Ayurvedic Treatment For Thyroid
The thyroid gland or simply, the thyroid, is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body. The thyroid gland is found in the neck, below the thyroid cartilage (Adam’s Apple) and at approximately the same level as the cricoid cartilage. The thyroid controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. Diseases of the thyroid gland can result in either production of too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) hormone.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which an overactive thyroid gland is producing an excessive amount of thyroid hormones that circulate in the blood.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism are notorious for their nonspecific nature and for the way in which they mimic many symptoms of other diseases. So it often remains undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include vertigo, weight gain, mood disturbances, tiredness, lethargy, slowness of memory, intellect and thought, menstrual irregularities, cold intolerance, dry rough skin, thin brittle hair, hair fall, muscle stiffness, aching, cramps, weakness and fatigue, constipation, hoarseness of voice, goiter etc.
Ayurvedic herb, Gotu Kola, has gained popularity in recent years because of its ability to strengthen the vascular system. Medications, massage therapy, specific dietary recommendations, anointing oils and exercise are incorporated into a total healing plan.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. There are two common causes for hypothyroidism. The first is a result of previous (or currently ongoing) inflammation of the thyroid gland, which leaves a large percentage of the cells of the thyroid damaged (or dead) and incapable of producing sufficient hormone. The most common cause of thyroid gland failure is called autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), a form of thyroid inflammation caused by the patient’s own immune system.
There are plenty of Ayurvedic herbs, prescribed for hypothyroidism. They regulate the thyroid hormone and restore its functionality. These herbs are under researches and many of them are proven to be very beneficial for treating thyroid conditions. Some of the herbs are described as below.
- Kaanchanara (Bauhinia Veriegata) :- This is known as purple mountain ebony and probably most powerful drug in Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia for treating any type of thyroid problems. This herb is available in the form of pill or tablet.
- Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) :- This is the drug that is used widely in present Ayurvedic practice. This is well known for its calorie burning properties and therefore used abundantly in reducing weight i.e. obesity. Hypothyroidism is closely related with obesity and therefore, this herb is extremely useful treating the condition. This is available in the form of tablet, pill and capsule.
- Punarnava (boerhaavia diffusa Linn) :- This herb falls in the category of diuretic. This is an excellent remedy for treating swelling or inflammation from all over the body. Since hypothyroidism has one of the symptoms of swelling and numbness all over the body, Punarnava can be very beneficial for treating such conditions. This is very good tonic and it can also be used for general health.
There are many formulas available to treat hypothyroidism Ayurveda always suggest patients to go for internal medication following strict diet as prescribed and advised by Ayurvedic Physician.