Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by compulsive actions that follow upon intrusive, stressful thoughts. It is often treated with SSRI antidepressants. But the SSRIs are ineffective for 40-60% of people, and they have considerable and serious side effects. Ashwagandha has been proven to be effective for stress and anxiety, so researchers tried adding the herb to SSRIs in people with OCD. . . .




Thirty people with OCD added a placebo or 120mg of ashwagandha root extract to their SSRI 4 times a day for six weeks. While scores on the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale went down from 18 to 16 in the placebo group, they went from 26 to 14 in the herb group: a significantly better improvement.

This is the first study ever to look at ashwagandha root for OCD. But it is the second recent study to look at a herb for OCD. An earlier study found the herb milk thistle to be as effective as Prozac for OCD.

 

Complement Ther Med 2016;27:25-9


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