Acupuncture for Hypothyroidism
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the lower neck. The thyroid is responsible for secreting thyroid hormones that influence growth and development, metabolism, body temperature, and proper functioning of various organs in the body.
Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body functioning properly. Having too little thyroid hormone in the blood is also known as having an underachieve thyroid. Hypothyroid is most often caused by autoimmune disease, but may also be due to radiation treatment or surgical removal of the thyroid. Roughly 4.6% of Americans have hypothyroidism, though in most cases it is mild. Woman are more likely than men to suffer from thyroid diseases, particularly post-pregnancy or after menopause.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
Unexplained Weight Gain
Difficulty Losing Weight
Edema & Facial Swelling
Increased Susceptibility to Colds/Flu
Reduced Blood Flow
Dry Skin, Nails, & Hair
Sensitivity to Cold
Slow Wound Healing
Chronic Digestive Problems
Need Excessive Sleep Just to Function
Loss of Outermost Portion of Eyebrows
Poor Circulation/Numbness in Hands & Feet
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), hypothyroidism is regarded as a Yin/Yang imbalance, and is managed through acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and herbal medicine. Acupuncture is also used to address autoimmune issues, which are the most common cause of hypothyroidism.
Acupuncture helps hypothyroidism and autoimmune disease is several ways. Clinical research has found that acupuncture stimulates physical responses related to immune functioning, including the nerve cells, hormones, pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. Research has also found significant improvements in clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism when participants received acupuncture. Benefits noted include normalization of hypothyroidism-induced thyroid hormone imbalance, regulation of the T helper Th1/Th2 imbalance, increased levels of thyroid hormones, and stimulation of the body’s antioxidant defense system.
With all of these benefits, it’s no wonder that the World Health Organization (WHO) advocates the use of acupuncture for the treatment of thyroid diseases.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny, thin needles at specific points on the body to promote balance and support the body’s natural healing abilities. Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as a whole when addressing disease, and recognizes each person as unique and requiring a custom approach to address areas of concern. This may include a combination of acupuncture, herbal supplements, and/or nutritional recommendations to fully support your health and well-being.
At Four Seasons Acupuncture in Winter Park, Florida, we are here to help you take charge of your health and restore balance and well-being. Call us at (407) 662-4871 to schedule a consultation!
Winter Park Acupuncture, Herbal & Nutritional Therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Located just minutes from Maitland, Casselberry, Baldwin Park, Altamonte Springs, and the Greater Orlando area.