Healing the Thyroid with Ayurveda: Natural Treatments for Hashimoto's, Hypothyroidism, and Hyperthyroidism

Healing the Thyroid with Ayurveda: Natural Treatments for Hashimoto's, Hypothyroidism, and Hyperthyroidism


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A comprehensive guide to addressing the growing epidemic of thyroid disease from the perspective of the Ayurvedic tradition

• Details the author’s successful treatment protocols for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism developed over more than 30 years of Ayurvedic practice

• Explores the underlying causes of thyroid malfunction, the thyroid’s connections to the liver and gall bladder, and the importance of early detection

• Also includes treatments for common symptoms of thyroid disease, such as insomnia, depression, fatigue, and osteoporosis, as well as for weight loss and hair growth

In this comprehensive guide for practitioners and those concerned with thyroid health, Marianne Teitelbaum, D.C., integrates the ancient medicine of Ayurveda with modern scientific findings to address the growing epidemic of thyroid disease.

Revealing how the thyroid is the victim of many factors that conspire to create ill health—and how many cases of thyroid disease go undiagnosed—Teitelbaum focuses not only on treating thyroid problems and symptoms but also on diagnosing them at their earliest, most reversible stages. She outlines the basic principles of Ayurveda, including pulse diagnosis, a key tool for early detection, and explains the successful treatment protocols she has developed over more than 30 years of Ayurvedic practice. She details the underlying reasons for thyroid malfunction, such as inflammation, malnutrition, and toxins, and how the thyroid is connected with the health of the rest of body, including the liver and gall bladder. She explores the Ayurvedic treatment of thyroid-related conditions, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism, offering guidance on the targeted use of herbs, specific dietary recommendations, proper detoxification, and Ayurvedic recipes. She also includes treatments and remedies for common symptoms of thyroid disease, including insomnia, depression, fatigue, and osteoporosis, as well as for luxurious hair growth and weight loss.

Based on the treatment of thousands of patients, this book also shares success stories of thyroid healing and the scientific studies that support the author’s Ayurvedic thyroid protocols. Offering an easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide, Teitelbaum shows that optimum thyroid health as well as overall health are within everyone’s reach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620557822
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 106,840
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marianne Teitelbaum, D.C., graduated summa cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1984. She has studied with several Ayurvedic doctors, including Stuart Rothenberg, M.D., and Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra. The recipient of the Prana Ayushudi Award in 2013, she lectures and writes extensively about Ayurvedic treatments for all diseases. She has a thriving private practice and lives outside of Philadelphia.

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Chapter 3

The Doshas, Diet, Toxins, and the Health of the Thyroid

The thyroid gland is like a very delicate flower that needs to be watered daily and meticulously cared for. If there is any problem anywhere in the body, whether it comes from lack of nourishment, electromagnetic exposure, infections, an overload of stress or toxins, this little flower will wilt, taking your physiology down with it.

On the brighter side, however, if you just give a little more attention to your body—resting, nourishing, and detoxifying it—your thyroid gland will bounce right back, giving you the glowing health and metabolism you long for. This is one of the reasons why we can’t devote all our therapies to just the thyroid gland—every problem throughout the whole body is tugging away at this gland, so in order to improve its function, the health of the whole body needs to be addressed. Ignoring these underlying problems and just supporting the thyroid gland is a treatment option that is bound to fail.

Doshic Imbalance at the Root of all Thyroid Disorders

Ayurveda prides itself on identifying imbalances at the deepest level. Before we unfold the numerous causes of thyroid dysfunction, it is imperative to understand that behind everything we see, whether it is low or high hormones, whatever the symptoms may be—hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s Disease, even thyroid cancer—we must first consider balancing the three doshas. This is usually the first step in tackling any thyroid symptom, whether hair loss, arrhythmias, weight gain, depression, or fatigue. Don’t be tempted to treat all these symptoms without addressing their root causes. If you treat the symptoms without balancing the three doshas, your results will be minimal and temporary.

Review of the Three Doshas

The three doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha. The ancient doctors always liked to trace health problems back to these elements, which, if out of balance, were considered the very first steps in a gradual decline in one’s health. Therefore, it is imperative that you begin your search here when looking for the root of your symptoms.

These three doshas comprise the five elements found in nature: space, air, fire, water, and earth. Since humans are a microcosm of nature, these five basic elements—present in all matter—also exist within each of us. These elemental principles control all our bodily functions, and it is up to us to keep them balanced. But to do that, you must first understand exactly what they are and how they affect your body:

Vata represents the elements of space and air. Its qualities are quick, light, cold, dry, rough, subtle, mobile, erratic, dispersing.

Pitta represents the elements of fire and water. Its qualities are light, hot, oily, sharp, liquid, sour, pungent.

Kapha represents the elements of earth and water. Its qualities are heavy, cold, oily, slow, slimy, dense, soft, static, sweet.

We are all born with differing amounts of these three doshas. Thus, there are different body types. The various combinations could be: Pure Vata, Pure Pitta, Pure Kapha, or combinations of Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Vata, Pitta-Kapha, Vata-Kapha, Kapha-Vata, Kapha-Pitta or all three balanced, Vata-Pitta-Kapha. These represent the amounts of all three doshas you were born with. However, these elements will change as various influences in the environment and other stressors throw your body out of balance. Your current imbalances can be diagnosed through the pulse and by various characteristics of the patient’s appearance and symptoms.

Vata is the element of coldness, causing cold hands and feet when imbalanced. It is also quick, representing the element of movement, thus you can become restless and scattered, endlessly talking and moving, making it difficult to stay focused. Light by nature, vata can translate to light sleep, or a tendency for insomnia as your nervous system cannot settle down. Vata is rough and dry, so you may notice rough and dry hair, skin, and nails.

Vata tends to emaciate the body’s tissues, causing osteoporosis, weight loss, or thinning hair. Imbalanced vata moves thoughts quickly through the mind, so you can absorb information quickly and then forget it quickly. Because your physiology is running fast you can become fatigued as the body cannot keep up with the fast-moving pace you force your it to undergo every day. Are you noticing yet that many of these symptoms are also characteristics of thyroid imbalance?

A good rule of thumb to keep the doshas balanced is to do the opposite of the aggravated dosha to bring it back into balance. So, a vata type must learn to slow down; get proper rest; eat warm, cooked unctuous foods; stay warm; and resist the temptation to go to bed late, work too hard, or exercise too much.

Throughout the thirty years of my practice, I have noticed hundreds of instances of vata types contributing to their thyroid problems by weakening their endocrine systems through incessant talking and boundless activity—which are on full display when they visit my office. This is a recipe for adrenal burnout and is the first step toward thyroid weakness. The endocrine glands cannot handle this amount of intense activity. The adrenals and thyroid glands are the batteries we run on. They can become depleted and in need of a recharge, accomplished through proper rest, nourishing diet, and early bedtime. In the early stages, vata aggravation and hyperactivity can push the thyroid gland into a hyperthyroid (or overactive) state. But over time the gland will fatigue and become hypothyroid (or underactive) and unable to produce enough hormones.

Vata aggravation can weaken not only the thyroid gland and the whole endocrine system but also the seven dhatus (the seven tissues in the body according to Ayurveda: blood plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow, and reproductive fluids).

If you can fully understand what vata is and how imbalancing it can affect your thyroid gland, then any treatments you undertake will work more effectively if, at the same time, you learn to balance the disturbed vata.

Table of Contents

by Anjali Grover, M.D.



INTRODUCTION Traditional Healing for a New Age

1 What Is Ayurveda?

2 The Thyroid Gland and Endocrine System

3 The Root Causes of Thyroid Malfunction

4 Thyroid and Adrenal Interactions

5 Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Autoimmune Disease of the Thyroid Gland

6 Gallbladder Function and the Thyroid Gland

7 Ayurvedic Treatments for Specific Conditions Caused by Thyroid Dysfunction

8 Diet and Daily Routine for Thyroid Health

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