Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa new, plant-based treatments

Anorexia Nervosa is classed as both an eating disorder and a mental health condition, and it can have devastating effects on a person’s overall health and wellbeing if left untreated. Recovery from anorexia is possible, but the path to recovery is different for each individual, and there are many different approaches to treatment. Since 2018, a percentage of those who have been struggling to manage their symptoms with conventional approaches have turned to natural, plant-based anorexia treatments for relief.

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1.25 Million

people in the UK have an eating disorder


of the UK’s population are thought to have Anorexia Nervosa.


reduction in anxiety reported with plant-based treatment in this online survey.

Over ⅔

of UK adults surveyed would consider natural alternative treatments.

“Having a medical cannabis card makes me feel better - and that counts“

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Daisy, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Avoiding food

Excessively exercising




Avoiding social situations

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have Anorexia Nervosa. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Talking therapies are usually the first line of treatment for people with anorexia in the UK, and medications can be prescribed alongside these to help manage anxiety or mood. Because comorbidity is high amongst those with anorexia, other medicines, such as bisphosphonate, may be prescribed to treat physical symptoms such as low bone strength.

Talking therapies





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A word from our specialist

"Neurological conditions are many and varied in how they can affect us. The more recognised conditions that are treatable with medical cannabis include epilepsy, where CBD mimics the action of the many anti-epileptic drugs; and multiple sclerosis, which the NHS can prescribe Sativex for. Medical Cannabis offers greater flexibility in the delivery of cannabinoid therapy for these conditions and hope in other areas of neurology, such as in the neurodegenerative conditions and the motor disorders."
Dr David Tang

Neurological Specialist

How do natural, alternative anorexia treatments work?

People with Anorexia Nervosa have very complicated relationships with food, and they take extra measures to keep their weight down. For most this is by avoiding eating or excessively exercising, and it is often accompanied by feeling an intense anxiety around the subject of food. 

For some with anorexia, alternative plant-based treatments may be of benefit because of the natural compounds they contain, which have demonstrated certain potentials, such as stimulating appetite, and relieving anxiety.  

These natural, plant-based treatments can be particularly useful for those who are on their recovery journey, and may be able to combat the severity of reaction when they encounter a trigger, or increase their appetite, and improve their overall quality of life. 

These treatments are available from private healthcare and wellbeing clinics in the UK, like Releaf, and are only usually considered once other conventional treatments options have failed to meet the needs of the patient. 

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