Use Herbs for Bulimia
While there are no herbs that you can use to treat bulimia directly, there are a few that can provide some relief and help people suffering from bulimia feel healthier. Some homeopathic doctors and herbalists do recommend a few herbs that may have an effect on the causes of bulimia, but this hasn’t been confirmed by any scientific study so far.
1. Consider taking licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Licorice helps to stabilize blood sugar and to reduce cravings and overeating. People whose blood sugars are stable are less likely to indulge in the high-calorie, high-carbohydrate food that often precedes bulimic behaviors. Licorice can be made into teas, chewed as gum or candy and sold as preparations mixed with other herbs.
2. Take herbs that support the immune system. Garlic, barley grass, Echinacea and goldenseal have all been used to strengthen the immune system and to protect against infections, fatigue and dizziness. In people suffering from bulimia, these herbs can help counteract some of the effects caused by the malabsorption of food and the abuse of laxatives.
3. Buy Tahitian Noni, a drink or concentrate made from the noni shrub. While not technically an herb, noni is considered one of the most powerful plant-based remedies, as it contains a number of vitamins and minerals that make it a great choice for those starving or purging their bodies. Both the flowers and the fruits of noni can be used.
4. Look for herbs that facilitate digestion in order to reduce the effects of gastric juices and to help your body make the most of the food you do maintain. Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and Oatstraw (Avena sativa) are two good examples of herbs that can help digestion, are easy to obtain and have no secondary effects.
5. Add flaxseed and evening primrose oil to the herbs you use to enhance their strength. Both oils have been shown to have a favorable impact on the health of the immune system. This is especially true when they are consumed with fresh herbs instead of being used in cooking or meal preparation.