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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.

Herbal Remedies for Esophageal Varices – Symptoms and Causes

Esophageal Varices are characterised by the abnormal and enlarged veins in the esophagus (the tube that connects throat and stomach). It is most commonly seen in people with serious liver diseases.

esophageal-varices

This disease takes place when the normal blood flow to the liver is blocked by a clot or a scar tissue in the liver. As a result, the blood flows into smaller blood vessels that are not designed to carry large volumes of blood. Therefore, the vessels can leak or get ruptured causing life-threatening bleeding.

What are the Symptoms of Esophageal Varices?

Esophageal varices generally do not cause any signs and symptoms until or unless they bleed. The signs and symptoms of bleeding Esophageal varices include :-

  • Vomiting with significant amounts of blood in the vomiting
  • Light-headedness
  • Black, tarry and bloody stools
  • In severe cases, there is a loss of consciousness

Signs of liver disease include which are helpful in diagnosing varices. These include:

  • Jaundice which includes yellow colouration of skin as well as eyes.
  • Ascites characterised by fluid build up in the abdomen.
  • Easy bleeding or bruising

What are the Causes of Esophageal Varices?

Esophageal Varices form when the blood flow to the liver is blocked due to the scarring of the tissue caused by the liver disease. The blood flow begins to back up which increases the pressure within the portal vein that carries blood to the liver.

This pressure known as portal hypertension forces the blood to seek other pathways through the smaller veins such as those in the lowest part of the esophagus. As a result, the thin walled veins balloon with the added blood. Sometimes, the veins get rupture and start to bleed.

Causes of Esophageal Varices Include

  • Liver Scarring (Cirrhosis):- The liver diseases such as hepatitis infection, liver disease, fatty liver disease, bile duct disorder can result in cirrhosis.
  • Parasitic Infection :- A parasitic infection known as schistosomiasis found in parts of South America, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. This parasite can damage the liver, lungs, intestine and bladder.
  • Thrombosis :A blood clot in the portal vein or in a vein that feeds into the portal vein can cause esophageal varices.

Diagnosis and Treatment: The main tests that are used to diagnose esophageal varices include: endoscope exam, imaging tests and capsule endoscopy.

Modern treatment for esophageal varices includes medications to reduce pressure in the portal vein, using elastic bands to tie off the bleeding veins, certain medications to slow blood flow into the portal vein, diverting blood flow away from the portal vein, preventing infection and liver transplant.

Treatment of Esophageal Varices According to Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies which are designed by renowned medical experts of Planet Ayurveda. These herbal remedies are extremely effective herbal formulations for managing esophageal varices. These herbal formulations are :-

  • Pitta Balance Capsules
  • Arjuna Capsules
  • Digestion Support Capsules
  • Punarnava Capsules
  • Prawal Panchamrit Tablets

1. Pitta Balance Capsules

Pitta Balance of Planet Ayurveda is a wonderful formulation which is a combination of several unique ingredients which are cooling in nature as well as natural calcium compounds. These capsules are very useful in treating heart burn, ulcers, acidity, cold sores, inflamed rashes as well as cold sores. The bleeding associated with esophageal varices can be controlled by Pitta Balance Capsules.

Dosage :- 1-2 capsule twice daily.

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2. Arjuna Capsules

Arjuna Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the standardised extract of the herb Terminalia arjuna tree bark.  In Ayurveda, Arjuna tree bark is a popular herbal remedy for heart problems and blood pressure. It is not only useful in heart ailments but also helps in clearing away the blockages in the arteries. Thus, these capsules are very useful in venous thrombosis.

Dosage :- 1-2 capsule twice daily.

3. Digestion Support Capsules

Digest Support Capsules by Planet Ayurveda contain the standardised extracts of various herbs that are known to keep the digestive system healthy. These capsules help in maintaining the natural pH of the stomach and helps in curing indigestion problems. It is a complete solution to all the digestive problems and works well for the intestinal processing of the food.

Dosage :-1-2 capsule twice a day.

4. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the standardised extract of the herb Boerrhavia diffusa. This herb is considered as an excellent tonic for the heart as well as kidneys. It is also considered as a rejuvenative herb. It also increases the digestive fire and also absorbs fluids from the digestive system.

Dosage :-1-2 capsule twice daily.

5. Prawal Panchamrit Tablets

Prawal Panchamrit Ras is a classical Ayurvedic mineral formulation. As the name indicates, it is made of two words: Panch + Amrit. Panch means five and amrit means elixir. It is made of 5 bhasams which act together as elixir. They also help in longevity. Most of the ingredients of Prawal Panchamrit Ras are calcium compounds that help in calcium supplementation as well. This medicine is mainly used in the treatment of digestive disorders. Provides cooling effects.

Ingredients of Prawal Panchamrit Tablets are :-

  • Praval Bhasma (incinerated form of coral): 2 parts.
  • Mukta Bhasma (incinerated form of pearl): 1 part
  • Shankha Bhasma (incinerated part of conch shell): 1 part
  • Mukta Sukthi Bhasma (incinerated form of pearl oyster shell): 1 part
  • Kapardhika Bhasma (incinerated form of cowry shell): 1 part

Dose: 1-2 tablet twice daily.