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Are there any herbal medications that can treat depression and/or ocd?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ricardo Fontillas
Child Psychiatry 38 years experience
Yes: St. Johns wort can treat depression but there is a problem. You can never depend that the strength of the herb is what is reported on the box. There are no controls. Nothing that I am aware of helps ocd, except ssri's and psychosurgery!
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Herbs: Also l-tryptophane & same, but with all herbs, results are mixed and benefits at best are minimal.
Dr. Lisa Robbins
Holistic Medicine 31 years experience
St. John's Wort: St. John's wort 300 mg taken 3 times a day has long been recognized as a natural treaent for depression. Other natural remedies include 5-htp 200-300mg taken 1-3 times a day. Try taking this at night, initially. Then increase the number of times taken during the day as needed. Also, regular exercise, meditation, and getting at least 8 hours of sleep have been proven to be extremely helpful.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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