Ayurveda, the Magical Herbal Therapy Offering Medication for Thyroid Related Infirmities

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Blessed with a unique treatment method Kerala is one of the only states to the south which is known to practice the ancient form of treatment, Ayurveda. Being a state which known to practice Ayurveda for the last 5000 years, Ayurveda has become a part of the tradition of the state. The state now being blessed with rich Ayurvedic history houses a number of treatment centres which offers the patients with the best effect of herbal treatment. With the change in lifestyle and the way of living, the new generation is getting greatly affected by a number of ailments. Depression, hormonal imbalance, sleeplessness are all part of the change in lifestyle of the younger generation. Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism are one such ailment which is mostly caused due to the unhealthy lifestyle which is followed now by the younger generation. Ayurveda being one of the most effective herbal treatments with a number of therapies offers different treatment methods for thyroid related ailments. The Ayurvedic treatments offered in Kerala for thyroid related ailments does not just aim at treating the main cause of the ailments but also aims at strengthening the overall health condition of the patient. The thyroid is an ailment which directly affects the metabolism rate of the patient and slows down or fastens the functioning of heart-brain muscles and other body parts. But in some cases, the thyroid gland produces a large number of thyroid hormones which is referred to as hyperthyroidism and when the gland produces a lesser amount of thyroid hormones it is referred to as hypothyroidism. According to Ayurveda, there are a number of reasons for the cause of the thyroid related ailment. Some of the main reasons and treatments are listed below.
Hypothyroidism – Main Symptoms and Treatments

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As per Ayurveda, the main reason for the cause of Hypothyroidism is the dis-functioning of Kapha and Pitta Doshas. Some of the symptoms of this ailment include a decrease in pulse rates, sluggishness of bodily functions, constipation, and hoarseness of voice, dry skin, and depress muscular activity, sensitivity to cold and recurrent infections. Treatment for Hypothyroidism mainly includes the intake of a number of medicines in which Kaanchanaara Guggulu and Punarnawaadi Guggulu are the most effective Ayurvedic medicines. In mild cases, patients will be treated with the bark of Kaanchanaara Punarvana plant twice a day. Food material which contains higher iodine content is more preferred like white onion, potatoes, fish, asparagus, shellfish etc. are more preferred. Patients affected with Hypothyroidism should avoid the use of food like sweet potatoes, cauliflower, spinach, mustard greens and cabbage as it slows down the functioning of thyroids.
Ayurvedic Therapies and Treatments offered

Kerala being a land that houses a number of Ayurvedic treatment centres offer a number of different therapies to treat thyroid related ailments. Some of the most included therapies in Ayurvedic packages offered to treat Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism are listed below.

  •  Head Massage

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It is mostly seen that the people who are affected with Hypothyroidism develop gout. This ailment results in the production of uric acid which in turn would hurt the joints and results in arthritis. Most of the Ayurvedic treatment centres like Aura Spa make use of Ricinus Communis Linn or the root of Eranda to treat this ailment. A herbal medicine named Amrutadi Taila is made with the root of Eranda which is used for external application on head and is used orally.

  • Nasya Therapy

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The therapy better known as Nasya Karma is one of the most used methods to treat thyroid related ailments. The treatment involves the use of medicated powder and oil which is allowed to pass into the nasal passage. Nasyam is a part of Panchakarma treatment and is one of the best Ayurvedic therapies which are used to detoxify the body and increase the immunity to restore the balance of the body. A special vessel called Neti pot is used in this treatment method to pour the medicated oil into the nostrils. By tilting the head at a particular angle the oil is allowed to move through one nostril and comes out from the other nostril. According to the Ayurvedic inscriptions children, elderly and pregnant women who are affected by ailments like fever, diarrhoea and inflammation are not allowed to undergo this treatment.

  • Dough Basti treatment

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A container which is made from the black bean is called Dough Basti in which warm herbal oil is allowed to stay over the thyroid glands. This treatment is not just effective in treating the thyroid related ailments but is also effective in treating the blocked throat chakra. Different oils are used to treat the ailment depending on the body constitution and the types of a thyroid problem.

· Foot Massage

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According to Ayurvedic practitioners, there are points in your feet that are directly connected with the throat and Vishuddhi chakra. By massaging those particular points with medicated oils for about min you could manage the thyroid related ailments to an extent. These points are located on the inner edge of your feet ball which is massaged in a circular motion with medicated oils.

  •  Dhara and Shirodhara

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The treatment method where medicated oils are allowed to pour down through the affected area using the Dhara pots is referred to as the Dhara treatment. While treating thyroid with Shirodhara warm medicated oils is poured through the forehead of the patient as a continuous stream. This treatment is very helpful in promoting the proper functioning of the immune system, the nervous system and the psychological processes of the body. The treatment would we useful by changing the number of hormones released by the thyroid and also improves the symptoms that come with the ailment.

· Foods to avoid

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The imbalance of water and fat is considered as the main reason for the enlarged thyroid according to Ayurveda. food products like sweet potatoes, cabbage, maize, broccoli, soy, pearl millet, lima beans and cauliflower should be avoided by people who are affected with hypothyroidism while people affected with hyperthyroidism should avoid vegetable oil, red meat, added sugars, enriched milk, caffeine and iodine rich foods.

  • Ayurvedic medicine for Thyroid

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In Ayurveda one of the most effective herbs to treat for thyroid is purple mountain ebony which is mostly known as Bauhinia variegate in Ayurveda. Punarvana, Gokshura, Googol, Jatamansi, Kanchanar, Brahmi, Shilajit and Guggulu are some of the other effective Ayurvedic herbs used.

With the Ayurvedic centres in Kerala offering herbal treatments for almost every ailment, the Kerala tourism department is now promoting Ayurvedic tourism by introducing new Ayurvedic packages which include treatment packages on the basis of ailments. Ayurvedic treatment packages for thyroid are one of the most seen in treatment centres. As being a state which offers the best effective Ayurvedic treatment for a number of major and minor ailments, Kerala would be one of the preferred destinations for people who wish to cure thyroid and such ailments with best effects and no side effects.

 

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Ayurvedic History in Kerala and the Traditional Branches Used

One of the very important parts of the Atharva Veda, the practice of Ayurveda originated in India about 5000 years ago. This treatment method is a holistic system of healing which is being divided into 8 different categories called the Ashtavaidyan. These 8 categories of Ayurveda could be defined as the limbs of the system which is loosely connected to the 8 branches of the western medical system that is the allopathic treatment method. The practice of Ashtavaidyan or better called the Ayurveda started between the 13th and 17th century when the treatment method gained importance within the royal families. Kerala to the southernmost part of India was the only state that followed the practice of Ayurveda in the olden times. There were 18 families in the state who practices the 8 branches of Ayurvedic treatment methods. Each family which practised this treatment method have developed its own Ayurvedic treatment centres and developed unique steps and procedures in the treatment pattern which passed down to generations. The state holds a rich history of Ayurvedic treatment in the land.

There are a number of stories and believes rumouring within the practitioners in Kerala. One of the story or believe states that, when the Brahmins were brought to Kerala by Lord Parasurama, he assigned them with the 8 branches of Ayurveda. Each family were assigned with one of the branches and were known as the Ashtavaidyan with the word meaning Eight Physicians. Apart from this, there are a number of other stories rumouring in the state. Being a state that holds behind a rich history of Ayurveda, Kerala is now one of the well known Ayurvedic hubs to the south. The state houses, a number of Ayurveda Resort that follows the ancient practice of Ayurveda which mainly includes the 8 branches.  The eight main branches of Ayurveda known as the Ashtavaidyan are listed below.

Vajeekarana Chikilsa: Aphrodisiacs

Vajeekarana is a treatment method offered in some of the best-facilitated treatment centres of the state like Aura Ayurveda & Spa. The branch in allopathic refers to the gynaecology department and mainly deals with virility and offspring. A number of different herbal medicines and oils are used in this treatment method which is said to be very effective. The packages offering the Vajeekarana Chikilsa mostly includes aphrodisiac food materials, yoga and exercises apart from medication treatments. The treatment includes various methods of shodan through vaman, virechan and Sweden. After shodan therapy, the patient is administered with different herbals and herbo-minerals. The need or the capability to produce healthy offspring is a very important aspect of life. Infertility is a serious problem and Vajeekarana Chikilsa is a branch in Ayurveda which deals with such cases and ailment.

Salya chikitsa: Surgeries and operations

This is a branch of Ayurveda which deals with the injuries that occur due to foreign objects like bullets or other such materials. In modern science, the treatment refers to surgeries where modern equipment is used. In Ayurveda, it is mostly the accident cases that are treated with this stream. The treatment centres in Kerala offering the Salya chikilsa includes treatments for accidents, surgeries or operations for stone urine, haemorrhoids, fistulas, cataracts and even for the holes in the abdomen. Salya chikilsa is better referred as the father of “plastic surgery”.

Graharoga chikilsa: Healing of psychological problems

This is a branch of Ayurvedic treatment which is available in almost every treatment centres in Kerala. Being a branch which deals with the mind and the mental health of the individual the medication used in the treatment mostly includes yoga, meditation and such where the mind of an individual is made calm. Different medications like Shirodhara and more are done to treat such ailments. Most of the packages offered in Graharoga chikilsa focus on treating ailments like depression, physics disorders, sleeplessness, tension, stress and more. Most of the treatment methods used under the Graharoga chikilsa are said to be very effective.

Kayachikitsa: Internal and external treatments for the body

The word kaya mainly refers to fire which is basically the digestive fire. The treatment based on this is called the Kayachikitsa. The treatment includes in the Kayachikitsa mainly focus on treatment related to the malfunctioning of the Agni in a human body. Kayachikitsa is mainly very effective for basic ailments like the Jwara (fever), Pandu (anaemia), and ATIS (diarrhoea) and so on. Every basic ailment and its treatment come under this branch of Ayurveda.

Balaroga Chikilsa: Diseases related to infants

Balaroga Chikilsa is a very simple yet complicated branch of treatment in Ayurveda. The branch focus on ailments related to the infants. As the medication method and medicine dosage differ greatly in the case if infant treatments, this branch is being studied and developed separately. There are a number of treatment centres in Kerala focusing on Balaroga Chikilsa and offers the best treatment. The main medication used in these treatment centres includes breast milk to which the medicinal herbs are added. Being a very delicate stream of treatment Balaroga Chikilsa is done with utmost care and seriousness.

Urdhvanga Roga Chikilsa: Treatments related to the Ear, Nose and Throat region

This is a branch which deals with ailments related to head and neck. This treatment is also known as the “Shalakaya Tantric” as the ailment is mostly treated with an instrument known as Shalako”. The state houses a number of treatment centres which offer packages for the treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat diseases and illnesses related to eye and head where Urdhvanga Roga Chikilsa is the main form of medication used.

Roga Chikilsa Danshtra: Toxicology

The branch mainly deals with the treatment of poison. Kerala being a land rich in Ayurvedic history houses a number of Vaidyars offering Visha chikitsa. The poison being injected into the human body is treated with herbal medicines which absorbs the impurities, mostly the toxic element in the body. The treatment mostly offered in the branch mainly includes snake bites, scorpion stings, etc. The practitioners in the treatment centres first analyse the symptoms and then offer medication depending on the behaviour of the poison.

Jara Chikilsa: Methods to rejuvenate the spate dhatus

Beauty and youth is something that every individual tries to maintain. It is mainly this habitual behaviour in the individuals that promoted the growth of Ayurvedic treatment centres which facilitates Jara Chikilsa in the land. The branch mainly deals with diseases related to ageing and a number of other skin diseases. It is mostly for the rejuvenation of body tissues that the branch is preferred. The branch is also known to provide longevity and youth.

Most of the Ayurvedic practitioners in Kerala now are following the most ancient methods of treatment that was followed by the Vaidyars in the 13th and 17th century. Now the state houses a number of Ayurvedic treatment centres in almost every destination. The Kerala government and the health department of the state are also supporting the rise of Ayurvedic centres in the land by offering different packages and promoting the growth of treatment centres as it is one of the oldest treatment methods in the land which attracts a whole lot of travellers to the state.

The eight branches of Ayurvedic treatment are one thing that is gaining popularity and importance in the state with the development of the treatment method.

It is the eight branches of Ayurvedic treatment that hold it together. Like any other modern treatment methods, Ayurveda also believes and focus on treating different body parts. Most of the Ayurveda packages offered in Kerala mainly focus on any of the 8 branches of Ayurveda so as to provide the patient with complete cure of the ailment. Ayurvedic treatments being dominating in Kerala most of the treatment packages and treatment centres in the state would have practitioners focusing on different branches. The health department even offers specialised packages focusing on different branches and Ayurvedic centres with the same feature. In most treatment centres when a patient approaches they are first diagnosed, by a detailed examination by checking the symptoms of the diseases. After the diagnosis is made the patient will be treated under any of the above given 8 branches of Ayurveda.

 

Ayurveda and a Healing Lesson of it

Only when one rises to the reality can he or she starts following the right way of living. I had been on my journey of enlightenment when I had been busy climbing the great Himalayas. But little did I know that I would end up having a sprain in my leg and a dislocated spine when I would reach back home. I belonged to Gods own country and there was no way that I was going to just give up on trying to get up as quickly as possible. So right after I went through an operation, I took rest for few weeks as per the doctor prescribed. The strain on my leg had still remained throughout. And the final plan was to go to a Nurturing Ayurvedic Resort in Kerala as per my mom’s decision. So we packed and set off to the resort for three days. I had been waiting to get out and escape from the bed as well as from the closed rooms. The resort was located at Munnar and was named Aura Ayurveda & spa.  As we reached they took me in a wheelchair to our room even when I insisted that I could walk. The place felt more comfortable than home as it was located amidst nature. And that was one major factor that helped me in feeling a lot more refreshed. My mother helped me get down the stairs where my personal instructor who was an Ayurveda doctor joined me. He explained everything regarding my condition after seeing my reports and said it was just a small sprain which required enough attention for healing.

My three days of treatment included two major treatments. One of them was Pada Abhayangam and the other one was Foot reflexology.  Pada Abhayangam was the first treatment that I underwent on the first day in the morning. They poured medicated herbal oil onto my leg and began massaging it. The five marmas on the leg were what they had been focusing on in order to see to it that more attention is given to the everything. The improvement of the peripheral circulation was also being aimed through it. My legs felt sturdier after the first go of treatment as well. They had also given my mom, sesame oil on the first day which had to be used even after my treatment here for a continuous period of 2 weeks. As it was Ayurveda, the healing would take more time as no side effects would come along with it, unlike the other treatments which require the intake of medicines. As I was done with the treatment, I went to the lawn that had been there in the premises of the center. The workers in the place had been taking care of the plants in the place and I sat on the grass feeling the mist of the place. The scenery was worth staring at and I felt a lot more rejuvenated being in the place. Tiny birds had been fluttering around and I had been sitting simply watching the fountain in the small pond that had been created in between.

Some people had been using Wifi as it was being provided in this Reviving Ayurvedic Spa in Kerala. But I was just not feeling to use mobile phones or headsets. All I wanted to do was stay on the lawn and stare at the birds. In some time people who had also been taking treatments came out to play badminton and other games. All the requirements for it were being done by the people working in the resort. After striding around we got back for lunchtime. Vegetarian food was being followed as it is considered as the best food for consumption. They had been producing the vegetables there itself due to which it had the tag of organic vegetables. After consuming just enough of food from the buffet, I went to my room and took some rest. They soon called me to the room on the phone and asked me to get ready for my session of foot reflexology. It was being done to reduce the pain as well as to improve blood circulation.Usually, reflexology is done for the whole body where the body is divided into zones and treated. But as I did not require it, my doctor had asked me to undergo three sessions of foot reflexology.

In just one day, my leg felt a lot better. The treatments had been pulling off the pain from my legs in each stroke of massage. My legs also felt much softer probably due to the herbal oil that was being used for the message. And it seemed much better than a pedicure to be honest. After the treatment, my doctor asked me to walk barefoot on the grass lawn. This is usually one major way through which nature can help in healing. Positive energy and something more comes from the earth to the body through this. In fact, most of the protective measures we take like wearing sandals and shoes are to be relaxed in a while especially at parks and gardens. After spending some great time in the park with the other people, I went inside to the swimming pool and had a good time in the baby pool that had been there as I could not strain my body through swimming, for a while.

The food that was served in the night was quite exciting where they had barbecued vegetables in the tastiest way ever. After having just enough food I spend some time playing indoor games which had again been provided by the resort. Through this, I was also getting to know the people who had been there. In the night I could sleep much better than usual days which had also been told to me by my instructor. This went on for three days and I was much healthier and fit than what I had been in the last few months. The benefit of being on the Rejuvenating  Kerala Ayurveda Packages was more than what I had expected from it. On returning from the place, I felt like I was bidding bye to a school with a whole lot of life lessons through which I could be more healthy and fit as well.