Treating Thyroid Disorders with Acupuncture
If you have a thyroid disorder, you may be looking for alternative treatments, and acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may be the answer.
If you have a thyroid disorder, you may be looking for alternative treatments, and acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may be the answer. The Chinese medicine approach to treating thyroid disorders addresses the root causes of your thyroid imbalance through various modalities, including acupuncture, nutrition, and herbal medicine. For example, Dr. Shipe uses acupuncture to help with hormonal imbalances by balancing Qi (pronounced "chee," the vital life force in our bodies), enhancing blood flow and circulation, and regulating metabolism. While acupuncture and TCM reduce the symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism - they are different modalities than Western medicine because they treat the root causes of the imbalances.
Acupuncture may be a useful treatment for thyroid disorders.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture can be used to treat thyroid disorders in many different ways, including:
Regulating your metabolism and energy levels
Improving immune function
Reducing inflammation and pain associated with the condition
Unlike Western medicine, TCM treats the whole person, not just the illness. It addresses emotional stress and depression related to thyroid disease by using various acupuncture points on the body that have been shown to improve moods and emotions. This approach can be helpful for those diagnosed with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism and those who may be experiencing fatigue due to stress or anxiety about their health situation. In addition to treating emotions directly through acupuncture points, there are several other ways TCM works.
Acupuncture can help with hormone imbalances by balancing blood flow, circulation, and metabolism.
Acupuncture can help with hormone imbalances by balancing blood flow, circulation, and metabolism. Acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate specific points on the body to promote healing. For example, when you have thyroid disorders such as Hashimoto's disease or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland), your body may produce too much or too little of certain hormones. These are made by your thyroid glands located in your neck area behind each earlobe, and they control how fast you burn energy and regulate other functions, including heart rate, digestion, and sleep cycles.
If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, acupuncture can help relieve some of the symptoms that you may be experiencing. Thyroid disorders are common in women over 50, but they can impact anyone at anytime. Symptoms include:
Tiredness and fatigue
Sensitivity to cold and heat
Constipation and digestive concerns
Slow movements, muscle cramps, and weakness
Anxiety and depression
Changes in libido
Pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands and feet
Irregular menstrual cycles
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are safe, effective treatments for thyroid disorders. So if you suspect your symptoms might be linked to a thyroid issue, book your consultation with Dr. Shipe today - and let's get to the root causes of your health concerns and bring your body back into balance - naturally.
In the meantime, listen to Dr. Shipe's latest podcast episode about thyroid imbalances.