Yoga and Naturopathy for Thyroid Diseases

Thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland found at the
base of the neck. This gland makes thyroid hormone
that travels in your blood to all parts of your body. The
thyroid hormone controls your body’s metabolism in
many ways, including how fast you burn calories and
how fast your heart beats.
Thyroid disease is a medical condition that affects the
function of the thyroid gland. The symptoms of thyroid
disease vary depending on the type. There are four
general types:
1) Hypothyroidism (low function) caused by not
having enough thyroid hormones.
2) Hyperthyroidism (high function) caused by
having too much thyroid hormones.
3) Structural abnormalities, most commonly an
enlargement of the thyroid gland.
4) Tumors which can be benign or cancerous.
It is also possible to have abnormal thyroid function tests
without any clinical symptoms. Common hypothyroid
symptoms include fatigue, low energy, weight gain,
inability to tolerate the cold, slow heart rate, dry skin
and constipation. Common hyperthyroid symptoms
include irritability, weight loss, fast heartbeat, heat
intolerance, diarrhea, and enlargement of the thyroid.
In both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, there
may be swelling of a part of the neck, which is also
known as goiter.
Yogic Kriya: Do Jal Neti daily and Kunjal once in
awear. Practice Ardha Shankhaprakshalana daily and
Purna Sankhprakshalana when seasonals charges.
Asana: Practice 10-30 set Suryanamaskar daily.
Simhasana, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Matsyasana,
Neck exercises, Savasana etc
Pranayama: Ujjai, Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Anulom
Vilom, Nadi Sodhan, Bhramari etc.
Bandha & Mudra: Jalandhar Bandha, Tribandh Apan
vaya Mudra.
Meditation: Yoganidra and meditation is very
important for thyroid patients.
Diet Therapy:
Uncooked food (viz. coconut water, carrot, beetroot,
pineapple, orange, apple, grapes as well as other fruits,
salad, sprouted cereals, raw vegetables etc.) is good
thing to eat for the thyroid patients. At least half of
your food should consist of fruits, salad and sprouted
for one year. Avoid taking maida, sugar, fried food,
tea, coffee, alcohol, ready made food, fast food, tinned
food etc.
Prepare half cup of spinach juice, add one spoon of
honey, 1/4th spoon of cumin seed powder and take
every night before going to bed.
Soak two spoon of dry coriander in a glass of water at
night. Smash it and boil it in the morning to half and
drink empty stomach daily.
Gargle with saline water. Take mud pack on abdomen
and enema to detoxify the body.

Written by Yogaguru Dr Mohan Karki  

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