Curing Hyperthyroidism through Ayurveda

 

The thyroid gland is located at the base of the neck. It ensures that our bodies utilize energy effectively so that organs may function effectively. The self-immunity system keeps a regular check on thyroid glands, ensuring regular hormone production. Hyperthyroidism is a condition by which one’s thyroid glands produce more hormones than required, as a result of one’s genetic or hereditary makeup.

The average hyperthyroidism patient undergoing conventional medicine would require constant medication for possibly a lifetime. In contrast, Ayurvedic medicines have had positive results in treating the same. 

Cause of Hyperthyroidism according to Ayurveda

Hyperthyroidism is the name of Ati Karshya according to Ayurveda. The latter suggests several causes to develop during thyroid dysfunctions, including:

  • Ruksha Annapana, or the intake of drying food and drinks

  • Langhana, or extensive fasting

  • Consuming lesser food than required

  • Overpowering natural urges

  • Insufficient sleep

  • Repeated showering or bathing, which may increase Vata dosha

  • Depression

  • Anxiety or anger

  • Old age

  • Long term illnesses

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

Numerous Ayurvedic medicines suggest a cure to hyperthyroidism. Early diagnosis of the disease will lead to better and fast recovery. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Appetite changes, or a steep increase or decrease in hunger

  • Frequent bowel movement or diarrhea

  • Nervousness, irregular heartbeat, or trembling hands

  • Heat sensitivity or intolerance

  • Concentration difficulty

    • Anxiety, irritability, fatigue, reduced libido, erectile dysfunctions

  • Insomnia, perhaps rapid weight loss

  • Scanty or irregular menstrual cycle

  • Excessive sweating

How Hyperthyroidism Worsens

Improper digestion blocks essential channels in our body, which in turn accelerates thyroid dysfunction. Ayurveda cites the intensification of Vata and Pitta Doshas as the primary reason for this disorder. Higher levels of these Doshas raise metabolism rates, which results in increased hunger, inability to eat required nutrients, and frequent bowel movements among other symptoms, all of which stem from digestive system malfunctioning.

Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurveda believes in uncovering and fighting the root cause of a problem to arrive at a permanent solution. Thus, it firstly addresses clearing possible blocks within the body, reinstating equilibrium, and eventually resulting in the optimal performance of the thyroid gland.

Measures to manage Hyperthyroidism

The symptoms and precautionary measures recommended are similar to Ati Karshya in Ayurveda, some of which include:

  • Sleeping early and deeply

  • Leading a healthy and cheerful lifestyle

  • Consuming milk and dairy products (Do visit a doctor for a prescribed plan)

  • Stimulating proper blood flow

It is best recommended to visit an Ayurveda practitioner to further your insight on Hyperthyroidism, as well as providing a personalized solution for your problem.

An Ayurveda Inspired Lifestyle Plan

The treatment provided below intends to harmonize your body’s Pitta and Vata Doshas. General lifestyle suggestions include

  • Yoga 

    • Yoga, pranayama, and meditation exercises

  • Relaxation

    • Maintainance of a regular sleep schedule

    • Avoidance of excessive stress and approach to detoxification

  • Massage 

    • Warm oil body massages or Abhyangam to stimulate blood flow, to benefit muscles, eliminate toxins and relax muscles

    • An oil massage is recommended prior to bathing

    • Self-massage forms include Abhyangam, Snigdha, or Udwarthanam

  • Panchakarma therapies

    • Panchakarma offers relief from numerous bodily ailments and also balances bodily equilibrium

Effective Ayurvedic medicine for Hyperthyroidism

The following below is a list of Ayurvedic medicine for Hyperthyroidism. These not only clear blocked channels in our body and also provide nourishment.

  • Lemon Balm or Melissa Officinalis

    • Blocks the binding of TSH that causes hyperthyroidism

    • Also used to treat tachycardia, insomnia, and hyperactivity, which are symptoms of Hyperthyroidism.

  • Shankhapushpi or Convolvulus Pluricaulis Choisy 

    • Contains liver enzymes which cure symptoms

  • Mother wart or Leonurus cardiac

    • This medicine targets increased heartbeat, irregular menstrual cycle, anxiety, and indigestion issues

  • Amla or Emblica or Officinalis Gaertn 

    • Amla has various medicinal properties

    • It particularly controls both T3 and T4 hormonal levels

  • Fenugreek or Trigonella Graceum

    • Serves as a miracle herb mentioned in several Ayurvedic texts

    • Particularly effective in reducing the T3 hormonal levels

  • Stone Apple or Aegle Marmelos 

    • Balances the hormones that are released from the thyroid glands 

  • Tulsi or Ocimum sanctum 

    • The juice of Tulsi leaves especially reduces T4 levels

  • Shirish or Moringa Oleifera

    • Helpful in balancing both T3 and T4 levels 

Summary

As depicted above, Ayurveda is one of the oldest and purest forms of treatment available today. Ayurvedic treatments are completely natural without causing any side-effect and are thus famous worldwide. It is best recommended to consult a doctor in seeking medication that best suits your thyroid type. 

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