Home Remedies for Anorexia

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The home remedies for anorexia include apple, ginger, orange juice, lemon, garlic, grapes, warm water, and mint. Anorexia is an eating disorder that is characterized by extreme weight loss. People suffering from anorexia struggle to maintain a weight that is appropriate to age and height and could have a distorted body image.

Anorexia affects the body’s overall health in a dramatic and dangerous way. According to the National Eating Disorder’s Association, you cannot tell that a person is suffering from anorexia just by looking at them. Studies have shown that this eating disorder can occur in individuals across body types, age, gender, and ethnicity. [1] [2]

It is important to seek professional help to treat an eating disorder. Psychosocial support and participation in counseling are essential facets of treatment for anorexia nervosa. Effective home remedies can help in being a complementary and supportive technique for people with anorexia.

Home Remedies for Anorexia

These home remedies, along with psychological medication, may help in curing anorexia and the symptoms related to it. Some vitally important remedies are as follows:

A thin girl looking pensively at half a slice of bread and a glass of water

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which people have an intense fear of gaining weight. Photo Credit: Shutterstock


Eating an apple a day stimulates a surge of protein-digesting enzymes known as pepsin. This is useful in helping digestion. [3]


Ginger is especially recommended because it helps to enhance hunger. Ginger taken with rock salt every day works miraculously on an upset stomach and in stimulating the appetite. [4]

Orange Juice

An effective treatment is an orange juice. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutritiondrinking orange juice increases vitamin C concentrations and reduces oxidative stress in the body.  [5]


Lemon works great as a system cleanser. One lemon squeezed in a glass of lukewarm water with a pinch of salt, drunk in the morning, cleanses the system thoroughly. Add some ginger juice to make it more effective. Lemon tones up the system as well, getting the body back to its optimal conditions. [6]


Take three to four cloves of garlic a day in any form, including raw garlic, crushed garlic in soup, and garlic boiled in water. Garlic helps treat anorexia since it cleanses the system and increases hunger. It also helps in the secretion of juices that cleanses the digestive system. [7]

Sour Grapes

You should drink the juice of sour grapes for two purposes, improving appetite and boosting digestive health. Remember to take this continuously every day for at least three weeks to get the most effective results. [8]

Warm Water

Water is the most basic remedy for anorexia. Unless your digestive system is not cleansed, you will not feel hungry and your anorexia will not be cured. Water takes care of that first step. The intake of warm water cleanses the digestive system.


Mint is a natural appetizer, so consume 2 spoonfuls of mint juice in the morning to help increase your hunger. Within a few days of taking mint juice, you will see a marked change in your eating habits and you will feel more of a craving for food.

An infographic on the home remedies for anorexia

Home remedies for anorexia Photo Credit: Shutterstock


This is grandma’s classic home treatment. For ages, it has been believed that if you take a pinch of asafetida in a spoon of pure ghee, it may solve the problem of anorexia. [9]


Regularly eat a few pieces of pineapple for breakfast and you will feel a consistent craving for food throughout the day.

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Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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