Reducing sugars and simple carbohydrates, while instead eating whole grain, natural foods is one way to treat obsessive compulsive disorder at home, according to the Association for Comprehensive Neurotherapy. It is helpful to consume protein at every meal. Since hypoglycemia is linked to OCD, it is important to maintain steady blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Another helpful dietary change is eliminating caffeine. If drinking decaffeinated coffee, it is best to choose the Swiss water-extraction method to remove the caffeine, rather than chemical processing, recommends the ACN.
Getting substantial rest is important, yet it is often difficult for people with OCD to sleep, explains the ACN. It can be helpful to take the supplements L-tryptophan by Craig Neutraceuticals and 5-Hydroxytryptophan to relax. Both are converted to serotonin, an effective sleep aid. Research shows that inositol, one of the B vitamins, can be very useful for OCD.
Teas, supplements and extracts with the herb valerian can be helpful, though it should be taken only occasionally, due to its potential for toxicity, says the ACN. Many people also use kava, but inconclusive data exists about whether it may harm a person's liver. Research suggests that the amino acid known as gamma-aminobutyric acid helps to reduce stress.