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Anorexia is a condition that causes lack or loss of appetite for food, most commonly seen as an emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.
Studies show that a high percentage of people with an eating disorder will experience depression, or vice versa, due to a simultaneous presence between the two conditions. One interesting study of over 2,400 females with anorexia found that 94% of patients were evidenced with depression. (1)
Given that anorexia and depression commonly co-exist, the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms clearly states that bioactive components found in Reishi mushrooms have numerous health properties to treat mental conditions like anorexia. (2)
The ability to address this neurological condition originates back to its ancient Chinese roots as a balancer of the body and spirit, reported in old texts during independent trials. In order to satisfy Western Medicine, however, further studies are needed to determine Reishi's efficacy in this area.
Additional information on Reishi and its correlation to depression is found in our section of Neurasthenia (Fatigue, Depression) above.
Click on other conditions above to continue exploring studies done on Reishi:
1. American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, American Psychiatric Publishing, Washington, D.C., 2013: Pages 160-168.