Have you been feeling fatigued? Do you feel cold all of the time? Are you stressed? Or maybe you feel like your skin is really dry? One common problem that you may be facing is hypothyroidism or a low thyroid. If you feel like or have been diagnosed with hypothyroid acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been shown to be a great choice of treatment.
Hypothyroidism is a common health condition. Diagnosis of hypothyroid is done through lab tests that your physician will order. Depending on your lab tests, it will show whether there is primary hypothyroidism, which is an elevated TSH, or secondary hypothyroidism, which is a low TSH due to a problem at the pituitary gland.
Hypothyroid has many different signs or symptoms that can affect your quality of life. Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of a low thyroid:
- muscle aches
- thinning hair
- feeling cold
- brittle nails
If in the case you are diagnosed with hypothyroid, your physician may prescribe you with medication that may help to manage your condition.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Hypothyroid
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offers a natural alternative to treat hypothyroid. According to Chinese medical theory hypothyroid is typically a disharmony or imbalance between the spleen, kidney, and heart channels. Not saying that those organs themselves have problems it is the channel or vessel according to Chinese medicine that have the imbalances.
To treat hypothyroidism, a Chinese medical practitioner will first look at your body, take your pulse, look at your tongue and ask you questions. After finding your Chinese medical diagnosis then the practitioner will use acupuncture and herbs to treat your health condition. For hypothyroidism the typical treatment principle is to supplement the spleen, nourish and warm the kidneys, nourish and warm the heart, and boost qi. By utilizing acupuncture and Chinese medicine it will promote balance within your body to stimulate your body’s self-healing mechanisms.
Physiologically, acupuncture will act on the brain and release different hormones, neurotransmitters, and chemicals to stimulate your body’s self-healing mechanisms. Acupuncture also has been shown to improve blood flow that will allow your body to self-heal as well.
Exercise and diet are also key components to help with hypothyroidism. Tai Chi is a great exercise that will improve your energy and reduce your stress. It has been said that Tai Chi is “moving medication.” Your diet is important. You should avoid raw and cold foods, and eat more warming foods. Eat some more warming meats such as lamb or chicken. You would want to avoid putting ice in your water as well.