Homeopathy for eating disorders
Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder can be due to behavioral non compliance or brain disorder (Biopsychosocial). A homeopath assess the individuality of each person which is an important factor in assessing the most suitable approach for dealing with food refusal. Homeopathic medicines are very helpful in treating eating disorders because the remedy can be mapped to the personality of the individual that is the root cause
Antimonium crudum is very helpful for infants who vomit milk immediately after breast-feed. The child may be obstinate and cross, not easily satisfied
Lycopodium child may be very hungry, but eating very little food satiates him easily.
Nux vomica is another appetite stimulant but should only be used with the advice of an expert homoeopath.
Sepia 200 is effective for eating disorder due to hormonal imbalance in teens especially in girls. They have Acid dyspepsia with bloated abdomen and sour belching, and a faint sinking feeling at epigastrium.
Arsenicum Alb 200 for irritable , oversensitive people who are paranoid about dirt, germs and being poisoned by food. Such people cannot bear the sight and smell of food. Nausea, retching and vomiting after eating and drinking.
Carcinosin 200 is suited for people suffering obsessive compulsive disorder. The fear of becoming fat and have grief or fears related to body weight.
Ignatia Amara 200 is suited for people who give up eating from grief, fright, or emotional shocks , disappointments. They are hysterical persons , loss of control of emotions and they faint very easily.
Natrum Mur 200 is suited for those who loose appetite and hunger from ear of being rejected or hurt emotionally. They have a special craving for salt. They feel better in an empty stomach. They have terrible headaches.
Phosphoric Acid is good for eating disorder resulting from chronic diseases. They are indifferent to all emotions and food with loss of hunger
Naturopathy treatment for anorexia
- Sour Grapes - Make chapattis by mixing the dough in the juice of sour grapes and serve the kids. This aids the strength of the intestinal muscles as also secretion of digestive juices.
- Prepare a mixture in the proportion of one spoonful of lime juice, one spoon of ginger juice, one gram sea salt and seal in a bottle to be kept in sunlight for 3 days. Serve a lick to the children just before meals. It aids digestion and stimulates appetite.
- Apple: It aids the secretion of an enzyme called "Pepsin which aids digestions. It stimulates appetite.
Diet Planning tips for Parents (Indian)
Parents must pay attention to the kind of diet that the child has, since children mimic the elders, all must follow a similar diet plan. Schools these days start at around 9 o’clock in the morning. Wake the child at around 7. After his morning ablutions, serve him some tea with biscuits. Just before he leaves for school, serve him home made shira or uppit. People who consume non-veg can serve a boiled egg.
Add cup of tea or coffee prepared in milk. Pack a lunch of chapatti and vegetables along with groundnut chikki or a laddu or even a fruit. After he returns from school, serve him a second round of chapatti/roti-vegetable or salad, rice, dal with a lemon. For evening snacks, if you can’t make him some fresh snacks, serve pre-made chivda, sandwich, bhadang, corn-chivda, etc. Fresh snacks like pohe (flattened rice), vermicelli (made like Maggi),Oatmeal. lahya (powdered puffed jowar like popcorn). Dinner can include something like dal-khichdi, kadhi, pulav with mixed vegetables, veg soups, leafy vegetables, Bhakri (Jowar), etc.
If you are inclined towards eating at a hotel, indulge yourself once a month only. Avoid serving hotel food in your kid’s lunch box completely. When you bring variety to home-made food, one is not inclined towards eating junk-food.