Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
The thyroid gland is the largest of endocrine glands and is located on the front part of the neck below the thyroid cartilage. It produces the thyroid hormone which has a variety of functions like regulating the body’s metabolism and calcium balance and the body’s use of other hormones. Thyroid goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid that can occur with hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, with benign and malignant nodules.
When the thyroid gland is overactive the condition is called hyperthyroidism. The thyroid gland then produces excessive thyroid hormone causing symptoms like irritability, palpitations, weight loss or gain, heat intolerance, decreased menstrual flow etc. One of the common causes of thyroidism is Graves Disease.
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
Hypothyroidism is a common condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. It is seen more commonly women than men and its incidence is found to increase with age. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, fatigue, drowsiness, depression, cold intolerance and other often overlooked symptoms like hair loss, dry skin etc. Some common causes of hypothyroidism are iodine deficiency, pregnancy, and pituitary disorders.
Many of us are at least a few kilos overweight than their recommended weight. You are called overweight if you have more body fat than just being healthy. Though a couple of kilos of excess weight does no harm, being excessively overweight and obese jeopardizes ones health.
Body Mass Index is the real indicator of your obesity.
BMI of 18.5 and less – Underweight
BMI Between 18.5-24.9 – Normal Weight
BMI of 25 and Above – Overweight
BMI Between 25-30 – Pre-Obesity
BMI of 30 and Above Obesity
The next comes waist circumference.
If you are a woman with a waist measurement of 35 inches or above and man with 40 inches or above, you are definitely overweight! When fat accumulates to an extent that it causes health concerns you are called obese. Obesity increases you risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, certain types of cancer and stroke. Poor diet and sedentary lifestyle are the common causes of obesity next only to genetics.
PCOD/ PCOS/ Hormonal Imbalance
PCOS is a condition where there is a hormonal imbalance in women causing different symptoms like weight gain, acne, irregular menstruation, amenorrhea (missed periods) and anovulation (not ovulating), excessive hair growth on face and body (hirsutism), hair loss, infertility or trouble getting pregnant, obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. Some women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries. These cysts cause hormonal imbalance and other symptoms.
PCOS is a very common endocrine disorder of todays times. PCOS is highly found in women between the child bearing ages of 20s and 30s.
Thyroidism: Conventional medicine treats it with Hormone Replacement Therapy. However, this causes dependency over the hormone supplement and the thyroid becomes sluggish and gradually stops functioning normally.
PCOS: In Allopathy, PCOS medications include low dose oral contraceptives, diabetic drugs and other drugs depending on the requirement of the sufferer. These are not without side effects.
Stress management and exercise also form a part of self treatment for these conditions. Some people rely on alternative methods like acupuncture also.
Ayurveda recommends the use of herbs like Kanchanara ( Bauhinia veriegata ) and Guggulu ( Commiphora mukul ) for hormonal imbalances like PCOS and thyroidism. Watching the diet, yoga, pranayama and meditation can yield good results while on Ayurvedic treatment.
Recommended Lifestyle Instructions
Diet to reduce weight and to correct hormonal imbalance- Choose foods of lower glycemic index and high fibre. Reduce carbohydrates in the diet while taking more calcium rich, omega 3 rich and Vitamin C rich foods. Cut down on sugary and fatty foods and rely on dried fruits [in moderation] to satisfy the sweet tooth. Take enough water and other fluids.
Exercise and Yoga- Regular physical activity has a positive effect on overall health. For thyroid disorders there are many yogasanas which help to stimulate and correct the function of the thyroid glands. Yoga also helps to increase metabolism, enhance blood circulation, reduce tension and anxiety and promote inner peace.
Pranayama or deep breathing exercise increases the oxygen level in the cells thereby bringing about an overall improvement in health.
Ingredients of KANCHNAR GUGGULU
Pippali, Maricha and Sunthi
GROWTHS: Kanchanar guggul clears all growths and fluid based accumulations in the body. It specifically reduces swellings, lumps soft/hard/palpable/ fixed/moveable – by drying the excess kapha. It is a favoured formula in cancer deriving from excess kapha.
THYROID: It has a balancing activity on the thyroxin production; increasing any deficient production and decreasing any excess. It also clears swellings in the neck and goitre.
LYMPH: It is a specific herb for swollen lymph nodes, cervical adenitis, scrophularia or swollen glands in general. It effectively flushes the lymphatic system of toxins, sluggishness and accumulated wastes. KANCHNAR GUGGULU may also be beneficial where the sinuses are congested because of the sluggish lymphatic system. It is a powerful decongestant.
GYNAECOLOGY: It is used effectively in the treatment of PCOS, fibroids, and vaginal discharge. It is a fantastic remedy for treating endometriosis- the Kanchanar astringes the bleeding whilst the other ingredients scrape and eliminate the adhesions.
Dosage: 02 Tablets twice a day 30 minutes after breakfast and dinner, with normal water.
Not to be taken in pregnancy or any dryness in the body.
Manufacture Code – HRNRGM0543
Brand – Nirogam.