If you are constantly feeling fatigued, achy-breaky or anxious, there are chances that your thyroid gland is not functioning like it should. Help your thyroid health get on the fast track to healing with Ayurveda and yoga.
Ayurvedic Head Massage: One of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism is gout. This is when your body produces excess uric acid, which leads to joint pain and acute arthritis. A soothing head massage with castor oil can be extremely beneficial as it stimulates the thyroid glands, lowers blood pressure, helps with insomnia and calms irritability. The oil can also be consumed in doses of one teaspoon daily.
Nasya Therapy: Nasya is the ancient Ayurvedic practice of administering medicated oils into the nasal passage. You need to tilt your head at an angle and use a dropper to pace a few drops of herbalized oil into your nostril. You can make your own oil using ginger power or saunth in a base of sesame oil to stimulate the thyroid gland.
Foot Massage: Massage the points of the Vishuddha chakra or the throat chakra to aid with thyroid problems. These points located on the inner edge of the toes, close to the ball of your feet. Massaging helps with circulation and also have a relaxing effect on the body. Use a suitable oil and apply gentle pressure in semi-circular motions
While we are on the subject of thyroid gland, why are we talking about the adrenal gland? This is because a weakened adrenal gland can lead to both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism as it causes your body to go into a destructive metabolic state (catabolism). Care for your adrenals by getting enough sleep, managing stress levels, exercising and meditating regularly as well as minimizing your exposure to environmental toxins as far as possible.
Probiotic Foods: Ayurveda states that most disease can be fixed via the digestive system. This makes gut health extremely significant especially for hypothyroidism. Boost your digestion by adding probiotics to your diet. Yogurt, buttermilk and cottage cheese are all excellent probiotic powerhouses you should be taking regularly.