Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Although complementary and alternative therapies to reduce bulimia symptoms have not been studied, some therapies, such as those below, may help achieve the goals set by you and 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 increase awareness of your body's cues for eating and fullness, as well as promote a sense of well-being and relaxation.
  • Acupuncture shows promise in studies on anxiety and depression, but hasn't been proved effective at this point.

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