An effective Ancient Healing Practice.
Acupuncture for hypothyroid conditions is an increasingly popular treatment as more people in the west begin to embrace the medical knowledge of the east. The World Health Organization has even noted that thyroid problems can be effectively treated with acupuncture. Read on to find out how acupuncture for hashimotos can help you.
How It Works?
Acupuncture originated in China more than two thousand years ago. It is based on the idea that energy, known in Chinese as qi or chi, flows through the body, and when that energy is blocked, illness results. Acupuncture uses tiny needles, about the width of a human hair, in specific locations on the body that are thought to restore balance and health to the body.
A study that compared people receiving acupuncture for thyroid conditions and those who were not found that the people who had acupuncture focusing on the kidney area had reduced symptoms.
Acupuncture for Hypothyroid Conditions… How Does It Help?
Since hypothyroidism is a condition usually caused by an immune system malfunction or because of the effects of medication, it makes sense that acupuncture for hypothyroid conditions would be effective. Stimulation of the qi and the kidneys can help regulate energy flow, stimulate the immune system and strengthen the blood.
Acupuncture can also be useful for treating symptoms of hypothyroid, even if the condition itself is not addressed in the treatment. For instance, acupuncture is noted for reducing the stress response, lowering blood pressure, increasing energy and causing recipients to feel more relaxed, all of which are helpful for a person with hypothyroid.
It can also help with aches and pains, hay fever and allergies, even some of the menstrual abnormalities that may come with hypothyroid.
More than eight million Americans have used acupuncture to treat a myriad of illnesses and use of acupuncture needles has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration since 1996. Acupuncture uses small, solid, metal needles, and most people do not experience pain when they are inserted.
It is important to find a qualified acupuncturist if you are planning to use acupuncture for hypothyroid conditions. See if your state has a licensing program for acupuncture practitioners and don’t go to an acupuncturist who isn’t licensed. Find out what kind of medical training they have had, and don’t accept medical advice from someone who hasn’t had a lot of training in that area.
On your first visit to an acupuncturist, he or she will likely take a detailed medical history and ask you about your lifestyle and the specific reasons you are seeking treatment. At this time you should discuss your treatment, how many sessions you will need and how long it will take, and how much it will cost. More insurance companies are paying for acupuncture and other “alternative” treatments these days, so check with your provider to see if you can get your treatment paid for.
Acupuncture can help people experiencing hypothyroidism, especially if you visit an acupuncturist soon after your diagnosis or seek treatment for the symptoms as well as the underlying disorder. Acupuncture holds no guarantee that your body will start producing thyroid hormone again, but at least it can reduce your symptoms, make you feel more comfortable and stop you from feeling so stressed about your condition.
Wishing you ease in your life and good health, your friends,