August 24 2020 0Comment


  • Disorders of Endocrine gland are as old as mankind. And the prevalence is increasing day by day leading to many complications.
  • Endocrinal disorders are may be subdivided into three groups.
  • Endocrine gland hypo secretion (leading to hormone deficiency).
  • Endocrine gland hyper secretion (leading to hormone excess).
  • Tumours (benign or malignant) of endocrine glands.
  • Endocrine disorders are often quite complex, involving a mixed picture of hypo secretion and hyper secretion because of the feedback mechanisms involved in the endocrine system.
  • Amongst them Hypothyroidism is very common. So it is a need of hour to understand and plan the treatment accordingly in Ayurveda.

Signs and symptoms


  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
  • Treatment for hyperthyroidism
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Autoimmune

Ayurvedic view

  • Agni plays an important role in metabolism in the body especially Dhatwagni.
  • Any derangement in this Dhatwagni will lead to the similar effects on the body as that of the Thyroid hormones.
  • Medo Dhatwagnimandhya will lead to impaired metabolism of the poshaka Asthayi Dhatu – impairment in the formation of prakrita medo Dhatu( Poshya Sthayi dhatu) – Malaroopi medodhatu vriddhi.
  • Hypothyroidism –impaired fat metabolism – increased level of circulating fats in serum – Abnormal deposition of fat.


  • In Hypothyroidism – initially shodhana chikitsa on the lines of sthoulya followed by shamanoushadhis of galaganda can be adopted.
  • Lifestyle and food habits should be corrected, try to avoid heavy foods and liquids.
  • Reason for agnimandya (like impaired digestion) and ajirna should be avoided.
  • Rasadhatu pachan should be done.
  • Lekhana chikitsa for meda(FAT) should be done.
  • Panchakarma like vaman ,virechan ,basti, Nasya, Udwartanam, Shirodhara are helpful.
  • Herbs such as Guggul, Kanchanara, Punarnnava have proven very useful in the treatment of hypothyroidism.


Dr Ritesh Lahoti,M.D -Kayachikitsa

Centre Head -Gachibowli
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