Best Ayurvedic treatment for obsessive disorder – Alveda

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder from the point of view of Ayurveda

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress. Other ways Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) means multiple repetition of a particular behaviour.  For example, repeatedly washing hands, repeatedly checking if the door is locked, repeatedly checking if the car is locked properly

  • Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that cause distressing emotions such as anxiety or disgust – example fear of getting contaminated by people or the environment or fear of losing or discarding something important

  • Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that a person feels driven to perform in response to an obsession. The behaviors typically prevent or reduce a person's distress related to an obsession – example excessive or ritualized hand washing, showering, brushing teeth, or toileting, also repeated counting to a certain number, or repeatedly checking locks, switches, or appliances.


In Ayurveda,  OCD is called Atatwa Abhinivesha.

Atatwa –  means non-existent,

Abhinivesha – means stubborn nature

According to Ayurveda disorder causative factors  are Doshas, especially Vata is aggressiveness.

Ayurveda provide line of treatment of obsessive disorder , treatment depend of causative factors and situation . First advice is to understand and avoid the causative factors. Diet is a part of balancing doshas and daily habits , exercises, yoga mindful meditation, Pranayama are very useful to discipline the mind. Ayurveda therapies include purification and pacification remedies .

Panchakarma treatment –  usded for purification procedures. Ayurveda believes that purification of body with Panchakarma treatment leads to clarity of mind.

After determining the dominant Dosha, appropriate Panchakarma purification procedures are undertaken, like Vamana (emesis), Virechana (purgation), Nasya (errhines), Basti (enema). By assessing the feasibility and convenience, oil procedures to calm mind such as Shirodhara, Shirobasti are also advisable.

Internal medication useful in obsessive disorders – as Brahma Rasayana, Panchagavya Ghrita, Vacha Choorna, Manasamitra vatakam.

Please do not start self-medication! Entrust your health to a professional! Medication is prescribed only by an Ayurvedic doctor.

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Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Avoid of polluted food and beverages

  • Reduce intake of cold and warm, unctuous and dry eatables irrespective of combinations

  • Avoid fearful situations

  • Meditation has to be done daily

  • Wake up early, go to bed early

  • sleep for at least 7- 8 hours at night

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