Yoga for Thyroid Problem

Control Thyroid and Treat Side Effects of Thyroid with Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga & Meditation

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Therapeutic Yoga for Thyroid Problems

Some common yoga asanas for thyroid which can help  be performed by thyroid patients are:

Note

  • During the thyroid treatment by yoga, all the yoga poses for thyroid will be performed with the help of props.
  • Patients will be treated by the trained yoga teachers & under the guidance of Yogacharya Rajveer Singh Chauhan.
  • The sequence and difficulty level of asanas for thyroid that may vary according to the condition of patients and their respective medical conditions.
  • Every person will be advised to perform yoga for thyroid problems based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.

It is a medical condition that affects the functions of thyroid glands. The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones and helps in regulating a person’s metabolism. The thyroid is part of the endocrine system that controls many functions of your body.  It is situated in the front of the neck below Adam's apple.

Thyroid diseases occur when the thyroid produces fewer hormones or hormones in excess.

There are two main types of thyroid diseases:

  1. Hyperthyroidism- it occurs when the thyroid produces extra or too many hormones.
  2. Hypothyroidism- it occurs when the thyroid produces fewer or too few hormones.

Some other types of thyroid diseases are thyroid nodules, grave’s disease, goiter, Hashimoto's disease. If you are a thyroid patient thyroid exercise in yoga will be very beneficial for you. 

There are many factors that develop thyroid disease. Causes of thyroid disease differ in each type of thyroid disease. Some common causes of thyroid disease are:

  1. Causes of Hyperthyroidism
  2. Grave’s disease- is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid glands produce too many hormones. It is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism.
  3. Plummer’s disease- this disease causes the thyroid to expand in size and secrete too many hormones.
  4. Thyroiditis- in this disease the thyroid becomes inflamed due to autoimmune conditions, this inflammation can cause the excess thyroid hormone to leak in into the bloodstream.
  5. Nodular thyroid disease- in this disease lumps develop in the thyroid gland and they affect the function of the thyroid by making it overactive.
  6. Excessive iodine intake- eating excessive iodine in food can affect the thyroid gland by making it produce too many hormones.
  7. Medications- medicines prescribed for heart problems contain a large amount of iodine which can cause the dysfunctioning of the thyroid.
  8. Tumors in ovaries and testes
  9. Follicular thyroid cancer- it can cause the thyroid to become more active which results in the secretion of too much of the hormones.

Risk factors of hyperthyroidism -

  • Family history
  • Gender- females are more prone to this disease.
  • People with certain diseases as type 1 diabetes, pernicious anemia, and primary adrenal insufficiency.
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis-  This is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, it is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones.
  • Side- effect of hyperthyroidism treatment - the treatment of hyperthyroidism focuses on reducing the amount of overproduced hormones but in some cases, the level of hormones could go down to the level that it could result in hypothyroidism.
  • Radiation therapy- radiations used in the treatment of cancer can affect the thyroid glands.
  • Thyroid surgery- some thyroid surgeries can make the functions of thyroid complicated.
  • Medications- medicines for many treatments can affect the functioning of thyroid glands.
  • Congenital hypothyroidism-  in this disease the thyroid glands don't function properly from birth and creates growth problems in newborns.
  • Thyroiditis-This is an inflammatory disease that can develop into hypothyroidism.
  • Abnormality of pituitary glands- functions of thyroid glands gets affected by the abnormal functions of pituitary glands.
  • Imbalance of iodine- an imbalance of iodine can lead to thyroid problems.
  • Pregnancy-  in some rare cases pregnancy can cause hypothyroidism and it may result in other complications such as miscarriages.

Risk factors of hypothyroidism

  • Gender- females are more prone to this disease.
  • Age- people above 60 are more likely to develop thus thyroid disease.
  • Family history
  • Presence of an  autoimmune disease
  • Exposure to radioactive treatments

There are many signs and symptoms present in the patient affected by thyroid disease, identifying these symptoms early can help a lot in the treatment of the disease. The severity of thyroid disease symptoms differ in each case and could take years in some cases to be noticed easily.  Some common signs and symptoms of thyroid disease are:

  1. Weight loss( even when your diet is same)
  2. Unexpected Weight gain
  3. Sweating
  4. Changes in the menstrual cycle
  5. Brittle hair
  6. Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter) can be identified by swelling at the base of your neck.
  7. Sensitivity to heat
  8. Mood swings
  9. Uncontrolled bowel movements
  10. Diarrhoea
  11. Muscle weakness
  12. Infertility and loss of interest in sex
  13. Constipation
  14. Increased appetite
  15. Nervousness
  16. Restlessness
  17. Lack of concentration
  18. Fatigue and Weakness
  19. Problem in sleeping
  20. Irregular heartbeat
  21. Itching
  22. Hair loss
  23. Nausea
  24. Vomiting
  25. Development of breasts in men
  26. Dizziness
  27. Breathing problem
  28. unconsciousness
  29. Loss of interest in sex and infertility
  30. Memory loss