Hormonal imbalances supported by perceptions and beliefs around receiving self nourishment, self loathing, and a fear of success, can trigger this eating disorder.
Also restrictive dieting and excessive exercise can also lead to the onset of AN. A person with AN has a developed distortion of their perceptions of body image. They identify with seeing themselves as one thing, but in actuality, they are quite often the opposite of what they perceive, and develop repetitive or obsessive behaviours relating to body shape and weight, triggered by a fear of receiving or giving to themselves, true self love, true self respect, not recognising their true great worth.
It is commonly accepted that AN is more frequently diagnosed in females across the ages. However, recent population studies suggest that in adolescents, there are an equal number of males and females experiencing this illness. Some symptoms are;-
- Anaemia (iron deficiency)
- Compromised immune system
- Intestinal problems (e.g. diarrhoea)
- Loss or disturbance of menstruation in girls and women
- Increased risk of infertility in men
The Complementary therapies of Natural Health Therapy with its combination of treatments can provide sensitive attention to and clearing of the source of this condition, and the contributing factors associated with perceptions of Self, trust issues and acceptance of change. This therapy supports clearing the fear of body changes and the false identifications. Which is the first compromised view, and is done with the initial prescribed essential oil blends applied in a massage (if acceptable to the client at this initial stage) or a reflexology treatment on feet and hands, as this can be a less confronting option for them.
Energy medicine, aromatherapy massage and reflexology offers support in balancing the distortions between the mental image and the true reality and clearing within the body that which sets up repetitive destructive behaviours. When the acceptance of change has been established a personalised blend of pure essential oils is prescribed, with specific home application instructions, and information sheets giving the mind instruction for new focus on what will support being confident in Self, confident in change, trust in a new relationship with Self.