Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviours to prevent weight gains, such as self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or other medications.
Individuals with bulimia nervosa often have a distorted body image and an intense fear of gaining weight, which can lead to significant physical and mental health consequences.
According to Ayurveda Improper diet and lifestyle aggravate Doshas especially Vata and Pitta.
It reduces digestive fire and thus creates Aam.
The aggravated Vata and Pitta affect Grahani i.e. GIT part responsible for good digestion and henceforth, Majja vaha Strotas.
This creates a type of stress and anxiety, regarding own weight and body shape.
This results into binging food, followed by methods to avoid weight gain like vomiting. This condition is known as Bulimia nervosa.
Symptoms of Eating Disorder:
- Binge eating episodes are characterized by eating a large amount of food within a short time and feeling out of control while eating.
- Purging behaviours include self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, or excessive exercise.
- Preoccupation with weight and body shape, and a fear of gaining weight.
- Feeling ashamed or guilty about eating behaviours.
- Mood swings, anxiety, and depression.
- Physical symptoms include sore throat, swollen glands, tooth decay, gastrointestinal problems, and electrolyte imbalances.
Bulimia nervosa is a severe eating disorder that can have significant physical and mental health consequences.
Causes of Eating Disorder in Ayurveda
Bulimia nervosa is a complex psychiatric disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by purging behaviour, such as vomiting, using laxatives or diuretics, or excessive exercise.
Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine originating from India, which considers various factors contributing to the development of bulimia nervosa, including:
Imbalance of doshas:
According to Ayurveda, bulimia nervosa can be caused by an imbalance of the three doshas, namely Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
An excess of Vata dosha, which governs movement and communication in the body, can lead to anxiety, fear, and insecurity, which can trigger bulimia nervosa.
Similarly, an excess of Pitta dosha, which governs digestion and metabolism, can lead to an obsessive desire for perfection, contributing to binge eating and purging behaviour.
Finally, an excess of Kapha dosha, which governs stability and structure in the body, can lead to lethargy and weight gain, which can also trigger bulimia nervosa.
Ayurveda recognizes that emotional factors such as stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma can contribute to the development of bulimia nervosa.
These emotions can disrupt the balance of doshas in the body and lead to unhealthy eating behaviours.
Ayurveda also recognizes that dietary factors such as excessive intake of spicy, sour, or salty foods, irregular eating habits, and skipping meals can contribute to bulimia nervosa.
These factors can aggravate the Pitta dosha and disrupt the digestive process, leading to binge eating and purging behaviour.
Finally, Ayurveda recognizes that lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, and excessive use of stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol can contribute to the development of bulimia nervosa.
Ayurveda Treatment For Bulimia Nervosa
Overall, Ayurveda considers a holistic approach to managing bulimia nervosa, including dietary and lifestyle changes, herbal remedies, meditation, and yoga, to restore balance in the body and mind.
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by purging, which includes self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives or diuretics, or excessive exercise. It can lead to severe physical and mental health complications if left untreated.
Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, offers a holistic approach to treating Bulimia Nervosa by addressing the root cause of the disorder. Ayushakti Ayurved treatment includes detox therapies, marma (acupuncture), home remedies, herbal medicines, dietary changes, and lifestyle modifications.
Ayushakti Fundamental Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa – Eating Disorder
- Aam Elimnation (Reducing heaviness, fullness)
- Agni Balancing (Rectifying digestive, juices production)
- Regulate Vata Movement (Correct thought process of mind)
Detox Therapy – Panchkarma
Detoxification, known as Panchkarma in Ayurveda, is essential to the treatment plan. Panchakarma involves a series of therapies that aim to remove toxins from the body and restore balance. The process includes Abhyanga (oil massage), Swedana (steam therapy), and Virechana (therapeutic purgation). These therapies help to improve digestion, regulate metabolism, and enhance the elimination of toxins from the body.
Ayushakti’s detoxification Panchkarma treatments are highly focused on relieving the root cause of any chronic problem by cleansing, repairing and rejuvenating the deeper tissues and cells in your body. Click here to check out our Panchkarma Detoxification Plan
Home remedies play a crucial role in Ayurvedic treatment for Bulimia Nervosa.
Ayurvedic herbs such as Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Shankhapushpi, and Jatamansi effectively reduce anxiety and stress, promote relaxation, and improve mental clarity.
These herbs can be taken as capsules, tablets, or powders, as prescribed by an Ayurvedic practitioner.
- Before meals take a small piece of ginger with himalayan rock salt.
Dietary changes are also an essential aspect of Ayurvedic treatment for Bulimia Nervosa.
Ayurveda recommends a Sattvic diet, which is a plant-based diet that emphasizes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
This diet is rich in nutrients and helps promote a healthy digestive system.
Lifestyle modifications, including daily exercise, yoga, and meditation, can also help manage Bulimia Nervosa.
These practices promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance well-being.
- Eat With A Positive Mental Attitude
- Use Boiled Water
- Do Light Exercises-Like Pawan Mooktasan, Makrasan
- Sleep During The Day
- Sedentary Life Style
- To Sustain Urges
- Don’t Drink Water After Eating Food
- Avoid Freeze Water
Counselling for Stress Relief:
Ayurveda can be beneficial for managing some of the physical and emotional symptoms of bulimia nervosa, it is essential to seek help from a qualified mental health provider for comprehensive treatment, including counselling and stress relief detox massages.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Bulimia Nervosa, it is essential to seek professional help. Ayushakti Ayurved, a leading Ayurvedic clinic, offers personalized treatment plans for eating disorders. Their experienced Ayurvedic practitioners use a holistic approach to treat the root cause of the disorder and help clients achieve optimal health and well-being.
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Author of the Blog: DR.DEEPAK MAHAJAN
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd
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