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What is it?
Teenage dieting or sudden weight loss due to illness or stress often trigger off this slimmers disease.
Other causes, pressures at home and at school, feeling of insecurity and low self-esteem, and the traumas of growing up.
Some doctors and practitioner see a connection between anorexia and media tendencies to promote a trim figure, anorexia is a food phobia. Anorexics do have an appetite, but choose to ignore their hunger, occasionally overeating then getting rid of the food by self-induced vomiting or by fasting and taking too much exercise.
As a suffers condition deteriorates a number of serious side effects occur, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, anaemia, infertility, loss of sexual drive, constipation, perspiration, slow pulse rate, reduced body temperature.
Eventually chronic illness sets in and if the condition is not treated, the sufferer may die from malnutrition, hypothermia or dehydration. A doctor must be consulted.
Home treatment is not advisable. Most alternative practitioners agree that help in hospital is essential in the early stages of recovery. Alternative therapies should be used in conjunction with conventional treatment.
Alternative treatment are on the whole supplementary, the first vital step is treating anorexia is to persuade the patient to accept conventional medical help.
The best course is close supervision in hospital by experienced nurses, who will encourage the patient to reach a target weight.
Once discharged, the patient needs supportive counselling and the help of a psychiatrist or psychotherapist.
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info