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Homeopathic medicine for OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Are you looking for a homeopathic cure for OCD? This article discusses the homeopathy treatment of OCD along with the best homeopathic medicine for OCD treatment.

OCD is a disorder that involves recurrent, intrusive, and unwanted thoughts (obsessions), intrusive, and unwanted thoughts (obsessions), and repetitive, ritualistic behaviors (compulsions). People with obsessive compulsive disorder realize that their behavior is excessive, disruptive, and unreasonable, but are unable to change it or explain. It causes significant distress or impairment and can consume most of a person’s time.

In this condition there is a persistent intrusion of thoughts urges or actions that are unwanted but patient is unable to stop them. The recurrent unwanted thoughts are obsessions and repetitive behaviors are compulsions. Patient repeats the same work in order to make certain thoughts go away. Performing the task calms the anxiety temporary but obsessions return after some time. The OCD can progress to the point where it hampers his or her routine life. It is interesting to known OCD patient knows that their obsession and compulsions are senseless and unrealistic but they can not stop themselves.

Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicine for OCD selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The homeopathic medicine for OCD given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica [1] section. None of these homeopathic medicine for OCD should be taken without professional advice.

Repertory rubrics:

1) Mind-thoughts-persistent
2) Mind-thoughts-compelling


Commonly indicated homeopathy for OCD

1) Ars.alb:

2) Cannabis indica:

3) Lachesis:

4) Medorrhinum:

5) Nat.mur:

6) Pulsatilla:

7) Rhus-tox:

Pathology of OCD:

The precise pathology is not completely understood.
According to psychological school – obsessions are considered anxiogenic. OCD patients cannot escape this anxiety & therefore develop compulsion in an attempt to reduce or prevent the feared consequences. Reduction of anxiety reinforces the compulsive behaviour.

Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive disorder

Obsessions are unwanted or meaningless thoughts, ideas, impulses, or images that persist in the mind of the individual, these thoughts may be unpleasant or repulsive, such as

Compulsions are the urges one gets to perform certain behaviors in response to the obsessions. These ritual seem to lessen the anxiety causes by the obsession.

Individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder do not want to perform these actions but are unable to stop until an inner sense relays the message that the action can be halted. They have no apparent control over the stopping and starting of obsessions and compulsions.

Obsessive compulsive disorder individuals tend to be serious and structured personalities. Friendships and social interaction are difficult  to initiate and maintain because of the need for perfection. They exhibit extraordinarily slow completion of tasks or tests because of their need for perfection. They make numerous erasures, causing holes in the paper. They may refuse to turn in work because they need to check it one more time. They may have difficulty with note taking because they want to write down every word and do it perfectly. They may make frequent trips to the restroom to hide the rituals.

Causes of obsessive compulsive disorder

  1. Genetic – the lifetime risk for Obsessive compulsive disorder is increased in first-degree relative of patients diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder.
  2. Structural organic abnormalities – parents with obsessive compulsive disorder have an increased rate of minor, non-localizing neurological signs but no specific neurological lesions has been identifies. Positron emission tomography 9pet) and functional MRI have shown increased activity in the frontal lobes, caudate nucleus, and cingulum in obsessive compulsive disorder patients.
  3. Neurotransmitters – the clinical benefits of SSRIs in obsessive compulsive disorder suggests that a dysregulation of the 5HT pathways may play a role in its etiology.
  4. Autoimmune factors – for many years it has been known that Sydenham’s chorea-an autoimmune disease of the basal ganglia-is associated with Obsessive compulsive disorder in two-thirds of cases.
  5. Early experience – obsessional mothers might be expected to transmit a tendency to obsessional symptoms to their children through social learning.
  6. Psychological causes – obsession can be thought of as a conditional response to an anxiety-provoking event. The patient develops avoidant behaviours to try and avoid experiencing the anxiety provoking events.

Diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Ideally, an evaluation should be conducted before  these behaviors become intrusive and interfere with individual’s ability to function. Obsessive compulsive disorder is a neurological disorder, it requires a medical evaluation. There are no blood tests, X-rays, or other medical tests for OCD, usually obsessive compulsive disorder is diagnosed by identifying the situations causing the obsession and or/ compulsions and rating how anxious the patient becomes of the ritual is not performed.

Several measures are used to gather this information. One such tool is the yale-brown obsessive compulsive scale. Another is the Leyton Obsessional Inventory.

The results of these measures, along with interviews, data from the school, and family and developmental histories, give vital information to the evaluator. The criteria used in the diagnosis of OCD can be found in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorder.

Differential diagnosis:

1) Obsessive compulsive personality.
2) Depressive disorders.
3) Phobic disorders.
4) Generalised anxiety disorders.
5) Post-traumatic stress disorders.
6) Tic disorders.
7) Anorexia nervosa.

The above information about homeopathy treatment of OCD is only for information purpose. Please consult a professional homeopath before taking any homeopathic medicine for OCD. 

OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Cases Cured with Homeopathic Medicine

Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder (OCD)–Argentum Nitricum – by Elaine Lewis, Mati Fuller [2]

Tourette, OCD and Insomnia in a Man of 26 – by Kavitha Kukunoor [3]

A Case of Joint Pain and OCD – by Prabodhchandra Meshram [4]

A Case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – by Claudia De Rosa [5]

A Case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – by Jawahar Shah [6]

Obsession for Cleanliness in a Child of Seven – by Vanita Rajiv Johari [7]

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