Hyperthyroidism occurs due to increase of Pitta and Vata Doshas and hyper functioning of Agni. The subtype of Vata, the Samana Vata located in the duodenum and the subtype of Pitta, Pachaka Pitta located in the stomach is vitiated leading to increase in Agni which in turn leads to depletion of the body tissues. Hyperthyroidism is correlated with Pittavritta Vata in Ayurveda.
Occlusion of Vata by Pitta Dosha produces symptoms such as burning sensation, increased thirst, pain, giddiness, fatigue, loss of strength, intolerance to heat, craving for cold comforts, increase of symptoms upon intake of pungent, sour, salty and hot potency food. Thus, it can be correlated with hyperthyroidism.
लिङ्गं पित्तावृते दाहस्तृष्णा शूलं भ्रमस्तमः।। ६१।। कट्वम्ललवणोष्णैश्च विदाहः शीतकामिता।
Aharaja: Diet factors
Viharaja: Lifestyle factors
Ruksha: Dry food
Langhana: Fasting or long gap between meals
Ati vyayama / Ati kriya: Excess exercise or overstrain
Vegadharana: Suppression of natural urges especially of sleep
As Agni at the digestive and metabolic level is increased, hence the tissues are depleted. And as Vata and Pitta Doshas are aggravated they in turn decrease nourishment or Kapha Dosha. Hence the following symptoms are seen in hyperthyroidism.
The above two symptoms occur due to increase of heat and penetrating properties of Pitta and lightness property of Vata Dosha.
The above two symptoms occur due to hyper functioning of Agni, decrease of Pitta, Kapha Dosha and increase of Vata Dosha and vitiation of lymph tissue.
The above two symptoms occur due to increase of heating and penetrating property of Pitta Dosha and dryness, coarseness and lightness property of Vata Dosha.
Herbs that are bitter and sweet in taste and have healing, cooling, unctuous and heavy properties are beneficial in hyperthyroidism as they bring equilibrium of Vata and Pitta Doshas and decrease hyperactivity of Agni as well.
Panchakarma procedures mainly Basti and Nasya are recommended for the management of hyperthyroidism.
Basti: Therapeutic enema is the best to bring equilibrium of Vata Dosha. Gut is called the second brain. Nutrients are absorbed in the intestines, hence healthy gut is necessary for maintaining disease free, healthy and long life. Basti directly acts on the intestines which are the seat of Vata Dosha and Agni hence they are beneficial in correcting thyroid imbalances too. Just like every other Panchakarma, Basti is also administered after therapeutic massage and sudation. The minimum recommended duration of Basti Panchakarma is 8 days. Anuvasana Basti (Oil enema) and Kshira Basti (Enema with Milk Decoction) are beneficial in hyperthyroidism as they are nourishing and strengthening the tissues. In Anuvasana Basti, lukewarm Ayurveda herbal oil especially Kshirabala oil or Sukumara ghrita along with little rock salt is administered through the anus. Rock salt helps in facilitating proper absorption and spreading of the Ayurveda herbal oil to all the tissues. In Kshira Basti, milk decoction is prepared by adding cooling Rasayana herbs such as Brahmi, Shatavari and is administered lukewarm. Kshira Basti is good for balancing Pitta and Vata Doshas by virtue of its nature – cooling property of herbs and milk helps to bring equilibrium of Pitta Dosha and nourishing, unctuous and heavy qualities of the milk and herbs help to bring equilibrium of Vata Dosha. Also cooling, unctuous, heavy property of herbs help to decrease hyper functioning of Agni thus helping in hyperthyroidism.
Nasya: Nasal Medication is beneficial in all diseases occurring in the Kapha region that is above the heart level. Following local massage of the scalp, face and upper back region with suitable Ayurveda herbal oil, local steam procedure is performed. Then lukewarm Anu oil is instilled into the nostrils following which therapeutic herbal smoke inhalation is done. This procedure helps to bring equilibrium of Doshas in the head and chest region. It also helps to cleanse the channels located in the head and chest region thereby regulating the movement of Vata Dosha. As Vata Dosha is the controller of Pitta and Kapha Doshas, its equilibrium will help in balancing other Doshas as well.
Shirodhara: As thyroid problems occur due to stress and worries and also people with thyroid problems suffer from stress, Shirodhara is beneficial. Following head massage, lukewarm Ayurveda herbal oil is poured on the forehead in a rhythmic manner which will help in deep relaxation thereby reducing symptoms such as irritability, mood swings, etc.
Abhyanga: Therapeutic body massage with lukewarm Ayurveda herbal oil such as Kshirabala oil is beneficial to improve circulation thereby helping in reducing symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, etc which commonly occurs in hyperthyroidism. Also, Abhyanga helps to reduce Vata Dosha thus beneficial in hyperthyroidism.
Food articles that are nourishing, unctuous, heavy and cooling are suggested. Cooling spices like mint, coriander, fennel is beneficial. Increase intake of cruciferous vegetables, rice, wheat, milk, ghee, dry fruits, legumes, sweet food articles in diet. Reduce salt intake. Also use Himalayan rock salt for cooking.
Natural Ayurveda Lifestyle for Hyperthyroidism
Taking regular meals, timely and good quality sleep, day nap, improved stress tolerance, doing all activities slowly and mindfully are suggested. Avoid physical and mental overstrain, strenuous sport activities. Avoid staying awake late at night.
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