Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hypothyroidism and Ayurveda

Hypothyroidism is the condition in which the Thyroid Gland is less active and needs to be stimulated

There are many cause of Hypothyroidism but primary cause is Iodine deficiency.

(In India Iodized Salt is compulsory – But In past few years why hypothyroidism increased?)

 Thyroid disorders are not new for AYURVEDA. In CHARAK SAMHITA, SUSHRUT SAMHITA, MADAV NIDAN-This all are Ayurveda literatures has detail description of about thyroid disorder and its treatment.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

 Main symptoms of Hypothyroidism are mentioned below:

  • Obesity-Weight Gain-without any known reason
  • Anorexia
  • Decrease in metabolism
  • High levels of lethargy- slowing of mental and physical activity
  • Coldness in the hands and/or feet- sensitivity to cold
  • Frequent constipation
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dry skin - dryness of the skin
  • Anemia
  • Disordered menstrual function (in Female)

Ayurvedic View

In Hypothyroidism metabolic rate become slow,  which is similar to Ayurvedic Dhatvagnimandhya-lower digestive fire at cellular level-and Ayurveda medicines helps to increase the digestive fire at its cellular level to restore proper metabolism.

Diet and Lifestyle Advice

Increase intake of Old Rice, Barley, Bengal gram, Moong dal and cucumber.
Coconut oil and Til Oil helps to improving body metabolism.
Avoid heavy and sour foods and cabbage, mustard-greens, cauliflower, maize, sweet potatoes, and spinach.

Some useful Herbs

Kanchnar-Bauhinia variegata
Guggulu-Commiphora wightii
Jatamansi-Nardostachys jatamansi
Gokshur-Tribulus terrestris
Punarnava-Boerhavia diffusa

Yoga & Pranayam For Hypothyroidism

Regular Yoga & Pranayam practice helps to stimulate thyroid and pituitary gland. Yoga and Pranayam promote blood flow to certain regions of the body and the increased blood flow helps the organ to improve their functions.

 Recommended YOGA poses for hypothyroidism

Surya Namskara (Sun Salutation Pose)

Pranayama For Hypothyroidism
Ujjayi Pranayama – Best Pranayam for thyroid gland
Anulom Vilom

Note: These Pranayama and Yoga is not a Treatment, it is a part of treatment.

This article is intended only for information. It is not a substitute to the standard medical diagnisis, personalized Ayurvedic treatment or qualifies Ayurvedic Physician. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic Physician.

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