Neurofeedback is a type of therapy that uses technology to measure and alter brain activity. It is used in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, addiction and more.
Neuroscientists are always on the lookout for new therapies that are helpful in controlling diseases with recognized neurological components. The wide variety of eating disorders that afflict individuals of all ages is one such area of dysfunction. For both neurofeedback practitioners and their patients, preliminary research on this topic is promising.
Traditional psychological treatments are frequently effective in treating eating problems. However, for certain patients, such methods are unsuccessful. Neurofeedback experts are particularly interested in these people, as they seek a solution to a potentially life-threatening mental health issue.
According to recent studies, neurofeedback improves the conditions of anorexia patients, according to a 2017 review research from King’s College in London. The researchers also identified 21 other active trials using brain stimulation treatments for eating disorders at the time. Given the positive results of previous trials, they expressed optimism that more good news was on the way.
Following up on this 2017 study, Spanish and Australian scientists published a systematic review in 2018 that looked at fifty various trials of neuromodulation methods used to treat eating disorders. The use of brain stimulation treatment for decreasing unhealthy eating and cravings in obese individuals was shown to be particularly beneficial in this study. Neuromodulation was described as “a promising approach” in this case as well.
Finally, in 2019, Chinese and American researchers collaborated to evaluate 48 studies including over 1000 individuals with different eating problems. These researchers were primarily interested in determining whether single-session treatment or multi-session therapy was more successful in generating good outcomes. Their conclusion was that a multi-session strategy, with evidence of higher benefits, was the best method to treat eating problems through brain stimulation therapy.
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