The two main types of thyroid disorders are Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism. Both conditions can be caused by other diseases that impact the way thyroid gland function.
Holistic approach to Thyroid problems in Ayurveda. What is the meaning of holistic approach?
It is the balanced approach of healing the body, mind and soul. That is treatment of person considering physical, mental and social factors rather than just the symptoms of the illness.
The wisdom of Ayurveda believes that the universe that the universe is made of 5 elements.
Akash (space element)
Vayu (air element)
Agni (fire element)
Jal (water element)
Prithvi (earth element)
These five elements reside in the form of tridoshas that is Vata, Pitta, Kapha in human body. So, there is a unique blend of these tridoshas for everyone which is called as prakriti or body type of the person. Prakriti is decided by determining your dominant dosha which is based on a set of physical and mental traits. Any imbalance in any of the dosha forms a disease. Though the symptoms are seen now, the imbalance is happening since a long time.
All the ayurvedic treatments are individualistic and based on the root cause of the disease that is imbalance of the doshas. Beyond taking the synthetic medication to treat the symptoms lets prevent the disease at the source.
How does the Ayurveda treatments work for thyroid problems?
Pitta dosha imbalance is the main cause of thyroid issues.
For example: The metabolism function of the thyroid gland is related to agni (fire element) that is again maintained by pitta dosha. Metabolism is affected in thyroid issues leading to various problems like indigestion, constipation, weight gain/loss respectively in hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
What are the Ayurveda treatments that are usually offered to thyroid problems?
Again, the treatment plan is always personalized. It’s proven that Panchkarma therapies (cleansing treatments in Ayurveda) have shown tremendous results in thyroid diseases.
Swedana (Steaming): Removing of blockage of subtle channels.
Udvartana (Medicated powder massage): Helps in dissolving subcutaneous fat and stimulates the nervous system and glands.
Virechana (Purgation therapy): Cleansing method performed by giving herbal medication.
Basti (Medicated enema): Cleansing of the lower alimentary canal and the medication absorbed spread all over the body.
Nasya (Instillation of oils or medicated liquids through nasal route): It is to be done before pranayama. It helps in balance of pituitary and thyroid gland hormones and there inter–relation. It relieves stress and clears subtle channels by eliminating the toxins from the body.
Rebalance of the doshas with these panchakarma treatments will help to restore the proper functions of thyroid gland. After these treatments, one can keep the thyroid hormone levels in balance by diet and lifestyle according to their body type.
We recommend you to work with our Ayurveda specialist to develop an individualistic, holistic treatment plan. Our Ayurveda specialists will keep a track on thyroid hormone levels and change the dose of medications, modify the treatment plans considering the specific body type, imbalance of doshas, stages of the disease and season, etc.
At Sri Sri Ayurveda Hospital, we also offer online consultation support with our Ayurveda specialists to get the right guidance from the comfort of your homes. Connect to our specialists and plan an individual path back to health.