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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Ayurvedic Approach To Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY HASHIMOTO'S THYROIDITIS?

herbal remedies for hashimoto's thyroiditis

It is an autoimmune condition which is the common cause of hypothyroidism. In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the body mounts an immune reaction against its own thyroid gland tissue, leading to inflammation of the gland (thyroiditis).

Inflammation from Hashimoto's disease also called as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis often leads to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).

It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children also.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HASHIMOTO'S DISEASE?

  • Brittle nails
  • Pale dry skin
  • Enlargement of the tongue
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Depression
  • Memory Lapses
  • Hair loss
  • Pale, dry skin
  • A puffy face
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue and sluggishness
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased menstrual flow

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF HASHIMOTO'S DISEASE?

  • It is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system creates antibodies that damage thyroid glands.
  • Family history/hereditary
  • Sex and age
  • Virus or bacterium might trigger the response.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS OF HASHIMOTO'S DISEASE?

The Risk factors may include:-

  • Sex - Women are more likely to get Hashimoto’s disease than a man
  • Age - It can occur at any age but mainly occurs in middle age
  • Hereditary - There is much more chances to get this if others in your family have thyroid or another autoimmune disease.
  • Other Autoimmune Diseases - Having another autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis type 1 diabetes or lupus – increase the risk of developing Hashimoto’s disease
  • Radiation Exposure - People exposed to excessive levels of environmental radiation are more sensitive to Hashimoto’s disease.

WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS OF HASHIMOTO'S DISEASE?

The Complications associated with Hashimoto's disease:-

  • Goiter
  • Heart problems
  • Mental health issues
  • Myxedema
  • Birth defects

DIAGNOSIS OF HASHIMOTO'S THYROIDITIS?

It is diagnosed by:-

Thyroid Function Test

  • This blood test tells whether the body has the right amounts of thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH) and thyroid hormone.
  • A high level of TSH is a sign of underactive thyroid. When the thyroids begin to fail the pituitary gland makes more TSH trigger the thyroid to make more thyroid hormone.
  • When the damaged thyroid can no longer keep up, the thyroid hormone levels drop below normal.

Antibody Test

  • This blood test tells whether the person has the antibodies that suggest Hashimoto’s disease.
  • More than 1 in 10 people have the antibodies but have the normal thyroid function.
  • Having only the antibodies do not cause hypothyroidism.

AYURVEDIC VIEW ON HASHIMOTO'S DISEASE?

  • Metabolic residues develop continuously due to improper lifestyle.
  • In case of Hashimoto’s condition, Ama (toxins) accumulates especially in the thyroid.

AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR HASHIMOTO'S THYROIDITIS

Ayurvedic medicines for Hashimoto's thyroiditis includes-

  1. Gotukola Capsules
  2. Chandraprabha Vati
  3. Guggulipid Capsules
  4. Hakam Churna

Hypothyroid Care Pack

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Gotukola Capsules

  • One of the most effective herbal medicines, in order to relieve in the condition of hypothyroidism, is gotukola capsules
  • It is prepared by using a natural and pure extract of Gotukola (Centella Asiatica).
  • It is useful in the treatment of symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis such as fatigue, constipation etc.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after a meal.

2. Chanderprabha Vati

  • It consists of herbs such as Shilajit (Asphaltum) and Guggul (Commiphora Mukul) are the two main ingredients.
  • It consists of herbs like Vacha, Mustak, Devdaru, Ela, Musta, Pippali, Maricha, Tejpatra, Haridra, Chavya, Vidanga etc.
  • This product is a nutritional enough that supports healthy functioning of the thyroid.
  • It is very useful to reduce the swelling and pain in the thyroid gland.
  • It helps in thyroid glands to function normally.
  • It helps the balance of thyroid hormones and prevents their imbalance.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after a meal.

3. Guggulipid Capsules

  • It is prepared by using a pure standardized extract of Guggul (Commiphora Mukul).
  • It boosts the thyroid function as it increases iodine uptake and enhances thyroid peroxidase in the thyroid gland.
  • It also increases oxygen consumption in both muscle and liver tissues.
  • It reduces inflammation.
  • It has strong effects on the thyroid glands.
  • These capsules are helpful in balancing the Vata dosha of the body and hence an effective herbal remedy for hypothyroidism.
  • It regulates the function of thyroids and helps to improve the condition of hypothyroidism
  • It also increases the metabolism of fats and thereby, helps in the burning of fats also, helps in managing weight too.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Hakam Churna

  • It consists of 4 effective herbs such as Chandershoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalonji (Nigella sativa), Methi (Fenugreek) (Trigonella foenum graecum) and Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi)
  • All these herbs work in a synergistic manner and help the thyroid gland to function, normally.
  • It maintains the thyroid levels in the normal range.
  • It improves energy and enhances the circulation and digestion as well.
  • It maintains a healthy digestion and metabolism.
  • All this herb used in hakama churna are known to balance Vata dosha effectively.

Dosage: 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after meals.

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