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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Natural Treatment For Goiter - Types, Causes, Symptoms & Diagnosis

WHAT IS GOITER?

goiter, goitre

Enlarged thyroid gland which makes the neck to swell is called Goiter. It is very common disorder of thyroid gland.

Goiter is not a very disease. The symptoms that occur can be treated depending on the size and type of goiter. If the gland is not active it may cause weight gain.

Basically, a goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland. The gland is situated in front of our windpipe and works to secret hormones to regulate metabolism and growth of the body. In few people it causes little swelling while in others may lead to breathing problems.

SYMPTOMS OF GOITER

  • One may experience tightness, cough, and hoarseness in the throat.
  • Person might feel trouble during swallowing.
  • In many cases there is intense difficulty in breathing with a high-pitch sound.
  • Experiencing nervousness
  • Shivers and palpitations
  • Hyperactivity and restlessness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Hypersensitivity to heat
  • Feeling Fatigue
  • Altered  appetite
  • Loss of hair
  • Loss or gain of weight
  • Cold intolerance
  • Annoying constipation
  • Feeling of forgetfulness
  • Sudden personality changes

CAUSES OF GOITER

There are reasons for goiter. It might be due to below deficiencies or some diseases.

1. Iodine Deficiency

Iodine is found in sea food. Iodine deficiency happens is the only reason of goiter globally. We know that iodine is not found in plants and vegetarian diet.

Iodine is found abundant in below food items:

  • Seafood
  • Plants or herbs grown in iodine-rich soil
  • Cow's milk

We need iodine because the thyroid gland has to manufacture thyroid hormones for regulating the metabolism of body.

2. Autoimmune Disease

The other reason for goiter is autoimmune disease. Women who are over 40 years of age are more likely to develop goiter.

3. Hyperthyroidism

If the thyroid gland is overactive it is called Hyperthyroidism. In such case excess thyroid hormone is produced in excess. This occurs because of another autoimmune disorder called Graves' disease. In this disorder body's immunity starts attacking the thyroid gland resulting in swelling.

4. Smoking

Tobacco has Thiocyanate which disturbs iodine absorption.

5. Hormonal Changes

Thyroid function can be affected with Pregnancy, puberty, and menopause.

6. Thyroiditis

Goiter happens due to Inflammation and swelling caused by infection.

7. Lithium

This is one of the psychiatric drug which again disturbs thyroid function.

8. Overconsumption of Iodine

Excess of iodine leads to formation of goiter.

9. Radiation Therapy

It is highly aggravating and can trigger a swollen thyroid when given to the neck.

DIAGNOSIS OF GOITER

  • Radioactive iodine scan
  • Ultrasound scan
  • Fine-needle aspiration
  • Blood Test

TYPES OF GOITER

There are different types of goiter:

  • Diffuse smooth goiter: This occurs when the entire thyroid swells.
  • Nodular goiter: A lump develops on the thyroid. These kind are very common. In case of too many lumps it is known as multinodular goiter.
  • Retrosternal goiter: It grows behind the breastbone.It may lead to blockage of windpipe and neck veins

NATURAL TREATMENT FOR GOITER

Planet Ayurveda has formulated Goitre Care Pack for the treatment of this abnormal enlargement of the butterfly-shaped gland below the Adam's apple (thyroid). This alternative treatment is quite beneficial and 100% pure and natural. As these formulations are made up of pure herbs or herbal extracts.The medicines are totally safe and free from any kind of chemicals and preservatives, fillers , starch etc.

Goitre Care Pack

BENEFITS OF GOITRE CARE PACK

  • It reduces the swelling in the neck.
  • It maintains healthy metabolism and digestion.
  • It boosts the immune system.
  • It balances vata, pitta and Kapha dosha.
  • It maintains healthy functioning of thyroid gland.
  • It reduces the discomfort that occurs due to swelling.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PRODUCTS OF GOITRE CARE PACK

1. Kanchnaar Guggul

The product is an excellent one to keep the functioning of thyroid gland. It balances the thyroxine production to optimum level. It helps to reduce the swelling in the neck.

The product is packed with herbs such as Kanchnaar (Bauhinia variegata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amalaki (Emblica Officinale), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Marich (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum), and Ela (Elettaria Cardamomum).

2. Triphala Capsules

The word Triphala stands for three fruits. Yes, the name of the product suggests that it is made using three fruits. The fruits are Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amalaki (Emblica Officinale). It balances all the three doshas of the body. It helps in the management of goitre by eliminating the toxins from the channels, which otherwise block the circulation of blood and hormones. It helps in reducing body fat and supports healthy metabolism of the body. Hence, a great product to treat goitre.

3. Aloe Vitals Capsules

Aloe vitals is made with standardized extract of aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis). The product helps to balance the pH of the body by reducing acid reflux. It removes the toxins from the body. Accumulation of ama in the body is responsible for slowing down the metabolism. This product helps in the flushing of ama and hence boosts the immunity. It overall balances all the three doshas.

4. Gotu Kola Capsules

Gotukola (Centella asiatica) plays a significant role in correction of goitre. The herb improves circulation and manages stress, depression and anxiety as well. Being a rich source of vitamin A, B, E and K, it is a great source of nutrition too. The herb is enriched with alkaloids, sterols, tannins, and glycosides that are good for healthy metabolism. It improves circulation of blood also.

DOSAGE

  • Kanchnaar Guggul – 2 Tablets twice daily with water after meals.
  • Triphala Capsules – 1 Cap. Twice daily with water after meals.
  • Aloe Vitals – 1 Cap. Twice daily with water after meals.
  • Gotu Kola – 2 Cap. Twice daily with water after meals.

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