HypoThyroidism from the point of view of Ayurveda
Underactive thyroid or Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder. Hypothyroidism is a common condition where the thyroid doesn’t create and release enough thyroid hormone into your bloodstream. This makes metabolism slow down. Hypothyroidism can make person feel tired, gain weight and be unable to tolerate cold temperatures. When thyroid levels are extremely low, this is called myxedema. A very serious condition, myxedema can cause serious symptoms, including - A low body temperature, anemia, heart failure, confusion, coma.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat HypoThyroidism
From Ayurvedic view , an underactive thyroid is a Kapha condition. The qualities of Kapha are heavy and slow which align with the symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Manda agni (Slow metabolism ) is common amongst Kapha imbalance.
Thyroid and the 5th chakra or throat chakra – represents an inability to speak your truth because it is somehow repressed or blocked. A major cause of thyroid conditions is stress. From the Ayurvedic perspective, stress contributes to an imbalance of Vata dosha which is involved in all disease processes.
All treatment in Ayurveda is individualized and based on the root cause of the illness. First, Ayurveda work to remove the cause of the illness (diet, lifestyle, stress ) then treat kapha and vata doshas.
Ayurvedic practitioner may also recommend therapies of Panchakarma (Ayurvedic cleansing), meditation, pranayama and yoga to support your healing. In the management of Hypothyroidism, the following procedures are useful and effective – Udhvartana ( Medicated Powder Massage) , Swedana (Steaming and other heating procedures) , Virechana or Medicated purgation (is a cleansing method, performed by giving some herbal purgatives which remove coating of fire principle or agni) , Nasya – herbal specified for thyroid stimulation are very useful.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of HypoThyroidism:
- Balance your 5th chakra
- Avoid soya and soyabean products contain the compound, that interfer in hormon level
- Coconut oil help in better functioning of the thyroid gland
- Ginger is rich in essential minerals like potassium and magnesium and helps combat inflammation, one of the primary causes of thyroid issues
- Almonds are best suited for proper thyroid expression
- Milk, cheese, and yoghurt are very beneficial for the thyroid as they are high in iodine