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Homeopathy for OCD: Tapping into the Holistic Approach

Homeopathy for OCD

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

  • December 13, 2023

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a clinical mental health disorder marked by persistent, distressing thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental rituals (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions are performed to alleviate the anxiety associated with these obsessions. 

It can affect both children and adults and is very much an internal condition of intrusive thoughts. Children with OCD often find it challenging to control these thoughts and behaviors, and the rituals can significantly impact their daily functioning.

Homeopathy of OCD offers a holistic perspective as it tailors remedies to your child's mental landscape while acknowledging the interconnectedness of mind and body. Homeopathy extends beyond a one-size-fits-all mentality. 

Homeopathic practitioners take the time to understand your child's idiosyncrasies, fears, and quirks before creating personalized treatments. These remedies are gentle yet potent. They initiate the body's internal healing mechanisms, even bridging the gap between mental and physical well-being. 

Homeopathic Treatment for OCD Symptoms

Homeopathic Treatment for OCD Symptoms

Homeopathic remedies for OCD provide parents with alternative pathways when dealing with mental health issues. However, homeopathy isn’t a standalone solution but a complementary treatment. It works alongside other treatments and challenges conventional treatments. Here are some known approaches when it comes to homeopathy for OCD:

1. Natrum Muriaticum

Known as a cornerstone remedy for OCD , Natrum Muriaticum addresses obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. It is particularly effective in cases where individuals repeatedly check their actions and have intrusive thoughts. For example, it is for individuals with OCD fixated on the fear of burglars breaking in, prompting them to compulsively check doors multiple times (Victory, 2022).

As a homeopathic remedy, Natrum Muriaticum is synonymous with table salt or sodium chloride, the second most prevalent substance in nature after water. Vital for maintaining the balance of body fluids, salt also plays a crucial role in the tissues as well. Excessive salt consumption hinders nutrient absorption and weakens the nervous system, while insufficient salt leads to dehydration and a diminished emaciated appearance.

2. Arsenicum Album

Arsenicum album is a remedy created by diluting aqueous arsenic trioxide, typically to the point where only trace amounts of Arsenic remain in each dose. It is tailored for those with a fear of contamination and persistent impulsive thoughts, Arsenicum Album offers great help to OCD children in their daily lives. It aids in alleviating their anxiety disorder and providing a sense of relief.

3. Argentum Nitricum

This remedy targets common obsessions with a specific pattern. Argentum Nitricum, which usually comes in oral drops, is valuable for individuals caught in the cycle of repetitive thoughts and behaviors as it offers relief while restoring one’s sense of balance. 

4. Nux Vomica

Focused on daily life and the treatment of tic disorders, Nux Vomica provides a specific way to combat the symptoms of OCD. It benefits those whose symptoms are influenced by lifestyle factors and daily stressors .

Nux Vomica is also known as the strychnine tree, a deciduous tree indigenous to India and Southeast Asia. It’s a medium-sized tree that belongs to the Loganiaceae family and thrives in open habitats.

5. Ignatia Amara

Addressing persistent and unwanted thoughts of death and panic attacks, Ignatia Amara is derived from the seeds of the St. Ignatius bean tree widespread in the Philippines and various regions of Southeast Asia. It works against the inconsolable anguish often associated with OCD. It serves as a remedy for emotional distress and mental turmoil.

6. Calcarea Carbonica

With attention to ritualistic behaviors and peculiar mental impulses, Calcarea Carbonica strives to unearth the root of the problem in the mental constitution of OCD sufferers. In chemical terms, Calcarea Carbonica is a form of impure calcium carbonate. It is a comprehensive remedy for a range of symptoms.

7. Thuja Occidentalis

Thuja occidentalis, commonly referred to as northern white-cedar, eastern white-cedar, or arborvitae, is a perennial, evergreen coniferous tree belonging to the cypress family Cupressaceae. It is indigenous to eastern Canada and extensive areas of the north-central and northeastern United States.

Thuja is often considered in cases where OCD symptoms manifest as constant thoughts or mental acts. It is known for its miasmatic tendency and is beneficial in addressing deep-seated issues contributing to OCD.

8. Lycopodium Clavatum

Lycopodium Clavatum is a vascular plant that produces spores, primarily growing in a prostrate manner along the ground, with stems reaching up to 39 inches in length. These stems are highly branched and densely covered with small, spirally arranged microphyll leaves.

Targeting extreme restlessness and irrational fears, Lycopodium Clavatum addresses the mental constitution of OCD sufferers . It is useful in cases where mood swings and repeating words or actions are prominent.

9. Pulsatilla Nigricans

Pulsatilla, also known as pasque flower, is a potent and potentially toxic analgesic and sedative herb with strong effects. Particularly suitable for those with symptoms of obsession related to fear of death, Pulsatilla Nigricans offers relief and a sense of calm. It is known for its efficacy in treating emotional disturbances.

10. Carcinosin

In cases where OCD symptoms are intertwined with a family history of mental health disorders, Carcinosin is considered. It addresses lifelong disorders and provides support for individuals with a genetic predisposition to OCD.

Studies show that carcinosin, along with chelidonium serve as complementary and alternative approaches in the therapy of liver cancer, especially as supportive palliative interventions (Biswas et al., 2005).

Homeopathy for OCD Case Studies and Success Stories

Embarking on the journey of using homeopathy and natural solutions to manage OCD opens the door to a world where success stories aren't just anecdotes but tangible proof of a holistic approach yielding positive outcomes. Homeopathy can be used alone or in conjunction with other interventions and integrative methods. 

Here are some compelling case studies that illuminate the transformative power of homeopathic medicines in the lives of individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder, all with no notable side effects. 

Breaking the Chains of Compulsive Behavior 

Patient Profile: Three children experiencing intense anxiety and OCD , with two of them showing no positive response to various pharmaceutical medications.

Homeopathic Prescription: Every patient was given a distinct homeopathic remedy tailored to their symptoms, following the Law of Similars (Galego, 2008).

Outcome: Twenty years on, two of these patients, now young adults, maintain healthy, productive lives without OCD, using homeopathic treatment . The third patient remains symptom-free three years after homeopathic intervention (Saltzman, 2018).

Success Story: Nutritional Supplements for Mood Regulation

Patient Profile: An older child with OCD symptoms, such as heightened anxiety and obsessive thoughts, explored natural solutions to complement existing therapies. Natural Solution: Incorporating nutritional supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium , and Vitamin B complex, known for their positive impact on mood regulation.

Natural Solution

Outcome: With consistent use of nutritional supplements, the teenager experienced a gradual improvement in mood stability and a reduction in anxiety levels. This natural solution became integral to the individual's treatment plan, contributing to a more balanced and resilient mental state.

The BrainBehaviorReset™ Program is a personalized treatment plan for children struggling with OCD. It aims to restore calm, health, and happiness. The program emphasizes a holistic approach that challenges the reliance on medication as the sole solution in a mental health system with systemic shortcomings.

Along with homeopathy for OCD, this program serves as a lifeline for parents seeking the right help for their children's mental health and breaks the cycle of frustration by providing comprehensive, science-backed, and transformative solutions.

Parent Action Steps:

☐ Learn about homeopathy and how it tailors remedies to individual mental landscapes. ☐ Find a qualified homeopathic practitioner for personalized discussions about your child. ☐ Familiarize yourself with homeopathic remedies tailored to your child's OCD symptoms. ☐ Observe daily life influences for stressors. ☐ Be aware of persistent thoughts and emotional distress ☐ Attend homeopathic sessions to get insights into your child's progress. ☐ Discuss family history for genetic predisposition. ☐ Discuss supplements like magnesium alongside homeopathic treatment. ☐ Connect with parents in similar journeys through Natural Parenting Solutions ☐ Take this OCD Quiz to find the best solution for OCD.

Biswas, S. J., Pathak, S., Bhattacharjee, N., Das, J. K., & Khuda-Bukhsh, A. R. (2005). Efficacy of the Potentized Homeopathic Drug, Carcinosin 200, Fed Alone and in Combination with Another Drug, Chelidonium 200, in Amelioration of p-Dimethylaminoazobenzene–Induced Hepatocarcinogenesis in Mice. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 11(5), 839–854. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2005.11.839

Galego, C.-A. (2008). Potentization and the Law of Similars. Homeopathic Links, 21(2), 62–66. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-2008-1038551

Saltzman, S. (2018). Three Cases of Severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In Children: A Homeopathic Medicine Case Series Report. American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine, 111(1). https://shorturl.at/ipwzY

Victory, N. (2022). Current Status of Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treated by Shunt Therapy. Journal of Contemporary Medical Practice, 4(8). https://doi.org/10.53469/jcmp.2022.04(08).20

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A chronic case of OCD gets cured with homeopathy.

June 14 th , 2009

Maria is a 65 year old married woman, short and slightly overweight, very attentive to the way she dresses. She is very loquacious and open to answering questions. Her OCD started when she was 8 years old, but got worst after her mother died 7 years ago.

When I asked her to tell me more about the OCD ( Homeopathy Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorde r), she explained that she clearly recalled when it all started and why. She was 8 years old and her mother, who was a very beautiful woman and very attentive to her, used to apply a wide variety of creams and body lotions. Among those there was one which Maria found to be very disgusting, her mom’s depilatory cream. Maria reports that since the first time she saw her mother applying the depilatory cream on her lips, she felt a strong disgusting feeling in her stomach and chills along the extremities followed by the urge to wash her hands with sterilizing soap.

Since that day, every time she saw her mother applying the cream she would get that same disgusting feeling and run to the sink and wash her hands three times.

A few days after her mother died, 7 years ago, the OCD got worse: the thought of her mother is constant in Maria’s mind and every time she thinks about her mum she remembers her with that cream on her face; she has to immediately wash her hands three times, and this happens quite often during the day.

When I asked her why she feels the urge to wash her hands she replied that she feels “infected”. She then explained that she has always been very conscientious about being infected, about viruses and bacteria and contagious diseases. When her children were young and got sick she used to leave them with her husband and the babysitter until they would have been better and healthy again, because she didn’t want to get infected.

When I asked her how she feels about “getting infected”, she replied that getting infected to her means to get dirty. She feel dirty also every time she remembers her mum with that cream on her face and therefore she has the urge to wash her hands.

Her children are now grown up and she is a grandmother of five. Her sons live in different cities and visit her only two to three times per year. She says that she is happy about this and even if she loves her grand-children, she cannot stand to have them home for more than three hours, because they are filthy and dirty and carry dust and dirt. Every time she spends more than 3 hours playing with her grandchildren, she needs to take a shower and scratch all the dirt away from her skin.

When I asked her to talk to me about her social life, she reported that she has lots of friends and that she loves to entertain them in her own house mostly. She doesn’t like to go into other people’s houses because “you never know how clean they really are”. After her guests have left, she cannot go to bed until she has cleaned up the all place from the dirt her guests bought along.

She is very attached to her dog, Mimi, who has been with her for the past 10 years. Maria is worried because Mimi is now very old, but she is not worried about Mimi dying, because “death is just the beginning and heaven is the most clean and safe place in the world!” She explained that she’s always been very attracted by graveyards and holy places, because those are the only places where she feels at peace, relaxed and content.

Every day she walks to the nearest graveyards and spends a long time walking through them, looking at the grave stones, whilst walking her old dog. It gives her great peace.

Among recent symptoms, she reports a strange feeling in her mouth which had started 2 months ago; not really a pain, just a sensation of a worm in her teeth. The thought of it makes her feel even more disgusted and every time she has that feeling, she needs to brush her teeth three times.

She then reports that she has always suffered from constipation, but since the past 6 months, she has daily episodes of diarrhea without pain, which drives her out of bed at 5 am. Also, in the last three months she has been suffering from recurrent migraine, a deep, bursting and crushing head pain across the temples followed by an eruption like hard tubercles or nodules all over the scalp, which don’t itch and are painless. She says that she is extremely worried about those; she feels dirty because of them and she has to wash her hair frequently applying shampoo three times and rinsing with hot water to feel clean. Along with the migraines, she begun forgetting proper names of people and places and she is worried she is developing some form of dementia.

She says she feels desperate and with no hope, and that she is going to be insane because of her “strange behaviours”.

Case Analysis

Given Maria’s history we know that:

  • she suffers from OCD with a compulsive urge to wash her hands/brush her teeth 3 times, every time
  • fear of being infected
  • fear and disgust for dirt
  • sensation of a worm in her teeth
  • diarrhoea in the morning < 5am
  • head pain, bursting, extending across the temples
  • tubercles, eruption on scalp after head pain > washing hot water

Significant symptoms:

The OCD and compulsive “washing”, fear of being infected and of dirt are very important.

Turning this case into rubrics is a mechanical and simple matter:

MIND, Washing, desire to wash hands, always washing her;

MIND, Delusion, contaminated;

MIND, Delusion, dirty, everything is;

MIND, memory, weakness of memory, proper names

TEETH, Worm, sensation of a;

RECTUM, Diarrhoea, midnight, after midnight, 5am;

HEAD, pain, bursting, temples, across;

HEAD, eruption, tubercles on scalp

Uppermost remedies after repertorisation are:

Sulph, Syph, Ars, Kali-i and Lycopodium

Among those only 3 have strong issues with dirt and getting infected: Sulph, Ars and Syphilinum

Differential remedy analysis:

Easy though this repertorisation is, differential remedy analysis between contesting remedies is, as always, the issue. The above mentioned remedies will be now shown as Elemental Cycle comparisons to help see individual energetic features.


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Comparative Elemental Cycles of Sulphur, Syphilinum, and Arsenicum album

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When comparing the Elemental Cycle maps, the best fit for Maria’s case is provided by Syphilinum.

Syphilinum LM1 was prescribed, 1 teaspoon dynamized daily for 4 weeks.


August 2 nd , 2009

After 6 weeks since the beginning of the treatment, Maria reports that her persistent thoughts about her mother are less intense as well as the feeling of disgust. She hasn’t had any more episodes of migraine and the eruption on the scalp had gradually disappeared.

Her memory has very much improved and the fear and feeling of becoming insane is gone.

Bowel movements are regular again and she has had one episode only of diarrhea, which drove her out of bed at 5am about 2 days after she started taking the remedy. About this episode she reports that for the first time she felt clean and depurated afterwards.

Though she has been able to enjoy playing with her grandchildren, she still has strong issues around dirt and getting infected . Her grandchild had a cold with runny nose and she asked her husband to watch him whilst she took a hot shower, because she was feeling dirty and infected.

Sometimes she still has the sensation of a worm in her teeth and every time she feels “dirty” or infected she needs to wash her hands in hot water 3 times.

According to her report I decided to prescribe Syphilinum LM2, 1 teaspoon dynamized daily for 4 weeks.


September 14 th , 2009

After 6 weeks since her first follow up Maria is back in my consultation room. She looks very relaxed and at peace: she says that all those feelings about getting infected are gone and she feels stupid for having had those thoughts. She is less worried about getting dirty or about dirt and reports that she spent a whole afternoon playing with her grandchildren in the garden, digging their hands in to the dust and the soil… and it was great fun!

She still feels she has to wash her hands, but only once (not 3 times as usual) and only when she really gets dirty.

About the sensation of a worm in her teeth, she reports an interesting episode. One evening during supper, while drinking a glass of red wine, she had a sensation of the worm moving between her teeth and then a fetid disgusting taste in her mouth. She had the instant urge to spit out and brush her teeth, and since then she hasn’t had the feeling of the worm anymore.

Considering her improvements, I felt a third prescription wasn’t necessary.

Maria came back to me three months later. She feels healthier and healthier every day, symptoms didn’t come back and she is still improving. I asked her to contact me back as soon as she would notice any of the symptoms coming back.

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This type of selection of syphillinum was not impressive, I know there will be thousands of Homoeopaths in India who would have done this within seconds. I am not impressed! It seemed very obvious!

First of all I would say the selection was good and was logically and holistically selected . Secondly the rubrics selected are good, and the best part is the patient responded well to the medicine.Nice work doc keep it up

I think the rubrics taken in to consideration excellent

Lm 1 one teaspoon everyday direct ya mix water and taken

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD Treated with our Homeopathic Medicine. Read this case study to know how we helped the patient. If you or your loved ones are suffering from a similar problem or any health issue for that matter, our doctors are always there to help you. Just fill in your details in the form down below and we will answer all your questions for FREE!

A 24-year-old Management student from Delhi visited our clinic on 6th July 2018. She visited with her parents for complaint of OCD or Obsessive-compulsive disorder. She used to wash her hands repeatedly to an extent that her hands had started bleeding as skin had cracked due to excessive washing. She had shifted Chandigarh to Delhi for higher studies and she was feeling upset staying away from her parents in a hostel. She used to feel that her hands are dirty and she could not control the compulsion to wash it frequently.

Her parents were scared looking at her condition and they were considering to leave her studies midway but our doctors consoled them that they don’t have to worry and she would get better in couple of months. He prescribed her medication taking into consideration all the symptoms.

She reported after 2 months that is on 9th September 2018 that she had mild improvement. Her hands had stopped bleeding and washing her hands frequency had reduced.

She continued medication for 4 more months and medicines were couriered to her every month after considering her latest follow up.

She visited again on 1st February 2019. She was 90% better. Her hands had healed and her anxiety was better. She was able to cope well while she was away from home. She is still continuing her educational course comfortably. Her parents were very glad and thankful for her recovery.

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Research Article | DOI: https://doi.org/10.31579/2690-8794/102

  • Deepshikha Paliwal 1*
  • Anamika Rawlani 2

1 M.Sc. Clinical Psychology, Dev Sanskriti University, Ranchi, India. 2 M.Phil Clinical Psychology, RINPAS Ranchi, India.

*Corresponding Author: Deepshikha Paliwal, M.Sc. Clinical Psychology, Dev Sanskriti University, Ranchi, India.

Citation: Deepshikha Paliwal and Anamika Rawlani (2022) Case Study of a Middle-Aged Woman’s OCD Treatment Using CBT and ERP Technique. Clinical Medical Reviews and Reports 4(3): DOI: 10.31579/2690-8794/102

Copyright: © 2022, Deepshikha Paliwal, This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Received: 01 September 2021 | Accepted: 04 December 2021 | Published: 10 January 2022

Keywords: OCD; CBT; ERP; salkovskis’s model

Introduction : This is a case report of a middle-aged woman, who was experiencing “obsessive” thoughts related to the “Bindi” (decorative piece wear by women on the forehead) and cleaning “compulsions”. Present case report discusses the patient’s assessment, case formulation, treatment plan and the effectiveness of the CBT and ERP sessions in reducing OCD symptoms.

Methodology: The patient was treated with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) along with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) technique. The assessment of the case was done with the Y-BOCS rating scale, Beck’s Depression Inventory, Obsessive Beliefs Questionnaire, and Behavior Analysis Performa which suggested the higher severity level of the patient’s symptoms. Parallel to the assessment sessions, detailed case history related to the onset of the problem, difficulties faced because of the disorder, childhood incidences, family chart, marital issues, and medical history were discussed with the patient. Based on the reported details, the case was formulated according to the Salkovoskis inflated sense of responsibility model.  After the case formulation, the treatment plan was designed which involved ERP sessions and restructuring of the cognitive distortions (beliefs, thoughts, and attitude). 

Results: After the completion of the twenty-five therapy sessions, the patient reported improvement in the coping of anxiety-provoking thoughts and reduced level of the washing compulsions. The effects of the therapy were checked and found maintained up to two months follow up.

Conclusion: CBT and ERP technique is an effective treatment in reducing obsessive and compulsive symptoms of the patient. 

Have you ever felt like a sudden urge to hurt somebody? What if such urges continuously appear in your head? What would you do to stop these urges? Would you be able to continue your day to day life normally with such urges?  Clinical Psychologists studied the repetitive occurrence of unwelcoming thoughts, urges, doubts, and images which create anxiety. They gave it the term “Obsessions”. These obsessions are dreadful, frightening, and intolerable to the extent that they might hinder the natural flow of one’s personal, professional, and social life. The person who suffers from such anxiety-provoking thoughts tries to deal with the distress caused by such ‘obsessions’ by adopting some behavior or activity which temporarily relieve them from the anxiety and the feared consequences. This behavior could be anything like washing hands, cleaning, repeatedly checking the door, or repeating some phrases in the head. Psychologists called such repetitive behaviors or activities as “Compulsions”. According to APA (1994), if the presence of obsessions and/or compulsions is time-consuming (more than an hour a day), cause major distress, and impair work, social, or other important functions then the person will be diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Recent epidemiological studies suggest that OCD affects between 1.9 to 2.5% of the world population at some point in their lives, creating great difficulties on a professional, academic and social level (DSM-IV-TR, 2001). OCD affects all cultural and ethnic groups and, unlike many related disorders, males and females are equally affected by this disorder (Rasmussen & Eisen, 1992). OCD is one of the most incapacitating of anxiety disorders having been rated as a leading cause of disability by the World Health Organization (1996).  The major cause of OCD is still unknown; there could be some genetic components responsible for it (DSM-5). Child abuse or any stress-inducing event could be the risk factor involved in the history of OCD patients. The severity of the symptoms related to obsessions and compulsions provides the basis of the diagnosis in OCD which rules out any other drug-related or medical causes. Clinical Psychologists use rating scales like Y-BOCS (Fenske & Schwenk, 2009), self-reports, and Behavior Analysis Performa to assess the severity level of the symptoms. Based on the severity, the treatment plan is designed. Treatment of OCD involves psychotherapy and antidepressants. Psychotherapy such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an effective psycho-social treatment of OCD (Beck, 2011). In CBT, a “problem-focused” approach is used to treat the diagnosed psychological disorder by challenging and changing core beliefs, negative automatic thoughts, and cognitive distortions of the patient. CBT involves Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) as a technique to treat OCD in which the patient is exposed to the cause of the problem and not allowed to repeat the ritual behavior (Grant, 2014).  ERP has promising results with 63% of OCD patients showing favorable responses after following the therapy sessions (Stanley & Turner, 1995). 

This is a case of a 31 years old woman, who belongs to a middle socio-economic background, currently living with her in-laws, husband, and daughter. The patient was experiencing obsessive thoughts related to the contamination spread by ‘bindi’ along with the compulsive behavior of washing and cleaning from the last five years. The patient reported that she always tried to check the contact of ‘Bindi’ with anything because that contact makes her incapacitate to control the situation. She took two and three hours (on daily basis) in washing and cleaning her home, scrubbing her daughter, cleaning the daughter’s school bag after returning from school, husband’s bag, and other usable items, so that she can stop the contamination from spreading everywhere. The patient has a history of facing interpersonal issues with family members since her childhood. Her father was alcohol dependent and the mother was the patient of depression. The financial condition of the family was not good. When the patient was 17 years old, her father died due to kidney failure, and her mother got hospitalized because of depression. From a very young age, the patient had to bear the responsibility of the family by taking tuitions. At first, she developed the fear of contamination at the age of 19, when she was in her graduation’s first year, for that she was taken to the Psychiatrist. She responded well to the medicines and stopped showing all the symptoms. At the age of 25, when the patient got pregnant she again developed the fear of contamination, which made her husband and in-laws uncomfortable and family disputes began. Her husband took her to the psychiatrist who referred her for the psychotherapy but she didn’t attend the psychotherapy sessions properly and continuously lived with the obsessions and compulsions up to the present referral where the patient was assessed with Y-BOCS rating scale, BDI, EBQ, and Behavioral Analysis Performa. Based on the assessment, she was diagnosed with OCD having symptoms of obsessions related to the contamination by ‘Bindi’ and washing compulsions. Detailed case history related to the onset of the problem, childhood incidences, family history, marital history, medical history, and other relevant information were also collected. The case was formulated according to Salkovoskis’s inflated sense of responsibility model as the patient’s reported details were signifying the negative interpretations of her responsibility for self and others. After the case formulation, the treatment plan was designed which involved sessions of ERP technique along with the alteration of cognitive distortions (ideas, beliefs, and attitudes) through the cognitive restructuring method of CBT. 

1. Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (YBOCS): 

In cognitive-behavioral studies, Y-BOCS is used to rate the symptoms of OCD. This scale was designed by Goodman et al. (1989) to know the baseline and the recovery rate of the ‘severity of obsessions’, ‘severity of compulsions’ and ‘resistance to symptoms’. This is a five-point Likert scale that clinicians administer through a semi-structured interview in which a higher score indicates higher disturbances. The excellent psychometric properties of this scale quantify the severity of the obsessions and compulsions as well as provide valuable qualitative information which makes it very useful for both diagnosis of the OCD and the designing of its treatment plan. 

2. Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI):

Aaron T. Beck (1988) developed BAI as a four-point Likert scale which consists of 21 items of ‘0 to 3’ scores on each item (Higher score means higher anxiety). If the Patient’s scores are from 0 to 7 then interpret as ‘minimal anxiety’, 8 to 15 as ‘mild anxiety’, 16 to 25 as ‘moderate anxiety’, and 30 to 63 as ‘severe anxiety’.  BAI assesses common cognitive and somatic symptoms of anxiety disorder and is considered effective in discriminating between the person with or without an anxiety disorder. This scale provides valuable clinical information but is not used by clinicians for diagnostic purposes. 

3. Obsessive Belief Questionnaire (OBQ):

OBQ is used to assess the beliefs and appraisals of OCD patients which are critical to their pathogenesis of obsessions (OCCWG, 1997, 2001). This scale consists of 87 belief statements within six subscales which represent key belief domains of OCD. The first subscale is ‘Control of thoughts’ (14 items), the second is ‘importance of thoughts’ (14 items), third is, responsibility (16 items), fourth is ‘intolerance of uncertainty’ (13 items), the fifth is an overestimation of threat (14 items), and sixth is ‘perfectionism’ (16 items). Response on this measure is the general level of agreement of the respondents with the items on a 7 point rating scale that ranges from (-3) “disagree very much” to (+3) “agree very much”. On the respective items summing of the scores is done to calculate the subscale scores.

4. Behavior Analysis Performa

This study used ‘Behavior Analysis Performa’ to do the functional analysis of the patient’s behavior. This Performa collects the details of the patient’s behavioral excess, deficits, and assets, his or her motivational factors behind maintaining and reinforcing ill behaviors, as well as, the medical, cultural, and social factors which contributed to the development of the illness. 

Based on the reported details and the assessment, the case was formulated according to the Salkovoskis model (1985). This model suggests that the patient’s main negative interpretation revolves around the idea that his or her actions might have harmful outcomes for self or others. This interpretation of responsibility increases selective attention and maintains negative beliefs (Salkovskis, 1987). Here, in this case, the patient had to face the disturbing family environment which significantly has a role in the formation of maladaptive schemas related to her negative view of self, the world, and the future. The patient’s beliefs assessment reports signified that her major dysfunctional assumptions were ‘if harm is very unlikely, I should try to prevent it at any cost’ and ‘if I don’t act when I foresee danger then I am to blame for any consequences’. Intrusive thought for her was that ‘bindi contaminates dirt’ and neutralizing action for this intrusive thought was ‘washing and cleaning things’. She paid her keen attention to the thought that ‘I should not be get touched with bindi’ and misinterpreted and over signified it by avoiding bindi and preventing the contamination. Her safety behavior included avoiding going out, (especially beauty parlors and cosmetic shops), and getting touched with anyone on roads and market places. The result of such avoidance was tiredness, anxiousness, aggressiveness, and distressed mood state. The graphical representation of the case formulation is shown in Appendix 1 at the end of this paper.

After the case formulation, the treatment plan was designed. The patient had dysfunctional assumptions related to her responsibility for self and others. She had obsessions related to the contamination spread by ‘Bindi’ associated with washing and cleaning compulsions. As she was taken by her husband for the therapy, so it was important to socialize her and her family with the OCD to develop insight for the disorder. After socializing them with OCD, they were taught the basic structure of the cognitive behavior model that how patient’s thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and behavior all are interrelated and affect each other in a vicious circle. 

In the preparatory phase, the patient was introduced with the ERP technique, how does it work and how much her cooperation and will power are required for the success of this technique. After introducing the ERP technique to her, behavioral analysis was done with the patient by using a down-arrow method to make the list of the situations she uses as safety strategies and maintains her negative beliefs.

In the next session, the patient was told to imagine her exposure with different situations which she avoids and asked her to rate the level of anxiety in all the situations on a scale of 1 to 10. After this imaginary exposure, a hierarchy was made from the least anxiety-provoking event to the high anxiety-provoking event. Here is the list of different situations which the patient rated based on the level of anxiety:

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In this phase, the patient was gradually exposed with the least anxiety-provoking situation to the highest-anxiety provoking situation. The patient’s husband worked as a co-therapist and accompanied her in all the situations and observed her anxiety levels and other behaviors. The patient was asked to rate her anxiety level on a scale of 1 to 10 after every exposure.

  • In the first step of exposure, patient was instructed to go out with the husband in the market area where ‘Bindi’ was hanging on the walls , she was instructed to watch them from some distance and observe her level of anxiety varying with time . She was strictly instructed not to avoid the situation and to face the anxiety levels without skipping. In the next session, she was asked what she exactly felt when she was watching the bindi packets, she replied that at first sight of bindi she felt disgusted and wanted to go away but she gave self instructions to her that these are very far and cannot contaminate her so she kept sitting there and with time her anxiety level also came down.   
  • In the second step of the hierarchy she was instructed for sitting at a distance from the cosmetics shop and observe the ladies entering and purchasing bindi there , her husband was told to work as a co-therapist and checks the anxiety levels and reactions of his wife during the exposure. In the next session, she was again asked for the thoughts and levels of anxiety during the observation, husband reported that at first she showed some anger and was looking very anxious while observing the ladies with bindi but when he reminded her about the nature of therapy, she managed to sit there and sometime later became relaxed.   
  • In the third step of the hierarchy patient was instructed to enter into the cosmetic shop and remain stand there for a short while without purchasing anything and to face the levels of anxiety varying with time. In the session, she was asked to report the anxiety level. She reported that just when she entered the shop she was trying to not get touched with anything and felt like she would lose her control and became very anxious but with self instructions she managed herself to stand there after sometime anxiety level came down and she felt little relaxed.   
  • In the fourth step, the patient was instructed to enter into the cosmetic shop and to purchase some common items other than ‘Bindi’ . In the next session, husband reported that she was attentively noticing the shopkeeper’s movements. Though, she purchased some ribbons but denied to touch them and asked him to put them in his bag and told him to give only the fixed amount of ribbon’s cost to the shopkeeper so that exchange could not be needed from shopkeeper’s contaminated hands. The husband also observed that during the whole exposure, the patient was looking very distressed and anxious and was involved in safety strategies and managed to calm down only when he reminded her about the process of therapy. The patient was then asked to report her anxiety level in this step of exposure.  
  • In the fifth step, patient was instructed to go into the market and purchase a packet of small colorful bindi and face the anxiety levels . In the next session, she was asked to express the anxiety and rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. The patient reported that when she was purchasing the bindi, she felt dreadful and thought that she would take bath after returning home. Somehow, she purchased the packet and gave it to the husband to put it in his bag. After returning home, she got involved in her daughter’s work but thoughts of washing and bathing were going on in her mind. Later on, she could not get the time for bathing and she instructed herself to bath in the morning, after this thought she felt very relaxed and had this feeling of winning over her obsessions.   
  • In the sixth step, patient was instructed to purchase some colorful bindi packets and try to keep them with herself and strictly prevent herself from hand-washing for one hour. In the next session, she reported that this time she was not that anxious while purchasing bindi packets but after putting them in her bags she was trying to avoid getting touched with her daughter and mother in law because her mother in law would enter into the kitchen and contaminate everything. Meanwhile, her daughter ran towards her and hugged her. Immediately, she became very restless and angry with the daughter and thought about to wash her. However, she felt incapacitated as her daughter ran everywhere in the house and touched everything. She got anxious but managed this thought of contamination and decided to not wash anything. After this, she felt relaxed.   
  • In the seventh step of the hierarchy, the patient was instructed to apply a small bindi on her forehead and restricted to not wash her hands for at least four hours . In the next session, she reported that she applied the bindi and her husband and her mother-in-law were feeling very happy but she felt anxious and closed her fist for not touching anything till hand-washing. After some time, in other household works, she forgot about it but suddenly when she realized that she had applied bindi, she immediately washed her hands but even then kept wearing it for the whole day.   
  • In the eighth step, the patient was instructed to apply red color velvet medium size Bindi and prevent hand washing for minimum of two hours . In the next session, she reported that now her level of anxiety has fallen down and now she feels less anxious after applying bindi and managed to not wash her hands for two hours without any much restlessness.   
  • In the ninth step of the hierarchy, the patient was instructed to apply red color velvet medium size Bindi and prevent hand washing for minimum of four hours and try to make herself normal and gradually start touching things in these hours. In the next session, she reported that now she feels capable to face her feelings of disgust with bindi and manages to make her mind for not washing things after getting touched with the bindi. Though some thoughts of contamination keep coming in between but she immediately reminds herself that ‘Bindi’ can’t contaminate anything.  
  • In the tenth step of hierarchy, the patient was instructed to apply bindi on her forehead and keep some of them in her bag preventing washing her hands for maximum hours possible. In the next session, she reported that now she feels more capable to conquer over her thoughts of contamination and more determined to not washing and cleaning after such obsessions.

With each ERP session, the patient came to realize that the nature of anxiety is that it goes up with the triggering event but with the passage of time, automatically comes down. She also developed the insight that she had fear from the thoughts of contamination and with its associated anxiety more than ‘Bindi’ itself. 

After the ERP sessions, the patient was given two booster sessions in which she was taught the ways to deal with the anxiety after the termination of therapy in her day to day life situations. In those sessions, she was asked to imagine her home, her room, and herself with Bindi on her forehead and doing household chores like cooking, cleaning the things, etc. When the patient was asked to express herself during the imagination, she reported that she is feeling more confident now to stick on her thought that bindi can’t contaminate, it’s her idea and there is no use of washing hands and other things because of the fear of contamination. Her husband and mother-in-law were also instructed to remind her again and again about the things she learned during the therapy sessions. After the declaration of the patient that she is feeling better now and ready to face the anxiety on her own, therapy sessions were terminated.

One month later, the patient was contacted for the follow-up and asked about her coping with the anxiety through telephonic conversation. She reported that thoughts of contamination came in her mind but she is in better condition than previous after taking the ERP sessions.

After two months, the patient came for the session again with the complaints that sometimes she became weak and washed her hands with the thought of contamination. After washing, she repented on her behavior which lowers down her confidence in conquering over the illness. Then she was instructed that washing hands strengthens the thought of contamination so she should avoid it as much as possible but this doesn’t mean that she has not gained anything with the therapy, she was reminded about her previous condition that how much it was unbearable for her to even think about the bindi but now she is applying it on her forehead which shows that only the traces of the illness left, most of it is already recovered. In this way, the patient became relaxed and felt more determined to continue with the learnings during the sessions.

After the termination of the therapy sessions, the patient’s obsessive and compulsive symptoms were found reduced on the Y-BOCS symptom checklist:

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With the graded exposure sessions, her anxiety level also came down from the rating of 10 in the beginning sessions to the rating of 4 in the endings sessions on a scale of 1 to 10.

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The patient’s BAI score was also fallen down from pre-intervention- 36 (Extreme level of anxiety) to post intervention- 13 (mild level of anxiety) which suggests 36% reduction in the anxiety level of the patient.

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Previous research findings considered CBT as the most promising treatment of OCD (Stanley & Turner, 1995; Foa et al, 1999). CBT emphasizes the integration of cognitive-behavioral strategies like discussion techniques (Guided Discovery) and behavioral experiments (ERP) to formulate the problem and direct the treatment. Therapists try to identify the key distorted beliefs along with patients and allow them to test their beliefs which develop and maintain compulsive behaviors. This case identified the contamination with ‘Bindi’ as the pathological belief which was maintaining the compulsive behaviors of washing and cleaning. The cognitive hypothesis of Salkovoskis (1985) proposed that the origin of obsessional thinking lies in normal intrusive ideas, images, thoughts, and impulses which a person finds unacceptable, upsetting, or unpleasant. The occurrence and content of these intrusive cognitions are negatively interpreted as an indication that the person may be ‘responsible for harm’ or ‘prevent the harm’. Such an interpretation is likely followed by emotional reactions such as anxiety or depression. These emotional reactions lead to discomfort and neutralizing (Compulsive) behaviors like washing, cleaning, checking, avoidance of situations related to the obsessive thought, seeking reassurance, and attempts to exclude these thoughts from the mind. The present case supported this hypothesis of Salkovoskis’s model as intrusive thought of the patient was contamination spread by ‘Bindi’ which negatively interpreted as ‘I can avoid the likely harms by avoiding the contamination spread by Bindi’, such negative interpretation was raising her anxiety levels, making her attentive selective towards the ‘Bindi’, maintaining her compulsive acts and complying her to adopt the safety strategies.

Rachman (1983) predicted that behavioral experiments, in which the patient is exposed to the feared object, these intrusive thoughts are challenged by changing the pattern of thinking and behaving. Hodgson & Rachman (1972) initiated the series of clinical studies on patients with contamination and predicted that immediate washing reduces the anxiety. In one of their experimental study, they noted a similar degree of anxiety reduction when the patient was asked not to perform a compulsive act for one hour.  They termed this phenomenon as ‘spontaneous decay’ which was established as the basis of ERP. Also, Foa & Kozak (1986) proposed that exposure techniques activate the network of cognitive fear and patients get new experience which is different from the existing pathological beliefs. This case confirmed this hypothesis as the patient initially thought that her exposure with ‘Bindi’ might cause some uncertain consequence with her but prolonged exposures provided her new experience that she could manage with her fear and anxiety which resulted in the improved coping with obsessional beliefs about contamination and urge to wash and clean. Her improved coping is evident in the statistically significant reduction of her scores on the standard measures like the Y-BOCS symptom checklist, BAI, and OBQ. 

The results of this case study add on the value of CBT (that involves ERP technique) in the treatment of obsessive thinking related to the ‘fear of contamination’ and compulsive behavior of ‘washing and cleaning’. However, there is a need for more such case studies with more precision and effective treatment designs to provide valuable information related to the nature of OCD and its treatment.

In this case of OCD, patient’s symptoms were reduced to a manageable level and found maintained for two months which provides an evidence of the effectiveness of CBT and ERP technique in the treatment of OCD.

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by steph74 | Oct 31, 2022 | Anxiety , Case Studies , Constitutional Remedy | 0 comments

In this video I describe a case as it progresses from the first remedy, Lachesis, to the next remedy, Arsenicum sulphuricum.

Case Features

  • primarily communicating using “scripting” (out-of-context phrases, such as a line from a movie)
  • PMS: irritability before her period
  • Anger at those around her, sometimes for reasons unfounded
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Obsessive compulsive behaviors

Why I Chose Lachesis

I chose Lachesis homeopathic remedy based on the case features and also based on repertorization (putting symptoms into homeopathy software). The main feature that really clued me into choosing Lachesis was the fact that her PMS would clear up as soon as she got her period. A keynote of lachesis is that conditions improve when bleeding occurs (regardless of what type of bleeding).

Improvements seen after Lachesis 200c and 1M:

  • more engaged; answering questions appropriately instead of “scripting”
  • more control over her anger
  • neck pain resolved
  • PMS-related irritability resolved
  • acne improved

Moving Forward

The case still has several features that need to be addressed, such as obsessive-compulsive behaviors and scripting. The next homeopathic remedy that I recommended for this case was arsenicum sulphuricum. I will come back to update about case progress soon!

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Homeopathic Remedies For OCD: Types and Benefits

Homeopathic Remedies For OCD Types and Reasons To Choose

Obsessive-compulsive disorder ( OCD ) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviors you feel compelled to perform. If you have OCD, you might be plagued by persistent, unwelcome intrusive thoughts or images that are upsetting or confusing. You might also feel the need to perform certain rituals or routines over and over again. Treating OCD can be done with both conventional medicines as well as homeopathic remedies. In this blog, we will explore homeopathic remedies for OCD.

  • 1 What Is OCD?
  • 2.1 Bach Flower Remedies
  • 2.2 Stramonium
  • 2.3 Aurum Metallicum
  • 2.4 Natrum Muriaticum
  • 2.5 Lycopodium
  • 2.7 Lachesis
  • 2.8 Ignatia Amara
  • 2.9 Carcinosin
  • 2.10 Arsenic Album
  • 3.1 Improved Mental Clarity
  • 3.2 Reduced Stress Levels
  • 3.3 Improved Sleep Quality
  • 3.4 Overall Well-Being
  • 3.5 Reduced Stress Levels
  • 3.6 Improved Mood
  • 3.7 Increased Self-Esteem
  • 4 Limitations of Homeopathy Treatment For OCD
  • 5 Conclusion

What Is OCD?

OCD is an anxiety disorder that causes repeated and persistent thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make you feel driven to do something (compulsions). People with OCD experience these symptoms to the point where it interferes with their daily life. Those suffering from OCD often believe that if they perform certain rituals or compulsions they can prevent a feared event or situation. However, this only provides temporary relief and ultimately exacerbates the anxiety.

OCD can manifest itself in many different ways such as excessive handwashing and cleaning, repeatedly checking on things such as locks and appliances; ordering items in a specific way; counting; hoarding; repeating words or phrases; fear of contamination; fear of embarrassment in public situations; intrusive and unwanted thoughts; and avoidance of situations or objects that cause anxiety.

The exact cause of OCD is unknown, but it is thought to be related to genetics and certain environmental factors. Treatment for OCD typically involves cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that focuses on recognizing and changing dysfunctional thinking patterns, as well as medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). With the right treatment and support, people with OCD can lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Homeopathic Treatments for OCD

There are a variety of homeopathic treatments that can be used to treat OCD. Some of the most common include:

Bach Flower Remedies

One of the most popular forms of homeopathic treatments for OCD is Bach Flower Remedies. These remedies are made from various flowers and herbs and can be used to address a wide range of emotional issues, including those related to OCD. Also known as flower essences, they are taken orally in liquid form and can be used to reduce anxiety and other symptoms.

Stramonium is a homeopathic remedy that can be used to treat OCD. It is made from the plant Stramonium and is taken in small doses. It can be used to treat obsessive thoughts , compulsive behaviors, and anxiety.

Aurum Metallicum

Aurum Metallicum is a homeopathic remedy that is used for the treatment of OCD . This remedy is made from the metal gold and is used to treat those who have OCD which is characterized by obsessive thoughts and behaviors. Aurum Metallicum can be used to treat both the mental and physical aspects of OCD.

Natrum Muriaticum

Natrum Muriaticum is a homeopathic remedy that is used to treat OCD. It is made from the salt known as sodium chloride. This remedy is often used for people who are perfectionists and need order and control in their lives. It can help to ease the symptoms of OCD such as obsessions, compulsions, and anxiety.

Lycopodium is a homeopathic remedy that is used to treat people with OCD. This remedy is made from the plant known as Lycopodium clavatum. This plant is native to Europe and Asia and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. The active ingredient in this plant is lycopodium, which is thought to have anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties. A small number of studies have been conducted on the use of Lycopodium for treating OCD, and the results have been promising. In one study, 31 patients with OCD were treated with either Lycopodium or a placebo for eight weeks. The results showed that the group who took Lycopodium had significantly lower levels of anxiety and depression than the placebo group.

Sepia is a homeopathic remedy that can be used to treat OCD. It is made from the ink of the cuttlefish and is known for its ability to calm and ease anxiety. Sepia is also effective in treating depression, irritability, and mood swings.

Lachesis is a homeopathic remedy typically used for conditions that are worse from heat and better from the cold. It is often used for conditions that tend to worsen with exertion or when the person is overheated. Lachesis is also often used for conditions that are worse on the left side of the body and better on the right.

Conditions that may benefit from Lachesis include anxiety, OCD, depression, hot flashes, night sweats, PMS, headaches, migraines, vertigo, and tinnitus.

Ignatia Amara

Ignatia Amara is a homeopathic remedy that is often used for the treatment of OCD. This remedy is made from the plant Ignatia amara, which is native to Indonesia. The plant has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for the treatment of anxiety and other mental health conditions .

There is some scientific evidence to support the use of Ignatia Amara for the treatment of OCD. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that this homeopathic remedy was effective in reducing OCD symptoms in a group of patients who had not responded to standard treatments.

Carcinosin is a homeopathic remedy that is said to be effective in treating OCD. The remedy is made from the tumor of a cancer patient and is said to help with the fear and anxiety that are often associated with OCD. Carcinosin is also said to help treat other mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety .

Arsenic Album

Arsenic Album is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies for OCD. It is often used to treat people who are obsessively clean or have a fear of contamination. Arsenic albums can help to ease these fears and help people to relax and feel more comfortable in their skin.

How Homeopathy Can Help Relieve OCD Symptoms?

Several homeopathic remedies can help relieve OCD symptoms. Some of the most common benefits of homeopathic treatments include:

Improved Mental Clarity

One of the most notable benefits of homeopathic treatments for OCD is improved mental clarity. The combination of herbs, nutritional supplements, and other remedies can help to reduce stress levels and anxiety, allowing the mind to be more clear and focused . Some homeopathic treatments may also help to improve overall mood and well-being.

Reduced Stress Levels

Homeopathy can also help to reduce stress levels associated with OCD. Certain herbs, flower essences, and nutritional supplements can help to relax the body and mind, allowing for improved emotional balance. This can in turn lead to fewer obsessive thoughts and a greater sense of calmness.

Improved Sleep Quality

Many people suffering from OCD experience insomnia or other sleep disturbances due to their condition. Homeopathic treatments such as Bach Flower Remedies or herbal remedies may be able to provide relief from these symptoms, leading to an improvement in sleep quality.

Overall Well-Being

Homeopathy can bring about overall improved well-being by helping to reduce stress levels and manage OCD symptoms. By providing emotional balance and mental clarity, homeopathic remedies can help those suffering from this disorder to lead a more fulfilled and satisfying life.

Homeopathic treatments also help to reduce stress levels in those suffering from OCD. By reducing tension and improving overall health, homeopathic remedies may be beneficial in managing symptoms of this disorder.

Improved Mood

Homeopathic treatments may also help improve mood in those with OCD. These remedies can help to balance emotions, reduce irritability and frustration, and bring about a sense of calmness that may otherwise not be present.

Increased Self-Esteem

Finally, homeopathy can be beneficial in improving self-esteem in those with OCD. By reducing stress levels, and providing emotional balance, homeopathic treatments can help to create a more positive outlook on life and boost overall confidence . This can lead to improved relationships with others as well as greater success in daily tasks.

Limitations of Homeopathy Treatment For OCD

Some of the limitations of homeopathy treatment for OCD include the lack of scientific evidence to support its efficacy.

  • Homeopathic remedies are largely based on anecdotal reports and may not be effective in all cases. In addition, some individuals using homeopathic treatments may experience side effects such as drowsiness or nausea.
  • Other limitations of homeopathy treatment for OCD can include the cost of treatments and potential interactions with other medications or dietary supplements. It is also important to remember that homeopathic remedies should always be used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments and therapies.
  • Finally, it is important to note that homeopathic remedies for OCD may not be a viable long-term solution for this disorder. While they can help manage symptoms in the short term, individuals suffering from OCD are advised to seek out professional mental health services as soon as possible.

Homeopathic remedies are an effective alternative treatment for OCD. They offer a safe and natural way to address symptoms of the disorder and can be used to complement other treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy or medication. Homeopathic remedies focus on holistic healing, which means they also work to treat underlying issues that may be fueling OCD behaviors such as anxiety or emotional trauma . We hope this article has given you insight into homeopathy, how it works, and what kinds of homeopathic remedies exist for treating OCD.

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Juvenile obsessive-compulsive disorder: A case report

Vikas menon.

Department of Psychiatry, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the more disabling and potentially chronic anxiety disorders that occurs in several medical settings. However, it is often under-recognized and under-treated. The condition is now known to be prevalent among children and adolescents. Obsessional images as a symptom occur less frequently than other types of obsessions. In this report, we describe a young boy who presented himself predominantly with obsessional images. The diagnostic and treatment challenges in juvenile OCD are discussed.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a clinically heterogeneous disorder with many possible subtypes.[ 1 ] The lifetime prevalence of OCD is around 2-3%.[ 2 ] Evidence points to a bimodal distribution of the age of onset, with studies of juvenile OCD finding a mean age at onset of around 10 years, and adult OCD studies finding a mean age at onset of 21 years.[ 2 , 3 ] Treatment is often delayed in childhood OCD as sufferers tend to view their symptoms as nonsensical and are often embarrassed to talk about it. Among the different forms of obsessions described, obsessional images are encountered less frequently in clinical practice. In this report, we discuss the case of a young boy who presented himself with predominantly obsessional images.


A 12-year-old boy studying in the 8 th grade was brought to the Psychiatry Outpatient Department with complaints of academic decline. Upon exploration the boy reported 2 years duration of symptoms that were characterized by intrusive, unpleasant and repetitive gory images of people engaged in violence or soaked in blood that interfered with his ability to study. He would have distressing palpitations, tremors and fearfulness simultaneously when he experiences these images and stated that they were contrary to his innate “peaceful nature” and “habitual thinking patterns.” He recognized these as absurd and irrational but claimed to be powerless in stopping them. Techniques to counter them like chanting hymns did not provide any tangible relief. Other repetitive behaviors like putting on switches repeatedly and counting objects in sets of five were being done by him as it “just didn’t feel right otherwise.” Of these, he clearly identified the repeated occurrence of the unpleasant images as the one that distressed him the most. When he presented to us, his scholastic performance was on the decline and this had led to strained relations with his parents. Initial explanations by the patient that he was “unable to concentrate” cut no ice with his family. It was only when the child mustered enough courage to tell his mother the details about the repeated images that his parents decided to seek help for him. The child was developmentally normal. Physical examination was unremarkable. Screening for organicity was negative. We made a diagnosis of OCD and he was started on 50 mg of fluvoxamine which was subsequently hiked to 100 mg. In addition, 0.5 mg of clonazepam was added to control the anxiety symptoms. Psychoeducation was given to the parents and child in order to alleviate their distress and reduce critical/hostile comments by the family. Currently with this regimen, the patient reports 50% improvement and his school performance has improved to their subjective satisfaction.

The above case is being reported for its rather unique and different presentation and to highlight the issues involved in diagnosis and management of pediatric OCD cases. Washing, grooming, checking rituals, and preoccupation with disease, danger, and doubt are the most commonly reported symptoms in childhood onset OCD.[ 4 ] However, in this case, obsessional images were the predominant symptom. OCD in children often takes inordinate time to come to clinical attention because patients may not readily describe their symptoms and family may not be willing to consider psychological causation as in the present case. Often family may inadvertently reinforce the compulsive behaviors of their off springs by compensating/participating in them and thus allowing them to continue functioning thinking that these behaviors will die a natural death. This phenomenon has been referred to as “family accommodation” in OCD and has been found to be correlated with poor family functioning and negative attitudes towards the patient.[ 5 ] Therefore, it is important to interview the parents and other associated family members about the context and burden of the obsessive-compulsive symptoms in children. This must be combined with a detailed assessment of the dysfunction in various areas – scholastic/self-care and socialization in order to elicit the true impact of symptoms. Structured instruments like the Children's Yale Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale[ 6 ] are available to measure the symptom severity in young. Recently, a self-report version has been developed and found to correlate well with the original version.[ 7 ] This may be beneficial in settings like ours where clinician time and resources are limited. It has been proposed that juvenile OCD may be a developmental subtype of the disorder with its own unique correlates that differ from adult OCD. Some of the differences noted are the higher male preponderance, increased familial loading, frequent lack of insight, comorbidity with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders, major depression, tic disorders, and poorer response to treatment with antiobsessional medications in juvenile OCD.[ 3 , 8 ] This could have important implications for case management and research. More work needs to be done to outline the course of juvenile OCD and to ascertain the persistence of clinical features into adulthood.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a common disabling psychiatric condition that occurs across the life span. The diagnosis and management of pediatric OCD cases offer unique challenges. Clinicians must be alert to the possibility of obsessive-compulsive symptoms when evaluating children with emotional and behavioral disorders. We propose that screening questions to rule out OCD must be a part of routine mental status examination in children and adolescents. The management must include a combination of pharmacologic and behavioral treatments that are likely to have variable success rates.

Source of Support: Nil

Conflict of Interest: None declared.

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OCD Disappearing With Homeopathic Treatment-A Real Case Study

Major Symptoms

  • Avoids messy objects/situations/food
  • Fear of germs and contamination
  • Compulsive thoughts to wash hands
  • Blisters from washing hands constantly
  • Does not like touching own nose or mouth 
  • Does not like going to the toilet
  • Tells others to wash their hands and gets anxious if they don’t
  • Chronic constipation

Medication History

  • Completed NHS vaccine schedule
  • Big reaction to vaccine at 4 months – cried continuously for 4 hours
  • Multiple doses of Calpol for knee pain
  • Strong allergic reaction to Calpol at 4 years old
  • Multiple doses of  antibiotics for recurrent tonsillitis
  • Mother had antibiotics when 6 weeks pregnant, and was given some intravenously during labour 

Initial thoughts on the case

Luke clearly had a compromised immune system. This could have been due to genetic susceptibility, or result from continued suppression by antibiotics and/or painkillers. It may all have been compounded by the vaccine programme.

Luke had already been to a homeopath who prescribed Belladonna as a constitutional remedy. This resulted in a marked improvement in his well-being, however, it did not touch the OCD symptoms.

I decided that he needed to detox all of the drugs/vaccines from his system to alleviate his OCD symptoms.

First Prescription for a month:

One remedy plus lots of organ support remedies

​ Reaction:

Lots of diarrhoea initially and then it settled. ( This can be a positive sign of toxins leaving the body, or just something not related to homeopathy, like a normal tummy bug.) Before the remedy he would go to the toilet every 2 or 3 days, now he goes once/twice a day. One night fever. Less aggressive, more happy and content.

Second Prescription for a fortnight:

Antibiotic Detox prescription

Attitude to OCD has changed. “More of a joke now”, less anxiety. Chicken Pox came 3 days after the remedy along with a fever. Temperature was not suppressed with Calpol but allowed to take its course and “burn off” whatever the fever had to fight. (Homeopathic fever remedies were provided to ease fever symptoms.) Stopped bedwetting. Behaviour had become more “childlike” instead of “grown up” which is a big change for him.

Third Prescription for a fortnight:

Not aware of feet being dirty. Can now put his finger into his baby sister’s mouth without anxiety. Doesn’t get upset about mucus. Far less anxiety about decision making.

Fourth Prescription for a month:

Remedies to match remaining symptoms

Parents do not think the OCD behaviour is a concern at all anymore. They are more concerned about other behaviours that have now surfaced, or have more prominence than before, such as fear of dogs, anxiety in crowds and meeting new people. Knee pain better.

Fifth Prescription for a month:

Much better with dogs and cats now. Does not get too afraid of crowds now and is OK with new people. Tonsillitis

Sixth Prescription:

As an acute case: Merc 30c then Hepar Sulph 30c then Sulph 30c finished off the acute bout of tonsillitis.

In my opinion the antibiotics had some role to play in Luke’s OCD. Luke is now on a program to detox the vaccines he received as a baby in order to restore his immune system so that he does not continue to endure the recurrent tonsillitis. Allowing the fever to develop allowed Luke to heal in a few days rather than resorting to suppressing the illness with Calpol, thus prolonging the fever and its symptoms, inevitably leading to antibiotics. (I will discuss fevers in another post.)

Using homeopathy to deal with his OCD instead of using NHS drugs meant that Luke was able to heal the root of the problem rather than dealing with just the symptoms , whilst also having to deal with extra  side effects of the drugs alongside it.

Homeopathy is natural, tastes nice, has no side effects, and encourages the body to heal itself without having to rely upon daily tablets.

Luke was my patient via Skype.

Total time of treatment: 5 months

Affordable and effective treatment for OCD symptoms.

I welcome any comments or questions about this case study.

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As we are the most experienced homeopathic team dealing with this type of case, we have decided to only take on clients who fit the new criteria below. If you do not fit the criteria below then homeopathy can still work for you, but we are not the right therapists for you.

1. The patient has to be committed to healing themselves and understand that they are fully responsible for their health.


That the patient doesn’t rely on us and the pills to do all the work. To understand that their lifestyle choices will speed up or impair recovery and that no medicine can be a substitute for lifestyle choices that hinder recovery. At the end of the day, we are all responsible for ourselves, and the choices we make.

2. To begin working with us the patient has to have in place or commit to having a clean sleep routine.

This means going to sleep with the lights out by 10 pm the latest and being on no devices an hour beforehand. All of our patients have adrenal fatigue and thyroid issues. When you go to bed late or are on devices late, then too much light is being emitted from phones/tablets a few inches from your eyes. That amount of bright light signals the body to make more adrenaline because it thinks it’s in the afternoon and that then creates more cortisol that prevents sleep and makes you tired in the morning. Melatonin and pineal levels are messed up too. Our patients have severely imbalanced hormones, and melatonin, the pineal gland, adrenals and the thyroid all need to be in balance to recover. If your sleep cycle is out, you don’t need pills to correct it – you just need to get a clean sleep routine and your body will get into balance in a couple of days. What you do when you are recovered is up to you – but if you want to work with us, this is a non-negotiable requirement.

3. You are not on the contraceptive pill or are on steroid inhalers.

These are synthetic hormones and are a big block to curing. When someone is on these, we can’t really get started as they are contributing to the hormones being unbalanced. We can work with you if you intend to come off the pill before your prescription starts or if you intend to come off inhalers before we start detoxing. We cannot start detoxing or bring you to a full recovery unless these 2 medicines are out of the picture. We can help with period pain, and asthma anyway in the prescriptions. If you are fully reliant on these medicines then we are not the therapists for you.

4. You have a good diet and eat vegetables.

What you eat affects your health. A lot of the imbalance in the body centres in the stomach. This doesn’t mean you have stomach pains – but your microbiome is key to healing. We are looking for patients who eat some vegetables and fruits. We cannot work with patients who just eat processed food and no fruits and vegetables at all. We can work with patients who have a limited diet but are committed to eating a wider variety of healthy foods. If you don’t meet this criteria it will take too long to help you fully recover and we will only get halfway.

5. If you are on prescribed medicines it is your wish and intention to get off them.

Some patients want to stay on medication while asking us to fully heal them. All medicines come with side effects, which we can’t heal while the patient is on them, therefore we are being asked to do an impossible task. Of course, we see many patients on meds and they end up reducing their dosage and not needing them. They actively don’t want to be on them. If you are happy with any medicines and want to stay on them, then we are not the therapists for you. We are interested in working with people who want to be fully and holistically well, and only then can we work to the best of our ability.


If you fulfil this criteria then we are confident that we can heal the majority of patients in 1-3 sessions.




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    Three children with severe anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) were successfully treated with homeopathy. Two of these children had not responded to a number of pharmaceutical drugs. Each patient received a completely different homeopathic medicine based on his or her unique individual symptomatology according to the law of similars. Now twenty years later, two of these patients ...

  4. A Case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    A chronic case of OCD gets cured with homeopathy. June 14th, 2009 Maria is a 65 year old married woman, short and slightly overweight, very attentive to the way she dresses. She is very loquacious and open to answering questions. Her OCD started when she was 8 years old, but got worst after her mother died 7 years ago.

  5. PDF A Case Report of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treated with Homoeopathy

    A case series of three cases of OCD successfully treated with homoeopathy were studied and two cases out of three were drug resistant. On longitudinal observation for about 20 years the case shows no relapse episodes.13A case report of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) conducted by Gilla.

  6. (PDF) Homoeopathy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: A case report

    Results: Eight homeopathy specific 'core' items were selected from a list of 31 suggested items; (1) the clinical history from a homeopathic perspective; (2) the type of homeopathy; detailed ...

  7. PDF Homoeopathy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: A case report

    IntRoductIon. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterised by chronic and disruptive obsessions, compulsions and avoidant behaviours.[1] Obsessions are intrusive, troubling thoughts that ...

  8. PDF Obsessive compulsive disorder symptom exacerbation during Covid-19

    Obsessive compulsive disorder, Y-BOCS, individualized homoeopathy, Causticum, 1. Introduction Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most personally distressing, and disabling psychiatric condition that can persist throughout a person's life.

  9. Cognitive behavioral therapy of obsessive-compulsive disorder

    Cognitive behavioral conceptualization of OCD. Several cognitive behavioral theories about the development and maintenance of OCD symptoms have been put forward. Dollard and Miller 1 adopted Mowrer's twostage theory 2, 3 to explain the development and maintenance of fear/anxiety and avoidance in OCD. Mowrer's theory maintains that a neutral ...

  10. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD Treated

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD Treated with our Homeopathic Medicine. Read this case study to know how we helped the patient. If you or your loved ones are suffering from a similar problem or any health issue for that matter, our doctors are always there to help you.

  11. CASE STUDY John (obsessive-compulsive disorder)

    Case Study Details. John is a 56-year-old man who presents to you for treatment. His symptoms started slowly; he tells you that he was always described as an anxious person and remembers being worried about a lot of things throughout his life. For instance, he reported he was very afraid he'd contract HIV by touching doorknobs, even though he ...

  12. A Case of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

    In a study involving four raters and 40 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder at various stages of treatment, interrater reliability for the total Yale-Brown Scale score and each of the 10 individual items was excellent, with high degree of internal consistency among all item scores demonstrated with Cronbach's alpha coefficient.

  13. Homeopathy for OCD: Discovering Effective Natural Treatments

    Dr. Dianne Stevenson Fact Checked Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that involves recurrent and involuntary thoughts, visions, belief systems, urges, and fears (obsessions) that are unwanted, intrusive, upsetting, and/or frightening, and/or ritualistic behaviors that are repetitive in nature (compulsive).

  14. Case Report on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder where people feel the. need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines repeatedly (called "rituals"), or have. certain thoughts repeatedly (called "obsessions"). Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a. debilitating neuropsychiatric disorder with a lifetime prevalence of 2 to ...

  15. Case Reporting in Homeopathy—An Overview of Guidelines and Scientific

    Abstract. Case reports have been of central importance to the development of homeopathy over the past 200 years. With a special focus on homeopathy, we give an overview on guidelines and tools that may help to improve the quality of case reports. Reporting guidelines such as CARE ( Ca se Re port), HOM-CASE ( Hom eopathic Clinical Case Reports ...

  16. Homoeopathic Management of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder-Case Reports

    In this case report 2 cases of OCD, one with predominant obsessions and one with both obsessions and compulsions which were treated in psychiatry OPD of National Homoeopathy Research Institute in Mental Health, Kottayam are presented in this article.


    ARSENICUM ALBUM 200 ----Arsenic alb is an excellent remedy for obsessive compulsive disorder with persistent thought of fear of death and disease, yet tired of living , worse night. The patient ...

  18. Case Study of a Middle-Aged Woman's OCD Treatment Using ...

    Case Study of a Middle-Aged Woman's OCD Treatment Using CBT and ERP Technique Deepshikha Paliwal 1* Anamika Rawlani 2 1 M.Sc. Clinical Psychology, Dev Sanskriti University, Ranchi, India. 2 M.Phil Clinical Psychology, RINPAS Ranchi, India. *Corresponding Author: Deepshikha Paliwal, M.Sc. Clinical Psychology, Dev Sanskriti University, Ranchi, India.

  19. PDF ) and its Homoeopathic Management

    1. Introduction OCD simply means having tendency towards excessive orderliness, perfectionism and great attention to detail. It is an anxiety disorder which is characterized by recurrent, uncontrollable, thoughts usually anxiety provoking (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours to relieve this anxiety and distress (compulsions).

  20. Homeopathy Case Study: Lachesis for Anger, OCD, Autism, Acne & PMS

    Homeopathy Case Study: Lachesis for Anger, OCD, Autism, Acne & PMS by steph74 | Oct 31, 2022 | Anxiety, Case Studies, Constitutional Remedy | 0 comments Share this article! Homeopathy Case Documentary: Lachesis Homeopathic Remedy for Anger | OCD | PMS | Acne Watch on

  21. Homeopathic Remedies For OCD: Types and Reasons To Choose

    Natrum Muriaticum. Natrum Muriaticum is a homeopathic remedy that is used to treat OCD. It is made from the salt known as sodium chloride. This remedy is often used for people who are perfectionists and need order and control in their lives. It can help to ease the symptoms of OCD such as obsessions, compulsions, and anxiety.

  22. Juvenile obsessive-compulsive disorder: A case report

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a clinically heterogeneous disorder with many possible subtypes.[] The lifetime prevalence of OCD is around 2-3%.[] Evidence points to a bimodal distribution of the age of onset, with studies of juvenile OCD finding a mean age at onset of around 10 years, and adult OCD studies finding a mean age at onset of 21 years.[2,3] Treatment is often delayed in ...

  23. OCD Disappearing With Homeopathic Treatment-A Real Case Study

    This case study highlights the positive effect of homeopathy in OCD cases. Luke is a 5 year old who had the most severe case of compulsive hand washing I had experienced. He was suffering from blisters on his hands from over washing and could not deal with dirt. What follows is an account of his homeopathic treatment.