Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been more popular in today’s medicine as a treatment that is able to regulate metabolism, balance hormones, and create an overall sense of well-being through stimulation of the nervous system. 

Acupuncture has been shown to be useful in treating thyroid disease through these functions.
– Increase levels of thyroid hormones in hypothyroidism               
– Decrease levels of thyroid hormones in hyperthyroidism
– Reduce sensitivity to pain , stress, and help to relax the body
– Increase the release of adenosine which is a chemical that can decrease sensitivity to pain
– Improve muscle and joint stiffness and range of motion through blood circulation in smaller vessels
– Helping to decease inflammation through managing the immune response in the body

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the front of the neck, near the adam’s apple.  Although small, this gland controls most of the hormones and function in our body.

Hypothyroidism:  under functioning, we may see signs and symptoms such as:

– Low energy, fatigue, heaviness, puffiness
– Stomach bloated, gassy, slow bowel movements
– Trouble maintaining healthy weight (gaining or losing)
– Irregular cycles, breast fullness (cycle longer than 28 days)
– Mood changes, low libido, depression
– Waking early, light sleepers

Avoid cold drinks and food.  The body will need to use extra energy to warm these up before digestion.
Avoid raw foods in the winter, as they also will tax the digestive energy.
Eat more warming foods such as: onion, ginger, pepper, cinnamon, beef, or lamb.

Lifestyle & Exercise
Avoid damp and cold environments.
Try to get at least 30 minutes of sunshine a day (if weather permits).
Exercise should be suited for you, and may vary based on how much energy you have each day.  If you feel tired the day after exercise, be mindful to lessen your exercise load.

Hyperthyroidism:  over functioning, we may see signs and symptoms such as:

– Stiff neck and shoulder pain
– Hunger, heartburn, always hungry
– Dryness in the skin, eyes, constipation
– Thirst at night
– Weight loss
– Shortened menstrual cycle (less than 28 days)

Avoid hot and spicy flavored foods such as ginger, chili, peppers, garlic, onion, lamb, beef.
Eat more cooling foods such as cucumber, watermelon, pear, cabbage, fish, duck, green veggies, green tea, peppermint tea.

Lifestyle & Exercise
Avoid hot and humid environments.  Exercise should be done in cool environments and in fresh air.
Slow and relaxing exercises such as tai chi, yoga, swimming, gentle walking is much less taxing on the body and able to promote a rest and digest function of the nervous system.

If you are looking to promote a healthier lifestyle, diet, taking care of thyroid illness or prevention, please give us a call today! We can help you feel more like yourself again.  (631) 424-8602