Thyroid is a health issue that has been gaining ground for some time now. Thyroid gland is situated in the neck and produces a hormone called thyroxine, which helps in regulating body metabolism. While deficiency of thyroxine hormone causes Myxoedema in adults and cretinism in children, excess of thyroxine levels could lead to exophthalmic goitre, Graves disease or Thyrotoxicosis.Hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis is a condition which is more common in women of age group 30 to 50 years.
This condition is caused due to inactivity of thyroxine. Iodine deficiency or thyroid failure or even pituitary dysfunction are causes of this condition. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of vitality and overall hormonal imbalance. When hypothyroidism is left untreated for a long time it could result in myxodema which is distinguished by swollen skin and tissues.
Ayurveda has specific treatment for Hyperthyroidism. Taking adequate quantities of milk can help in preventing goitre. Also rice, barley, Bengal gram, moong dal and cucumber are recommended for patients suffering from goitre. Heavy and sour foods should ve avoided to ensure the condition does not worsen. Herbs that are found useful in treatment of thyroid disorders include Kanchanara, Jatamansi, Shilajita, Brahmi guggulu, gokshura, and punarnava.
Coconut oil which contains medium chain fatty acids which help in improving body metabolism, is good for those suffering from thyroid disorders. The medicines used in Ayurveda for treating thyroid disorders include Kanchanar Guggulu, Ashwagandharishta, Amritadhaya taila and Mahayogaraj guggulu. Also, yogic asanas like Sarvangasana, Halasana, Suryanamaskara, Suptavajrasana are found helpful, though Pranayama is the most effective for curing thyroid problems.