How Marijuana and Ginkgo Biloba can be used to treat ocd (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) is a mental disorder that affects millions of people around the world, but there are a number of ways to remedy or treat this condition, including the use of cutting back on caffeine and alcohol, meditation, massage, and regular exercise, as well as the use of marijuana, kava-kava, and ginkgo.
OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
The most defining characteristic of OCD is the symptom of repetitive actions or thoughts, including repeating routines, such as washing hands, turning knobs, opening and closing doors, and a variety of other tics or nervous habits. In many cases, people suffering from this mental disorder feel extremely nervous or panicked if they don’t perform these particular activities. These repetitive actions can often take up to an hour or more every day, and can negatively impact a person’s life. This is something that the sufferers clearly understand as being irrational, but their need to do so is extremely strong. There is no known cause for OCD, and it does occur in a wide spectrum of severity. Some connections have been seen between certain infections and the development of OCD, and a number of cases are also linked to childhood trauma or abuse.
Common treatments for OCD include behavioral therapy to correct or consciously alter the habitual actions, but this only results in success in some cases. There are many triggers of OCD behavior, so many therapy approaches consist of exposing patients to those triggers in increasing magnitude, while avoiding performing the compulsive behavior. Other treatment approaches include the use of SSRIs, which can often result in dependence. Due to the variable nature and uncertain success rates of “traditional” therapy and treatments, many people use dietary, natural, or home remedies to alleviate the symptoms of OCD and improve their quality of life. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of these home remedies for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Home Remedies for OCD
Reduce Caffeine and Alcohol: There are many stress-related triggers that can exacerbate OCD compulsions, so cutting back on stress-inducing chemicals, like caffeine and alcohol, is a very good idea. Once the artificial boost of caffeine fades and the rush of alcohol runs out, then you’re left with a hangover, the caffeine jitters, and a lack of energy. This can be a stressful setting that kicks your OCD into higher gear.
Eat Regularly: The body reacts negatively when it is experiencing stress, and when we’re hungry or nutrient-deficient, it can result in a dangerous or distracted mindset. Lower blood sugar can cause stress in the body, which can induce OCD symptoms or routines. Hurried eating and binge eating are also bad for the body, so ensure that you have three regular-sized meals per day, chew properly, and don’t stress eat, as this can lead to more OCD compulsions.
Exercise: Healthy endorphin release in the body is very important for overall health and metabolism. Exercise is one of the best and easiest ways to boost these chemicals in your body, so getting out 3-5 times per week and getting your blood rate up is a wise choice. By keeping your body in good shape and using up the excess energy you have stored up, you’re more likely to avoid compulsive behaviors. Exercise is also good for mental health and clarity, as well as being a natural stress reliever.
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