Who Gets Thyroid Disease?
Thyroid imbalance and Thyroid Disease is common today. The typical modern diet and lifestyle of highly stressed, over-scheduled lives makes us more prone to disease and dis-ease. Being in a constant or almost constant state of Fight-or-Flight, it is no wonder that our hormones end up imbalanced, especially if one is already prone to thyroid imbalances within their family genetics.
Hashimoto’s and Grave’s (Thyroid) Diseases
Most Thyroid Disease is Auto-Immune related.
90% of all Hypothyroidism is due to Hashimoto’s Auto-Immune Disease.
90% of all Hyperthyroidism is due to Grave’s Auto-Immune Disease.
Natural Alternative Treatments for Thyroid:
- Diet Therapy
- Natural thyroid medications
- Vitamins/ Supplements
- Stress Relief Activities
- Relaxing-type Yoga
- Rest and Sleep
- Running (often helps Hyperthyroidism)
- Walking at easy pace (often helps Hypothyroidism)
There is a connection with Hypothyroidism, Low Progesterone and Low Magnesium. Magnesium affects Progesterone.
Are You Deficient in Magnesium?
Western Medicine and Thyroid
Of course there are situations when stronger measures are needed in treating thyroid. In these individuals, acupuncture would serve as an adjunct therapy.
For instance, when thyroid hormone levels are not balanced enough using diet, supplements, vitamins, herbs and lifestyle, thyroid medication may be necessary.
Hyperthyroidism must be monitored; if thyroid hormone level becomes too high and is un-monitored, it could turn into a “Thyroid storm.”
“Thyroid Storm or thyrotoxic crisis is extremely dangerous and can involve symptoms such as extreme high blood pressure and can even lead to death.”
Acupuncture/ TCM for Thyroid
Hyper-thyroid and Hypo-thyroid can be explained using TCM disease patterns. Licensed Acupuncturists are often able to help balance the thyroid, whether caused by an over-active thyroid (Hyper-thyroid) or under-active thyroid (Hypothyroidism).
The World Health Organization reports that Acupuncture can be used to treat Thyroid diseases.
Several studies suggest Acupuncture can help with Hypothyroidism.
Acupuncture is under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Why Acupuncture is Good for Your Thyroid
Acupuncture is good at balancing common complaints patients have with an imbalanced thyroid.
This is because acupuncturists treat thyroid imbalance as a TCM pattern which involves “Kidney Qi.”
Acupuncture helps the body to balance itself; we say acupuncture is 20% responsible and the body is 80% responsible for restoring balance to the body.
Acupuncture Treats Hyperthyroidism Signs/ Symptoms:
Hyperthyroid Symptoms are “hyper” or excessive (Too High):
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Rapid heartbeat
- Excessive perspiration (sweating)
- Clammy skin (excessive perspiration)
- Increased appetite with weight loss
- Nervousness/ Anxiety
- Tremor (shaking, usually in one or both hands)
Acupuncture Treats Hypothyroidism Signs/ Symptoms:
Hypothyroid Symptoms are “hypo” or deficient (Too Low):
- Cold sensitivity
- Weight gain
- Dry hair and skin
Acupuncture Treats the Root Cause of Thyroid imbalance:
- Acupuncture treats according to TCM Disease Patterns
- Acupuncture and TCM treats each patient as an individual
- Acupuncture helps the body to balance itself
- Your acupuncturist may also go over individual lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise
Weakened Adrenals, Thyroid Imbalance and Endometriosis often coincide in patients.
Thanks for Reading!
Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc
Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.
She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.
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