Hypothyroidism


Overview

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the front of your neck. It releases hormones to help your body regulate and use energy.

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness
  • Muscle weak
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory
  • Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)

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

Causes

  • Autoimmune disease -  Autoimmune disorders occur when your immune system produces antibodies that attack your own tissues. Sometimes this process involves your thyroid gland
  • Over-response to hyperthyroidism treatment
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Radiation therapy - to treat cancers of the head and neck can affect your thyroid gland 
  • Certain Medications
  • Congenital disease - born with a defective thyroid gland or no thyroid gland
  • Pregnancy
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Pituitary disorder

Predisposing factors-

  • Eating food in indigestion or when the previous meal isn't digested
  • Incompatible food
  • Eating in stress
  • Taking food at irregular time 
  • Taking excessive amount of diet 
  • Eating too fast or too slow
  • Sedentary lifestyle 

Treatment

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

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then should consider the following treatment protocol.

  • 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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