Therapy for Hyperthyroidism:
Hyperthyroidism and its variant ailment, hypothyroidism is caused due to imbalances in the hormonal system, like most systemic diseases. The thyroid and associated glands of the endocrinal system are affected in this disease. Over production of thyroid hormone leads to hyperthyroidism as under production leads to hypothyroidism.
Allopathic treatment of the disease depends on the cause and severity of disease and is of 3 main types: medicines such as beta blockers and others directly affecting the thyroid gland; radiation based therapy using radioiodine in order to destroy or retard the size of the thyroid gland and lastly; surgery to remove the thyroid gland.
Samkhya Yoga View:
Thyroidism, both hyper and hypo, is caused, as per the Yogic point of view, from an imbalance of the Wind and Water elements.
People with higher Wind to Water imbalance, or hyperthyroidism will tend to exhibit high anxiety and tension, impatience and irritability, distractible overactivity, exaggerated sensitivity to noise, and fluctuating depression with sadness, and problems with sleep and appetite.
People with higher Water to Wind imbalance or hypothyroidism will tend to suffer from a loss of interest and initiative, slowing of mental processes, poor short term memory, general intellectual deterioration, depressive paranoia, and eventually, if not corrected, to dementia and permanent brain damage.
Yogic Lifestyle advice:
Extended vacations and walks in nature are suggested for those suffering from thyroidism. Spices such as garlic, asafoetida and chillies should be avoided. Work with high work pressure and deadlines should be avoided. Listening to music, pleasing to one’s ears should be indulged in for at least one hour a day.
Regular sleep and waking times should be followed and it is better not to sleep too early or wake up too early for those suffering from thyroidism.
Asanas for disease reduction:
The Yogic techniques always start with the physical, in order to bring a state of homeostasis, which leads to symptom reduction. The following are a small selection of simple asanas that will begin the process of recovery from Hyperthyroidism.
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