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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses Anorexia Nervosa

My name is Louis Gordon and I am an acupuncturist. I practice acupuncture from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic in Middle Ridge, Toowoomba, 4350, Queensland, Australia. Just as fresh clean water bubbling up from a natural well is vital to sustain life … my WELLNESS information will help YOU to sustain a healthy vibrant life beaming with optimal wellness. Call for more information on (07) 4636 6100.

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Acupuncture in Toowoomba MAY Benefit the Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

Acupuncture is a popular natural therapy that is utilised to treat a wide range of conditions, including anorexia nervosa.  Natural treatments such as acupuncture are now viewed as an alternative or complement to conventional medical treatments.

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia is an eating disorder which sees sufferers develop an unhealthy obsession with their weight, avoiding food and dieting compulsively.  This is all with the objective of losing weight and being as thin as possible, though this ideal is often unhealthy for the individual concerned.  Most anorexia sufferers tend to be adolescents of both sexes, though adult anorexia has also recently been identified as a serious issue.  Anorexia has the potential to have significant impacts on a sufferer’s long term health, largely as a result of the dramatic reduction in critical nutrients.  This can impact on cardiac health, fertility and bone health, amongst other aspects.

Anorexia Symptoms

The most common physical symptoms of anorexia are related to malnutrition, and include:

  • A pronounced jaw line
  • Absence of a menstrual period in females
  • Dry skin
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low body weight
  • Swollen hands and feet; and
  • Thinning hair

Psychological symptoms include having a distorted body image, overexercising, avoiding food and mealtimes, as well as a persistent fear of putting on weight. Conventional medical treatment typically involves hospitalisation and counselling, with additional dietary advice and monitoring.

Acupuncture MAY Benefit Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the ancient healing tradition of that nation, which also incorporates herbal medicine and massage, amongst other treatments.  Acupuncture makes use of specially designed fine needles which are inserted at predetermined locations in the patient’s skin. These points are designed to release the flow of energy or Qi in the body, and in China are viewed as critical to the ongoing health of an individual.

Acupuncture MAY assist anorexia sufferers to restore the functioning of vital organs and other essential bodily functions, which are often impacted by the condition.  Acupuncture MAY also help to relieve other common symptoms of anorexia nervosa such as anxiety and pain.


For further information on how acupuncture can treat anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders and body-perception disorders contact ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic on (07) 4636 6100.

Accupuncture, Acupunture or Accupunture common misspelling

Note that “Acupuncture” is often misspelt as accupuncture, acupunture or accupunture, that is with either too many c’s or not enough c’s. I would love to be able to clear up this very common spelling mistake, and set the record straight.

Ac·u·punc·ture – pronounced ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; Origin: 1675–85; < Latin acū with a needle (ablative of acus  needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus ) + puncture.

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