I just finished reading a doctor’s book about natural remedies. In it he covers the issue of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
For what it’s worth to you all, he suggests taking 5-HTP (an amino acid precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin) and inositol (a member of the B vitamin family) to help reduce OCD symptoms.
If the AMLs are, as my neurologist and others believe, a form of OCD, then maybe these supplements will help some of us.
This doctor recommends a high dose of inositol (18 grams per day), which you’d have to mix into food or drinks by the teaspoon. But I have found reports of studies showing no side effects of inositol in those taking high doses successfully to treat anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, depression and agoraphobia.
He does not specify the dose of 5-HTP, but I have seen this substance pop up as a solution to other problems. The dosage typically runs between 50 and 100 mg (taken in the evening when used to promote sleep). It appears that 5-HTP is widely used in Europe to aid sleep, suppress the appetite and reduce depression.
On a WebMD discussion thread, I found that most users experienced a reduction in their symptoms (OCD, insomnia, depression, fibromyalgia, cravings for cigarettes/food). However, one woman who took 50 mg of 5-HTP experienced some side effects she terms “scary” (tingling rush, sweating palms, lightheadedness) that peaked after about 5 minutes and left her feeling weird into the next day. She admitted it stopped her food cravings, but the side effects were unacceptable.
Being the one person who always overreacts to drugs and other substances or gets side effects nobody ever gets, I am always extremely cautious when taking something new. I start at the lowest dose possible to see how it will affect me. If the low dose of 50 mg 5-HTP gave this one woman so much trouble, I will probably break open the 50 mg capsule (if I even try the 5-HTP) and will take only half (25 mg) for my first dose…maybe even less.
Just as a reminder, be sure to check with your doctor before experimenting with any possible solutions.
And if you do try either or both of these solutions, please let us know how they work for you.
Wishing you peace and quiet.