[toc]Anorexia or Anorexia Nervosa as it is also known, is basically a form of physiological and eating disorder. A person suffering from Anorexia often feel that he/she is fat, thereby restricting their food in take. This results in their losing weight unnecessarily and become pencil thin. Anorexic people slowly lose their self esteem and become stressed. People suffering from Anorexia are often underweight, keep on dieting in spite of being thin, avoid eating, are obsessed with the amount of calorie intake, are secretive about their food habits etc.
Anorexia mostly start in the teenage years, when a person becomes concerned about the way they look. However, even adults can become affected with Anorexia, if left untreated. Patients of Anorexia are often treated with a combination of appetite stimulating drugs and proper counseling. Below mentioned are some herbs which are very effective and useful in cases of people suffering Anorexia
9 Important Herbs For Anorexia
Quassia bark is one of the best herbal remedies available for treating Anorexia. The bark of Quassia is rich in medicinal properties and is mostly used for treating eating disorders and aid digestive system. Quassia bark is a very bitter tonic and helps in stimulating the production of bile juice. This not only increases the appetite of the person but also helps in promoting speedy digestion of food. It also helps in curing weakness and sluggishness in the body by improving the overall digestive system of the person. All these properties of Quassia bark makes it a very useful herbal remedy for Anorexia. Quassia bark can be consumed in form of tincture, tonic, infusion, herbal tea etc.
Hops is the most commonly used herbal remedy for Anorexia by taking care of common symptoms of Anorexia like- sluggish digestion, inability to sleep, depression and nervous tension. Hops is very bitter in taste and contains compounds which aids the liver to enhance its function, thereby improving the digestion. It is also very rich in sedative and muscle relaxing properties. Hops help in curing insomnia by providing a soothing and calming effect to the nervous system, thereby reducing anxiety and nervous tension. Hops is available in form of herbal tea, tonic, tincture etc.
Peruvian bark is another very beneficial herb used effectively to treat people suffering from Anorexia. The main component of Peruvian bark is quinine, which is very bitter in taste and is used for various medicinal purposes. The bitter taste of Peruvian bark makes it a very for improving the digestive system of the body by encouraging the flow of bile juice. It also helps in stimulating the appetite of the person, thereby solving the main symptom of Anorexia. Peruvian bark can be taken in form of tincture, tonic etc.
Dandelion is a very effective her used for curing the problem of Anorexia. The root, leaves and flowers of Dandelion are rich in medicinal properties and has been effectively used for curing Anorexia.
The main components of Dandelion are taraxacin and triterpenes, which are very bitter in taste and help in aiding better digestion by stimulating better functioning of the liver. It also helps in stimulating the brain cells of the person, thereby removing listlessness and tiredness. Dandelion is available in the form of tincture, tablets, herbal tea etc.
Chamomile is a herb used traditionally to cure various digestive and nervous system related problems, thereby making it a very good herbal remedy for treating Anorexia. Chamomile has a bitter sweet taste, which helps in stimulating the digestive system to function properly. It is also very useful in treating stomach pain and spasms, thereby encouraging the persons appetite.
Chamomile is also very useful in providing a soothing and calming effect to the nervous system, thereby reducing anxiety, stress, tension and nervousness. It helps in uplifting the mood of the person, thereby building up self esteem. Chamomile can be taken in form of herbal tea, tonic, tablets etc.
Hawthorn berry is another very useful herbal remedy to overcome the problem of Anorexia. Hawthorn berry is very useful in improving the digestion of the body and in helping the body to relax, thereby curing the problem of insomnia. Improved digestion of the body stimulates the appetite of the person, thereby overcoming the main problem associated with Anorexia. Hawthorn berries can be taken in form of tonic, tea, tincture etc.
Ginger is another herbal remedy which has been used since ancient times to treat various digestive system related symptoms associated with Anorexia. The main component of ginger is gingerols, which not only helps in stimulating better flow of gastric juice, but also helps in controlling nausea and vomiting.
Consuming ginger daily, not only increases the appetite, but also helps in digesting the food easily. Ginger is also helpful in providing relief from pain caused due to inflammation of the stomach tissues. Ginger can be consumed raw, in form of juice, herbal tea etc.
Yarrow is a herb which has been used since ancient times for treating Anorexia and its associated symptoms. Yarrow helps in stimulating the appetite and is useful in relieving the abdominal cramps. It also helps the digestive system to perform better by stimulating the release of gastric juice.
Yarrow is also very helpful in providing relief from various infections of the body, thereby boosting overall immunity levels. All these properties of yarrow makes it very beneficial in cases of Anorexia. Yarrow can be consumed in form of juice, powder, tincture, capsule, fluid extract, oil etc.
Damiana is yet another herbal remedy used for people suffering from Anorexia. Damiana is renowned for its properties to enhance libido, improve the digestive system, remove fatigue, cure depression and removing infections. The leaves of damiana are rich in medicinal properties and used effectively to cure various problems, including Anorexia. It is especially very helpful in taking care of two main symptoms of Anorexia, mainly decreased appetite and depression by stimulating appetite to improve digestion and uplifting the mood of a person. Damiana leave can be consumed in form of herbal tea daily to cure Anorexia.