A groundbreaking result in the field of medicine is a sign of hope to many that are suffering. Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is such a life-threatening disorder that has raised concerns over the past years! But a new study has revealed incredible findings to treat Anorexia. The psilocybin ingredient in ‘Magic Mushrooms’ offer hope in treating eating disorders. Let’s dive in to get more details about this incredible research results!
‘Magic Mushroom’ – A Hope In Treating Eating Disorders
A clinical study was conducted among 10 female patients between the age of 18 to 40. A single dose of psilocybin was given to the patients along with the support of a therapist. A single dose is approximately about 25mg of synthetic psilocybin.
From the selected patient group, 90% showed incredible results with a more positive outlook on life. 80% of the group responded to the experience as “top five most meaningful of life.” The majority of the group showed an increase in the quality of life and were more optimistic. However, after three months four participants of the group entered remission from the symptoms.
Nature Medicine published the results of the study on July 24, 2023. The research team is hoping to conduct the study in a larger trial.
What Is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia Nervosa is a serious mental disorder where people get an obsession with their body weight and image. People with this disorder either get into a restrictive diet, exercise heavily, or do both to lose weight.
Anorexia is not just challenging to overcome, it also has the highest mortality rate out of the psychiatric disorders. “Anorexia has the highest mortality of any psychiatric disorder and is notoriously costly and challenging to treat and recover from,” said associate professor in the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry, Rebecca Park.
“It is possible that psilocybin administration may reverse altered serotonin function in anorexia nervosa and help patients develop a new perspective on their symptoms and behaviors,” said professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Dr. Walter Kaye.
The groundbreaking results of this study can finally shed some light on treating the threatening eating disorder. Let’s keep on hoping that there will be more progress with the studies.
Anorexia Nervosa, a life-threatening disorder now has a ray of hope with the psilocybin ingredient in ‘Magic Mushrooms.’ A clinical study shows that people given a dose of psilocybin have more positive outlooks on life. This groundbreaking discovery is a game-changer in medicine.