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My sister is suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. She is using certain medications but she has problem with their many side effects. I read somewhere that st johns wort may be used to treat this disorder. Is it a truth? Tell me is st johns wort helpful for obsessive-compulsive disorder? Thanks!

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Yes, that’s a truth. Many herbalists like to prescribe it for the treatment of anxiety and depression because St. John's wort may increase the level of anxiety, like Prozac. You know that obsessive-compulsive disorder may be treated with SSRI antidepressants and it means that you can use St. John's wort instead prescribed drugs.
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There are specific nutrients which can decrease anxiety. These include:
Magnesium – aids with muscle relaxation, maintenance of the heart muscle, neuromuscular transmission and widening of the blood vessels. A deficiency of magnesium can cause:

Agitation
Anxiety
Behavioral disturbances
Confusion
Cold hands and feet
Depression
Insomnia
Restlessness

B Complex Vitamins – these are the spark plugs for our body. They help provide energy by acting with enzymes to convert major nutrients such as carbohydrates to energy forms. They are important for the normal function of the nervous system and are helpful in bringing relaxation or energy to individuals who are stressed or fatigued. A deficiency of certain B vitamins will cause:

Fatigue
Irritability
Nervousness
Depression
Insomnia
Loss of appetite

Calcium – works with maintenance of electrolyte balance, muscle contractions, nerve transmission, regulation of cell division, hormone secretion and bone and teeth formation. A deficiency can cause:

Agitation
Depression
Heart palpitations
Insomnia
Irritability

St. John's Wort...While this is not a powerful drug, in the sense that it won't bring you a quick recovery, but it does have excellent long-term results. Nevertheless, studies have proven that if a person is suffering from mild to moderate depression taking a minimum of 300mg of St. Johns Wort, three times a day, will dramatically help a person. Other studies have shown that 1800 mg per day is more effective. Either way, this is equivalent to taking between 0.4 and 2.7 mg of an antidepressant medication daily.

However, if you are on other medications (i.e. cancer drugs, HIV drugs, or contraceptive pills), you will need to check with your doctor prior to taking St Johns Wort since this herb can strongly interact with these other medications. For instance, one type of reaction that you may encounter is skin sensitivity when you are in the sun. Therefore, when taking this supplement you should stay out of the sun as much as possible.

Valerian is good too and you can buy it in a tea (tastes terrible to me)... but is often used as a sleep aid so may make you drowsy.
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