Obsessive-compulsive disorder
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Introduction

The obsessive compulsive disorder is essentially an anxiety disorder in which the people suffer from unnecessary thoughts, feelings and sensations. These intrusive thoughts are a source of producing discomfort, fear, images, and apprehension. Children as well as adults are affected by this problem and there is no exact treatment to get rid of this disorder. There are many themes of this disorder, one of the common of which is get contaminated by germs, and in order to ease this fear the person goes on washing the hands until they become cracked and sour.

Causes

Although the main causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder are not known. However, the chief theories include:

1-      Certain changes in the brain functions or the in the natural chemistry of the body or brain

2-      Environmental influence

3-      Insufficient level of serotonin

4-      Prolonged illness

5-      Abuse and death of the loved one

Symptoms

The commonly viewed symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are:

1-      Several types of fears such as fear of being contaminated by germs, causing harm to others, fear of being embarrassed and evil thinking etc.

2-      Excessive doubt

3-      Repeatedly acts such as washing hands and bathing

4-      Checking things again and again like locks or stoves

5-      Constantly counting and arranging things

6-      Being stuck on certain images, thoughts, and words etc

7-      Repetition of specific words and phrases

8-      Hair loss and skin lesions

Herbal treatments of OCD

The useful herbs for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are as follows:

Hawthorn

The excellent herbal remedy of hawthorn has proved to be very effective for reducing stress and anxiety disorders. This herb has shown positive effects on obsessive compulsive disorder and helps to treat nervousness.

Valerian

The amazing herb of valerian has been used since medieval times for the treatment of a lot number of diseases. Due to the anxiolytic effects, this herb has proved to be very beneficial for treating nervousness and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Passion flower

The extracts of passion flower have proved to be an excellent cure for the treatment of many problems including obsessive compulsive disorder. The tincture of passionflower is used on daily basis for treating this disorder and shows positive results in a short time.

California poppy

This is a great herb having bright orange flowers and is considered to be the official flowers of California. The aerial of this excellent herb are used for the treatment of insomnia, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Alkaloid present in this herb proves to be very effective in releasing stress and relaxing the body. However, the pregnant and feeding mothers should avoid the usage of this herb.

Spiny jujube

This is basically a small tree having spiny branches and an eatable date like fruit. The seeds of this tree have proved to have calming as well as sedative effects. The crushed seeds can be used in tea or can be taken by boiling them in water. The seeds are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Folate, folic acid, and vitamin B12 rich food

In order to prevent or lessen the effects of obsessive compulsive disorder, the food rich in folate, folic acid, and vitamin B12 should be included in the regular diet. The essential vitamins and folate help to strengthen the immune system as well.

Nutritional supplements

There are a large number of nutritional supplements available for the treatment of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. However, the supplements should be consumed after the proper recommendation of the physician.

Ginkgo and ginseng

These two excellent herbs have been used since ancient times for the treatment of a large number of diseases. These natural remedies have shown amazing results in treatment of anxiety, nervousness, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

In addition to herbal and medical treatments, a well balanced and nutritional diet is very essential. In the same way, regular physical activities and fresh air also plays an important role in keeping many diseases away.

References

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0815/p549.html

http://www.raysahelian.com/obsessivecompulsivedisorder.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/383722-herbal-medicine-for-ocd/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001926/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive%E2%80%93compulsive_disorder

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/obsessive_compulsive_disorder_ocd.htm

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/obsessive-compulsive-disorder

http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/emotion/ocd.html

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/DS00189

http://ocd.about.com/od/causes/a/Causes_OCD.htm


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