THYROID GLAND – you need to have blood test done to check the thyroid by your GP
There are two different types of thyroid problems
Hypothyroidism – overactive that produces too many hormones
Hyperthyroidism - under-active thyroid
Symptoms of hypothyroidism
From a Chinese medicine point of view, you have underlying Liver Energy Stagnation with Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency.
A great point to help is Liver energy stagnation is Taichong
Hyperthyroidism Symptoms -
Chinese medicine point of view - Liver Heat and Kidney Yin Deficiency.
A great acupuncture point to help is Taixi -
Do you have any of the above symptoms? If yes!! You need to go to your GP for a blood test to check your thyroid. It may be the early sign of a thyroid disorder.
How Thyroid affects your fertility
Elevated Prolactin can prevent ovulation, and is associated with a hypo-thyroid.
Progesterone a dip in thyroid levels has a direct impact on your ovaries and can lead to low progesterone levels leading to problems such as –
Traditional Chinese medicine doesn’t just treat your thyroid gland but your whole body on all levels physical, mental and emotional. To rebalance your energies and balance your thyroid function.
The connection between the thyroid, Internal organs and Your Fertility
The thyroid is a gland located at the front of the neck. It is a very small gland and the hormones produced by this gland has a huge affect on your fertility as well as affecting every cell in your body
There are eight acupuncture channels which are directly or indirectly connected with the thyroid gland around the neck. These are the Kidney, Liver, Gall Bladder, San Jiao, Bladder, Stomach, Spleen and Small Intestine channels.
As you can see if you have a disorder in your Kidneys, Liver Gall Bladder, Bladder, Stomach, Spleen Small Intestine and San Jiao channels it has a huge impacted on you thyroid ability to produce the right amount of hormones for fertility and your general health.
Stress, crash diets, sleep deprivation and food allergies and hormone disruptors like plastic bottles, has a huge impact on the thyroid. An out-of-whack thyroid can wreak havoc on your body, from minor health issues to a major health crisis, including fertility.
How does Chinese medicine help thyroid disorders?
Traditional Chinese medicine looks a both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism as a Yin and Yang imbalance as well as the different channels. When treating either condition I use acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy to rebalance your Yin and Yang.
Thing like emotional and mental stress, external factors like poor or crash diet, physical injury can all affect the balance Yin and Yang and affect the different channels associated with the thyroid
In my experience, most thyroid disorders can be helped with Chinese medicine using acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
It is important to get your thyroid in order especially when you are trying for a baby.
Supplements with thyroid medication are brilliant. But there are still plenty of things you can do to minimize the amount of medication you need by supporting your thyroid’s function naturally.
What you can do to help support your thyroid!!
Reduce Your Stress
While stress is a part of life, prolonged periods of extreme stress can wreak havoc on your thyroid. If you are under a great deal of stress and trying to get pregnant, take a look at your lifestyle and see what changes you can make, meditate, get enough sleep and rest, eat a good well-balanced diet, cut down on work and take regular exercise.
Eat Real Food
Refined and processed foods cause stress internally in our bodies and ultimately can lead to disease and food allergies. Focus on a real food, green leafy vegetables, fish, fruit, organic meat. Try to eliminate packaged and processed foods, sugar sodas and other chemicals from your diet and beauty regimen.
Supplements to help your thyroid and fertile health.
I believe you can do so much with the food you eat, rest, exercise and lifestyle changes, but this is not always the case with a thyroid problem. Certain key supplements can help a sluggish thyroid.
Iodine – is vital for thyroid health and hormone production and for your fertility. Iodine can be found in certain foods, especially sea vegetables and fish. Can be taken in both a pill and liquid form. Check with your GP before taking iodine.
Selenium – Selenium is another mineral vital for thyroid health.
Antioxidants – These powerhouse nutrients clean up the mess made by free radicals, they can cause lots of damage to our healthy cells. While it is very important to focus on getting antioxidants from food if you have serious thyroid problems as well as auto-immune conditions you might want to supplement with them with super greens as well.
Vitamin D provides critical nutrition that allows our immune system function properly. Typically in countries like Ireland where we don’t see the sun much, we have Vitamin D deficiency. If you are worried get your vitamin D levels checked by your GP with a blood test, I highly recommend you do this especially if you are trying for a baby.
Bio-identical thyroid medications – these medications are natural versions of thyroid hormones
Make smart lifestyle choices
Sleep – the most important thing we can do to repair all the damage we do during the day PLUS it brilliant for the thyroid function
Exercise – Have to keep our bodies moving PLUS helps the thyroid, so let get those trainers on and go for a walk.
There is so much evidence that Acupuncture/acupressure does wonder for - reducing stress, supporting the thyroid and promoting your fertility, what have you got to lose.
Written by Lucy Townsley
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