Category: Endocrine 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

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  • 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

Methods of Diagnosis in Ayurveda

Ayurveda is science of life which is composed of two sanskrit words (“ayur = life and “veda” = knowledge or science). It is a natural healing system which has been originated around 5000 years ago in the Vedic culture of India.

In Ayurveda it is believed that good health depends on an appropriate balance between body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda works on this concept that use of herbs, a balanced diet and a good life style can cure ailments.

Concept of Ayurveda

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According to Ayurveda, everything in the universe either it is living or non living is connected with each other. Good health can be achieved when body, mind and spirit are in equilibrium with universe. Disruption of this equilibrium leads to poor health.

Every individual is having five basic elements as in the universe-

  • Space
  • Air
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Earth

These elements combine in the body and form the three energies called as doshas. These three energies are responsible to maintain the physical and mental health. Three energies are vata (wind), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth+ water). These energies are important to maintain the good health. Imbalance of any of three energies results in the health complications.

वायु: पित्तं कफश्चेति त्रयो दोषा: समासत: विकृताऽविकृता देहं घ्नन्ति ते वर्त्तयन्ति

The above vedic text explains that vata (vayu), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth) are the three doshas in the body. Appropriate balance of three doshas leads to the health whereas imbalance in tridoshas is responsible for diseases.

Methods of diagnosis in Ayurveda

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Diagnosis is very important aspect of Ayurvedic treatment. Diagnosis means to find out the basic cause of a disease (Nidan). Without the proper diagnosis it is difficult to suggest medicine and cure the diseases.

Causative factors of diseases may be improper eating habits, life style and various other activities. In Ayurveda, treatment is done according to constitution of an individual.

Two Main methods of Diagnosis in Ayurveda:

  • Rog Pariksha ( Diagnosis of a disease)
  • Rogi Pariksha ( Examination of a patient)
  • Rog Pariksha ( Diagnosis of a disease)

It has been mentioned in Charak Samhita  vimaan sthan chapter 4.

Three ayurvedic diagnostic methods are applied for diagnosis of disease :

  • Aaptoupdesh(As is advised by ancient sages)
  • Pratyaksh(Direct observation)
  • Anumaan(Guess worke.g. to know digestive power of patient)
  • Rogi Pariksha ( Examination of a patient) –It is done by three methods of diagnosis in Ayurveda:

!)Tri-fold examination of a patient was given by Maharshi Vagbhata (the author of text book of Ashtanghridayam)

  • Observation (Darshan).
  • Touch, palpation and percussion(Sparshan)
  • Questioning (Prashan).

2) TENFOLD EXAMINATION (DASHVIDHA PAREKSHA) – Tenfold examination was given byAcharya Charaka in Charak Samhita  vimaan sthan chapter 8

Ten-fold examination of a patient has following 10 methods:

  • Prakriti (Body type/ Body constitution)
  • Vikriti (illness)
  • Sara(Outlook of patient)
  • Samhanan, (Type of food consumption like vegetarian and non –vegetarian)
  • Satva (Mental strength of patient)
  • Satmya (What suits to patient)
  • Aaharshakti (Food intake)
  • Vyayam-shakti( Physical fitness )
  • Vaya (Age)

Pramana( The quantitative measures) for examining a patient. Abnormalities related to the Structure and functions of body are observed.

3) EIGHTFOLD EXAMINATION (ASTHAVIDHA) – Eightfold examination as the name suggests that there are eight methods for the diagnosis. These types are more practical and useful.  It helps to get on quick diagnosis of an OPD patient. The Eight-fold examination of a patient has given by Yogratnakara

methods of ayurveda

In above Ayurvedic text it is explained that there are eight things (nadi -pulse, mala- feces, mutra- urine, jihva – tongue, shabda – hoarseness of voice, sparsha – touch, drik – examination of eyes, akruti – shape of body) which are to be examined by ayurvedic physician for making proper diagnosis of a disease.

pulse diagnosis in Ayurveda

  • Pulse examination (Nadi preekshan) – In this examination strength, rhythm and speed of pulse are observed to make a diagnosis.
  • If pulse is felt irregular (missing at intervals) or moving fast it can be compared to moving like a snake (sarpavat) that means vata is dominant in that pulse.
  • If pulse is having good volume with a throb and it can be compared to jumping frog (mandookvat) then pitta is dominant in that pulse.
  • If pulse is heavy or slow and its movement is like moving swan (hansvat) then kapha is dominant in that pulse.
  • Urine examination (Mootra preeksha) – Color and turbidity of urine is observed by naked eyes.
  • Fecal examination (Mala preeksha) –Examination of fecal matter is also done by naked eyes in order to see blood in stool and its floating nature (jalnimajan preeksha).
  • Tongue observation (Jivha preekshan) – Tongue of patient is examined for any discoloration, ulcers and white coating.
  • Examination of the voice and speech of pateint (Swar preekshan) – Hoarseness of voice is observed.
  • Skin and touch examination (Sparash preekshan) – Temperature of body, color and texture of skin is observed by Sparash preeksha.
  • Observation of eyes (Netra preekshan) – Color of iris, sclera and conjunctiva is observed.