Home Remedies for Schizophrenia

Note: Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness which should be treated under expert supervision. Thus, it is highly recommended to get the condition diagnosed and treated professionally.

Home remedies serve as an adjunct treatment to help calm the mind and reduce the symptoms. Moreover, only the first few remedies covered in this post have been found to be beneficial scientifically (further studies are still required).

So, we would very much recommend that you take proper professional help for the treatment of this condition instead of solely relying on the home remedies.

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Schizophrenia is a chronic and challenging brain disorder in which a person experiences difficulty in making differences between reality and imaginary things.

Common symptoms associated with schizophrenia are delusions, hallucinations, thought disorders, abnormal motor behavior, incoherent speech, disorganized behavior, emotional flatness, neglecting basic personal hygiene, and others. It is also linked to suicidal thoughts and behavior.

The exact cause of schizophrenia is not known, yet it is believed to be a combination of genetic, psychological, physical and environmental factors.

Factors like stress during pregnancy, pre-natal viral infections, taking mind-altering drugs during young adulthood, and different brain chemistry and structure may also contribute to this problem.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia can be managed and controlled with proper treatment and support from family members and friends. Some natural home remedies can also help reduce the number of schizophrenic episodes, depending on the severity of the disorder.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for schizophrenia.

1. Panax Ginseng

Panax ginseng is considered good for improving memory, thinking and concentration. In a 2008 study, Canadian researchers found that Panax ginseng helped reduce the some of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, including flat affect (lack of emotional expression) in the patients. It is believed to hit the same brain receptors as antipsychotic drugs.

You can take 200 mg of Panax ginseng daily for several weeks after consulting your doctor.

Note: Do not confuse Panax ginseng with American and Siberian ginseng.

2. Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is being studied by the scientific communities as an adjunctive treatment for schizophrenia as it may help enhance the effectiveness of antipsychotics. It is also believed to protect against neural damage caused by antipsychotics.

The typical dosage of Ginkgo biloba is 360 mg of a standardized extract of Ginkgo biloba daily in divided doses for up to 16 weeks.

3. Fish Oil

People suffering from schizophrenia tend to have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood as it is associated with a depletion of certain fatty acids. Thus, fish oil supplements high in EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) can help reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia.

A 2010 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that omega-3 PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) can help reduce the risk of developing psychotic illnesses.

  • Take 1 to 4 grams of fish oil supplements daily. Consult your doctor for proper dosage, especially if you are taking blood thinning medications, or medications for diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
  • Also, include salmon, sardine, trout and other cold water fish in your diet. Flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and other seeds also contain omega-3 fatty acids.

4. Brahmi

Brahmi, also called bacopa, is popularly used in Ayurvedic medicine to enhance cognitive ability. Animal studies indicate that it can also help improve schizophrenia.

Although the exact mechanism as to how it works is not known, it is believed to help stabilize certain chemicals in the brain. It also exhibits neuroprotective properties.

Take 500 mg of brahmi extract daily, at least for 1 month.

5. Antioxidants

Antioxidant vitamins like vitamins A, C and E are considered helpful in reducing the severity of schizophrenia. Vitamin C is also an anti-stress vitamin. Research indicates that there could be a possible role for oxidative stress in the development of this brain disorder. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

  • Include antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, strawberries, lemons, oranges, Indian gooseberry (amla), spinach and carrots in your diet.
  • You can also take multivitamins and vitamin supplements. Consult your doctor before starting any supplement regimen.

6. Exercise

Regular exercise is good for maintaining physical as well as mental well-being for schizophrenics. It helps improve your mood and alleviate anxiety and depression.

Engage in at 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. You can try walking, jogging or strength training exercise.

Yoga, too, is considered helpful as an add-on therapy for schizophrenia as it can help reduce psychotic symptoms, produce neurobiological changes and improve cognition and the quality of life.

 

 

 

  1. Sounds really helpful..
    Regards
    Arpit

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  2. This appears relieving and timely. I will definitely recommend this site to my niece for possible relief-hoping the applications are efficacious.
    Regards.

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  3. Thanks for the remedies.I will recommend the herbs to a family of mother,father,3 children affected and I fear for the other children who are not yet sick.

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  4. use it as advised

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  5. Can any of these be combined into one tea to make a more effective treatment? For instance, Chamomile, Ginkgo Biloba, Asian Ginseng, Green Cardamom, Licorice and Basil all together?

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  6. chandramouli srivastava November 6, 2014, 10:45 am

    it sound great, can we get ready made powders to consume. amla, tulsi dal, mulethi and ilaichi can be combined. cinnamon fine powder soaked in honey taken first thing in morning is very good for brain. Black pepper, misri and deshi ghee mixed and taken last thing at night is beneficial. Chanting Nam myoho renge kyo(imagine lord Budhha in front) for 20 mins am and pm will hasten the process. Also try chanting ooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmm 21 times am/pm. chant gayatri mantra, om namah shivay, maha mrituyanjay mantra and Hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare, hare rama hare rama ram rama hare hare. This will make you nirog and fearless. Imagine presence of lord KRSNA around you as a shield. Love, devotion and apaar shradhha to krsna will make you immune to any dis-ease. Pls ave full faith in this.

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