Acupuncture Treatment for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease
Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease are medical conditions that have no cure in western medicine and treated by giving to patients a laboratory synthesized Thyroid Hormone (Synthroid). Acupuncture has served as an effective alternative treatment for many ailments including Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease. For the sake of introduction, let’s take a look at basic things about Acupuncture especially how it works.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body called Acupuncture points. There are many points networked together, and they form meridians in the body system. These points run longitudinally on the body surface, and they make 20 meridians in the entire body. 12 meridians out of these are referred to as the primary meridians which are connected to specific organs of the body. These Acupuncture points have fine needles inserted to bring about healing for the different part of the body or particular points for certain ailment.
Another important fact about Acupuncture is what is called the term Qi which is regarded as the flow of energy in the meridians. These meridians are connected to different systems in the body, and this includes the gastrointestinal system, immune system, endocrine system and Acupuncture helps the proper flow of blood through all these systems to guarantee their wellness. Acupuncture reduces stress and pain in the body by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins. Acupuncture also can modulate the immune system.
How Acupuncture can treat Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease
Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease can be primarily described as an under-active thyroid gland in an individual and these that shows the different symptoms in patients such as slow speech, puffy face, hoarse voice, constipation, dry skin and hair, weight gain and depression.
Traditional Chinese medicine TCM uses the combination of Acupuncture, dietary therapy and herbal medicine to treat Hypothyroidism by balancing the Yin and Yang to the appropriate proportion in the body.
Acupuncture tends to improve the well-being of patients with Hypothyroidism and act as a potent alternative to substitution therapy. Acupuncture treats Hashimoto’s Disease by modulating the immune systems. This modulated immune system through the help of Acupuncture can also improve immunological conditions such as allergies, immunodeficiency syndromes, autoimmune conditions, and infections.
World Health Organization WHO attests to the potency of Acupuncture in the treatment of thyroid disease and specifically, there are several studies on the benefits of TCM especially Acupuncture for the treatment of Hypothyroidism. For example, a one-year study in a Chinese university by the name Shanghai Medical University on 32 patients with Hypothyroidism came out with significant improvement.
Acupuncture is beneficial for the treatment of thyroid conditions and autoimmune thyroid conditions as many patients have shown significant improvement after starting Acupuncture treatment. For people with Grave’s disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Acupuncture works for this category by modulating the immune system but does not correct whatever trigger responsible for the condition. For example, in the case of a person with a leaky gut that is caused by gluten intolerance (H. Pylori Infection), Acupuncture will not directly heal the condition of a leaky gut or H.Pylori infection. The healing will come from the combination of Acupuncture with other natural treatment and modulate the immune system.
In treating Hypothyroidism, Traditional Chinese medicine TCM often recommend the combination of Aconite (fu zi) and cinnamon (rou gui) and Acupuncture. Another common herbal formula used is Kidney Yang Tonic (Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan) and Right Restoration Formula (You Gui Wan). These are combination therapy administered to ensure that the patient is free from Hypothyroidism.
In summary, Acupuncture works based on the placement of needles on Acupuncture points of the body that are related to specific organs. The energy called Qi flows through the meridian, transmitting the treatment given through the acupoint to the related organ and brings about the needed healing in the body system. The benefits of Acupuncture are not limited to Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Disease alone; it is beneficial to treat infertility, asthma, acute and chronic pain, migraine and many other conditions.
Acupuncture is an effective alternative treatment when it is administered by a reputable and experienced acupuncturist. The right procedures which include proper diagnosis and the required number of session that will be needed for total recovery will be discussed with the patients. Acupuncture brings about the tranquility the body requires and this will be achieved when the right acupuncturist administers treatment.
If you are interested in the treatment of Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Disease using holistic medicine approaches, Chinese Acupuncture, and Homeopathic remedies make an appointment for Alternative Holistic Evaluation at the Philadelphia Acupuncture Clinic.
Dr. Tsan and associates will examine you and propose the most customized treatment plan.