thyroid

When it comes to a healthy functioning body, the thyroid plays an integral role. When the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, other aspects of your body will suffer, causing a wide range of health problems from weight gain and low energy.

If you currently have thyroid problems, you might have sought out hormone therapy. If that wasn’t successful, acupuncture as a thyroid treatment might be the perfect solution for you. Take a look at the information below to learn more about thyroid disorders and the available thyroid treatments.

WHAT IS THYROID AND WHAT ARE ITS FUNCTIONS?

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits in the front of the neck. It is responsible for energy, metabolism, hormone regulation, body weight and blood calcium levels.

WHAT ARE THYROID DISORDERS?

When functioning properly, the thyroid gland secretes just the right amount of thyroid hormone to regulate almost all the metabolic processes in your body. Too much or too little of these vital body chemicals and it can drastically influence energy levels, body weight and your mental health. Hyperthyroidism is characterized by an overactive thyroid gland that over produces thyroid hormone, while hypothyroidism is characterized by an under-active thyroid gland that under produces thyroid hormone.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF THYROID DISORDERS IN ORIENTAL MEDICINE?

Oriental medicine regards both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism as Yin/Yang imbalances. External factors are diet and physical injury and internal factors are emotional states, mental stimulation, and hereditary conditions. Acupuncture can aid as a thyroid treatment to restore balance to the gland.