Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa or anorexia is a life threatening disorder that results in self starvation even when one is hungry that causes significant weight loss. The reason behind loss of the desire to eat can be due to a sedentary lifestyle, psychological causes or wrong eating habits. In some women, the fear of gaining weight is also the reason.


Ayurveda relates anorexia to vata, pitta and kapha doshas and psychological factors such as stress, fear, anxiety and anger. This leads to improper digestion of food that assists the formation of ama (mucus). Thus the gastrointestinal channels of the body are blocked and result into foul taste in mouth. Lack of activity, consuming oily, sweet and heavy food, binge eating causes this condition.


  • Dieting
  • Avoiding eating
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Over-exercising

Ayurvedic View

Aruchi, as it is referred to in Ayurveda, occurs due to excessive vata, pitta and kapha in the stomach. Ayurveda works on calming down the bodhak kapha to relax the mind.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Fasting is good way to digest ama (mucus).
  • Avoid consuming very hot food.
  • Take meals at regular intervals and avoid snacking in between.
  • Try different yoga postures such as pawanmuktasan and bhramari pranayama for better digestion and breathing exercises to calm down anxiety.

Home Remedies

  • Mix ginger juice and lime juice in equal amounts and add a pinch of rock salt. Consume it 15 minutes before every meal twice daily.
  • To prevent foul taste in mouth, clean the tongue every day after brushing the teeth.
  • Mix dried ginger root, black pepper, long pepper, celery seeds, cumin and rock salt and store it in an airtight vessel. Consume a teaspoon before meals twice a day.