Anorexia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Prevention, home remedies for anorexia

Anorexia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Prevention, home remedies for anorexia

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Home Remedies >> Anorexia (Loss of Appetite)


Written and Reviewed By :
Dr. Riddhi P. Sardhara.



What is Anorexia?

Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by extreme loss of appetite and weight loss. Anorexics may also exercise obsessively and may develop bulimia, a disorder in which they make themselves vomit after eating to avoid gaining weight. Anorexia is more common in women than men.

Cause of Anorexia

There are no simple answers to the causes of anorexia and other eating disorders. It is a complex condition that arises from a combination of many social, emotional, and biological factors. Although our cultures' idealization of slenderness plays a powerful role, there are many other contributing factors including family environment, emotional difficulties, low self-esteem, and traumatic experiences which may lead to anorexia. It also occurs in pregnant women whenever vomiting is persistent, appetite loss, and anorexia take place. Some other causes are:

  • After chemotherapy or malignancy treatment.

  • Depression or shock of any sad news.

  • Weak digestion.

  • Chronic constipation.


  • Symptoms of Anorexia

    There are many symptoms of anorexia:

  • Loss of at least three consecutive menstrual periods (in women).

  • Thin appearance.

  • Extreme weight loss.

  • Not wanting or refusing to eat in public.

  • Anxiety.

  • Weakness.

  • Brittle skin.

  • Shortness of breath.

  • Obsessiveness about calorie intake.


  • Home Remedies For Anorexia (Loss of Appetite)

  • Squeeze 1 Lemon in a glass of lukewarm water. Add a pinch of salt and drink it daily in the morning.

  • Take three to four cloves of Garlic (Lahasun) a day in various forms like raw garlic, crushed garlic in soup, and garlic boiled in water.

  • Eat some Dried Ginger(Saunth) with salt before meals.

  • Keep the paste of Raisins (kishmish) and Date Palm (khajur) in your mouth before meals.

  • Consume powder of roasted Cumin (Jeera) seeds 3-6 gm with Honey (Shahad) twice a day.

  • Drink fresh juice of Pomegranate (Anar) with cumin (jeera) powder, sugar, and honey (shahad) before meals.

  • Take 2gms of Carom seeds(Ajwain) powder with rock salt (Kala namak), twice a day before meals.

  • Burn and cook Amla fruit on charcoal. Add 2-4ml of ghee, cumin (jeera) seeds, salt, asafoetida (heeng) on it. After that immediately remove Amla from charcoal, cool to room temperature, and eat it before meals.

  • Jaggery (Gud) water mixed with Tamarind (Imli) and spiced with cinnamon (dalachini), cardamom (elaichi), and black pepper (kali Mirch) should be kept in the mouth for some time before meals.

  • Drink a glass of orange juice every two hours throughout the day.

  • Drink Grape juice for improving appetite and boosting digestive health. Do this for at least three weeks to get the most effective results.

  • Take coconut water with lemon juice in the morning, which increases appetite.

  • Mix the powder of Wood Apple (Bael), rock salt, cumin seeds, kokum, and tamarind in the grinder make a tiny ball, take it before the meal, it increases appetite.

  • Take Ginger inch piece with Saindha namak (rock salt) is beneficial in anorexia as well as indigestion.

  • Make soup of sour or aromatic vegetables like tomato, lemon, green coriander, spinach, etc.

  • Take a few raw Amlas as a whole in a day is also increases appetite.

  • In anorexia increase, the quantity of meal gradually like, firstly warm soup or gruel of rice, soup of green gram/chickpea/lentils, dal-rice, chapatti in last.

  • Buttermilk with black pepper, cumin, and coriander powder is beneficial in anorexia.

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