National Eating Disorders Association

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Alternative healing ideas for Anorexia

Has anyone had any experience with using essential oils to increase appetite, improve relaxation or alleviate depression and anxiety either thru applying on the skin directly or thru a diffuser?

Has anyone tried Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation? I know many debunk this, but we are getting desperate. I tried to take our daughter and she refused once we were there.

Or an acupuncture mat that is suppose to help with sleep, relaxation and anxiety? I am about to order one of these on Amazon as friends I know swear by it. These mats are slightly painful to get used to, so this might be the thing that can alleviate the urge for self harm.

Or any other suggestions?

Our 18 year old daughter is strictly anorexic and has had this for over 3 years. She has been in numerous residential programs and hospitals around the country. Her story is like many others. She currently spends most of her time at a place in CT where she honestly is not getting better. They have enormous patience though and love her. Her vitals are on the cusp and if they go south they will have to discharge her which means residential again. She has threatened suicide if we send her again. In CT she is able to go to school very part-time and is going to try a very part-time job starting this week. She just wants to be home and never eat again. Getting her more engaged with life has been a huge battle, but we remain hopeful.

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I am so sorry that you are

I am so sorry that you are going through this too. I do not have any experience with any of the things you mentioned in your post. I wish that I could be more helpful to you. I am desperate to find something that works for my 22-year old as well. You and your child are in my prayers...


Hi snapfizz,

I understand your concerns about it seeming like she isn't improving. Is this something you've discussed with her treatment team? Her team may need to try to change their approach or do something else to help.

As far as the specific methods you have mentioned, I have no experience with them. I'm sorry I can't be more help there.

The NEDA helpline volunteers may be able to help with what you are experiencing and offer more resources to help answer your questions. The phone number for the helpline is 1-800-931-2237 and the hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Take care,
Catlady 09

Thank you both for reaching

Thank you both for reaching out. I have tried NEDA volunteers and parent groups, but not much luck. My daughter did end up having to be hospitalized for about two weeks and now is at a residential program. She's doing ok and so far this is been better than other places. I really think she will have to mature more before we can see some light.

Wishing you both peace and hope.