Thyroid Disease & Acupuncture
Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck, which regulates energy, metabolism, hormones and body weight. It can either produce too many hormones, which causes hyperthyroidism or not enough hormones, which is caused hypothyroidism. Both of these are thyroid diseases, which can be diagnosed by clinical symptoms or by testing the levels of thyroid hormone in your blood; however studies show that hypothyroidism is one of the most under diagnosed health conditions in the world. Hypothyroidism causes symptoms like depression, reduced heart rate, constipation, fatigue, exhaustion, memory loss, low energy, insomnia and weight gain, and many people will just suffer from these conditions and not seek the help they need.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses a natural treatment of hypothyroidism. Chinese medicine includes acupuncture and herbal remedies as well as dietary advice. The Chinese medicine outlook is to treat the overall patient, not just the condition. A diet for hypothyroidism should be rich in calcium, protein, iodine, selenium and magnesium as these are nutrients, which help regulate the thyroid. Someone with hypothyroidism should avoid foods that contain goitogens, which are naturally occurring substances that interfere with thyroid hormone production. Goitogens are found in broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, soybeans and peanuts. Weight gain is a symptom of this disease and usually after the thyroid is regulated, either through medicine, diet, herbs, or acupuncture, you weight loss will be much easier.
Acupuncture can be used to restore hormones, regulate moods, and manage stress, which can help ease the discomfort from the symptoms of hypothyroidism. There are several acupuncture points on the ear and body that can help regulate the thyroid. Call an acupuncturist at BodaHealth today and schedule an appointment to talk about the best options for you in treating this disease.
BodaHealth is the first Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine clinic in Vancouver to offer treatment focused on thyroid balance. We successfully treat thyroid imbalance (both hypo and hyper) with Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
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