Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa are plagued by a distorted body image and subsequent obsession with losing weight that leads to compulsive, unhealthy behaviors and emaciation. These include carefully portioning foods, repeatedly weighing oneself, misusing laxatives or diuretics, excessive exercise, unhealthy dieting, self-induced vomiting, and others. Anorexia often coexists with certain psychiatric conditions such as depression, and can lead to physical symptoms including anemia, muscle weakness, brittle hair, osteoporosis, lethargy, low blood pressure and others. Serious complications, such as cardiac arrest, can also arise from anorexia and result in death.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for anorexia nervosa.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of anorexia nervosa generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of anorexia nervosa:
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)