Thyroid, Auto-Immune Disease and Acupuncture (Near Andover, MN)
Who Gets Thyroid Disease?
Thyroid imbalance and Thyroid Disease is common today. The typical modern diet and lifestyle of highly stressed, over-scheduled lives makes us more prone to disease and dis-ease. Being in a constant or almost constant state of Fight-or-Flight, it is no wonder that our hormones end up imbalanced, especially if one is already prone to thyroid imbalances within their family genetics.
Hashimoto’s and Grave’s (Thyroid) Disease
Most Thyroid Disease is Auto-Immune related.
90% of Hypothyroidism is due to Hoshimoto’s Auto-Immune Disease.
90% of all Hyperthyroidism is due to Auto-Immune Grave’s Disease.
Natural Alternative Treatments for Thyroid:
- Diet Therapy
- Natural thyroid medications
- Vitamins/ Supplements
- Stress Relief Activities
- Relaxing-type Yoga
- Rest and Sleep
- Running (often helps Hyperthyroidism)
- Walking at easy pace (often helps Hypothyroidism)
Acupuncture is under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Acupuncture is good at balancing common complaints patients have with an imbalanced thyroid.
This is because acupuncturists treat thyroid imbalance as a TCM pattern which involves “Kidney Qi.”
Acupuncture helps the body to balance itself; we say acupuncture is 20% responsible and the body is 80% responsible for restoring balance to the body.
Of course there are situations when stronger measures are needed in treating thyroid. In these individuals, acupuncture would serve as an adjunct therapy.
For instance, when thyroid hormone levels are not balanced enough using diet, supplements, vitamins, herbs and lifestyle, thyroid medication may be necessary.
Hyperthyroidism must be monitored. If thyroid hormone level becomes too high and is left un-monitored, it could turn into what is called a “thyroid storm.”
“Thyroid Storm or thyrotoxic crisis is extremely dangerous and can involve symptoms such as extreme high blood pressure and can even lead to death.”
Acupuncture/ TCM for Thyroid
Hyper-thyroid and Hypo-thyroid can be explained using TCM disease patterns. Licensed Acupuncturists are able to treat the thyroid, whether caused by an over-active thyroid (Hyper-thyroid) or under-active thyroid (Hypothyroidism).
The World Health Organization reports that Acupuncture can be used to treat Thyroid diseases.
Several studies suggest Acupuncture can help with Hypothyroidism.
Acupuncture Treats Hyperthyroidism Signs/ Symptoms:
Hyperthyroid Symptoms are “hyper” or excessive (Too High):
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Rapid heartbeat
- Excessive perspiration (sweating)
- Clammy skin (excessive perspiration)
- Increased appetite with weight loss
- Nervousness/ Anxiety
- Tremor (shaking, usually in one or both hands)
Acupuncture Treats Hypothyroidism Signs/ Symptoms:
Hypothyroid Symptoms are “hypo” or deficient (Too Low):
Acupuncture Treats the Root Cause of Thyroid imbalance:
- Acupuncture treats according to TCM Disease Patterns
- Acupuncture and TCM treats each patient as an individual
- Acupuncture helps the body to balance itself
Thanks for Reading!
Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc
Aleesha Ackerman, LAc treats patients for headaches, migraines, back pain, digestive disorders, weight issues and many Women’s issues including hormonal imbalances and hot flashes due to Menopause and Perimenopause near Andover, MN.
Visit Ackerman Acupuncture for Pain Relief & Wellness. Ackerman Acupuncture is easily accessible from Highway 10 in Anoka, MN
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Serving Anoka County, the north metro and Minneapolis area. We are located on Main Street, Anoka and easily accessible from Highway 10.