Hyperthyroidism is a metabolic disorder, characterized by the excessive production of thyroxin by the thyroid gland. The increased metabolism causes loss of weight and symptoms such as trembling and sweating of hands. Goitre may also be present.
Causes such as excessive intake of iodine or that of pituitary gland, inflammation of thyroid(called thyroiditis), toxic goitre are generally there behind hyperthyroidism.
1. Excessive hunger 2. Frequent bowel movements 3. Nervousness 4. Intolerance towards heat. 5. Difficulty to concentrate 6. Scanty or irregular menstruation 7. Fatigue 8. Weight loss 9. Sleeplessness 10. Excessive sweating 11. Tremors in extremities.
According to Ayurveda, impaired digestion of food leads to blockage of the minute channels in the body causing an imbalance in the functionof the thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism reflects profound derangement of vata and pitta go into various channels and systems of the body and cause the symptoms mentioned above. The two vitiated doshas overstimulate the gastric fire which leads to excessive hunger. Vayu has dynamic, light and unstable properties. Escalation of dynamic and unstable characteristics causes tremors in extremities, sleeplessness, nervousness and difficulty to concentrate the mind. It is also marked by frequent bowel movement and irregular menstruation. The increased lightness of vayu makes the body lighter(because of weight loss). Since pitta is basically hot, the patient has excessive sweating and intolerance towards heat. The first line of Ayurvedic treatmentin such conditions is to clear these channels in order to balance body energies and restore the correct production and circulation of thyroxin.
1. Mixed juices of cabbage, mustard greens, kale, spinach and radishes. Drink one cup of this mixed juice once daily. 2. Take !0 gm of dhania seeds and add it to a glass of water. Boil and allow it to cool. Starin the mixture and take twice a day to reduce high cholestrol levels. 3. Mix equal quantities of long pepper(pippali), Black pepper and dry ginger powder. Consume half teaspoon twice a day with lukewarm water.