Updated: Mar 6
The incidence of thyroid disorders in India is high, with hypothyroidism in particular. The prevalence of hypothyroidism in India is 11%, and is being considered as ‘the next diabetes’.
The mainstay of treatment of Hypothyroidism is Thyroid hormone replacement therapy (HRT) i.e. Levothyroxine. But Levothyroxine has to be taken life-long & has certain side-effects (due to thyrotoxicosis) on long term use.
It may precipitate angina, cause cardiac arrhythmia, palpitation, tachycardia, muscle cramps, weakness, restlessness, osteoporosis, arthritis and can affect calcium absorption.
Even with the HRT, some symptoms continue to affect the quality of living of patients with hypothyroidism. So, there is a great need to find a safe and effective remedy which not only relieves symptoms but also increases the sense of well-being.
Thyroxine is the major hormone released by the thyroid gland into the bloodstream. It is necessary for digestion, heart and muscle function, brain growth, and bone maintenance.
The principal function of Thyroxine is to stimulate the basal rate of metabolism. It acts as a catalyst for the maintenance of cellular oxidative processes throughout the body. Hence, it has a profound influence on tissue metabolism all over the body. These functions have striking similarities with the description of Agni in Ayurveda.
The drugs that have their effect at Dhatvagni (cellular) level and possess Kaphavatashamaka properties are ideal agents for treating hypothyroidism.
Trayambaka churnam is based on this ayurvedic principle and has benefitted a large number of patients of hypothyroidism to improve their quality of life. This blog series will help you understand more about Hypothyroidism and how Trayambaka Churnam can help in this condition