Currently, there are no proven drugs or therapies that cure Anorexia. With approximately 30 million people of all ages, races, and genders suffering from this eating disorder across the U.S., it is a serious disorder that leads to the most number of deaths in the US than any other eating disorder. Don’t be disheartened as there are alternative therapies that help to relieve some Anorexic symptoms. We will discuss some of the alternative therapies that will help to lead a happier and healthier life even with Anorexia. CBD is one of them. This natural and non-psychoactive healing compound works on the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. But, before discussing more about this miraculous compound, let us first understand Anorexia.
What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa, commonly known as Anorexia, is a fatal mental illness that leads to people losing excessive and dangerous amounts of weight on purpose by cutting down on calorie intake. It is an eating disorder that makes you eat less, workout excessively, and do anything you can to burn extra calories to stay thin. Not only this, but some people also experience cycles of eating large amounts of food and then staying hungry even for longer periods. It is characterized by the phobia of gaining weight and distorted thinking of your own self. So, the best thing to do if you have any of the symptoms mentioned below is to consult your doctor and begin the alternative therapies instantly to ensure maximum relief. Let’s take a look at some of the most common symptoms of Anorexia to help you understand how it develops.
What are the Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia Nervosa is actually not about the food you eat. It is the inability to handle emotional stress, that makes you think being thin is everything in life. People suffering from Anorexia go to the extent of forcefully vomiting or misusing diet aids, laxatives, or diuretics. The worst thing about this disease is that the patient has the urge to lose weight even when they are already underweight. Some of the most prominent physical, emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa include.
- Extreme weight loss and thin appearance
- Dizziness and fainting
- Abnormal blood counts
- Hair loss
- Bluish discoloration of the fingers
- Irregular menstruation
- Constipation and abdominal pain
- Intolerance of cold
- Dry or yellowish skin
- Low blood pressure
- Excessive exercising
- Avoiding eating
- Fear of gaining weight
- Lack of emotions
- Social withdrawal
- Irritability and reduced interest in sex
What Causes Anorexia Nervosa?
Although Anorexia Nervosa has already been researched for a long time, researchers are still unaware of the exact cause of this deadly disease. But, they have pinpointed some of the primary causes of Anorexia Nervosa. Sometimes, it may be a result of more than one of these causes combined. Some of these causes include:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety and Depression
- Negative feelings due to low self-esteem
Traditional Treatments For Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia Nervosa is treated much like other psychological disorders. These methods include pharmaceutical drugs that work on the physical and mental symptoms, a balanced diet, and helpful social support mechanisms and tools to avoid a relapse. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a psycho-social intervention to enhance mental health is an effective therapy which we will discuss below. Remember, synthesized medication for Anorexia has more negative effects than the positive ones since clearing the thoughts and maintaining a stable mood help relieve the symptoms better than the antidepressants, pain and inflammations medicines that have side effects like nausea vomiting and sleep disorders that add to your problems.
So, we have some alternative therapies that will help you to relieve the symptoms of Anorexia in a natural way and avoid all the side effects below. Take a look.
Effective Natural Therapies for Relieving the Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa
Unfortunately, there are not many traditional treatments available on this widely researched disorder. Thus, most doctors go for ‘talking therapies’ and organic supplements that enable mindfulness and makes the patient understand where they are going wrong. Both of these have been discussed below to enable you to combat Anorexia nervosa in a better way without losing control of your emotions. Let us take a look at them.
CBD For Anorexia Nervosa
CBD or Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid extracted from the hemp plant that has impressive therapeutic properties without any side effects like a ‘high’ feeling, addiction or nausea like sleeping pills or antidepressant drugs. It is effective against Anorexia Nervosa as it works directly on the endocannabinoid system of our bodies that is responsible to maintain homeostasis or overall balance of our body. It works to regulate a variety of physiological and cognitive functions like memory, mood, pain, sleep, stress and a lot more. This is why CBD is effective against a variety of symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa including anxiety, depression, sleep, and stress. Not only this, but CBD is also an appetite stimulant that helps you to overcome your fear of eating food and fights inflammation caused in the hands or legs. The best thing about CBD is that it can be used in a variety of ways include vaping and ingesting. Even better it is safe, healthy and vegan.
Anorexia is an eating disorder that is caused primarily due to psychological factors and the way you think. So, talking therapies like CAT and CBT have been found to be effective against Anorexia as it makes the patient more relaxed and helps her understand what the real situation is. These therapies also reduce the dangers related to the symptoms of Anorexia, encourage a healthy lifestyle and help you recover in a better environment. There are other talking therapies like Focal Psychodynamic Therapy or FPT and Interpersonal Psychotherapy or IPT but the efficiency of each of these therapies depends on the person and the environment she is in. So, if anybody around you is suffering from Anorexia, make sure to inspire them to eat.
Ready To Combat Anorexia Nervosa?
Even though Anorexia is not a very common disease, it affects a good number of people of all ages and genders. In females, it has been found to be more significant. If you are bored with the food in your life, switch ingredients, experiment or better change your cuisine for that matter, but don’t stop eating. Stay motivated and inspired in life and keep your mind and body in their ideal state. If you have mood swings or feel anxiety, go for CBD that acts as a natural mood enhancer and enables you to be mindful and makes you think optimistically about your life.
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