Blog Archive

Tuesday, January 6, 2015



Hypothyrodism is a condition where there is a decrease in the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Hypothyrodism is also referred to as Hashimoto's and it is a Autoimmune Disorder. Hypothryoidism is more common in women then in men. When the thyroid gland is attacked by the body's own immune system thereby destroying it or stopping it from producing necessary thyroid hormones then it is known as Auto Immune Disorder. The TSH hormone(thyroid stimulating hormone) produced by the pituitary gland is necessary for regulating the production of thyroid hormones. A TSH reading is necessary to detect the presence of hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism may be result of thyroidectomy (partial or full thyroidectomy). This results in permanent hypothyroidism which can be balanced by thyroid hormones supplementation.


The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland located in the neck region. Its one of the important glands of the endocrine system. The thyroid gland is necessary for the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. The thyroid gland regulates the body temperature,metabolism,heart beat and also monitors the calcium levels in our body. It is also necessary for the production of energy which is very much essential in our day to day activities.


There are a number of factors which causes hypothyroidism.

1. Treating the thyroid gland with Radio Active Iodine due to Graves or hyperthyroidism

2. Lack of Iodine in the diet

3.Thyroiditis which is due to the inflammation of thyroid gland usually a autoimmune disorder known as Hashimotos. When the body's own immune system attacks the thyroid gland thereby destroying it from producing thyroid hormones then it is known as Hashimotos. First a person may become hyperthyroid where there is a increase in the production of thyroid hormones followed by hypothyroidism.

4. If the pituitary gland is damaged due to radiation,surgery, accident then it may not be able to instruct the thyroid glands to produce necessary thyroid hormones.

5. Consuming lots of uncooked foods which are known to be goitrogenic like cabbage,cauliflower,kale,peanuts,radishes,cauliflower,corn etc

6. Exposure to chemicals and toxins like pesticides,insectisides etc.

7. Hereditary factors,age and menopause increases the risk of developing hypothyroidism.

8. Increased consumption of soy or soy based products.


1. Fatigue

2.Weight gain

3. Fogginess

4. Depression

5. Insomnia

6. Irregular Menstrual cycles

7. Low body temperature

8. Vitamin D deficiency

9. Anaemia

10. Slow reflexes

11. Arthritis


Synthroid or Levythroxine hormone supplements are usually recommended to treat hypothyroidism. There is no cure in allopathy for hypothyroidism and lifelong treatment with these thyroid hormone supplements are needed . Cytomel is prescribed to some patients who don’t feel normal after taking only T4 hormones. Dessicated thyroid also known as armour thyroid which is obtained from thyroid glands of  pigs are prescribed for some patients who do not feel normal with the above said synthetic hormone treatments as it contains both T3 and T4.  But inspite of all these treatments there are many patients who suffer from  symptoms like fatigue, insomnia,depression, brain fog, menstrual irregularities etc.

Ayurveda,Homeopathy,Sujok therapy, Shiatsu, Reiki, Acupuncture ,Acupressure etc are some of the alternative therapies and treatments available to treat hypothyroidism naturally. These natural treatments take a very different approach to treat this disease by  just not focusing on the particular gland or organ which causes this disease. Often a mind body approach is used to treat the disease taking the whole body of a person into consideration.


1. Regular practice of exercises like yoga,aerobics,walking,taichi, etc are necessary for the proper  functioning of thyroid glands
2.  Regular check ups are necessary to monitor the thyroid hormone levels and also to correct the underlying deficiencies. Supplements may be needed to correct the deficiencies.
3.  Selenium plays a very important role in regulating the thyroid glands . Important sources of selenium are brazil nuts. But consuming more brazil nuts may induce selenium toxicity.
4.  Omega 3 supplements reduce inflammation as they contain ALA, EPA, DHA. Important sources of omega 3 are flax seeds,chia seeds,salmon fish oil and walnuts.
5.  Vitamin C supplements are powerful antioxidants as they reduce free radical damage.
6.  Magnesium,calcium,and Iron supplements helps to treat vitamin deficiencies.
7. Vitamin B supplements fights fatigue associated with the thyroid problems especially vitamin B2,B3,B6,PABA and B12.
8.  Evening primrose oil supplements reduce inflammation and reduces stress, pain associated with PMS and menopause. They contain a important compound called phenylalanine which is very effective in reducing pain and inflammations. EPO is  also rich in GLA (Gamma Linoleic acid) and essential fatty acids.It keeps hair,skin and nails soft as they contain omega 6 fatty acids.
9.  Detoxification plays a very important role in getting rid of chemicals,viruses,bacteria, fungi toxic metals etc which may be one of the reasons for hypo or hyperthyroidism. Installing a water filter system eliminates all the chemicals present in water like flourides,chlorides,bromides,mercury, which are known to deplete the iodine levels. Iodine is necessary for the proper conversion of T4 to T3 hormones.
10. Acupressure plays a very important role in treating thyroid problems as they clear all the blockages present in the glands and organs thereby restoring their function to produce the necessary hormones.
11. Practising yoga mudras like ling mudra,shankh mudra,pran mudra and gyan mudra improves the thyroid function as it balances the five elements present in our body namely water,fire,air,space and earth.
12 .Drinking plenty of water to eliminates toxins accumulated in the body. Eating fibre rich foods with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables avoids constipation improves gut health as they provide roughage. Refined flours,sugary foods, carbonated drinks , MSG’S should be avoided
13.  Getting adequate sleep is necessary to reduce stress levels. Meditation relaxes the nerves and brain and creates a calming effect. Prayers and meditation help mentally as well as spiritually.
14. Reading lots of books related to the disease provides information about the alternative treatments,remedies available to treat the  disease as it enriches the knowledge.

No comments:

Post a Comment