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Homeopathic Treatment for Loss of Appetite

The loss of appetite is known as Anorexia. There are various causes for the loss of appetite. Some causes are psychological in nature and include stress, grief and anxiety disorders. Other causes may be bacterial or viral infections. Diseases like hypothyroidism, tuberculosis, chronic liver disease, chronic kidney disease, hepatitis, and cancer can also lead to the loss of appetite. Certain medications and drug addictions also cause Anorexia. Another significant reason for the loss of appetite is Anorexia Nervosa. In homeopathy, cases of loss of appetite are treated with much success. Homeopathic treatment for loss of appetite uses medicines that help stimulate appetite.

Homeopathy helps by safely boosting the appetite. It works by correcting the cause of the anorexia to enhance the appetite. These medicines are useful for treating anorexia in patients of all age groups. Top grade homeopathic medicines to treat loss of appetite are Alfalfa, Antimonium Crudum, Psorinum, China, Colchicum, and Ignatia.

Homeopathic Treatment for Loss of Appetite

1. Alfalfa – Top Grade Medicine for Poor Appetite

Alfalfa is a high-grade treatment for loss of appetite. Alfalfa helps tone up the appetite in a very natural way. Along with boosting the appetite, it also helps to provide mental and physical strength to the body. Alfalfa works well in patients who experience a loss of appetite accompanied by weight loss, loss of flesh and emaciation. In such cases, the medicine helps improve the appetite as well as gain weight. Alfalfa is also a suitable medicine for anorexia nervosa and loss of appetite with weakness, fatigue, and exhaustion.

2. Antimonium Crudum And Psorinum – Appetite That Has Diminished After a Severe Disease

Antimonium Crudum and Psorinum are well indicated medicines for treating anorexia. These medicines help stimulate appetite after a serious illness. A patient needing Antimonium Crudum experiences a loss of appetite along with an aversion to every kind of food. But in some cases, the patient can eat acidic and sour things and has an aversion to all other food. Nausea and a bitter taste in the mouth are accompanying symptoms. Along with these features, the tongue feels thickly coated. Psorinum works well when there is a loss of appetite, but there is a constant thirst for water. Other symptoms include belching that tastes like rotten eggs. Psorinum is also useful for the loss of appetite and weakness arising after an acute disease. In such cases, Psorinum helps to improve appetite as well as provide strength to the body.

3. China – For Poor Appetite and Abdominal Fullness

China is a beneficial remedy for improving appetite. It works by helping to aid the desire to eat. This medicine works well in cases of reduced appetite with a sensation of fullness in the abdomen. China is useful when a person feels full in the stomach all the time. The abdomen feels bloated and distended. There is an aversion to all food. China works well in cases where there is not a complete loss of appetite, but the patient feels satiated by eating very little. Lastly, China is a beneficial medicine for a total loss of appetite during malaria.

4. Colchicum – When Nausea Accompanies Anorexia

Colchicum is another excellent treatment for loss of appetite. It helps to promote appetite in such cases. Colchicum is most helpful when nausea is present along with the loss of appetite. A person requiring Colchicum gets nauseous at the thought or smell of food. The patient feels hungry, but on smelling food, the appetite vanishes. If food is somehow taken, it seems tasteless. Colchicum helps to reduce nausea and stimulate the appetite.

5. Ignatia – Anorexia From Depression or Sadness

Ignatia is a high-grade treatment for loss of appetite. It helps to bring back appetite in patients who have lost their appetite due to depression. The guiding feature to use Ignatia is a loss of appetite from sadness, grief, and depression. A patient needing Ignatia refuses to eat and is absorbed in sad thoughts. The person feels sad and disappointed all the time, avoids the company of people, and feels exhausted both mentally and physically. Ignatia will help to recover from depression and assist in regaining the healthy appetite.

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  1. N Mahindru says:

    What could be given to a 56 years old lady cancer patient having loss of appetite and decline in weight due to allopathic cancer drugs along with exposure to radiation theropy

  2. Supriya Roy says:

    a patient( F)of age 56 recovered from brain stroke n lost a good percentage of memory ,most often doesn’t recognize or recollect the names. The severe problem is now she has almost lost appetite n stake very little of diet.The allopathic doctors are almost failed to recover her appetite.
    So seek your advices

  3. Hello . My 20 yr old son’s weight is 43 kgs . He has complete loss of appetite since 8 months . All his blood tests, usg , CT abdomen, enterography are normal . He is a k/c of seizure disorder & on medication since 16months . Plz suggest some medicine for him

  4. Hello . My 20 yr old son’s weight is 43 kgs . He has complete loss of appetite since 8 months . All his blood tests, usg , CT abdomen, enterography are normal . He is a k/c of seizure disorder & on medication since 16months . Plz suggest some medicine for him

    • Ch. Aparna says:

      Namasthe Dr. Sarma My husband got left side paralysis due to brain hemorage in feb 2020 he is not able to walk he is not able to eat any kind of food he is not fèling hungry and having hatred of food and loss of muscle and he sometimes cannot recognise people sometimes can recognise can you pl. Suggest medicine

  5. Hi. I would just like something for loss of appetite. I am diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and i am having trouble eating. Is there something you would recommend. Thank you

  6. Sangram mohapatra says:

    Hello Doctor,

    Hope you are doing fine . My daughters hemoglobin was low and upon test her cal protection was very high. Is there any hemeopathy medication available. Pls advise


  7. Sidharth Singh says:

    My mother is 85 years old and from last two months suffering from loss of appetite. Please advise me medicine.

  8. Jinia Guha says:

    My mother aged 78 ..suffering from kidney disease..suffer from loss of appetite …I want some med which will act as an appetiser..

  9. Carlto Cummings says:

    Hi Dr Shirma.
    Thank you for this oppertunity to seek your help.
    About mwo weeks ago I started having a desire to just drink water, no appitit to eat I have to force myself sometimes. I thought it may have ben because of worring of the loss of my aunt´s death and I was left with the task of organizing and runing her business.
    Beside this I have been worring about my failing vision. Is it possible you could indicate a formula for this ailment also? Thank you

  10. Eric Ferns says:

    My husband suffers from loss of appetite, chronic constipation with bloating of stomach and too much gas formation. I was given Hydrastis, Chelidonium, Kali Bich , Carbo veg, Nat mur, Silacea… Stool formation like moderately soft globules, not regular, No release of gas from rectum. Age is 66yrs

  11. Eric Ferns says:

    My husband suffers from loss of appetite, chronic constipation with bloating of stomach and too much gas formation. I was given Hydrastis, Chelidonium, Kali Bich , Carbo veg, Nat mur, Silacea… Stool formation like moderately soft globules, not regular, No release of gas from rectum.

  12. Rahul Srivastava says:

    My mother aged 85 is reluctant to have food from last 15 days and surviving only on juice,banana which she likes to eat.
    Her memory is also delipatered.
    When we try to force some Dal panic or messed rice,she keep in mouth but doesn’t swallow. She is getting weak.
    Kindly recomend done homeopathy medicines and doses thereof.

    • Gabriella Paussi says:

      My 93 year old mother has no appetite. She is still walking with a fame. I take her home everyday from a nursing home and cook her nutritious meals but she barely eats. This has been going on for years and she has lost a lot of weight. She is still enthusiastic about life. About a year ago she was diagnosed with scleradoma which affects the muscles in her neck from working properly according to doctors.Is there anything I can do to get her to eat more. She is only on a vitamin D capsule daily.

  13. SANJEEV KUMAR says:

    Good moring dr, my. Mother inlaw is feeling very tired, not hungry, and very weekness from one week please assit me with homopathic. Medicn we are from india,punjab

  14. MITHUN MONDAL says:

    I’m about 3o years old, have loss of appetite. I’m about 48 kg and too slim. Hair is also loss too. Wish your kind suggession.

  15. Respected sir
    I faced very troubled with my chaild age 2years 7 months . Last
    Several months he is suffering poor appetite. If we try to feed him. .in that case there was happened vomiting. We are hpoe less day by day . He doesn’t try to chewing food. That’s why he faced very week. Sir my request plz help my child to recover from this disease. And suggests best medicine which one available in market.

  16. Sayantika Sarkar says:

    Mam i suffer from ibs problem. My treatment is going on from last 16 months but there is nothing of sign of improvement. I have very poor appetite . Also i can not consume anything even which i loved. A lot of acidity… What should i do?

  17. Pradip Adhikari says:

    Stool not clear. After taking medicine it is clear but no appetite . This occurs for a week.

  18. Paresh Chandra Dutta says:

    Respected Dr. Sharma,

    My wife is aged 53 and osteoarthritis patient for 6-7 years and she is taking biochemic medicine Calcarea Flouricum 12X. For last 10 days she has loss of appetite and having dry cough with weakness and sometime she felt vomiting tendency also.

    Please advise what medicine to be given her.

    With regards,
    P. C. Dutta

  19. Mangesh more says:

    Goodmorning sir
    My father is a old age , 81 years.
    He is not eaten any food since 20 days. Also not having taste in mouth. He got loss of appetite. Let me know proper medication. My contact no is 9833970514

  20. Mangesh more says:

    Goodmorning sir
    My father is a old age , 81 years.
    He is not eaten any food since 20 days. Also not having taste in mouth. He got loss of appetite. Let me know proper medication.

    • Shehla Sikander says:

      My daughter is 18 years old suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for like 3 yrs now and to deal with anxiety she is using eating disorders aneroxia nervous as a bad coping mechanism. She has lost lot of weight and inspire being under weight she want to loose more by restricting too much and lot of exercise and she is depressed also please help us out by suggesting correct medicine for her thanks

  21. विजय कुमार says:

    नमस्कार डॉक्टर साहब,
    मेरी उम्र 40 साल है l मुझे भूख नहीं लगती है और शौच भी खुलकर नहीं होता है। भूख ना लगने की समस्या पिछले 10 सालों से है। जिसका कारण अवसाद है। मुझे इग्नेशिया दवाई से संबंधित लक्षण है। दवाई कितनी पावर की लेनी है और कैसे लेनी है? बताने की कृपा करें।
    आपका बहुत-बहुत आभारी रहूंगा।

  22. Mohan Kumar says:

    My wife is 66 years old, has undergone pacemaker implant 5 yrs.ago. her present lvef is 45%. Recently about 450ml pericardial effusion was drained. She is under treatment for weak heart and accumulation of body fluid. She always feels bloated stomach, irregular bowl clearance (more times, small quantity), she is averse to food and intake is very poor. My Homeopath doctor has given some medicine 2 days ago but there is no improvement. Can you kindly prescribe some fast relieving Homeopathic medicine? Mohan Kumar – 7019575505 .

    • pankaj kumar says:

      My mother is aged 82 yrs. She is suffering from loss of appetite with rancid like smell, stomach fullness,
      complete aversion to food. B.P and sugar is normal, no life style disease. Kindly advise.
      Pankaj Kumar

  23. sadaf amir says:

    aoa dr sharma i have some queries regarding my daughter cirrently my daughter had terrible constipation it has been 3 weeks now she was a good eater but all of a sudden she has lost all jer appetite and has become extremly irritable and weak kindly suggest something for her

  24. PULAK PAL says:

    Namaskar Doctor. My Mom aged 70 is a CVA patient, from some days she is unwilling to eat.. What medicine suitable for her?

    • sadaf amir says:

      aoa dr sharma i have some queries regarding my daughter cirrently my daughter had terrible constipation it has been 3 weeks now she was a good eater but all of a sudden she has lost all jer appetite and has become extremly irritable and weak kindly suggest something for her

    • Helbert Torres says:

      Hello like to ask you my dad is 85 yesrs old it has not appetite what can l do to make him eat….also he says that food has not taste could it be a bacteria in his system called helicobacter , thanks

  25. Shikhar jain says:

    I am suffering from adenocarcinoma of pancreas i have total loss of appetite with vomiting please guide me about homoeop. Medicine age 65 male

  26. Subhash Chhatbar says:

    I’m 61 years old male since last 3 months facing loss of weight and appetite. I have neck stiffness problem since 3 months
    Please suggest me homeopathic medicine
    Subhash Chhatbar

  27. Sudhanshu Mohanty says:

    I am suffering from PAD in the left leg, calf pain & stiffness in the left toes, compressed disk, L3 & L4. High BO & high Try since 15 years. Diabetes since 2 years.
    Very weak digestive system: milk, egg yolk, mutton, high protein foods, sour things don’t agree. Chronic cold: hoarse & weak voice, often nasal congestion & sinusitis.

  28. Respected Sir,
    I am student, iam very much interested to know what are the active phytochemicals in these alfa alfa and ignatia which is going to be increases the apatite ?

  29. Narendranath Pati says:

    I am 63 male.I have high bp for which now under treatment. Always I feel my stomache full little appetite. Kindly advise me the proper remedy.

  30. Kajol Chatterjee says:

    is any homeo treatment for eye. I have lens in my eye but now my sight has hazzeness not clear.

  31. Hi Doctor,

    My father who is 66 years old is recovering from viral fever and is taking course of ciprofloxin antibiotics along with fever medicine. His fever is almost gone but he is feeling too weak and unable to eat properly due to loss of appetite. Is there any homeopath medicine we can give him which he can take along with allopath medicine to cure his loss of appetite?

    If there is any medicine, pls let me know the dosage and frequency as well!

    Thanks in advance!


  32. Which homeopathic tissue salt would you recommend for loss of appetite due to pancreatitis from insecticide?

  33. Sir
    I have very low appetite and also stress.
    Age: 49 Weight :45 Kgs

    Please suggest me homeopathy medicine.

  34. Shumaila Umair says:

    Hello my son age is 2.5 years he does not eat anything ….what to do help me plz…he does not like anything…no roti fruits vegetables nothing plz help…

  35. Arun Kumar Singh says:

    loss of appetite (totally), floating abdomen all the time with heaviness as food and water is kept intact severally more than 10-12 hours, bechaini, ghabrahat increased after eating food , some time without eating
    increasing weakness, and physical activity

  36. Subrata Chowdhury says:


    My daughter aged 24+ yrs have been suffering from Bipolar Disorder over 10 years and is now stable on alopathy medicine. But she often has no appetite thereby causing her health problem. Pl suggest her a homeopathic appetizer without any side effects to keep her hearty and healthy.


    Subrata Chowdhury

  37. Dear Dr. Sharma,

    I am actually trying to find homeopathic remedies for a bunny. She had 3 procedures done, which exposed her to too much anesthesia. One of the procedures was done painfully (teeth trimming) so heavy pain medication was prescribed, which made things worse. After the procedures and medication she developed anorexia. Then she was prescribed antibiotics, which aggravated the anorexia. I have been syringe feeding her and nothing jump starts her appetite. So, I am looking for homeopathic remedies. I had used them on myself; thus I know they work.
    Thank you for your article, it gives very good ideas and guidance.
    If you have some suggestions for my bunny, I would greatly appreciate it if you please let me know. Thank you very much!

  38. SATISH CHANDRA says:

    After my death of father, my mother is under deep sorrow and doesn’t want to live initially.Aversion to take food, Bloating, Indigestion. She feels drowsy all the tome. I gave Staphysagria 200, lycopodium 200, opium 1M. She is recovering from drowsiness. Kindly suggest a medicine to regain her appetite. Presently she is taking Natrum Mur 6x in Morning, Magnesia Phos 6x,Kali Mur 6x and Natrum Phos 6x daily. I am in dilemma to give chins 90 or Ignitia 30 for her loss of appetite.

  39. baby age two year doesnt eat much.i am worroied abt him.he dosnt like to eat ftuits and vegtabels.jst drink simple water and bafflow milk .plz reply

  40. umair ahmed khan says:

    My son is 3.5 years old. he don’t want to eat anything.. what can I do?? Please suggest me something what can I give him??

  41. Sangeeta nagee says:

    Hello doctor, my mom is sick. She doesn’t like to eat anything. How shall I make her eat. Plz prescribe medicine for her so that she feels hungry

    • My mom has undergone all tests.. everything is normal. She is 76 years. For the past 3 months she gets nauseous at the thought or smell of food. She feels hungry, but on smelling food, the appetite vanishes. She is not eating any solid food. Has very small quantities if juices. But most of the time she feels like vomiting.

      Please advice

  42. Tarun Goswami says:

    Good evening Dr sarma

    Even my stomach is felt empty I donot feel hungry. And some times felt full of gas without appetite. Stool is always loos With constipation. Pl advice careflly.Im also in this line for some years. But confused to take myself.

  43. Can these remedies work/help in pet dogs, Please throw some light, Sir..

  44. मेरी बेटी 15 वर्ष की है। दुबला शरीर है। हाईट अच्छी है। उसको भूख नहीं लगती। पूरे दिन में एक रोटी बहुत मुश्किल से लेती है।

  45. Rajendra Sharma says:

    During rainy seasons I undergo loss of appetite. Also during this period I feel my stomach full even after a small breakfast.Also I get constipation and irregular bowel movements. Please suggest some remedy.

  46. My daughter of 4years old and suffering from low hb and loss of appetite and also under weight. She has 11 kg

  47. Nomathemba Lukhezo says:

    My sister is grossly underweight and as older person she is not receiving the treatment she requires basically the psychiatric nurse described her condition as “life choice.” My sister states that food does not taste at all i.e. loss of taste is her main complaint. This has led to dangerous weight loss and the NHS has failed to treat her indeed they say that she does not have an eating disorder.

    I am left with an elderly person who has no flesh on her, looks like a skeleton and unable to eat sufficient food to save her own life. She has hidden food in all sorts of places. She has been in a Mental Health Unit for just over three months.

    I am desperate and please if you can help I will be grateful

  48. Amit Rose says:

    For 3 days my wife was out of school training and has very less food and water there. When she returned she was a bit feverish and some exhausted. For next 3 days had mild fever. Since then she has lost appetite and thirst, water tastes bitter and feels full stomach all the time. She feels hunger but that subsides after eating 2-3 spoons.
    I more thing sir, she is expected from 15 days. Thats why we fear to give any allopathic medication. Please suggest us.

  49. shivangi vishwakarma says:

    Sir I have a patient 4 yrs little girl her mother complaining that her child eats nothing and some how she eats a little bit only and if forcefully her mother tries to give something to eat she vomits it and patients is so much active and having sharp memory but easily irritated and easily offended wt to give her plz hlp ..

    • Pranali desai says:

      Hi doctor
      My main problem is my babies appetite
      She is 4 years old now just started going to school. Her school is starting at 1:30 bt before going to school she does nt wnt to eat food neither she eats any thing for breakfast. If I try to feed her forcefully she feels like vomiting. D main point is she just don’t wnt to eat food. Just help me
      Thank you

  50. Muhammad Asif Nayyer says:

    Dear Dr.Sharma Ji.
    my child is 3 years old , he is weak and skinny body , having los of appetite physically he is okay and active child he has by birth constipation , please advise best medicine to gain his weight .

    thanks Asif Nayyer

  51. good day,
    my baby boy is 11 months and just had roseola infantum. we treated fever with belladonna and strominium (only once).
    since one week ago his rash disappeared, but his appetite is still very poor and his tongue is white coated. he is active, but lost about 450gr weight.
    thanks a lot

  52. My son 2.5 year old dooesnot take solid food.he takes only milk mixed with supplements.isthere any way to increase his appetite?I have tried alfalfa but he does not take alfalfa as well?Can I mix alfalfa with milk and give him?Any other chewable or tablet form medicine which he can consume easily.thanks-Shekhar(Mob-9805946501

  53. Sankar Paul says:

    Poor appetite of 4 months old baby girl..plz give suggestion.

  54. My mother is around 50 Ys. and weight is about 30 Kg. my mother is suffering from low sodium problem from 5 Years which automatic decrease from 130 to around 110 many times we admitted her into hospital doctors diagnose SIADH case. but unable to find the problem why sodium is derasing. on 22/04/2017 they done CT scan of chest and found some heziness in the chest it might be tuberculosis after they done bronchoscopy test to confirm TB but the test got normal. On symptoms basis they start TB treatment.After 7 months they again call CT scan test and CT report shows some improvement into Chest Hezzines doctors stop medicine of TB after 12 Months. Now she is suffering from Low or Dead appetite problem and her knee pain also.
    Please suggest what should i do. ?

  55. I am 30 year old women n my weight is hight is 5’6. I completely loss my appetite. I m hardly feel hunger whole day. Eat once or twice a day. N feels so week. N specially my leg and foot pain a lot. What can I do. Please advise me. Thanks

  56. Jair-Rohm Wells says:


    My mother is 85 years old and recovering from a series of strokes. Her brain function is diminished due to the strokes. This is a contributing factor to her loss of appetite and we are working on this. I’m In the meantime, we’re looking for recommendations for supplements that will stimulate her appetite.


  57. My grand daughter is 16 months old. She appears to have almost total appetite loss. During 24 hours her total intake is measured 3-4 tea spoonful of rice or dalia. For last one year she has developed total aversion towards milk or milk based food.

  58. Ashish Sharma says:

    Good evening Dr. Sharma.

    I am very upset due to my mom’s weight loss due to the lost of apetite. she also has the thyoroid which is control now, thooth decay is there as well.

    Kindly suggest me the Cure if possible, or pls let me know from where and how can i get the below mention medition are these good enough to intake togather and if yes what should be the quantity?
    1. Alfalfa

  59. in which dilution chine should use?

    • Bhupinder sekhon says:

      I had major de bulking in abdomen cos of canser now my tounge is very raw very poor apetite poor saliva,weakness,poo when go to pee and it’s very smelly.

  60. My grand daughter is 2 yr old and eats very little. Mainly survive on milk alone. What should I do so that she eats every thing.

  61. Ashish Kumar says:

    One of friend having white patches (vitiligo ) (minor). Please suggest some medicine. How long I have to take the medicine.

  62. Sir I have a problem of loosing my appetite just after I stop taking any appetite enhancers. Without them I go about for days with no food. But soon as I stop them i start loosing weight very fast.
    Do you think Alfalfa can help me based on your article?
    And Are there any side effects??

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