In general, Thyroid glands play an important role in the process of metabolism in the human body. When these glands function improperly, it will lead to under or over production of hormones. Even though, different treatment options are available for this condition, ayurveda offers safe treatment as it addresses the root cause behind the issue and provides permanent cure for the patients. These glands are responsible for production of triiodothyronine, calcitonin and thyroxine hormones that are responsible for controlling the functioning of other hormones. When these glands are overactive, the issue is called as hyperthyroidism, while the under activity is denoted as hypothyroidism.
For the treatment of this condition, ayurveda recommends herbs like bugleweed, motherwort, lemon balm, makandi and green oats will help.
• Makandi is known to effectively work with these glands for supporting hormone build up.
• The other herbs used in treating both hypo and hyper activity are shilajit, Guggulu, brahmi and jatamansi.
• Some patients will have swelling in their neck due to over activity of glands and for these patients a paste of jalakumbhi herb is prescribed for external application on the swelling to bring it down. The juice of this herb is also effective in increasing the amount of iodine content in the body.
• For patients with slow metabolism and hypothyroidism, coconut oil is recommended by ayurvedic specialists.
• Along with therapies related to ayurveda, yoga asanas like halasana, matsyasana and sarvangasana should also form part of ayurvedic treatment.
• Panchakarma treatment is also offered for both over and underactive glands. Some of the treatment options under this category include nasya therapy anuvasan basti and virechana therapy.
Panchakarma is an important technique in ayurvedic treatment and here are the details in this regard:
Nasya therapy: In this therapy, medical decoctions or ghee and herbal oil are sent into the body through the nose to bring about a direct effect on the nervous system and the brain.
Niruha basti: In this therapy, medicinal oil is injected into the body through the rectum.
Anuvasana basti: Those, who cannot be treated with the help of niruha basti are recommended this treatment, wherein different medicated oil and decoction are injected through the same procedure.
Virechana therapy: Under this method, oil therapy is offered to the patient with medicinal oil.
As these diseases are related to hormones, they should be carefully treated without affecting the functioning of hormone secretion in the body. This is why, safe remedies that will not cause any side-effects should be opted for by the patients and this is where, ayurveda can come handy.
Even though, this method will take longer period of treatment to show the results, it will cure the underlying issue behind the problem, so that the best and permanent cure can be provided to the patients. All it takes is the selection of the best ayurvedic therapist, regardless of whether a patient is diagnosed with hypo or hyperthyroidism. Generally, women are more prone to these conditions as against men.