Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

I just want to know some exercises to cure my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Matthew's reply: Hi, while exercise may help you, it won't target the root cause of your OCD. If you're looking for a non-drug solution, Chinese herbal medicine may be your answer.

Chinese herbal medicine will address underlying emotional imbalances, such as anxiety, fear, anger and frustration, which are common in OCD, as well as physical imbalances. Acupuncture may also help you - acupuncture and herbal medicine are often used together.

To find out which herbal medicines are best for you though you'll need to consult a qualified Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, such as a herbalist or acupuncturist (acupuncturists are often also trained in Chinese herbal medicine). In TCM, everyone is considered a unique individual, so even if two people have the same medical condition - in this case Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - it is highly unlikely they will receive the same treatment.

If you have general questions about Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture I'll be happy to help but, as mentioned, for specific advice on your particular condition you really need a face-to-face consultation with a TCM practitioner.

All the best,


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Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
by: Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.

Hello, I wanted to chime in about the treatment of OCD. In addition to whatever TCM remedy may be appropriate for you, it may be very helpful to learn more about how OCD works to facilitate in a complementary fashion what the TCM is doing for your constitution in general.

I am a cognitive-behavior therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD. While we cannot cure OCD, by learning to relabel the intrusive thoughts as a brain hiccup, a broken record, or even "Disaster Man" in your head, you can then begin to dismiss the importance or value of those messages.

Once you devalue the messages (sometimes singing them or saying them in a funny accent breaks up the seriousness they conjure) you can then begin to "break the rules" of the OCD-- touch something that feels contaminated or walk away instead of checking the door. Practicing these "exposures" many times daily will change your brain circuitry and you will become less symptomatic over time.

You can get more info on OCD at www.ocfoundation.org. I am also the author of a book, Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, you can preview this at www.freeingyourchild.com.

All best,
Tamar Chansky

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