Addressing Hypothyroidism with Chinese Medicine

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April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM) AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

Feeling burnt out or exhausted?  Impaired thyroid functioning may be part of the problem.  A little gland located in the neck, the thyroid produces hormones that play roles in many major functions of the body including maintaining the body’s metabolic rate, growth, detoxification and immunity.  A hyperactive thyroid produces too many hormones and can lead to goiter, sudden weight loss, racing heart or the manifestation of Grave’s disease.  At the other end of the spectrum, an underactive thyroid can lead to hypothyroidism which affects more than 10 million Americans.

Symptoms of  hypothyroid disharmony

  • exhaustion
  • chronic fatigue
  • weight gain
  • feeling cold
  • dry skin
  • slowed metabolism
  • immune deficiency
  • lethargy
  • enlargement of the thyroid gland
  • low libido
  • general lack of vitality
  • depression
  • slowed mental functioning
  • anxiety
  • low basal body temperature
  • hair loss
  • estrogen and progesterone imbalance
  • painful cycles
  • constipation
  • loss of the outer 1/3 of the eyebrow–yes, really.

Quite the list.  Looks like things have cooled and slowed down, right?  Right. Most clients with hypothyroidism have a basal body temperature of 97.6 or below.  In the eyes of Chinese medicine this is a deficiency of Yang–the fire in the body–yet,  it’s not quite that simple.

Causes of hypothyroidism 

Heredity–Mom or Dad may have passed the trait down. However, even in this instance, there is improvement that can be made.  We look at whether the person’s habits encourage or discourage healthy thyroid functioning.

Burning the candle at both ends–Literally, you worked and/or played too hard and often without adequate rest and nutrition appropriate for your life stage, health and constitution.  This leads to a collapse of Yang and Qi (energy, for an over simplified definition) in the body–you snuffed out the […]