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Loss of Appetite

Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite has many causes and can often be related to an illness. A person suffering from appetite loss may not feel hungry at all, or feel full after a few bites and may eat a lot less than is normal for them.


The symptoms of appetite loss may include unintended weight loss, fatigue, depression, difficulty in concentrating and weakness.


Loss of appetite may be due to a variety of reasons and while commonly related to an illness, emotional upsets can also affect your appetite.

Besides illness, appetite loss can occur if you suffer from teeth and gum problems, like periodontal disease or a broken tooth. If you have chronic pain, are depressed, anxious or stressed you may also lose your appetite. It could be due to digestive problems like bloating, indigestion or constipation. Intestinal disorders and disorders in organs that impact food digestion, such as pancreas, liver or the gallbladder can impact appetite as the digestive enzymes are not working properly to digest food.

Appetite loss can also occur with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and as a side effect of medications. Grief, alcoholism and infection may also cause this problem.


Prolonged loss of appetite that is accompanied by weight loss needs to be addressed by a medical professional. Unexplained appetite loss that lasts longer than a week could be a sign of a more serious problem that needs professional advice.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

Another blend is made from ¼ ounce dandelion root, ¼ ounce sassafras, ¼ ounce sarsaparilla, 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger root and 2 cups boiling water. Allow this combination to steep in the boiling water for 20 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey if desired. Add this mixture to 1 quart of carbonated water before serving.

Aromatherapy for Loss of Appetite

Commonly used essential oils to stimulate appetite include:

These can be blended to use in massage, bath, burner or compress. Suggested blends include:

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