Hypothyroid Nation and Acupuncture
We are a low thyroid (hypothyroid) nation!
After years of treating a wide variety of patients with common complaints such as weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, joint pain, depression, infertility, fluid retention, night sweats, anxiety, and low immune systems, I am confident that I see the marks of hypothyroidism everywhere.
Individuals are often unaware that the symptoms they face may be the result of a poor functioning thyroid.
The thyroid is a gland located in the front of the neck.
It controls your body’s metabolism. In other words, your metabolic process is dependent on a healthy thyroid production and the proper cellular utilization of this hormone by the cells.
Through a complex feedback loop like a thermostat, the thyroid creates a substance known as T4 (thyroxine) which is converted to T3 (triiodothyronine). T3 acts as the spark in your cells, it converts the energy contained in glucose to ATP molecule, the body’s main energy currency.
Millions suffer from hypothyroidism, but their condition is often misdiagnosed.
Laboratory tests check values relating to TSH, free T4, T3, Reverse T3 uptake and more.
I always check my patient’s core body temperature.
The proper body temperature should be 98.6 F.
A low body temperature of 96.0 F or 97.5 F is enough to indicate that the patient may have a low thyroid.
Other positive findings include weight gain, puffy face, ridging of the finger nails, a swollen tongue and hair loss.
A low thyroid may occur over-time because of the following:
- Autoimmune disease
- Estrogen dominance
- Low testosterone in men
- Adrenal fatigue
- Nutritional deficiencies
- And more
Treatment options include:
Pharmaceuticals: Synthroid, Levoxyl and Armour thyroid
Stress management-Acupuncture and meditation
Nutrition: Low inflammatory diet
Supplements: B vitamins, minerals and botanicals
Acupuncture and hypothyroidism:
Acupuncture can be an excellent choice for the treatment of hypothyroidism.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture can stimulate both the thyroid and adrenal glands, increase blood flow throughout the body, help to move additional nutrients and oxygen to cells in the body, assist in tissue healing and hormonal balance.
In addition, acupuncture can help to lower stress by regulating levels of neurotransmitters, acting in areas of the brain to lower anxiety, stress and stimulating the production of endogenous opioids that the body makes.
Combining regular acupuncture treatments with the proper nutrients, food plan and botanicals can support any patient who is experiencing a hypothyroid condition.
Marc Bystock, L.Ac.
280 Madison Avenue, 905
NY, NY 10016