Originally Posted by nork123
Are any of these non prescription MAOI's effective against social anxiety:
I know they most likely wouldn't be as strong as nardil or parnate, but would any of them be of any help at all?
Turmeric Root (active ingredient = curcumin) it is an MAO-A inhibitor. However, it is not absorbed by the body, unless you take it with Piperine (Black Pepper, the stuff in your cupboard hopefully) . from my experiences, 1-2 huge spoonfuls of Turmeric powder + 1 small spoonfull of ground up black pepper really helped me with SA. of course, its a very Weak MAOI...but it also has neuroprotective properties, and is an NMDA antagonist.
It helped me alot last school year, the downside being, the effects only last about 3-4 hours after dosing. So every 4 hours you have to re-dose (swallow more of the turmeric powder, i chugged it down with milk, it wasn't too bad)
There is also avaliable Turmeric + Bioperine combined in capsules so you dont have to taste it. Its called "Super Curcumin with Bioperine" bioperine = black pepper.
i dunno about the safety of this stuff....take it at your own risk, cuz all supplements are unregulated. it could be anything...... but it did help me (a tad)
dude the only other one on your list worth trying is Passion Flower, but its a putative weak MAOI, its actual mechanism of action is more probably GABA agonism, similiar to the action of benzodiazepines.
dude dont try the B. Caapi, or the Syrian Rue, or the Harmala. The the Syrian Rue made me puke, and it was terrible....not at all good for anxiety.