Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) falls into a general category of anxiety disorders. The main trait of OCD is a repetitive thoughts (obsessions) and/or actions (compulsions), such as counting, excessive hand washing, checking to see, for example, if you locked a door.

The condition ranges from mild to severe and can be debilitating. In some cases people may have to perform many, many rituals to even leave the house in the morning and others may develop conditions such as agoraphobia where they cannot even leave their house.

OCD does have some familial/genetic tendencies and usually comes out in children or young adults but can arise nearly anytime.

There are a host of treatments from a Chinese Medicine perspective and it is generally treated in similar terms as anxiety.


There are no acupuncture treatment protocols associated at this time.



There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd):

CZ Formula

The following (1) acupuncture points may be useful for obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (0) Chinese herbs currently associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd). Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd). For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

There are no associated Chinese herbs at this time.

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