Yogic Cure for Thyroid Problems

We often meet people with thyroid condition and often hear that thyroid problems can be brought under control with yoga practice. In fact, there are various books on yoga therapy that recommends few yogi methods in order to cure thyroid conditions. My aim to write this article is to briefly describe thyroid conditions and possible methods for prevention and cure as well.

Our thyroid gland looks like a butterfly, located at the base of our neck region. This gland is responsible for regulating the metabolic rate and body temperature.

Hyperthyroidism:

This is a condition when our thyroid gland produces T3 and T 4 in excess. As a result one may experience rapid/irregular heart rate, high BP, muscles fatigue, excessive sweating, obstructed sleep, restlessness, weight loss and irregular menstruation.

Hypothyroidism

This is just opposite of Hyperthyroidism. In this condition the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. As a result one may experience constipation, dryness of skin, weight gain, slower heart rate, depression and heavier/irregular menstruation.

Our thyroid gland is controlled by our pituitary gland and hypothalamus. Hypothalamus is the control station of our entire body. The hypothalamus first gives indication to your pituitary gland in order to produce TSH – thyroid-stimulating hormone. TSH further gives indication for our thyroid gland to produces T3 and T4 hormones.

Thyroid disorder seems very common these days, just like diabetes and heart problems. Millions of people from all around the globe are suffering with thyroid disorder. Although there are various reasons for thyroid disorder, but stress is certainly the main cause of all the psychosomatic disorders. Application of yogic techniques with recommended treatment from your doctor will certainly help in treating both the thyroid condition.

Role Of yoga in treating thyroid condition:

Yoga tradition highly recommends the practice of “BHRAMA MUDRA” and “SHOULDER STAND”. Both of these practices are very impactful on particularly on thyroid gland. Although, if you are suffering from cervical spondylitis, high blood pressure or any heart disease, please do practice yoga with necessary care. Modified variations of shoulder stand and brahma mudra should be applied under the supervision of an expert yoga teacher/therapist.

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