Loss of Appetite

Are You Anorexic by Choice? Please don’t do this. Because when you are suppressing your body’s natural urge of Hunger, You are doing yourself more harm than good! And this goes relevant for all the young girls trying virtually to imitate all the supermodels and Filmdom!

I have repeatedly recommended the merits of fasting. Yet, at the same time it is always wise to be able to differentiate between false and true hunger pangs. Never try to starve your body ignoring its demand for food. Ayurveda believes that controlling and suppressing natural hunger is direly harmful for health and fitness. This may cause maladies like anorexia, emaciation, vertigo, giddiness, body aches, depression and decline in the brain powers.


Loss of Appetite

Not only this, you are unknowingly inviting the doldrums of the malady of Anorexia or complete loss of Hunger. Anorexia is termed as Aaruchi in Ayurveda text which is believed to be born when the Doshas or humors of the body get vitiated; these further distorts the Agni or the Gastric fire in the stomach and results into production of the disease.



Ayurveda Analysis Of Anorexia (Loss Of Appetite)


Loss of Appetite


5 types of Aaruchi or Anorexia have been specified in Ayurveda therapeutic science:

a) Born out of vitiation of Vata dosha or air.

b) Born out of vitiation of Pitta or the fire.

c) Born out of vitiation of the phlegm or kapha body humor.

d) Results from a distortion in all the three humors.

e) Results due to mental disease. This is called as ‘Aaguntaj Aaruchi’ or Anorexia Nervosa.

This ailment of loss of appetite, as simple this may seem, becomes rather difficult to cure with time.


Loss of Appetite

Natural Cures For Anorexia (Loss Of Appetite)

Ayurveda formulations like Chitrakaadi vatti , Jeerakadyarishta are generally prescribed for this ailment. Also you may try these Ayurveda Herb and Home Remedies

  • Fresh piece of ginger sprinkled with some lemon drops and pinch of black salt.

  • The juice of fresh pomegranate with a pinch of black salt to be taken twice.

  • Jal Jeera’ (tasty roasted cumin seeds drink) is to be taken 3 to 4 times.

  • Prepare a herb decoction by boiling mint leaves, basil leaves, ginger, large cardamom, a pinch of asafoetida and some crushed black pepper. 20 to 30 ml of the same can be taken 2 to 3 times with some mishri or honey added to it.

  • Chewing of Sesame seeds before the meals is also recommended in the ailment of loss of appetite.

  • A small quantity of Kali Mirch or Black Pepper may be taken with some buttermilk will give quick relief.

  • Another easy remedy I would suggest is to sprinkle some lemon juice on a piece of fresh ginger and take it preceding a meal.

  • The leaves of mint either in raw form or prepared into chutney is extremely beneficial if you are suffering from loss of hunger.


About the Author:

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Professional in India. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.

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