Thyroid problems affect the thyroid, a gland in the neck that helps control many of the body’s most important metabolic processes, such as heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight.
If your thyroid becomes overactive (hyperthyroidism), underactive (hypothyroidism), or cancerous, you could experience a range of health problems.
The main types of thyroid problems are :
Hyperthyroidism – this is when your thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone. The most common symptoms of hyperthyroidism are nervousness, heat intolerance, heart palpitations, tiredness and weight loss.
Hypothyroidism– this is when your thyroid does not make enough thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism can go on for years without showing any signs. When symptoms do appear, they can be quite varied and can include fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, thinning hair, poor memory and depression.
Thyroid cancer – this is when some of your thyroid cells become cancerous. Thyroid cancer is more common in women than in men and is usually diagnosed in people’s fifties. It can usually be treated successfully.
Other thyroid problems include nodules that grow in the thyroid, an inflamed thyroid, and an enlarged thyroid (goitre).
Ayurvedic Approach to Hypothyroidism :
According to Ayurveda, the function of thyroid is controlled by Pitta (agni) dosha. The metabollic processes that are carried out by the thyroid hormone are actually controlled by the pitta dosha. Ayurveda says that in Hypothyroidism Pitta dosha is covered by Kapha dosha which in turn diminishes the cellular metabolism.
Treatment of Hypothyroid in Ayurveda :
Ayurveda can effectively treat Hypothyroid in a natural and safer way. Ayurvedic treatment of hypothyroid is aimed at removing the kapha dosha that is coated over the pitta dosha. In this way pitta dosha can perform its functions normally. The factors such as healthy diet and lifestyle as well as regular exercise are given equal importance by Ayurveda along with treating the disease by Herbal medicines.
Ayurvedic herbs and herbal formulations used for Hypothyroid are :
Ayurvedic Therapies used :
Panchakarma and external therapies like Vamana, shirodhara, virechana, basti, udwarthana, Kashaya Seka are shown to play a significant role in managing symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Specific Asanas and Pranayamas that are directed at the thyroid have been proven to be beneficial. These include : Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, surya namaskara, pavan muktasana, and halasana.
In addition to the above, meditation and regular exercises to maintain a healthy lifestyle, reduce stress, and manage weight have shown to help control symptoms to a large extent.
Ayurvedic Approach towards Hyperthyroid :
Improper digestion of food leads to improper functioning of the thyroid gland by blocking the small channels in the body. The disorder is believed to occur due to aggravation of vata and pitta dosha. Imbalanced vata and pitta go into minute channels of the body and in turn causes the symptoms of Hyperthyroidism. The aggravated two doshas leads to the overstimulation of gastric fire and in turn causes increased appetite. As pitta is very hot, there will be excessive sweating and intolerance towards heat.
Treatment of Hyperthyroid in Ayurveda :
The main aim of the treatment of Hyperthyroid in Ayurveda involves the clearance of the blocked channels. This will balance the body energies and in turn restore the proper circulation and production of thyroxine hormone by thyroid gland.
Pranayama and reflection additionally help in ruling over disturbed vata and pitta.
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