Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid glands do not produce sufficient amounts of hormones. While it can occur due to a number of reasons, one of the main causes of the condition is Hashimoto’s disease which is an inflammation of the thyroid glands.
What Are the Symptoms?
The symptoms of hypothyroidism depend from individual to individual. Often times they are asymptomatic. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Dry skin
- Sensitivity to cold
- Unexplained weight gain
- Slow heart rate
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a Chinese alternate medical practice. It deals with the pressure points of the body and entails using fine needles (0.25mm) to penetrate the skin and stimulate the nervous system of the body.
It is used to treat various ailments and conditions in the East and has recently started garnering attention in the West. Acupuncturists do not use medicine to treat their patients.
Acupuncture treatments also include making lifestyle changes for better results.
How Does it Treat Hypothyroidism?
Individuals who suffer from hypothyroidism often struggle with mood swings and agitation. They are often times nervous and struggle with depression.
This is because decrease in thyroid hormones also leads to depression and anxiety. When acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin’s layers, they help stimulate the mind and release neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. These help boost energy, alleviate stress and release feelings of joy and happiness.
While hypothyroidism is not curable, it is manageable. Acupuncture is a complementary form of therapy that helps reduce stress and symptoms of anxiety.
Furthermore, individuals who suffer from the condition struggle with fluctuation in weight. Weight gain is common and can lead to the development of other diseases.
Changes in hormones lead to weight gain and the problem is further worsened through high levels of stress. When stress levels are reduced, individuals witness normalization of their weight.
While acupuncture is beneficial for individuals with hypothyroidism, experts advise that it is a complementary treatment. Therefore, some form of medication is mandatory.
At the Acupuncture Center of Bradenton, we hire professionals who are board-certified and have an experience of more than a decade. The services and treatments we provide are pain-free and cost-effective. Call 941-749-1807.