Autoimmune and Thyroid Problems
Is a condition in which the thyroid is under functioning. Chinese Medicine is well positioned to offer you assistance in working with the root causes of thyroid problems, helping you to feel better and possibly avoid medication.
- Feeling tired or sluggish
- Feeling cold
- Requiring excessive amounts of sleep
- Weight gain, gaining weight easily
- Difficult, infrequent bowel movements
- Depression and lack of motivation
- Morning headaches
- Thinning of hair
- Skin dryness
- Mental sluggishness
27 million Americans suffer from thyroid dysfunction!
According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist, more than 27 million Americans suffer from thyroid problems, half of which go undiagnosed. Half of the diagnosed cases are due to an autoimmune disordered called Hashimoto’s disease.
The immune system is attacking and damaging the thyroid in this autoimmune disease. Western Medicine will usually prescribe thyroid medication without going the further step to look for the root cause of the dysfunction in the thyroid. A range of issues can be interfering with the thyroid functioning such as irregular immune system function, poor blood sugar metabolism, gut infections/inflammation, adrenal problems, and hormonal imbalances.
Our Chinese Medicine Practitioner will focus on how all the systems are interacting, providing treatment strategies that address the wide ranging impacts of dysfunction.
With Hastimoto’s disease at certain phases you can experience hyperthyroid symptoms
- Heart palpitations
- Increased pulse rate
- Night sweats
- Difficulty gaining weight
Testing for Hastimoto’s disease involves looking for antibodies to the thyroid that the immune system is producing. It is via the antibodies that the immune system attacks the thyroid. A thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Ab) test is most important, along with a thyroglobulin antibodies (TGB Ab) test. These will confirm the presence of an immune system attack or not.
Your family doctor maybe less familiar with ordering these tests as they are not part of regular testing panels, they are very disease specific testing.
Contact us or book an appointment online to get an evaluation on how Chinese medicine can help solve the root of the problem and either replace or compliment your traditional thyroid treatment.