Someone asked this question in a WhatsApp group on Ayurveda. This person diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was advised to meditate — but that is not easy. How can Ayurveda help?
What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviours (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over again.
Here are thoughts put together from responses within the group and some research.
A person diagnosed with OCD has several options to seek help
1. Yoga and Pranayama
2. Hypnotherapy — a technique called BWRT that takes out the response patterns
3. Changing food habits and diet. OCD is one form of bringing out the aggression and anxiety within. A diet that pacifies the aggression & anxiety, reduces OCD and promotes overall health.
4. Ayurvedic medication and treatments. One such treatment is Shodhana Karma.
Psychiatry is embedded in the very definition of Ayurveda. Ayurvedic definition of good health includes — prasannatma and prasanna-manaha. Ayurveda produces significant results as a complementary treatment method to allopathy in disorders such as depression, anxiety and OCD. Ayurvedic drugs provide for a holistic change in the patient while allopathy deals with specific symptoms of the disorder.
OCD like any other mental disorder is a serious condition and best treated by a healthcare professional.
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