The narration of hypothyroidism in Ayurveda is same as that in the modern medicines. The condition caused by underactive thyroid gland which produces small amounts of the thyroid hormone and this can be caused by iodine deficiency or a failure of they thyroid gland due to pituitary gland malfunctioning.
The disease is often skipped for long time as the symptoms present in patients are not so dangerous and anyone may ignore it. Depressions, fatigue, hair loss, dry and cold skin are few of them those are ignored many times by the patient.
Hypothyroidism in Ayurveda is well described by the great physician named ‘Charaka’. He said that it does not attack those who consume adequate quantities of milk, old rice, barley, green grams, Bengal grams, sugarcane juice, cucumber and other milk products. These are the foods recommended in present cases also. Ayurveda says one should not consume sour substances as it may aggravate the diseased condition.
There are plenty of Ayurvedic herbs, prescribed for hypothyroidism. They regulate the thyroid hormone and restore its functionality. These herbs are under researches and many of them are proven to be very beneficial for treating thyroid conditions.
Ayurvedic herbs are generally well tolerated and free from side effects and this is the reason, Ayurveda is now one of the most famous health sciences that have drawn everybody’s attention. These herbs can also be considered as daily health supplements. Many of the herbs we can find in kitchen and rest of are readily available in the herbal/Ayurvedic store in various forms such as pills, tablets, capsules, decoctions, powder, extracts and natural juices.
Some of the herbs are described below those are still in practices as an Ayurvedic treatment;
Kaanchanara (Bauhinia veriegata) – This is known as purple mountain ebony and probably most powerful drug in Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia for treating any type of thyroid problems. This herb is available in the form of pill or tablet.
Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) – This is the drug that is used widely in present Ayurvedic practice. This is well known for its calorie burning properties and therefore used abundantly in reducing weight i. e. obesity. Hypothyroidism is closely related with obesity and therefore, this herb is extremely useful treating the condition. This is available in the form of tablet, pill and capsule.
Punarnava (boerhaavia diffusa Linn) – This herb falls in the category of diuretic. This is an excellent remedy for treating swelling or inflammation from all over the body. Since hypothyroidism has one of the symptoms of swelling and numbness all over the body, Punarnava can be very beneficial for treating such conditions. This is very good tonic and it can also be used for general health.
There are many formulas available to treat hypothyroidism Ayurveda always suggest patients to go for internal medication following strict diet as prescribed and advised by Ayurvedic physician. Any of the disease shakes up the three bodily humors called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Ayurvedic medicines and diet will restore these three humors and thus, eliminate the disease.
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