Hashimoto's thyroiditis


Overview

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland (butterfly-shaped gland in the neck ). Initially, inflammation of the thyroid causes a leak resulting in excess thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). Over time, the inflammation prevents the thyroid from producing enough hormones (hypothyroidism).

Symptoms

  1. Enlargement of the tongue
  2. Muscle tenderness
  3. Unexplained weight gain
  4. Brittle nails
  5. Pale skin
  6. Dry skin
  7. Menstrual Bleeding longer than a week
  8. Puffy face and eyes
  9. Constipation
  10. Muscle stiffness,weakness
  11. Joint pain/stiffness
  12. Fatigue/Tiredness/ Lack of energy/Feeling of weakness
  13. Hair fall
  14. Sensitivity to cold/ Cold intolerance
  15. Depression
  16. Memory lapse
  17. Heart failure 
  18. Reduced sexual desire
  19. Slow heart rate

According to Ayurveda there are three biological elements present in our body: vata, pitta and kapha which should be in balance. In Hashimoto's thyroiditis, imbalance in kapha and impaired digestive fire (Agni) produce a blockage in all our channels and result in impaired functioning of thyroid gland.

Causes

It is a Autoimmune disorder

Predisposing factors-

  • Sex - Women are much more likely to get Hashimoto's disease.
  • Age - commonly occurs during middle age
  • Heredity
  • Other autoimmune disease - such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes or lupus — increases your risk of developing Hashimoto's disease
  • Radiation exposure. People exposed to excessive levels of environmental radiation are more prone to Hashimoto's disease

Treatment

  1. Promote normal functioning of the thyroid gland.
  2. Relief from complications of hashimoto's thyroiditis.
  3. Rejuvenation of the whole body and maintaining an actively functioning thyroid gland.

Ayurvedic medicine isn’t meant to be a replacement for hormone treatments, The following treatment can be used alongside to help you manage thyroid disorder symptoms.

  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis often leads to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism slows down metabolism leading to weight gain, puffy face and a drop in core body temperature also. So people with low levels of thyroid hormones may have a low tolerance of the cold, tiredness weakness in muscle and fatigue, thinning of hair, irregular menstrual cycle in women
  • Kanchanara guggulu, Kanchanara, Vakeri, Shilajit and Varuna are helpful to maintain the normal metabolic rate, reduce weight and enhance the normal functioning of thyroid gland by removing the obstruction from the channel
  • Chandraprabha vati is helpful in restoring thyroid hormone balance and also helps to reduce swelling and puffiness.
  • Depression, Impaired memory symptoms occur because the brain requires thyroid hormones to function correctly, Low levels of thyroid hormones can cause changes in brain structure and functioning.
  • Ashwagandha, Guduchi  and gokshura help to improve overall strength and stamina of the body and improve immunity also
  • Mandukaparni is helpful in managing Depression, Impaired memory and its natural action on blood circulation helps to relieve constipation and skin dryness.

Herbs

Kanchanara guggulu, Kanchanara, Vakeri, Shilajit , Varuna Chandraprabha vati , Ashwagandha, Guduchi  , Gokshura Mandukaparni .


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