Eating disorders and treatment

Eating disorders are serious health conditions in which people either eat too much or vey less result in obesity or very low weight. There are manly 3 types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.

Eating disorders can cause serious physical problems and, at their most severe, can even be life-threatening. Most people with eating disorders are females, but males can also have eating disorders. An exception is binge-eating disorder, which appears to affect almost as many males as females.


Overeating of all kinds is most often the result of psychological and emotional factors, such as low self-esteem, anxiety, grief, and sadness. To compensate for those emotions, people go on eating.

Bulimia or Bing Eating

Almost every-one does some extra munching now and then. But if you often continue eating even though you are full, you might be a victim of binge eating disorder or bulimia.

Individuals with bulimia eat to excess and then induce vomiting to avoid gaining weight, while those with binge eating disorder overeat but don't induce vomiting. Binge eating may lead to obesity, and bulimia may lead to metabolic disorders.


The main cause of anorexia is often depression. Anorexia nervosa is a serious problem, usually among young women who have a fear of being fat and purpose-fully starve themselves.

Herbal remedies to treat eating disorders

Here are some remedies/suggestions to treat these eating disorders effectively.

Drink Herbal teas

To help heal the emotional factor in all eating disorders, drink herbal tea. Excellent choices are chamomile, comfrey, brabmi, jatamamsi. These are good individually, but a tea made from all of these mixed together in equal amounts is especially effective to reduce stress and balance the emotions. Use ½ to 1 teaspoon of herbs steeped in boiling water for 10 minutes.

Liquorice (mulhethi)

Whenever you desire to munch, cat liquorice candy, which is a mild diuretic that acts to reduce kapha. Or eat a handful of raisins.

Eat low fat diet

Avoid fatty fried food, cheese, yogurt, and excess carbohydrates, ice-cream. These kapha-inducing sub-stances lead to weight gain and possibly to obesity.

Eat hot spicy foods

When cooking, add garam masala, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, curry pepper, turmeric, cumin, and the like to your food. These spices will burn the ama that causes overeating.

Eat only 2-3 meals a day

That's all. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but skip between-meal snacking. While eating, play some soft, gentle music such as classical Indian music; choose a gentle, loving raga. Don't listen to jazz or rock; that loud music will overstimulate the system and cause you to eat more.

Medicated oil massage

Rub some bhringaraj oil on the soles of the feet and on the scalp at night. That will help you relax and sleep.

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