What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa is a psychiatric illness characterised by obsessive binge eating followed by compensatory behaviour such as vomiting, using laxatives or over-exercising. This often occurs several times a day for extended periods.

Bulimia sufferers become trapped in a devastating cycle of binging and purging. Fearing weight gain bulimia sufferers place themselves on strict diets, omitting lots of foods and nutrients needed by the body to maintain health, this results in cravings and an overriding urge to eat.

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Once the person begins to eat they can often feel a lack of control and can binge until they feel ill. Which leads to feelings of guilt, shame and disgust during this time sufferers will compensate for binging by purging, over-exercising or abusing laxatives or diuretics to avoid gaining weight. Again this will trigger a strict diet and the cycle will repeat.

The effects of bulimia

Bulimia can affect the body in many ways. Some of these physical symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa are:

  • Dehydration
  • Heart failure
  • Tooth decay
  • Irregular or slow heartbeat
  • Stomach and intestinal ulcers
  • Inflammation and rupture of the oesophagus
  • Weight gain (only a small percent of the calories consumed are eliminated during purging etc.)
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Broken blood vessels in the eyes
  • Weakness and dizziness
  • Swollen cheeks and salivary glands
  • Bowel problems, constipation, diarrhoea
  • Abrasions on knuckles and finger joints

Natural treatment for bulimia

Our Naturopath will and Traditional Chinese Medicine will develop an integrated plan to heal and rebuild the body's depleted systems to restore healthy balance and function.

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    Chinese Medicine,Acupuncture


    Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
    Greg Bantick has been in practice since 1975 in a wide variety of clinical settings. He has particular interests in dermatology, digestive, mood and auto-immune disorders.

  • Tina White



    Tina has over 30 year’s clinical practice in natural therapies. As a practitioner in Naturopathy and Acupuncture, Tina has remarkable insight coupled with a caring nature and is a beacon of hope for those she serves.

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    Page last updated 12-Feb-2020


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