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Hyperthyroidism is a metabolic disorder, characterized by the excessive production of thyroxin by the thyroid gland. The increased metabolism causes loss of weight and symptoms such as trembling and sweating of hands. Goitre may also be present.
Causes such as excessive intake of iodine or that of thyroxine, tumours of thyroid gland or that of pituitary gland, excess secretion of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) by pituitary gland, inflammation of thyroid (called thyroiditis), toxic goiter are generally there behind hyperthyroidism.
According to Ayurveda, impaired digestion of food leads to blockage of the minute channels in the body causing an imbalance in the function of the thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism reflects profound derangement of vata and pitta doshas. Impaired vayu and pitta go into various channels and systems of the body and cause the symptoms mentioned above. The two vitiated doshas overstimulate the gastric fire which leads to excessive hunger. Vayu has dynamic, light and unstable properties. Escalation of dynamic and unstable characteristics causes tremors in the extremities, sleeplessness, nervousness and difficulty to concentrate the mind. It is also marked by frequent bowel movement and irregular menstruation. The increased lightness of vayu makes the body lighter (because of weight loss). Since pitta is basically hot, the patient has excessive sweating and intolerance towards heat. The first line of Ayurvedic treatment in such conditions is to clear these channels in order to balance body energies and restore the correct production and circulation of thyroxin.