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Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a psychological medical condition which is seen mostly in female adolescents, and is characterized by gross weight loss, depression, irritability, lack of sleep, and an obsession with food. This condition is seen more in athletes, models, dancers and actors. This condition is diagnosed with the help of four basic criteria which include a refusal to maintain standard body weight, an intense fear of becoming fat, a distorted self image, and at least three missed periods in women. The modern management of anorexia nervosa usually consists of counseling, psychotherapy, and treatment with antipsychotic drugs.


Ayurvedic herbal treatment for anorexia nervosa basically consists of treating the psychological condition of the affected individual. The main focus is to treat the distorted self perception of the patient, so that he or she can come to terms with his or her body. Ayurvedic treatment also involves the treatment of the intense fear of gaining weight, which usually prevents affected individuals from consuming a normal diet. Treatment is also given to treat the complications of anorexia nervosa such as severe weight loss, sleeplessness, dizziness, psychological upsets, missed periods etc.


Ayurvedic herbal medicines which increase confidence and bring about a feeling of well-being are usually used for people affected with anorexia nervosa. These medicines also bring about a correction of hormonal disturbances and disturbances in the neurotransmitters of the brain, so that the affected individual is able to think logically and show a positive attitude for acceptance of a normal body image. Distorted or delusional thinking, or extreme attitudes related to weight gain can be gradually corrected with the help of Ayurvedic herbal medicines. Medicines are also given to improve appetite and to help the person put on weight. Depression, irritability, sleeplessness, and the abnormal obsession for food also need to be treated with the appropriate therapy.


Individuals affected with anorexia nervosa need to be treated with Ayurvedic herbal medicines for about two to four months in order to significantly benefit from treatment. Overall, most people with anorexia nervosa recover completely and start leading a normal life, thanks to Ayurvedic herbal treatment.


Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment, Herbal medicines, anorexia nervosa

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