The OXFORD dictionary says Endocrine comes from Greek word – ENDON – meaning within and KRINO- meaning shift (to adjust or tune to suit the circumstances).
The functions of the body are controlled by
- ENDOCRINE/HORMONAL SYSTEM.
The endocrinal system controls the metabolic function with the help of hormones. Hormone is a chemical substance secreted in the body fluid, which exerts a physiological control effect on the cells of the body. It works to create wonders or even can play a havoc!
The thyroid hormone – TSH – is secreted by Anterior pituitary gland and directly affects the thyroid gland which is present in the front of the neck like a butterfly. It regulates our body’s metabolism, the way our body utilises protein for growth, development and energy in every cell and also aids in temperature regulation. It also helps release catecholamines like dopamine- which is a feel good hormone and influences other hormones.
Disorders of thyroid function develop as a result of primary dysfunction or disease of the thyroid gland or secondarily as a result of pituitary or hypothalamic alterations. Primary thyroid disorders result in alterations of thyroid hormones levels with secondary feedback effect on pituitary TSH levels. Thyroid disease also can present with no or minimal symptoms but with abnormal laboratory values. This is known as Subclinical Thyroid disease.
Emotions or thought process arises in the MIND. THOUGHTS even not seen, are very powerful. A thought is a link of proteins and if in anyway it is too aggressive for the body to tolerate, it gets transformed into some problem in the organ that is predisposed to ill health in that person. Homeopathy believes that only when the mind is affected the body will show disease. We have to understand the perception of the individual to a particular incident. The REACTION OF THE PATIENT to the given circumstances- which is unique to him. To cure cases like Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid , the Homeopath has to understand the altered perception of the patient and also his basic nature and physical traits .
Research says that people who are driven to “get things done”, who have professions and activities that involve competition (business managers, vendors, sales persons, sports competitors) , those who are under pressure like ( journalists, manufacturers) or those under constant pressure ( like working two jobs, single mothers) are more susceptible to this. Children suffer thyroid disorders when they are pushed by parent, coach or teacher. Sometimes plain stress, lack of rest ,bad relationship, frequent flying, death of loved ones , shifting , change in climate, diet and exercise can also manifest as high TSH or high fasting levels.
A Homoeopath works like an old time family doctor, who tries and understand your genetic predisposition, your stress levels along with physical signs and symptoms which the patient is experiencing. He will keenly understand this and interpret these in his homeopathic language and prescribe you one remedy which will be your remedy for the given problem. Such a remedy will be different for each individual as Homoeopathy cures the person and not the disease only!
Apart from such holistic medication, one also needs to improve the intake of iodine by having iodised salt also iodine rich food like banana, carrots strawberries ,milk and whole grain, apart from green leafy vegetables and regular vegetables and dal. Restrict the packaged foods or ready to cook food or processed food strictly .Sleep well and exercise regularly and supplement yourself with vitamin B, C AND E complex.
Not overdoing exercise is as important as exercising! A malfunctioning thyroid is already a sign of poor recovery, so sleeping well and waking up fresh are equally important. Exercises improve the delivery and uptake of oxygen by the cells. Try and perform cardio exercises like cycling, swimming etc that will not stress your weight bearing joints and spend 1-2 days a week in weight training which strengthens the musculoskeleton system.
And lastly, invest your time in what you like to do, to cultivate meaningful relationships and for many it is the abilitiy to say ‘NO’. Learn to excuse yourself from all assumed tasks and responsibilities and listen to your inner voice. Learn to speak your mind and say NO to that thyroid pill!