my eyes, etc, I have replaced all of those behaviors with clenching my toes.

   But lately the emotional side of OCD has been my greatest enemy. I am now considering medication, but decided to pursue natural remedies instead. There is a homeopathic remedy called Ignatia, which is for moodiness and "the blues," that a nutritionist told me about on the phone yesterday. You can find it in health food stores.  There is also chamomile tea for relaxation. Valerian root is another option for moods. It is the source of the once-popular drug called Valium. There are more, I know, and this is not a comprehensive list. Whatever you do, be careful and be informed before you begin. St. John's Wort, for instance is a natural MAOi and you could seriously hurt yourself if you don't know what that means, and what you should avoid taking while on it!!! (ie, over-the-counter decongestants, and other things with labels that warn not to mix with MAOis). 

   I will try the Ignatia, but am not sure that would work since OCD is a chemical inbalance. The drugs available on the prescription market would actually adjust my chemical inbalance and help me to control more than just my emotions. We'll see, but I wanted to share that there are natural options that help with certain things. Good luck and God be with you.

Okay, this part is an entry later than the text above. I did not like the way the ignatia made me feel, and I probably should have started with a lower dose than recommended. But it got me thinking that OCD is a chemical imbalance that is probably more complex than what I can medically handle on my own. I am going to see the psychiatrist.

Anxious Anxious
26-30, F
1 Response May 28, 2007

How very informative, and helpful for those who have OCD.