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Ayurveda Natural Treatment of Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism), Herbal Remedies

Imbalance in thyroid happens when there is increase in ama (toxins) due to disturbed Agni, this causes accumulation of Ama resulting in vitiation of doshas and Dhatus.

Endocrine glands play a very important role, it releases hormones to the blood stream. The endocrine hormones help to control mood, growth, development, metabolism and reproduction. So with proper diet, physical exercise, Ayurveda tips can balance tridosha and Agni by preventing imbalance in hormones to lead healthy life.
Endocrine glands has many glands, various glands release different hormones.
Any disturbance in metabolism, fat accumulation, body system and functional disturbance is caused by imbalance secretion of hormones. One such important gland is thyroid gland.

Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism) gland is butterfly shaped gland that sits low on the front of the neck, below Adam's apple.

Thyroid hormone controls body's metabolism, transforms the food into energy. The thyroid gland releases 
T3 (triiodothyronine) and 
T4 (thyroxine).

These hormones play an important role in regulation of weight, energy levels, skin and Hair growth. One such condition is Hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism happens, when the thyroid gland secretes too much waste of thyroid hormones, also called over active thyroid.
This results in high levels of 2 main thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine(T4) in the body.

What are the causes of Hyperthyroidism?

  • Age group older than 60 are at risk. But may affect any age group especially in female. 
  • Medical condition like Graves’ disease and, thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid) may be due to viral infections, medicines.
  • During or after pregnancy due to hormonal changes.
  • Taking too much of thyroid hormones tablets.
  • Non-cancerous growth of the thyroid or pituitary gland.
  • Consuming excess of iodine through diet.

What are the symptoms of Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)?

  • Weight loss
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Increased appetite
  • Diarrhea or more frequent bowel movements
  • Vision changes
  • Nervousness
  • Feeling shaky
  • Menstrual changes
  • Intolerance to heat and excessive sweating
  • Sleep problems
  • Enlarged neck from an enlarged thyroid gland
  • Hair loss
  • Bulging of eyes
  • Muscle weakness

The only treatment line of method to cure the disease is to balance the doshas and improve Agni to remove ama from the body.

Panchakarma procedure always help to improve metabolic (Agni) fire.

  • Vamana
  • Virechana
  • Vasti

Vasti - To relieve aggrevated vata

Nasya - Medicated nasal drops relaxes and relieves stress

Balya- Medicine to give strength to the muscles.

Rasayana- Medicine to promote immunity and for rejuvination.

Diet to be followed to balance the vitiated doshas in Hyperthyroidism:

  • Eat food rich in antioxidants like walnut, almonds, apricot, berries, melons, dates, bananas, broccoli and leafy vegetables.
  • Non-iodized salt.
  • Avoid dairy products, salty snacks, sugar intake.
  • Homemade food.
  • Whole grains.
  • Only egg white intake.

Important Ayurvedic medicines used to treat Hyperthyroidism:

Kanchanaara helps to maintain the balanced secretion of thyroid hormones, regulates the function of thyroid gland by reducing thyroid gland swelling.

Brahmi acts as bramhana, boosts immunity, energizes body with rejuvenating action. Treats disturbed sleep.

Acts as balya to give strength to muscles and for proper functioning of hormones.

Punarnava acts dipana pachana to remove ama, reduces inflammation, gland swelling.

Amalaki rich in anti-oxidants, vitamin c, immunity booster, regulates menstrual cycle.

Home remedies to prevent and treat hyperthyroidism

  • Methi seeds 1/2tsp soak in water overnight, have in early morning with empty stomach.
  • Roasted dhaniya seeds and jeera, each 1/4 tsp crushed and boiled in water, have this herbal tea once a day.
  • Intake of fresh Amalaki when available.
  • Intake of fresh leaves of brahmi early morning in empty stomach or include brahmi in your diet like preparation of fresh chutney with Coconut.
  • Ginger tea.
  • Boil grated ginger in water filter and have it with little honey.
  • Use coconut oil or sesame oil or mustard oil for cooking.
  • Avoid Iodine rich food.

Yoga and pranayam for hyperthyroidism

Yoga is a way of living life, a remedy to treat and prevent hormonal changes.

  • Bhujangaasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Surya namaskar
  • Marjari Asana
  • Shavasana
  • Pranayama
  • Nadi Shodhana
  • Bhramari