Acupuncture and the under active Thyroid
I have seen many cases of Thyroid disorders in my years of practice. There was a time when it was believed that if you had a Thyroid condition such as Hashimoto Disease, it would be with you for life. This is not always the case. Whether it be caused by stress, illness or poor lifestyle, our Thyroid function can become under active.
This is a condition where the Thyroid gland isn’t making enough of the hormones to regulate your metabolism, so as a result it slows down. This causes many problems depending on how long it’s been going on and how under-active the thyroid is. The most common symptoms are weight gain and fatigue, along with menstrual issues and even depression.
From a Chinese Medicine perspective this is considered a deficient condition, as the body doesn’t have enough Qi to keep things moving. There can obviously be a genetic component involved in people who develop it, but also it can be brought about by prolonged illness or lengthy periods of stress. These deplete the body’s stores of Qi and sometimes it cannot replenish itself, leading to Hypothyroidism. With modern medicine it can be easily treated with medication, but some people don’t respond well or have side effects to the drugs. Acupuncture can be quite useful in rejuvenating the body and replenishing its stores of Qi, so that the metabolism returns to normal.