Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism

The thyroid gland located at the front of the neck controls metabolism by producing thyroid hormone. Excessive production of this hormone results into hyperthyroidism which is a metabolic disorder. A person with hyperthyroidism may lose weight and hair and may exhibit symptoms like fast heartbeat, trembling and sweating of hands.

Causes

Women and people over 60 are more likely to suffer from hyperthyroidism. Excessive consumption of iodine or thyroxine, thyroid gland or pituitary gland tumors, excess secretion of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) by pituitary gland and toxic goiter are the other conditions that further lead to hyperthyroidism.

Symptoms

  • Nervousness and mood swings
  • Excessive hunger
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Sensitivity towards heat
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Fine and brittle hair
  • Difficulty to concentrate
  • Scanty or irregular menstruation
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Sleeplessness

Ayurvedic View

According to Ayurveda, impaired digestion leads to imbalance in the functioning of the thyroid gland. Imbalanced vata and pitta dosha lead to the symptoms such as sleeplessness, nervousness, difficulty to concentrate, frequent bowel movement and irregular menstruation. Ayurvedic treatment for hyperthyroidism includes cleaning of the channels to balance body energies and restore thyroid functioning.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Include milk, pure ghee and milk products in your diet.
  • Eat banana, melons, dates and walnuts.
  • Practice Yoga, Pranayama and meditation.

Home Remedies

  • Make a juice using cabbage, radishes, mustard greens, kale and spinach and drink one cup once daily.
  • Boil water with coriander seeds and strain it and drink twice a day.