Natural and Alternative Hashimoto's Disease Treatment Options

Hashimoto's Disease Treatment {introduction}

Hashimoto's Disease occurs when the body's immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing chronic inflammation. This swelling can lead to hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones to help carry out many bodily functions. The thyroid produces two hormones, triiodothyronine and thyroxine, which are carried through the bloodstream and affect weight, metabolism, skin moisture levels, breathing, brain development, menstruation, cholesterol, muscle strength and other essential functions. When there is not enough of these hormones, an individual can experience fatigue, hair thinning, weight gain, constipation, depression, joint and muscle pain, heavy menstrual cycles, cold intolerance and slowed heart rate. People who have Hashimoto's disease alone may not exhibit any outward symptoms initially, however, the inflammation of the thyroid can make the throat appear swollen.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Hashimoto's Disease.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Hashimoto's Disease

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".

There are no tcm differential pattern diagnoses listed for this pattern at this time.


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Herbal Formulas

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Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

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Submitted Case Studies

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Hashimoto's Disease related articles

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Forum posts related to Hashimoto's Disease

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  • gap2004's picture
    Submitted On Mon, 06/16/2014 - 1:53pm
    Contributor ~ gap2004

    I was diagnosed by an OMD with Kidney Yang Deficiency and Spleen Qi Deficiency. He wanted to do a couple of custom made formulas for me, but the problem is I can't afford it. A Western doctor diagnosed me with Hashimoto's. In any event, a...

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  • alabasterjones's picture
    Submitted On Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:37pm
    Contributor ~ alabasterjones

    I have Hashimoto's Disease, an autoimmune hypothyroid condition, which I am treating both with Western and Chinese medicine. I have damp heat and a kidney yin deficiency - I'm going on two years of acupuncture/herbs and it has...

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  • chrissy1400's picture
    Submitted On Fri, 03/12/2010 - 9:44pm
    Contributor ~ chrissy1400

    To my fellow tong ren practitioners:

    I am trying to find a person that has ever treated a client with Hashimoto's disease

    with tongren. Most of the clients with this disease will have a lump on the thyroid due to

    underactive...

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    Acupuncture Points for Hashimoto's Disease

    Below you will find acupuncture points relevant to this condition. The points listed below are by no means the only relevant points, rather we list empirical or commonly used points as well as those applicable to use with acupressure as a self-help remedy.

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    Professional Practitioner Information

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    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Hashimoto's Disease

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Hashimoto's Disease

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    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Hashimoto's Disease

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs relevant to this condition. See our TCM Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no tcm herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Western Herbs and Hashimoto's Disease Medical Information

    Western herbs for Hashimoto's Disease

    Below you will find Western herbs relevant to this condition. See our Western Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no western herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Hashimoto's Disease - Western Medicine Information

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