Homeopathy for OCD: Tapping into the Holistic Approach

Homeopathy for OCD
Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a clinical mental health disorder marked by persistent, distressing thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental rituals (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions are performed to alleviate the anxiety associated with these obsessions. 

It can affect both children and adults and is very much an internal condition of intrusive thoughts. Children with OCD often find it challenging to control these thoughts and behaviors, and the rituals can significantly impact their daily functioning.

Homeopathy of OCD offers a holistic perspective as it tailors remedies to your child's mental landscape while acknowledging the interconnectedness of mind and body. Homeopathy extends beyond a one-size-fits-all mentality. 

Homeopathic practitioners take the time to understand your child's idiosyncrasies, fears, and quirks before creating personalized treatments. These remedies are gentle yet potent. They initiate the body's internal healing mechanisms, even bridging the gap between mental and physical well-being. 

Homeopathic Treatment for OCD Symptoms

Homeopathic Treatment for OCD Symptoms

Homeopathic remedies for OCD provide parents with alternative pathways when dealing with mental health issues. However, homeopathy isn’t a standalone solution but a complementary treatment. It works alongside other treatments and challenges conventional treatments. Here are some known approaches when it comes to homeopathy for OCD:

1. Natrum Muriaticum

Known as a cornerstone remedy for OCD, Natrum Muriaticum addresses obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. It is particularly effective in cases where individuals repeatedly check their actions and have intrusive thoughts. For example, it is for individuals with OCD fixated on the fear of burglars breaking in, prompting them to compulsively check doors multiple times (Victory, 2022).

As a homeopathic remedy, Natrum Muriaticum is synonymous with table salt or sodium chloride, the second most prevalent substance in nature after water. Vital for maintaining the balance of body fluids, salt also plays a crucial role in the tissues as well. Excessive salt consumption hinders nutrient absorption and weakens the nervous system, while insufficient salt leads to dehydration and a diminished emaciated appearance.

2. Arsenicum Album

Arsenicum album is a remedy created by diluting aqueous arsenic trioxide, typically to the point where only trace amounts of Arsenic remain in each dose. It is tailored for those with a fear of contamination and persistent impulsive thoughts, Arsenicum Album offers great help to OCD children in their daily lives. It aids in alleviating their anxiety disorder and providing a sense of relief.

3. Argentum Nitricum

This remedy targets common obsessions with a specific pattern. Argentum Nitricum, which usually comes in oral drops, is valuable for individuals caught in the cycle of repetitive thoughts and behaviors as it offers relief while restoring one’s sense of balance. 

4. Nux Vomica

Focused on daily life and the treatment of tic disorders, Nux Vomica provides a specific way to combat the symptoms of OCD. It benefits those whose symptoms are influenced by lifestyle factors and daily stressors.

Nux Vomica is also known as the strychnine tree, a deciduous tree indigenous to India and Southeast Asia. It’s a medium-sized tree that belongs to the Loganiaceae family and thrives in open habitats.

5. Ignatia Amara

Addressing persistent and unwanted thoughts of death and panic attacks, Ignatia Amara is derived from the seeds of the St. Ignatius bean tree widespread in the Philippines and various regions of Southeast Asia. It works against the inconsolable anguish often associated with OCD. It serves as a remedy for emotional distress and mental turmoil.

6. Calcarea Carbonica

With attention to ritualistic behaviors and peculiar mental impulses, Calcarea Carbonica strives to unearth the root of the problem in the mental constitution of OCD sufferers. In chemical terms, Calcarea Carbonica is a form of impure calcium carbonate. It is a comprehensive remedy for a range of symptoms.

7. Thuja Occidentalis

Thuja occidentalis, commonly referred to as northern white-cedar, eastern white-cedar, or arborvitae, is a perennial, evergreen coniferous tree belonging to the cypress family Cupressaceae. It is indigenous to eastern Canada and extensive areas of the north-central and northeastern United States.

Thuja is often considered in cases where OCD symptoms manifest as constant thoughts or mental acts. It is known for its miasmatic tendency and is beneficial in addressing deep-seated issues contributing to OCD.

8. Lycopodium Clavatum

Lycopodium Clavatum is a vascular plant that produces spores, primarily growing in a prostrate manner along the ground, with stems reaching up to 39 inches in length. These stems are highly branched and densely covered with small, spirally arranged microphyll leaves.

Targeting extreme restlessness and irrational fears, Lycopodium Clavatum addresses the mental constitution of OCD sufferers. It is useful in cases where mood swings and repeating words or actions are prominent.

9. Pulsatilla Nigricans

Pulsatilla, also known as pasque flower, is a potent and potentially toxic analgesic and sedative herb with strong effects. Particularly suitable for those with symptoms of obsession related to fear of death, Pulsatilla Nigricans offers relief and a sense of calm. It is known for its efficacy in treating emotional disturbances.

10. Carcinosin

In cases where OCD symptoms are intertwined with a family history of mental health disorders, Carcinosin is considered. It addresses lifelong disorders and provides support for individuals with a genetic predisposition to OCD.

Studies show that carcinosin, along with chelidonium serve as complementary and alternative approaches in the therapy of liver cancer, especially as supportive palliative interventions (Biswas et al., 2005).

Homeopathy for OCD Case Studies and Success Stories

Embarking on the journey of using homeopathy and natural solutions to manage OCD opens the door to a world where success stories aren't just anecdotes but tangible proof of a holistic approach yielding positive outcomes. Homeopathy can be used alone or in conjunction with other interventions and integrative methods. 

Here are some compelling case studies that illuminate the transformative power of homeopathic medicines in the lives of individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder, all with no notable side effects. 

Breaking the Chains of Compulsive Behavior 

Patient Profile: Three children experiencing intense anxiety and OCD, with two of them showing no positive response to various pharmaceutical medications.

Homeopathic Prescription: Every patient was given a distinct homeopathic remedy tailored to their symptoms, following the Law of Similars (Galego, 2008).

Outcome: Twenty years on, two of these patients, now young adults, maintain healthy, productive lives without OCD, using homeopathic treatment. The third patient remains symptom-free three years after homeopathic intervention (Saltzman, 2018).

Success Story: Nutritional Supplements for Mood Regulation

Patient Profile: An older child with OCD symptoms, such as heightened anxiety and obsessive thoughts, explored natural solutions to complement existing therapies.
Natural Solution: Incorporating nutritional supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and Vitamin B complex, known for their positive impact on mood regulation.

Natural Solution

Outcome: With consistent use of nutritional supplements, the teenager experienced a gradual improvement in mood stability and a reduction in anxiety levels. This natural solution became integral to the individual's treatment plan, contributing to a more balanced and resilient mental state.

The BrainBehaviorReset™ Program is a personalized treatment plan for children struggling with OCD. It aims to restore calm, health, and happiness. The program emphasizes a holistic approach that challenges the reliance on medication as the sole solution in a mental health system with systemic shortcomings.

Along with homeopathy for OCD, this program serves as a lifeline for parents seeking the right help for their children's mental health and breaks the cycle of frustration by providing comprehensive, science-backed, and transformative solutions.

Parent Action Steps:

☐ Learn about homeopathy and how it tailors remedies to individual mental landscapes.
☐ Find a qualified homeopathic practitioner for personalized discussions about your child.
☐ Familiarize yourself with homeopathic remedies tailored to your child's OCD symptoms.
☐ Observe daily life influences for stressors.
☐ Be aware of persistent thoughts and emotional distress
☐ Attend homeopathic sessions to get insights into your child's progress.
☐ Discuss family history for genetic predisposition.
☐ Discuss supplements like magnesium alongside homeopathic treatment.
☐ Connect with parents in similar journeys through Natural Parenting Solutions
☐ Take this OCD Quiz to find the best solution for OCD.


Biswas, S. J., Pathak, S., Bhattacharjee, N., Das, J. K., & Khuda-Bukhsh, A. R. (2005). Efficacy of the Potentized Homeopathic Drug, Carcinosin 200, Fed Alone and in Combination with Another Drug, Chelidonium 200, in Amelioration of p-Dimethylaminoazobenzene–Induced Hepatocarcinogenesis in Mice. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 11(5), 839–854. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2005.11.839

Galego, C.-A. (2008). Potentization and the Law of Similars. Homeopathic Links, 21(2), 62–66. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-2008-1038551

Saltzman, S. (2018). Three Cases of Severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In Children: A Homeopathic Medicine Case Series Report. American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine, 111(1). https://shorturl.at/ipwzY

Victory, N. (2022). Current Status of Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treated by Shunt Therapy. Journal of Contemporary Medical Practice, 4(8). https://doi.org/10.53469/jcmp.2022.04(08).20

Dr. Roseann is a Children’s Mental Health Expert and Licensed Therapist who has been featured in/on hundreds of media outlets including The Mel Robbins Show, CBS, NBC, PIX11 NYC, Today, FORBES, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Business Insider, Women’s Day, Healthline, CNET, Parade Magazine and PARENTS. FORBES called her, “A thought leader in children’s mental health.

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She coined the terms, “Re-entry panic syndrome” and “eco-anxiety” and is a frequent contributor to media on mental health. 

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge has three decades of experience in working with children, teens and their families with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, concussion, dyslexia and learning disability, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), depression and mood disorder, Lyme Disease, and PANS/PANDAS using science-backed natural mental health solutions such as supplements, magnesium, nutrition, QEEG Brain maps, neurofeedback, PEMF, psychotherapy and other non-medication approaches. 

She is the author of three bestselling books, It’s Gonna Be OK!: Proven Ways to Improve Your Child's Mental Health, The Teletherapy Toolkit, and Brain Under Attack. Dr. Roseann is known for offering a message of hope through science-endorsed methods that promote a calm brain. 

Her trademarked BrainBehaviorResetⓇ Program and It’s Gonna be OK!Ⓡ Podcast has been a cornerstone for thousands of parents facing mental health, behavioral or neurodevelopmental challenges.

She is the founder and director of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health, Neurotastic™Brain Formulas and Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, LLC. Dr. Roseann is a Board Certified Neurofeedback (BCN) Practitioner, a Board Member of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society (NRBS), Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional (CIMHP) and an Amen Clinic Certified Brain Health Coach.  She is also a member of The International Lyme Disease and Associated Disease Society (ILADS), The American Psychological Association (APA), Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).

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