Thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland which is situated in front of the neck. It is one of the most important endocrine glands in the body. It is an extremely sensitive and easily responds to stress and stimuli. Its major function is to produce hormones which are responsible for metabolism of the body. It produces a hormone called thyroxine which plays a very important role in regulating the metabolism of the body. When this hormone is secreted in excess, the condition is known as exophthalamic goitre or thyrotoxicosis or hyperthyroidism. The disease is common in people between 20 and 40 years of age. The incidence is higher in females as compared to males.
Hyperthyroidism is a metabolic disorder, characterized by the excessive production of thyroxin by the thyroid gland. Goitre may also be present.
- Excessive intake of iodine
- Increased secretion of thyroxine hormone
- Any tumor in the thyroid gland
- Excessive secretion of the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) by the pituitary gland
- Due to inflammation of the thyroid gland
- Due to stimulation of HCG during pregnancy can also cause hyperthyroidism
- Excessive hunger
- Increased frequency of stools
- Loss of cheerfulness
- Poor concentration
- Irregular menstruation in females
- Weight loss
- Disturbed sleep
- Increased sweating
- Increased metabolic activity
- Tremors in upper and lower limbs
- Sometimes bulging of the eyes
- Lack of energy in the body
- Inappropriate angry response
AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CDENTRE
According to Ayurveda, impaired digestion of the food leads to the production of the toxins that get deposited in the channels or srotas of the body. This causes imbalance of the functioning of the thyroid gland.
Hyperthyroidism is caused due to the vitiation of the vata and pitta dosha. The vitiated vata and pitta dosha cause overstimulation of the digestive power. Overstimulation of the digestive power causes increase in the hunger and hence over functioning of the thyroid gland.
Thyroid is also caused due to impurity in the blood which further causes hormonal imbalances and hence hyperthyroidism.
Single herbs that are useful in hyperthyroidism are:
Ayurvedic formulations useful in hyperthyroidism are:
- Kanchnar Guggulu
- Trikatu Churna
- Triphala Churna
- Trikatu Tablets
- Gokshuradi Guggulu
- Punarnava Mandoor
- Amlapitta Mishran Syrup
- Hingvadi Vati
- Chitrakadi Vati
DIET AND LIFESTYLE
- Include milk, ghee and milk products in your diet.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables like banana, melons, apples etc.
- Practise yoga and pranayama. Ujjayi pranayama and Shitali breath are recommended for hyperthyroidism.
- Practice of Sarvangasana is also recommended in thyroid. After Sarvangasana, practice matsyasana and halasana. All these practices positively result in better health of the thyroid gland.
- Include diet containing minerals such as zinc, copper and calcium.
- Consume natural sources of iodine such as watercress, sea weeds etc.
- Eat pitta and kapha balancing diet.
- Old rice, barley, moong dal, Bengal gram, cucumber are good for people suffering from hyperthyroidism.
- Coconut water or application of coconut oil over body has good results in case of hyperthyroidism.
- Avoid eating processed food stuffs.
- Include ginger in your diet as ginger has anti inflammatory properties in it that help in boosting the immunity.
- Mix in equal quantity the juices of cabbage, spinach, mustard greens and radishes. Drink one cup of this juice once daily.
- Take 10 grams of dhania seeds and add it to a glass of water. Boil and allow it to cool. Strain the mixture and take two times a day.
- Mix long pepper, black pepper and dry ginger powder in equal quantities. Consume half teaspoon of this powder two times a day with lukewarm water.
- Prepare a fine paste of the vegetable jalakumbhi and apply it over the affected area to reduce the swelling.
- Jalakumbhi is also rich in iodine. Consume its juice in the dose of 10-20 ml a day. This is highly beneficial in case of hyperthyroidism.