Ayurveda and Hypothyroidism


Most of the time people are not aware that they are suffering from Hypothyroidism. Do you know why it happens?  Because the signs and symptoms of Hypothyroid are like obesity. People start putting on weight, energy levels drop, Constipation, Drowsiness, tendency to feel depressed and water retention. At this point of time people start cutting down the quantity of food they are having and start doing exercises, but it doesn’t help. 
Thyroid gland is responsible for metabolism. As per Ayurveda Pitta (fire) dosha is responsible for hormone secretion and to maintain metabolism. Concept of Metabolism is related to fire (Agni).

Hypothyroidism means underactive thyroid. This condition occurs due to aggravation of Kapha (water) dosha. Due to heavy and slow qualities of Kapha thyroid gland becomes underactive. In Hypothyroid condition digestive fire becomes weak which we call Mandagni in Ayurveda.

Now we are sharing the signs of Hypothyroidism:

  • Weakness, feeling of depression….
  • Weight gain and difficult to lose to lose weight.
  • Constipation
  • Vertigo (It is a condition in which the person feel everything is moving or spinning)
  • Not able to tolerate cold.
  • Hair- dry, brittle
  • Water retention – swelling around eyes, puffy face.

What are the causes of Hypothyroidism?

Stress is one of the main causes for Hypothyroidism, as per Ayurveda Vata (air) dosha is responsible for vitiating Pitta (water) and Kapha (fire) dosha. It impacts on Ojas or immunity. In Hypothyroidism all Tridisha’s are involved but primarily it’s Kapha (water) dosha. As we have seen, the symptoms of Hypothyroid resembles Kapha aggravation. Due to excessive meda dhatu (fat tissue) and Kapha dosha, cellular function gets impaired the Agni (fire- metabolism) at cellular level.

How to Manage Hypothyroidism?

Firstly, remove the cause (dietary and psychological) of Hypothyroidism and then balance kapha and vata doshas. It is very crucial to improve Agni, digestive fire. Managing stress is the key to managing Hypothyroidism.

Here are some foods which helps you to balance Kapha dosha:

  • Include more whole grains, proteins, vegetable soup, Sate vegetables, Salad, Fruits in your diet.
  • Cut down the intake of excessive salt, avoid using table salt..
  • Drink 10-12 glasses of lukewarm water every day.
  • In dinner eat vegetables and salad.

Some kitchen herbs to boost Metabolism.

  • Black pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Fenugreek Seeds

How to manage Stress:

  • Do deep breathing exercises.
  • Yog Nidra

Ayurveda Preparations:

  • Kanchnaar Guggul
  • Triphala Guggul
  • Dashmool Kwath
  • Tripahala Churna
  • Brahmi Vati

Notes: Always consult an ayurveda physician for Ayurveda preparations.

How to manage your kid’s health during Winters as per Ayurveda

Quick Tips

Winter is the time when most of the children suffer from cough, cold and fever. During this time children are not able to cope up with the change in weather and faulty food habits make it worse. Parents are not able to understand how to manage such conditions and, in this article, we will be talking about some preventive measures that you can take at home to protect your child and to boost their immunity. Slight modification in nutrition or diet and certain herbs are really beneficial for the children to follow. 

Follow the given remedies to boost immunity and to protect your child from frequent cough and cold .

1. Gargle with Turmeric water – Add 1/4th tsp of Turmeric powder in a glass of warm water and use this water to do gargling after lunch and dinner . This helps to clean the throat and reduce the chances of infections . It is also helpful in reducing the throat pain and inflammation .

2. Chyawanprash – Give 1/2 tsp of Chayawanprash to children with warm water once a day.

3. Sitopaladi Churna – Give 1/2 tsp of Sitopaladi powder with 1 tsp honey, twice in a day.

4. Warm water – Give warm water to your child for drinking throughout the day .

5. Amla –  Give your child Amla in the form of dried Amla Candy , which is a better substitute for Sugar Candies.Amla is a rich source of Vitamin C which helps to improve immunity .

6. Avoid food which contains chemicals and preservatives specially packed juices and snacks like chips and frozen food . These foods cause inflammation in your body which leads to low Immunity .

7. Avoid dairy products during this time , Dairy products aggravate Kahpa dosha in the body which leads to cough and cold in children . Most of the parents think that milk is the only source of Calcium but it’s not true . You can give other substitutes of Calcium like Ragi (finger millet ) , Sesame seeds (Til) , Leafy green and nuts .

8. Marsh Nasyam – Pour 1 drop of  Cow’s ghee (Organic) in each nostril at bed time , it nourishes the brain and also makes a barrier for bacteria and viruses .

9. Healthy and Nutritious diet –  We all know that vitamins and minerals help us to fight against bacteria and viruses , but if you see the intake of fruits and vegetables then it clearly shows that children are not eating enough fruits and vegetables which protect them from infections and build their immunity. It is necessary to take at least 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday to meet the daily requirement of vitamins and minerals .

10. Sleep – Sleep plays an important role in the growth of children , if they are not getting proper sleep , it will not only affect their physical health but also their mental health .

Let your child enjoy Winter!