What is it?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism – the system that helps the body use energy. Thyroid disorders can slow down or rev up metabolism by disrupting the production of thyroid hormones.
There is hyperthyroidism, characterized by an overactive thyroid gland that produces too much thyroid hormone. Typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
- High blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
- Moist skin
- Increased sweating
- Tremour, nervousness
- Increased appetite with weight loss
- Diarrhea, and/or frequent bowel movements.
Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, is characterized by an under-active thyroid gland. Typical symptoms include:
- Weight gain
- Hoarse voice
- Slowed speech
- Puffy face
- Drooping eyelids
- Sensitivity to cold
- Dry hair and skin
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) regards both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism as a Yin/Yang imbalance. When treating either condition, TCM will typically employ acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy to rebalance an individual’s Yin and Yang.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture can be used to treat thyroid diseases, and several studies suggest that acupuncture and TCM can be beneficial in treating hypothyroidism.
Holistic Medical Clinic can help treat your thyroid disorder. We aim to improve your wellbeing through a holistic approach.