Dysfunctional thyroid? Ayurvedic doctor explains how to manage the condition

Any sort of malfunction in the normal functioning of the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland that sits low on the front of the neck, leads to thyroid problems. The thyroid sits below the Adam’s apple, along the front of the trachea. Any thyroid abnormality leads to goiter, thyroiditis, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Graves’ disease, thyroid cancer, thyroid nodule, and thyroid storm. While prompt thyroid treatment is essential, the timing and type of treatment to opt for also matters a lot. To raise awareness of thyroid issues, January is considered Thyroid Awareness Month.

We at ETimes spoke to Dr. Partap Chauhan, Director of Jiva Ayurveda, about common thyroid symptoms, how it affects babies, and how Ayurvedic can be helpful in treating thyroid issues.

ETimes: What are the common symptoms and risks associated with thyroid?

In hypothyroidism, the individual exhibits symptoms like sudden weight gain. In this, the immune system of the body is weakened, there is swelling and cramping in the feet, and there is a problem of constipation, swelling of the face and eyes, irregular menstrual cycle, rough skin and dryness, a hoarse and heavy voice, even depression.

In hyperthyroidism, the individual exhibits symptoms such as sudden weight gain, increased appetite, inability to bear heat, excessive sweating, muscle weakness, rapid heart rate, loss of sleep, an increase in monthly losses which become irregular. Hyperthyroidism mainly occurs in women in their twenties.

ETimes: What are the early signs of thyroid and how early detection can mitigate the risk of thyroid?

The thyroid plays an important role in the endocrine system. It produces hormones to ensure proper functioning of metabolic activities in the body. According to Ayurveda, thyroid imbalance in a body occurs when the Ojas of the body, the Ayurvedic essence of health, is depleted. Early signs of an underactive thyroid include chronic fatigue, boredom and fatigue, as well as a weakened immune system.

Detecting thyroid early mitigates the risk as it can be easily treated by consuming a healthy diet and supplying proper nutrients to the body.

ETimes: Can thyroid be found in babies. What are the symptoms of thyroid in babies?

Although many babies have similar symptoms without being hypothyroid. Some newborns with hypothyroidism are always sleepy and difficult to feed, especially if they have persistent jaundice after birth. Babies with thyroid problems may experience constipation and excessive weight gain. These babies may have poor neurological development, low muscle tone and cold extremities.

ETimes: How can Ayurveda treat thyroid?

Ayurveda can check the body against the pernicious effects of thyroid imbalance by including these elements in the daily diet: jalkumbhi and drumstick help to increase iodine levels in the body, dhaniya (cilantro) and jeerak siddha jala help to recover better from the swelling that is sometimes observed. in case of thyroid problems. Ginger also helps with thyroid function; boil ginger in water and drink it like tea.

Avoid eating raw vegetables, especially cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Thyroid problems can be exacerbated by a lack of vitamin D. Early morning sun exposure is a good way to treat the deficiency. Outdoor exercise stimulates the thyroid glands, boosts immunity and regulates calcium metabolism.

In the thyroid, it is advisable to avoid all forms of processed sugar. It is also advisable to limit your intake of foods high in natural sugars.

Eat foods rich in vitamin A, such as broccoli, spinach, and most dark green leafy vegetables, as well as fruits such as apples and bananas.

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