Hypothyroidism: What Is It, And Can It Be Healed Holistically?
Hi Rasāyana Living Family,
Over the past few years I've steadily seen hypothyroidism cases rise. This condition is becoming increasingly common. Many people are unaware that an underachieve thyroid is actually at the root of many of their symptoms. Let's talk a bit about hypothyroidism and how it might show up in the body.
Hypothyroidism is a medical condition characterized by an underactive thyroid gland, which is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck. The thyroid gland produces hormones, primarily thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which play an important role in regulating the body's metabolism. These hormones influence various processes in the body, including the production of energy, temperature regulation, and the functioning of organs and tissues.
In hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones, leading to a slowdown of the body's metabolic processes. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Other causes may include thyroid surgery, radiation therapy, certain medications, and congenital thyroid abnormalities.
The symptoms of an under active thyroid can vary but often include:
1. Fatigue and weakness
2. Weight gain
3. Cold intolerance
4. Dry skin and hair
6. Muscle aches and stiffness
8. Memory and concentration problems
9. Menstrual irregularities in women
If left unaddressed, hypothyroidism can lead to complications such as cardiovascular issues, infertility, joint pain, and in severe cases, a life-threatening condition known as myxedema coma. It is essential for individuals experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism to seek care. I recommend working with a practitioner who focuses on root-cause based solutions.
Diagnosis is typically based on blood tests that measure levels of thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Mainstream medical treatment usually involves thyroid hormone replacement therapy, where patients take synthetic thyroid hormones (levothyroxine) to restore normal hormone levels in the body. However, I would be weary of jumping into "treatments" such as this one. If your thyroid is under active, it is important to take as to why this is the case. Addressing the root-cause, healing from other internal compromises (which will vary from person to person) and then using nature's medicine to pick up thyroid function is key. This is how my clients make full recovery.
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