What is Hypothyroidism?

Diminished secretion of thyroid hormones in the body is called as hypothyroidism (hypo=less). Thyroid is small gland situated in the midline and base of the neck. The gland produces thyroid hormones that are absolutely essential for maintaining harmony of various body functions. Thyroid hormone expedites speed of body’s chemical reaction and has positive influence on growth of an individual (mental and physical).

Hypothyroidism Symptoms

Symptoms and signs of hypothyroidism and their degree of severity may vary and depend on the duration and extent of thyroid hormone deficiency. Individuals with hypothyroidism may experience:

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Intolerance to cold

  • Muscleaching and cramps

  • Constipation

  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight

  • Poor appetite

  • Goiter(enlarged thyroid gland)

  • Dry, rough skin

  • Coarse hair or hair loss

  • Eye and face swelling

  • Deeper and/or hoarse voice

  • Irregular or heavy menstrual periods

  • Depression

  • Memory loss

  • Slowed thinking and mental activity

  • Increased blood cholesterol levels


Remarks:

Reduced secretion of thyroid hormones can produce myriad of symptoms that vary from person to person and with the age of patient. The common symptoms include signs excessive tiredness and sleepiness, weight gain, intolerance to cold, hoarseness of voice, deafness, dry flaky skin and hair, loss of hair, body swelling, constipation, depression, etc. The condition is much more common in females.

One reason for such reduced production of thyroid hormone may be deficiency of raw material i.e. dietary iodine. But hypothyroidism can develop in absence of dietary iodine deficiency also. The cause for such cases may not be known always, but it is largely believed to be due to disturbances of immune system where bodys defense system starts attacking bodys own organs and tissues.

Hypothyroidism is a constitutional disorder affecting multiple body systems and calls for an in-depth constitutional approach for its management.

The science of homoeopathy is based on the concept that disease is total affliction of body and may find its local expression at the level of certain organs. Hence homoeopathy medicines take into account presenting complaints along with physical, emotional, and genetic make up of a person that individualizes him/her.

Related Health Complications of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism may contribute to the development of heart disease. Blood cholesterol levels may be increased, with some studies suggesting an increase in heart disease and myocardial infarcts (heart attacks) as a result. Furthermore, the efficiency of the heart's ability to contract may be reduced with hypothyroidism.

Suggestion about homeopathic treatment:

Homoeopathy is very strongly suggested for cases of hypothyroidism. Homoeopathy helps in alleviating all the symptoms associated with the condition. Moreover, homoeopathy works at root level to bring deviations of immunity and harmony of the body back to normalcy.