Manataka American Indian Council
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Treatment for OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Proven Natural Remedy
What are the Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)and how is it diagnosed?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an Anxiety Disorder which has as its main characteristics obsessive thoughts and ideas, which are sometimes accompanied by compulsive behaviors and actions, often designed to ward off the obsessive thoughts.
There are currently no medical tests which can diagnose OCD. Diagnosis is usually based on information about symptoms as well as clinical observation. Diagnosis of OCD can be made by Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, medical Doctors, Pediatricians or by a multi-disciplinary team .
What causes OCD?
There are various theories or explanations for OCD.
Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic theorists often see the obsessive thoughts and compulsions as a defense against anxiety or repressed subconscious impulses. Other theorists believe that the symptoms of OCD may be learned through various mechanisms during childhood or adulthood.
There is also strong evidence that some people have an inherited tendency to develop OCD and that OCD is linked to problems in brain chemistry, neurotransmission or receptor functioning.
Research suggests, for example, that people with OCD frequently have abnormalities or deficiencies in serotonin levels and that their symptoms improve when this serotonin imbalance is addressed with medication.
It is likely that there is no one single explanatory cause for the development of OCD and a combination of factors may often be responsible.
Psychiatric drugs the only alternative for
Many psychiatrists feel that the only effective treatment for OCD involves medication with psychiatric drugs like clomipramine, Prozac or other SSRI's (drugs which prevent the uptake of serotonin).
While psychiatric drug therapy can often relieve the symptoms of OCD, there are associated risks of side effects as well as an effect on overall health. This often results in the individual having to take a variety of different prescription drugs, which is both expensive and not ideal from a health point of view.
It is important to realize that treatment with psychiatric drugs is not the only answer. Counseling and psychotherapy, especially cognitive therapy, has been shown to be very beneficial and can make a marked improvement in the symptom picture of people with OCD. The earlier that counseling or therapy is begun, the less chance symptoms have of becoming entrenched, although therapy can be beneficial at any stage. Therapy should be carried out by a Licensed Counselor or Clinical Psychologist who is experienced in the the field of OCD.
There are also natural alternatives to the psychiatric drugs which will help to balance serotonin levels and therefore reduce or eliminate the symptoms of OCD.
Michele Carelse, our Clinical Psychologist, has had many years of experience treating people with depression. Together with experts in the field of natural medicine, she has developed MindSoothe - a combination of St John's Wort and Passiflora - two highly effective herbs in therapeutic medicinal dosage.
MindSoothe contains two potent remedies in one treatment and offers immediate as well as long term relief to people suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, OCD and even those with eating disorders.
Mindsoothe works in two ways:
1. St John's Wort prevents the body from using too much serotonin and allows serotonin levels to build up naturally to optimum levels. Serotonin levels are important for many things, including mood, sleep, concentration, appetite, energy and sex drive.
An improvement in serotonin levels has been clinically proven to be associated with a reduction in the symptoms of OCD. Like most SSRI's, this can take from 3 - 5 weeks to take effect and regular use is important.
There have been many clinical studies which show the effectiveness of St John's Wort in the treatment of depression. A review published in the British Medical Journal quotes up to twenty-three clinical trials which demonstrate that St John's Wort works as well as many prescription anti-depressants, without the major side effects. Millions of people around the world have been helped by treatment with St John's Wort.
2. The St John's Wort in Mindsoothe is combined with Passiflora - a calming herb that reduces anxiety and soothes frayed nerves. According to Dr Earl Mindell (The New Herb Bible), Passiflora is one of nature's best tranquilizers. It works quickly and effectively and is an excellent addition to any treatment for anxiety and depression.
Symptoms of OCD are known to increase during periods of stress and anxiety. The Passiflora in Mindsoothe helps to reduce the anxiety and stress associated with OCD, thereby also contributing to the reduction of symptoms.
What is the difference between Mindsoothe and other remedies with St John's Wort or Passiflora?
It is very important that herbal remedies are correctly prepared and that they are pharmaceutically manufactured according to acknowledged therapeutic dosage. Because there is no standardization in herbal medicine, it is unfortunately true that many herbal preparations are substandard or do not contain therapeutic dosages. This has not been good for the reputation of natural remedies.
Like all Native Remedies products, Mindsoothe has been prepared according to the highest pharmaceutical standards and personally supervised by our Clinical Psychologist, who has been able to observe the results on real people in her private practice.
All ingredients are in accordance with correct therapeutic dosage and the combinations of herbs chosen ensure maximum effectiveness with minimum side effects. This means that you can be sure that you are getting the remedy that you need.
"Dear Native Remedies,
"Due to the endless intrusion of violent images and thoughts, I walked around counting everything - to try and control them. I counted my steps, I counted how many times I chewed my food, stirred my coffee, you name it! If I ended on an even number it was OK, if the number was ever odd, I had to start again. I can't tell you that my life was worth living. Forever the skeptic, I hardly believed that a tablet could help, but I thought that if there was a remote possibility, I had to try. I took Mindsoothe and the Triple Complex Nerve Tonic and with each passing day I felt more at ease and even relaxed at times! Three months later I am beating the counting habit, which is now more of a habit than a necessity. It feels pretty weird sometimes to be 'normal', but now I know just how scrambled my brain was. Thank you for your amazing products and sympathetic help. You have truly changed my life!!" GGW, Milnerton.
"One psychiatrist after another and all I got was worse. OCD is not anything I would wish on my worst enemy. In fact I never realized that such a disorder existed until I consulted Michele - all I did was swallow tablets that were prescribed to me. What a relief to find out that I was not going mad, which I was convinced of! Your Mindsoothe capsules have brought my anxiety levels down and the thoughts and other behaviors that used to drive me mad have really disappeared completely. I can't say how grateful I am." Gillian S.
"I used to be so anxious about everything! Every time I had to go out I had a panic attack. I avoided people because I felt like they all thought I was stupid. All I could do was to talk to strangers online and pretend to be Mr. Confident! Talk about low self esteem! I started on a combination of MindSoothe and PureCalm. After a month, I began to feel more confident. I have made some real friends now and can go out at last. I still sometimes feel nervous, but it is getting better all the time. At least I can work on my problems now and not hide away all the time. I just know that I'm getting better now!" - Peter, single, 24 years old.
"I bought this for my son who has OCD, and have noticed a difference halfway through our first bottle... I bought the first time thru EBAY, but kept your paperwork, and I am now ordering from you direct... thanks for a great product, and for giving our house its first restful sleep in months!!!"- Tamara W., VA
'Your MindSoothe remedy helped my depression so much! It felt like the black cloud had been lifted from my head to let the sun through again!' - Fran, USA, married, 32 years old.
Adults: Take two capsules in the morning and two at night.
Ages 3-15 yrs: Please
see our MindSoothe
Jr. formula for children
If necessary, MindSoothe can be taken together with PureCalm for maximum effectiveness against anxiety and depression.
How long do I need to take Mindsoothe?
This all depends on the nature and severity of your problem. Although many people feel an effect almost from day one, Mindsoothe takes approximately 3-5 weeks before the full effect is reached.
Thereafter it is recommended that Mindsoothe be continued for at least 6 months to prevent relapse. Some people who have chronically low serotonin levels (e.g. OCD, chronic depression, anxiety disorders) may have to use Mindsoothe indefinitely.
How long will a bottle last?
One bottle of MindSoothe contains 60 capsules and will last 15 days.
A 45-day initial supply, which
is recommended, would be three bottles.
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