Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Some complementary and alternative therapies, such as those below, may be helpful in achieving the goals set by your health care team.

  • Massage and therapeutic touch may help to reduce anxiety often associated with eating disorders.
  • Mind-body therapies, such as meditation, yoga, biofeedback and hypnosis, may provide a sense of mindfulness that could increase awareness of your body's cues for eating and fullness, as well as promote a sense of well-being and relaxation.
  • Acupuncture, although not proven, shows promise in studies on anxiety and depression.

Risks of herbs and dietary supplements

Dietary supplements and herbal products designed to suppress the appetite or aid in weight loss may be abused by people with eating disorders. Weight-loss supplements or herbs can have serious side effects and dangerously interact with other medications. If you use dietary supplements or herbs, discuss the potential risks with your doctor.

Apr. 03, 2012