Category: Arthritis / Bone / Joint Health

Permanent Cure of Hypothyroidism With Ayurvedic medicine

Hypothyroidism is a disorder associated with inadequate production of thyroid hormones due to structural or functional impairment of the thyroid gland.  It is called underactive thyroid disorder as it slows down body’s metabolism.

Thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped endocrine gland located at the front of the neck and is responsible for producing thyroid hormone (T3  and T4) which regulates the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates and fats thus raising basal cell temperature. Thyroid secretes Thyroxin (T4) which stimulates the consumption of oxygen

Hypothyroidism leads to hormonal imbalance in women

  • According to Ayurveda, Hypothyroidism is due to imbalance of the three doshas caused by climatic change or unhealthy diet . The root cause is vitiated Kapha and Pitta doshas.

Causes of Hypothyroidism :

  • Hypothyroidism is often caused due iodine deficiency. It can be due to lack of TSH hormone produced by pituitary gland . It can be termed as genetic disorder or congenital defect.
  • Hypothyroidism may be auto immune or may be due to side effects of surgery or radiation. Stress is another factor known to trigger hypothyroidism as physical and emotional stress inhibits the thyroid gland secretion due to reduction of thyrotrophin output.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Weight gain inspite of proper diet and exercise.
  • Hair loss and brittle nails . Hair may be dry , thin  and coarse.
  • Numbness in fingers and hands . Puffy face and pale skin. Hoarseness of voice.
  • Dryness due to decrease in blood circulation/flow to one’s skin.
  • Pain and Inflammation in joints. Muscle cramps and stiffness
  • Sensitivity to cold which is due to inadequacy of thyroid hormones as this hormone increases metabolism which generates heat in our body.
  • Fatigue even when one wakes up in the morning along with absent mindedness or brain fog or crankiness. One may feel confused, irritated and depressed along with experiencing headaches.
  • Painful periods and even pre-menopause symptoms can be visible.
  • Heart disease due to increase in blood cholesterol levels. There is slowed heart rate.
  • Vertigo and mood disturbances.
  • Decreased immunity leading to recurrent infections .Constipation.
  • In children , hypothyroidism may lead to delayed teething and slow growth and mental development.

Diagnoses of Hypothyroidism.

  • Blood test and medical history of the patient are done to diagnose Hypothyroidism.

Diet Recommended During Hypothyroidism

  • Food to avoid include : cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, rapeseed, brussels sprouts , sweet potatoes , maize , lima beans, soya , mustard , spinach etc as they slow down the functioning of the thyroid.
  • One needs to avoid water containing fluoride.
  • One needs to quit smoking but increase exercise

Foods to Be Taken

  • Coconut oil, ghee , flax oil and fish oil are good to use.
  • Green vegetables especially one  with bitter taste like red leaf lettuce, chicory are highy recommended.
  • Lemons are advised to be taken to fight dry skin problem.
  • Vitamin B is recommended.
  • Herbal tea with lemon, turmeric and cinnamon can help improve blood circulation and relieve hypothyroid symptoms.
  • Iodine rich diet needs to be taken like kelp, beetroot, radish, parsley ,potatoes, fish , oatmeal  bananas etc.
  • One may take spices like ginger and black pepper as they stimulate heart beat and gives better circulation.
  • Exercise helps stimulate thyroid gland secretions and helps improve metabolism.
  • Exercise not only improves circulation but also strengthen muscles and oxygenates blood.

Treatment for Hypothyroidism

thyroid-support-pack

  • Best treatment for hypothyroidism is doing breathing  exercises like pranayama (kapalbhati , bhastika and bhrameri ) . Pranayama detoxifies the body and helps in increasing oxygen supply in the blood.  Yoga is recommended for hypothyroid patients as some yoga aasans ease the flow of energy throughout the body and improves blood circulation.
  • Ayurveda aims at fixing the hypothyroidism disorder by balancing the three doshas (Vatta, Pitta and Kalpha) .  This disorder is mainly associated with heavy kalpha dosha which can be balanced using herbal medicines .  With Ayurveda, one has better healing chances from hypothyroidism

Ayurvedic Treatment for Hypothyroidism

  • Planet Ayurveda offers the most effective herbal remedies in the form of HYPOTHYROID CARE PACK to treat Hypothyroidism.
  • This pack is a combination of 100% natural products that helps to restore the hormone imbalance.  The packs aims at maintaining thyroid levels thereby overcoming symptoms like  obesity , fatigue etc. The pack helps in reducing cholesterol ,  improving digestion and reducing depression.

This pack includes

Chanderprabha Vati tablets:

  • This medicine is widely used in Ayurvedic practice to fight urinary tract related disorders.  It treats constipation, indigestion, problems related to skin and abdominal pains.  It is very useful in disturbed metabolism of kapha and vata dosha.  It is beneficial in relieving symptoms associated with hypothyroidism without any negative impacts on health.

Dose – 2 tab twice daily after meal with water

Hakam Churana:

  • This formulation is a wonderful herbal supplement in the form of powder to relieve joint pains, muscle stiffness, skin dryness , weakness, memory impairment  etc. This Churana balances the three doshas.  It also restores normal digestion, helps with weight loss . The formulation has anti-inflammatory properties. Hakam Churan is made with simple ingredients like methi, kalongi, ajwain and chandershoor. This product is completely safe to use with no side effects.

Dose –1 tsp twice daily after meal with water

Gugullipid Capsules:

  • Gugullipid or Guggul herb  is best to lower bad cholesterol levels as well as high blood tri glyceride levels.  The herb is known to have antioxidant properties  and anti inflammatory properties.  Guggul has the ability to stimulate the thyroid gland to increase its hormone production thus increase metabolism and eventually leading to weight loss.

Dose – 2 cap twice daily after meal with water

Gotukola Capsules:

  • These capsules are prepared from the herb called Gotu Kola or Centella Asiatica. The herb helps to improve thyroid functions . It is used to fight fatigue , depression ,anxiety and aids in improving memory and intelligence. It is useful in treating skin disorders and works great for nails and joint repair and growth.

Dose – 2 cap twice daily after meal with water

Top 7 Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia-Fatigue

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain which is accompanied by fatigue, memory, sleep and mood issues. It is a chronic condition where is non-inflammatory tenderness in muscles, ligaments and joints. Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way by which brain processes pain signals. Fibromyalgia patients have been found to have lower levels of a brain neurotransmitter known as—serotonin which leads to lowered pain thresholds and increased sensitivity to pain. Serotonin also promotes calm and stable mental state.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Many people suffering from fibromyalgia also suffer from tension, headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. There is no cure of fibromyalgia in modern medicine but a variety of medicines are available to control its symptoms. Exercise and stress-reduction measures may also help.

Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

  1. Widespread pain—There is a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least 3 months. The pain occurs on both sides of the body and also above and below the waist.
  2. Cognitive difficulties—A symptom commonly known as—fibro fog impairs the ability to focus and concentrate on mental tasks.
  3. Fatigue—Patients suffering from fibromyalgia often awaken tired and the sleep is often disrupted by pain and many patients also develop sleep disorders like—restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
  4. Many patients who have fibromyalgia also experience depression, headaches or cramping pain in the lower abdomen.
  5. Stiffness
  6. Burning sensation
  7. Pain is usually severe on waking up in the morning and gradually decreases with passing of the day.

What are the causes of Fibromyalgia?

  1. Infections—Some illnesses trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
  2. Physical or Emotional Trauma—Post-traumatic stress disorder can be correlated with fibromyalgia.
  3. Heredity—Fibromyalgia tends to run in families.

Diagnosis

  • The diagnostic evaluation of fibromyalgia can take time, but this should not be the barrier in primary care practices. It is diagnosed on the basis of characteristic symptoms. Patient history, physical examination and ruling out co-morbid disorders are the cornerstones of fibromyalgia recognition. No radiological testing is required however some tests like—ESR, C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, a complete blood cell count, rheumatoid factor (RF) factor is recommended.

Fibromyalgia according to Ayurveda

  1. The Charak Samhita Sutrasthana Chapter 13 elaborates on the pre-eminence and primacy of the Vata dosha in the body. Acording to Master Charak, Vata is the physical energy of the body penetrating as a life force everywhere in the physiology. Fibromyalgia is classified as Mamsa Dhatugat (diseases affecting muscles and tendons) and Mamsavrut Vata (diseases due to excess of Vata dosha in muscles and tendons). It involves dysfunction in Vata Vaha Srota, Mamsa Vaha Srota and Mamsa Dhatvagni. It falls into a sub-type of disease known in Ayurveda as “Vatavyadhi”—the diseases caused primarily due to the vitiation of Vata dosha—the physiological energy responsible for the stability and activity of the nervous system.
  2. It is described in ancient texts as manifesting with a variety of possible and changing symptoms and signs including pain, stiffness, fatigue, gradual loss of movement, mental disturbance etc.  Dietary and lifestyle modifications are suggested in Ayurveda to correct the Vata imbalance. In Ayurveda, accumulation of toxins is believed to be the root cause of various auto-immune disorders like—rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylosis and fibromyalgia.
  3. The build-up of toxins can lead a person to feel fatigue all the time. When toxic accumulation takes its toll on the nerve tissue, it results into the symptoms of tenderness, sensitivity and pain. Therefore, cleaning of toxins becomes necessary. Primarily, samprapti (pathogenesis) originates in the gastro-intestinal tract, then branches out through the madhyama rogamarga, the middle channels of the pathogenic process of disease with special inclination for shleshma sthana especially mamsa dhatu (muscle tissue) and their corresponding channels.

Ayurveda uses a range of natural anti-arthritic herbs to treat this condition. Various herbs are

  • Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)—This herb is commonly known as “Salai Guggal”. It is a resin obtained from the tree and is purified and used to treat pain and inflammation. It has the potential to relieve pain naturally without having any side effects and is a popular natural anti-inflammatory herb used by Ayurvedic physicians across the world.
  • Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)—It is considered as the most potent anti-arthritic herb effective in controlling pain and inflammation in arthritic conditions.
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)-–  This herb is commonly known by the name Indian ginseng by the western countries. This herb has anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties.
  • Guggul (Commiphora mukul)—This herb has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This herb helps particularly in osteo-arthritis.
  • Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)—This herb is one of the leading immunomodulators. This herb is known by the name “Amrita” meaning elixir for long life.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)—It is a very common anti-inflammatory herb that reduces inflammation and also a good analgesic.

Top 7 Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia:

  1. Grind 8-10 papaya seeds and mix it in a glass of water and boil it. Drink this water twice or thrice a day for a month.
  2. Drink freshly prepared cranberry juice or radish juice daily.
  3. Drinking freshly prepared juice of beetroot, carrot can help in fighting this condition, apart from improving overall health.
  4. Make Meditation as a part of your lifestyle.
  5. Regular Sleeping Habits—This is important for reducing pain
  6. Make a habit of morning walk every day.
  7. Epsom salt—Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. Epsom salt bath helps the body to absorb magnesium as fibromyalgia is associated with magnesium deficiency.

Diet—Things to be Taken

  • The best suited diet for fibromyalgia are vegetable juices, cow’s ghee, spices such as—ginger, coriander, asafoetida, turmeric, fennel, etc. It is a condition mainly associated with magnesium deficiency, so it is good to consume green leafy vegetables, soybeans, cashews, almonds. Taking omega-3 fatty acids help in creating a hormone prostaglandin that helps in reducing inflammation.
  • It is essential to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins from the body.

Things to be Avoided

  • Avoid eating spicy food, caffeine, refined sugar, yogurt.

Note : It should be noted that herbs give results but it will take some time for herbs to manifest in the body.