- Faulty Diet
- Lack of physical activities.
- Physical stress and strain.
- Mental condition, anxiety, emotional disturbances.
- Difficult working condition and nervous disorder
- General body disorder and diseases.
- Perception that lean body is beautiful
- Excessive weight loss
- Scanty or absent menstrual periods (in women)
- Thinning hair
- Dry skin
- Brittle nails
- Cold or swollen hands and feet
- Bloated or upset stomach
- Downy hair covering the body
- Low blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rhythms
Psychological and Behavioral Signs
- Distorted self-perception (insisting they are overweight when they are thin)
- Being preoccupied with food
- Refusing to eat
- Inability to remember things
- Refusing to acknowledge the seriousness of the illness
- Obsessive-compulsive behavior
- Agnitundi Bati
- Kshudhakari Bati
- Amalki Rasayan
The most successful treatment is a combination of psychotherapy, family therapy, and medicine. It is important for the person with anorexia to be actively involved in their treatment. Many times the person with anorexia does not think they need treatment. Even if they know they need treatment, anorexia is a long-term challenge that may last a lifetime. People remain vulnerable to relapse when going through stressful periods of their lives.
One effective treatment of anorexia is thorough cleansing of the digestive tract, and adoption of the sensible diet thereafter, along with a change in the style of living .To begin with the patients should fast on orange juice and water for first three to five days. After the juice diet the patient may adopt a all fruit diet for a further five days, taking three meals a day of juicy fruits, such as apples, pears, grapes, oranges, pineapple, peaches at five hourly intervals. Thereafter he may adopt a restricted diet of easily digestible foods, consisting of lightly cooked vegetables, juicy fruits, and buttermilk for about ten days.
Treating anorexia nervosa involves major lifestyle changes:
- Establishing regular eating habits and a healthy diet
- Sticking with your treatment and meal plans
- Developing a support system and participating in a support group for help with stress and emotional issues
- Ignoring the urge to weigh yourself or check your appearance constantly
- Cutting back on exercise if obsessive exercise has been part of the disease (Once the person has gained weight, the doctor may set a controlled exercise program to improve overall health)
- The Lotus (Padma Asana)
- Basic Breathing (Pranayama)