Together with psychiatric counseling, the following
Ayurveda recommendations can help treat eating disorders such
as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge-eating and over eating.
· Herbal Tea
This is an excellent remedy that helps heal the emotional factor
found in all types of eating disorder. You can use any of the
following herbs to reduce stress and balance the emotions:
Use solely on it’s own or combined for a more
effective remedy. For a mix of all the herbs, use ½ to
1 teaspoon of herbs steeped in boiling water for 10 minutes.
· Eat twice or three times a day
Just keep to breakfast, lunch and dinner with no snacking in between.
When eating, listen to soft, gentle, and easy listening music
with a loving rhythm but avoid rock or jazz that will overstimulate
the system, causing you to eat more.
· Licorice and raisins
Feel like snacking? Eat a licorice candy or a handful of raisins.
They have mild diuretic effects and this helps reduce kapha.
· Low fat diet
Avoid kapha-inducing foods like fatty fried food, diary products
like cheese and yogurt, even ice-cream and excess carbohydrates.
· Spice up your food
Spices can burn the ama that causes overeating. So add some chilli
pepper, cayenne pepper, garam masala, cumin, curry pepper, tumeric
and even chilli paste and sauces in your cooking and food.
· Bhringaraj Oil Massage
Massage the scalp and sole of your feet with this oil before bedtime
will help you relax and sleep. You can also lightly massage a
little of this oil in the morning to help relief stress and anxiety.
· Meditation and Breathing exercises
So-Hum meditation and Ujjayi pranayama are helpful.
· Yoga postures
Some good yoga asanas for eating disorder are the Bow, Boat, Peacock,
and Rooster poses. For an effective relief from stress, try the