Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 51: Anorexia Nervosa (continued)

KEY POINTS Behavioral therapy aims to empower patients to learn to refrain from potentially harmful eating behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective for patients with eating disorders. Family therapy is effective. Hypnotherapeutic techniques can help uncover the origin of the disrupted cognition and emotional conflicts, and empower patients to develop control over their thoughts and actions. Anorexia nervosa is a multifactorial, convoluted complex of learned behaviors. Current pharmacotherapy of anorexia nervosa raises more questions than answers.