Category: Hypothyroidism

What is The Treatment and Prevention of Hypothyroidism in Ayurveda?

Overview

Thyroid disorders are very common and tend to occur in persons of all age groups. The global incidence of thyroid disorders are increasing as the thyroid gland easily responds to the factors such as- stress and anxiety.

According to World Health Organization, about 2 billion people are iodine deficient worldwide. The iodine deficiency causes goiter and severe iodine deficiency causes Hypothyroidism.

The thyroid gland is a small and butterfly shaped gland that is situated in front of the neck.  The function of thyroid gland is to produce two hormones: T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxin) and calcitonin. But, strictly speaking, T3 and T4 are proper thyroid hormones.

Treatment and Prevention of Hypothyroidism in Ayurveda

What are the functions of thyroid gland?

It is a vital hormone gland which plays a role in metabolism, growth and development of human body. It helps in regulating many body functions by secreting steady amounts of thyroid hormones into the blood stream.

  • The thyroid gland is responsible for providing energy to every organ of the body.
  • It controls the heart rate.
  • It also controls metabolism. Therefore, it is also responsible for the functioning of digestive system.

What is Hypothyroidism?

What is Hypothyroidism

  • Hypothyroidism refers to any state that results in the deficiency of thyroid hormone including hypothalamic or pituitary disease. It refers to generalized tissue resistance to the thyroid hormone. It is also known as underactive thyroid. It affects women more frequently than men.

What are the causes of Hypothyroidism?

The balance of chemical reactions in the body gets upset when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones.

Risk factors

  • Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or type 1diabetes.
  • Heredity
  • History of exposure to radiation to the neck or upper chest

What are the signs and symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

In the early stages, there are no noticeable symptoms of hypothyroidism. Its signs and symptoms may vary depending on the severity of the disease as this problem tends to develop slowly.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints
  • Irregular or heavier menstruation in women
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory
  • Goiter (Enlarged thyroid gland)
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Muscle ache, tenderness and stiffness

What are the causes of Hypothyroidism according to Ayurveda?

  • If we try to have a keen insight to the pathogenesis of hypothyroidism according to the principles of Ayurveda, it is basically caused due to the dysfunctioning of Agni. It is caused due to the weak metabolic fire (Jatharagni), which in turn affects Dhatavagni and brings out pathological sequence and ultimately the diseased condition develops.
  • Looking into dosha imbalance, all the doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha are vitiated with the predominance of Rasa-vaha, Medo-vaha and Mamsa-vaha doshas which are considered as the root cause of disease.
  • Treatment: In spite of many advances in modern medicine, the management of Hypothyroidism still remains unsatisfactory. There is a need to search out safe, effective and natural remedies. Such remedies could be explored from the huge treasure of Ayurveda.

Home Remedies for the Treatment of Hypothyroidism

Turmeric Milk:

  • Turmeric milk is an effective home remedy for hypothyroidism. Take boiled milk with turmeric regularly.

Bottle Gourd’s Juice:

  • Take 1 glass of bottle gourd juice regularly on an empty stomach in the morning.

Tulsi and Aloe vera

  • Mix 2 spoons of juice of Tulsi leaves and half spoon of aloe Vera juice and take this mixture regularly. This remedy is quite effective for hypothyroidism.

Red Onion:

  • Cut red onion into two halves and massage on thyroid gland before going to bed but do not wash the neck region after massaging.

Coriander:

  • Coriander water is an effective remedy for treating hypothyroidism. Take fresh coriander leaves and grind them. In a glass of water, add 1 spoon of grinded coriander leaves and drink this water.

Ashwagandha Powder:

  • Add 1 spoon of ashwagandha powder in a glass of warm milk and drink it before going to bed.

Pranayam

  • Ujjayi Pranayama is quite effective in hypothyroidism. This pranayama calms the mind and relieves mental stress as well.

Avoid:

  • Common salt should be avoided. It is a common myth that common salt contains iodine but the fact is that common salt does not contain iodine. Use only rock salt or black salt in the diet.

What are the Best Herbal Remedies for hypothyroidism?

Planet Ayurveda offers best combination of effective herbal remedies for the treatment of hypothyroidism such as Hypothyroid Care Pack. These herbal remedies are prepared according to the principles of Ayurveda and are safe to use.

Hypothyroid Care Pack of Planet Ayurveda consists of:

  1. Chandraprabha Vati
  2. Hakam Churna
  3. Gugullipid
  4. Gotukola

1.Chanderprabha Vati:

  • Planet Ayurveda’s Chandraprabha Vati is prepared using the ingredients as prescribed in Ayurvedic classical texts. Chandraprabha Vati helps in the proper functioning of thyroid gland and also helps in maintaining healthy weight as well. This medicine helps in reducing swelling in the thyroid gland. Thus, this tablet helps to maintain thyroid gland in a natural way without causing any side effects.

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily.

2.Hakam Churna:

  • Hakam Churna is a wonderful combination of herbs which is useful in all the inflammatory conditions and helps in indigestion as well. It is considered as a “Tridoshic Rasayana”. It balances all the three doshas of the body. This combination of herbs help in boosting the digestive fire thus works on the root cause of hypothyroidism. It also improves energy thus relieves fatigue as well.

Ingredients of Hakam Churna

Sr. No.

Botanical Name Common Name Quantity
1. Lepidium sativum Chandershoor 25 gm
2. Nigella sativaa Kalonji 25 gm
3. Trigonella foenum graecum Methi 25 gm
4. Trachyspermum ammi Ajwain 25 gm

Dose: 1 tablespoon twice daily with plain water.

3.Guggullipid:

  • Planet Ayurveda’s Guggullipid Capsules are prepared from the standardized extracts of Guggul (Commiphora mukul). It is known to have a strong effect on the thyroid gland. It regulates the functioning of thyroid gland and also increases the metabolism of fats thereby helps in managing weight gain also.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water.

4.Gotukola Capsules

  • Planet Ayurveda’s Gotukola Capsules are prepared from the standardized extracts of the herb Centella asiatica. This herb is known for reducing stress and anxiety and also useful in circulation. Thus, this herb is useful in restoring the hormonal imbalance.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily.

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