Treatment of Eating Disorders within the context of the medical system of Heilkunst involves treating the whole person – physically, emotionally, mentally and soul/spiritually.
Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia have become more rampant in our time. In my practice, I am seeing more and more individuals with eating challenges. Mostly women, however, men also suffer from this painful compulsion.
An eating disorder reflects a complete obsession with body image and food. This compulsion can be so severe that it becomes the focus of an individual’s entire existence and cripples them from functioning day to day in the real world. It also, over time, can lead to functional disorders and physical weaknesses – a slow self destruction of the body, mind and soul.
Societal influences and the media play a huge role in influencing the manifestation of eating disorders. This epidemic has become so prevalent in our cultural landscape that we do not even recognize the illness as we look at it straight in the face.
What role can Heilkunst and Homeopathy play in the treatment of eating disorders? Heilkunst means the art of making a person whole and healthy in all aspects. Therefore, physical, emotional, mental and soul/spiritual aspects are considered as the whole person is treated and healed. Eating disorders are not simply a physical or mental issue. It involves the whole person and can have also have inherited ties. As the individual becomes stronger in all areas, the destructive behaviours naturally eliminate themselves. An individual has more inner resources to deal with everyday life and has a healthier feeling and concept of how to be and behave in life. Heilkunst treats the whole person, including, but not limited to, the symptoms of the eating disorder. Therefore, getting to the core and cause of why the compulsion is there in the first place. Whether the issue stems from an emotional, genetic or physiological trauma or imbalance, Heilkunst and its use of natural medicine has a dramatically positive effect on the individual. By working to balance the entire system, Heilkunst is not just treating the symptoms of the eating disorder. It also works to create equilibrium in the individual. Therefore, when the system is in a state of balance rather than chaos, the compulsions of starving, bingeing and the delusions of distorted self-image begin to relieve themselves from the body and the mind. Over time, there can be a complete transformation from terrible suffering to a whole state of vital health. The difference between this and conventional treatments is healing the cause, not suppressing symptoms. Counseling along with Heilkunst treatment, can be effective in cases where it is needed, where healing is much more profound and lasting as the medicines used moves the individual to a healthier place.
The Heilkunst physician takes a very involved intake to determine the complete picture of the individual. Then the treatment protocol is chosen that matches the individual. Eating disorders can be very deep seated. Sometimes the source of the eating disorder begins at birth or early childhood. Therefore, healing deep cases may take some time. Although patients will see some response fairly early in treatment, monthly follow-ups are necessary for a period of time to monitor the state of the patient and ensure long term healing. Often the Heilkunst physician works with a M.D. to monitor the patient’s weight and vital signs.
Many times patients do not want to admit to their eating disorder. This is a very private disease. That is one of the reasons they suffer so much. For healing to take place, there needs to be a moment of truth in facing the problem. Sometimes, just talking to the Heilkunst physician can begin the healing process.
Heilkunst is a natural treatment which uses the power of mother nature and its medicine and can help addictive behavior by reducing the underlying issues driving behavior such as negative emotions or physical reactions. By easing emotional issues, food allergies and food cravings, stress and detoxification reactions, this natural medicine system helps reduce the internal turmoil of addiction. The medicine is natural in its source and is safe to use and does not have side effects like prescription drugs. The natural medicine is effective when taken over an extended period of time, under the guidance of the Heilkunst physician and in combination with other supportive therapies to help improve the outcome of recovery. Helpful in any addictive behavior, the medical system of Heilkunst is based on natural medicine for treatment of compulsive overeating, bulimia, eating disorders, cutting, alcohol addiction, nicotine addiction, drug addiction.
What some people have to say about the use of Heilkunst in their eating disorders treatment:
1) Release from the struggle. Find peace as you release
triggers that can create stumbling blocks to recovery. Taking the remedy
brought an immediate sense of calm. I felt settled and no longer in
2) Being out of the cycle of the food struggle is by far the greatest gift
of Heilkunst Journey.
3) Looking elsewhere came naturally to me as the idea of conventional
medicine doesn’t support the wholeness of wellness to me.Trying to
separate the being into minute parts doesn’t honour us as a whole being.
Heilkunst is very much congruent with Holistic approach to well being
versus the allopathic system of seeing one practitioner for the thumb and
another for the baby finger.
4) Through Irma’s support and Heilkunst I have
been able to work through life issues and achieved a stronger sense of
self worth, and confidence. I believe it has encouraged me to do things
that I would have shied away from before. As the healing process evolves
so does personal growth. Truly a nurturing journey to health and