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Anorexia Nervosa Ayurvedic Treatment

Author : Gurnam Saini  

Anorexia Nervosa Natural Herbal Ayurvedic Treatment Melbourne

 

The history of Anorexia begins with the ancient religious fasting and continuing into the medieval period. At the present time, with the progress in the field of neuroscience, the researchers are focusing on Anorexia as a biologically based mental disorder

 

Anorexia is an eating disorder, which means having no desire for food even if the person is hungry or food is available according to his/her taste and preference.

 

Anorexia is known as Aruchi in Ayurveda. The condition can arise due to stress, change in lifestyle or wrong eating pattern.

 

 

 

Causes of Anorexia

 

A combination of biological, environmental and some psychological factors cause anorexia. It may also be a symptom related to poor appetite or digestive abnormality. Nowadays, it can be also linked with the desire of perfect body image that is generally accepted in the society as lean thin and skinny, especially in girls.

 

It is probably one of the most complicated mental disorder in the present day. There is no reliable source of the causes of this disorder.

 

 

  1. Research shows that some genetic link or trauma can be the cause of this disorder.
  2. An intense fear of gaining weight and amenorrhea are some of the causes found in anorexic female patients.
  3. It usually can be seen in people who are very cautious about their body shape and size.
  4. In addition, this disorder can be directly related to mental state of the people.
  5. Excessive intake of some recreational drugs may also result in such disorder.

 

Anorexia Ayurvedic Natural Remedies 

 

In Ayurveda, anorexia is known as Aruchi. It is caused by aggravation of three humors (Vata Pitta Kapha). The dominance of a particular dosha or humor may involve. Sometimes, causes may be fear, anger and excessive mental stress. The incomplete food digestion in the body may also form AMA (toxins) in the body, which may also results in the anorexia.

 

Some common causes of Aruchi according to Ayurveda are as follows:

 

  1. Inactive or unhealthy lifestyle
  2. Snacking between meals
  3. Oily and fried food
  4. Sweet and heavy foods
  5. Eating while playing or watching television (It is common in children nowadays)

 

According to Ayurveda, anorexia is a condition of consuming insufficient food that does not help in improvement of growth, strength and vigor.

 

Ayurveda is based on the principle that the universe is made up of five elements. These are air, water, fire, ether and earth. These elements are represented in human beings by some energy. When any of the energy accumulates in the human body beyond the desirable limit then the body loses its balance, causing Anorexia.

 

Symptoms of Aruchi    

 

People with Aruchi may have physical, behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms. There are many symptoms found in the patient suffering from Anorexia. These may or may not be:

 

 

  1. Unexpected and rapid weight loss: Dramatic weight loss is found in people suffering from anorexia with no medical cause.
  2. Dieting too much despite of being thin: Anorexia is found in people who follow a severely restricted diet, eating only low calorie food.
  3. Preoccupation with food: If an individual constantly goes on thinking about food, reading and collecting food recipes and cooking for others while eating very less may find this disorder.
  4. Consuming diet pills or laxatives: An individual may find Anorexia if he uses excessive diet pills and other drugs for weight loss.
  5. Compulsion exercise: Following a punishing and compulsory exercise that aims at burning calories can cause this type of disorder.

 

Other physical Anorexia symptoms:

 

Other physical Anorexia symptoms may include:

  • Abnormal blood counts
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Swelling arms or legs
  • Thin appearance
  • Osteoporosis
  • Insomnia or sleeplessness

 

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment Mentioned Traditionally for Aruchi 

 

Every individual has a distinct body balance of three humors. The well being of individual largely depends on getting a right three humors balance to get rid of Anorexia. Ayurveda suggests some nutritional guidelines and lifestyles to help individual in recovering this disorder. Ayurvedic treatment of Anorexia is discussed below:

 

Traditional Herbs for Anorexia Nervosa Naturally

 

Ayurvedic herbs help in increasing appetite and getting rid of Anorexia. Some Ayurvedic herbs have soothing effect on mind of an individual. They can help in maintaining the connection between mind and stomach. The following herbs that are traditionally considered effective in Aruchi may be available from “Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic”, Ayurveda clinic in Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)

 

Ashwagandha is considered one of the potent herbs in Ayurveda that helps in gaining weight and increasing appetite. This herb gives strength to the nervous system and helps to detoxify the body by improving digestion system. It may work on psychological causes of anorexia.

 

 

Black pepper

 

Black pepper is a digestive stimulant. It helps with digestion in the stomach and stimulates the liver to produce more bile salts to emulsify the fats in the intestines. It helps to correct the digestion of fats and carbs. It can help stimulate appetite. Therefore, black pepper may be an effective treatment for the anorexia.

 

‘Practice of Ayurveda’, is a detailed book by Swami Sivananda. In this book he mentions about an Ayurvedic formulation called Pippali arishta, the chief ingredients of the same are black pepper, nagarmotha and small cardamoms. This formulation is very useful for anorexia as it increases the digestive fire and helps in the loss of appetite.

 

Rock Salt

 

Rock salt can also be a remedy to treat anorexia. It calls forth the appetite and let the individual feel hungry. It is also digestive ayurvedic medicine used for indigestion, flatulence and gas. People with high blood pressure or salt reduced diet must be cautious with rock salt.

 

Cardamom

 

Cardamom contains some essential oils that work as digestive stimulant and appetizer.  It can help treat the anorexia associated with mental disorders.

 

Nagarmotha (Cyperus rotundus)

 

Nagarmotha (Cyperus rotundus) is also called nut grass. It contains essential oils, terpenoids, cadalene, calamenene active principles. Nagarmotha is carminative, analgesic, diuretic, anthelminthic, anti-dysenteric and anti-inflammatory. It helps to induce desire of eat and stimulates appetite, so it can be beneficial in anorexia.

 

Hing (Asafoetida)

 

Hing is used in a variety of diseases including digestive ailment such as indigestion, loss of appetite and anorexia. It acts on digestive system due to its digestive stimulatory effects.

 

Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for Anorexia

 

Shirodhara

 

Shirodhara is one of the Ayurvedic therapies that can be used to treat psychological causes of anorexia.

 

Virechana

 

Virechana is purgative therapy in Ayurveda. It helps to remove accumulated toxins from the body and enhances appetite.

 

Traditional Herbal Ayurvedic Medicines and Natural Remedies for Anorexia

 

The following Ayurvedic herbal medicines have been widely used traditionally in chronic forms of Anorexia by millions of Ayurvedic consutlants worldwide.

 

  1. Jeerakadyarishtam
  2. Kumaryasavam
  3. Parpatadyarishtam
  4. Guluchadi kashayam
  5. Patolamooladi Kashayam
  6. Avipathi Choornam
  7. Dadimasthaka choornam
  8. Panchakola choornam
  9. Vyoshadi vatakam

 

Yoga and Anorexia

 

Yoga can be a great tool in treating eating disorder. It helps in reducing stress and depression and creates a state of balance in the body. It can help promote self-esteem and positive body image in treating this disorder through cultivation of confidence, openness and inner strength. The yoga poses that may be benefiecial in treating this disorder are crab pose, mountain pose, pigeon pose, squat pose and many more.

 

Lifestyle changes for Anorexia

 

The common lifestyle changes to overcome Anorexia are to have healthy attitudes towards food and body. The steps to develop healthy attitudes are:

 

  1. Maintaining and developing a healthy weight and body image.
  2. Developing a rational approach to dieting and food
  3. Building a meaningful, realistic and satisfying life to live
  4. Developing a realistic self-image and expectations

 

Fresh lemon is very helpful for this type of disorder. Squeezing some lemon in a glass of water and adding some sugar and salt to it will make a healthy drink to have before meal in order to get relief from this disorder.

 

Fresh juices of grapes, pomegranate and orange can act as appetite booster.

 

 

 

References

1.Anup Patil, Vijay Raje, Nilesh Darekar, Sunil Karale, ‘Effect of alcoholic root extract of Withania somnifera on experimentally induced anorexia in rats’, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOTHEARPY RESEARCH, ISSN 2278 – 5701, https://www.earthjournals.in/ijpr_113.pdf

 

2.Rishabha Malviya, Rupali Singh, Pramod Kumar Sharma, ‘Pharmacological Properties and Ayurvedic Value of Indian Buch Plant (Acorus calamus)’, Research Gate, 5(3):145-154, June 2011,

 

3.Swami Sivananda, ‘Practice of Ayurveda’ https://www.esamskriti.com/essays/pdf/sivananda-practice-of-ayurveda.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More