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Hypothyroidism

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Definition

Hypothyroidism may be caused by problems within the thyroid gland that causes insufficient circulation of the thyroid hormone. Symptoms show a decrease in metabolism, with the slowing of mental and physical activity. Patients may experience a variety of differing symptoms such as sensitivity to cold, dryness of the skin, constipation, anorexia, anginal pain, anemia and disordered menstrual function.

Causes

The prime cause of Hypothyroidism is the deficiency of Iodine. In many cases, this disease is caused by pituitary or hypothalamic disease or certain medications.

Symptoms

The typical symptoms of Hypothyroidism are:

  • High levels of lethargy
  • Coldness in the hands and/or feet
  • Frequent constipation
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dry skin
  • Obesity is also sometimes related to thyroid dysfunction

Ayurvedic View

Ayurvedic treatment involves clearing these channels in order to balance body energies and restore the circulation of thyroxin. Herbal preparations are administered to increase the digestive fire at a cellular level, restoring proper metabolism.

Diet and Lifestyle Advice

  • Take adequate quantities of milk in your diet.
  • Increase intake of rice, barley, Bengal gram, moong dal and cucumber.
  • Coconut oil helps in improving body metabolism in thyroid patients.
  • Avoid heavy and sour foods.

Some Home Remedies

  • Mix equal quantities of long pepper (Pipali), black pepper and dry ginger powder. Consume half teaspoon twice a day with lukewarm water.
  • Chew Licorice (mulethi) and Black Pepper in a 2:1 ratio three times a day.
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