Anorexia ( loss of appetite)

Anorexia means the loss of desire to have food even when one is hungry. This disease is known as ARUCHI in Ayurveda. This condition can arise due to a sedentary lifestyle, stress and wrong eating patterns. In this condition a person has no appetite for food due to indigestion or psychological causes. In some cases the patient gets a bad taste in the mouth and has no desire to swallow the food.

Note that anorexia ( loss of appetite) is not the same as anorexia nervosa (commonly known as anorexia), which refers to serious psychological and physiological conditions usually seen in women where they develop and aversion to eating and have a distorted body image and a fear of being obese. A person with anorexia nervosa often has severe and even life-threatening weight-loss. In contrast, anorexia (the simple loss of appetite) is usually temporary and does not develop into anorexia nervosa.


Dieting despite being underweight

  • Obsessed about calories & fats
  • Avoiding eating with some excuse
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Secretly vomiting after meals


According to Ayurveda, anorexia is caused by an aggravation of vata, pitta and kapha doshas, and psychological factors such as fear, anger and stress, leading to incomplete digestion of food. This leads to the formation of ama (mucus). This ama blocks the gastrointestinal channels of the body and thus disturbs the sense of taste.

The following contribute to this condition: inactive lifestyle; oily, sweet and heavy foods; snacking between meals; and having meals in a disturbed atmosphere, such as eating while watching television.

Diet & Lifestyle:
  • Have freshly prepared warm food.
  • Meals should be taken at regular intervals, so that the previous meal gets digested.
  • Avoiding snacking between meals.
  • When psychological factors are involved, creating a happy and calm atmosphere helps to improve the condition. Being in the company of good friends and relatives relieves stress and improves digestive power.
  • Yoga postures such as pawanmuktasan and bhramari pranayama is also beneficial for people with anorexia.


Home Remedy:
  • Prepare a mixture of ¼ teaspoon of ginger juice, ¼ teaspoon of lime juice and a pinch of rock salt. Have this preparation in separate doses 15 minutes before meals, twice a day.
  • To remove mucus and improve the functioning of taste receptors, clean your tongue after brushing the teeth. This helps in preventing tastelessness in the mouth and improving appetite.

Note: Medicine should be taken according to vaidya/docter

Treatment with Remedies