What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa is a serious and psychological eating disorder that often leads to an unhealthy and dangerous weight loss. The person suffering from this disorder generally has an extremely low body weight in terms of BMI.
Anorexia nervosa can be characterized by a denial to maintain a healthy body weight, an extreme fear of weight gain, and a distorted body shape. This disorder can affect both women and men of all age groups.
Types of Anorexia Nervosa
There are two main types of anorexia nervosa: Restricting and Purging.
• Restricting is a type of anorexia, where weight loss is mainly achieved by restricting calories by
following strong diets, fasting, and doing hard exercising.
• Purging is a type of anorexia, where weight loss is mainly achieved by vomiting or with the help of
laxatives and diuretics.
Causes of Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa can be a life-threatening disorder. It has a number of complex causes. As per medical studies, it is believed that this disorder develops due to a number of biological as well environmental factors.
Some of the environmental factors that can lead to this eating disorder are:
• The effects of media, as they constantly promote thinness culture and present thin people as
• Certain professions and careers that promote weight loss, like modelling
• Family and childhood traumas
• Pressure or competition among friends and co-workers to be thin or to have a perfect body
Some of the biological factors can be:
• Hormonal imbalance
• Nutritional deficiencies
Signs & Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa:
A person suffering from anorexia nervosa can experience a range of physical, emotional and behavioural signs and symptoms. These generally include:
• Strict dieting regardless of having a very less body weight
• Having a great interest in calories and fat contents of food
• Follow ritualistic eating patterns like cutting food into very small pieces,
eating alone, or hiding food
• Felling depressed or lethargic
• Presence of lanugo, which is soft, fine hair develop on face and body
• Feeling cold, especially in extremities
• Loss of hair
• Keep avoiding social functions, family, and friends and want to become isolated and
Diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa
To diagnose that you have anorexia nervosa or not, your doctor can take a number of tests and exams. These tests will help the doctor to rule out medical causes for the weight loss, and find any associated complications.
The primary analysis may include a physical exam, in which the doctor will measure your height and weight; check vital signs like heart rate, temperature and blood pressure; test your skin and nails; and examine your abdomen. In some cases, doctor may also go for some lab tests, which generally include a complete blood count (CBC) and some blood tests to analyse electrolytes, protein and functioning of your kidney, liver, and thyroid.
In severe cases, doctors may also go for psychological evaluation. Under this evaluation, the doctor or mental health provider can generally enquire about your feelings, thoughts and eating habits.
Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
Medical: The uppermost concern in the treatment of this eating disorder is dealing with any serious health issues that might have resulted because of malnutrition, for instance, an unstable heartbeat.
Nutritional: This section of anorexia nervosa treatment comprises of weight restoration, proper implementation and supervision of a customized meal plan, and creating awareness about regular eating patterns.
Therapy: The main objective of therapy is to identify underlying issues associated with anorexia nervosa, tackle and mend from traumatic life events, acquire healthier coping skills and develop the ability to express and cope up with emotions.
Homeopathic treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa can be treated very effectively with homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies have a deep effect on human health and have been considered very effective in different psychological and developmental disorders Some of the most commonly used homeopathic medicines for Anorexia Nervosa:
Antimonium Crudum: Antimonium Crudum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for treating anorexia nervosa. This medicine is generally indicated to help stimulate appetite that has diminished after a serious illness.
Colchicum: This is another excellent homeopathic remedy for the treatment of anorexia nervosa. Colchicum helps to promote appetite and is mostly recommended in those cases when nausea is also present along with anorexia nervosa.
Ignatia: Ignatia is one of the most effective homeopathic remedies for anorexia nervosa. It is generally helps to stimulate appetite in those patients who have earlier lost it due to depression or sadness.
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