Food Supplements for BFRBs like trichotillomania and Dermatillomania
BFRBs may be related to energy levels and neural issues such as brainwave speed . Many people report good responses from dietary supplements such as vitamins.
Think B for boost, as B vitamins tend to boost the brain and the energy levels. We recommend a really good vitamin B complex supplement but others have reported great results from B vitamins biotin; inositol and folic acid to name just a few.
NAC (N-Acetylcysteine) may initially be helpful for reducing urges, although longer term trials are needed. NAC is a naturally occurring amino acid present in foods such as brussel sprouts, broccoli, chicken, eggs.NAC is not recommended if you are pregnant/breast-feeding or have any heart, kidney or lung problems including asthma. If you are trying NAC yourself please post on our NAC forum.
Some pull free success has been reported by people taking Inositol. Inositol can be purchased from most health food shops. It regulates serotonin, which is a brain transmitter chemical believed to be a partial cause of trichotillomania and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). In studies, Inositol doses (built up gradually to 18 grams per day) have been shown to significantly improve OCD. N.B. Inositol must never be taken with Lithium. Check with your doctor before taking any alternative treatment, especially if you are on any form of medication, whether that medication is for trichotillomania or not. Possible side effects: diarrhoea and wind, but these should cease within three days to a week. Not everyone has side effects.
MelatoninTaking melatonin tablets (available online but not in the UK shops) may help as melatonin (only produced in the body by natural sunlight) helps the body to produce serotonin, which wakes us up and keeps us in a good mood.
Potassium supplements have been reported to help with trichotillomania. It isn't advisable to take potassium supplements as excessive amounts can be dangerous.