Thyroid treatment in Ayurveda

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 13, 2015

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  • Ayurveda can ensure proper functioning of thyroid gland.
  • Kaanchanara can cure thyroid.
  • Thyroid symptoms can be treated with Gugal.
  • Coconut oil is a remedy for hypothyroidism.

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian branch of medicine in which all remedies and treatments are derived from naturally occurring substances. The medicinal properties and the combinations for cures are documented in detail in ancient literature. Several people today are turning to this ancient form of alternative medicine for treatments. One of the ailments that is very prevalent today and remedies for which exist in the ancient ayurvedic texts is the problem of thyroid.

Ayurveda for Thyroid

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

Several people in our world suffer from disease linked to the production of hormones in the thyroid gland. There are usually two kinds of problems that occur at the thyroid gland: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is the condition in which the thyroid is less active and needs to be stimulated, and hyperthyroidism is the condition in which the thyroid gland is over-active and needs to be controlled.

Ayurvedic Remedies

Ayurveda practitioners recommend several herbal remedies to ensure the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Some specific thyroid problems can be cured by the use of the herb known as Kaanchanara (Bauhinia veriegata) and another herb called Guggulu or Gugal (Commiphora mukul). Gugal is supposed to be particularly useful in treating thyroid-related symptoms like weight gain. Some other recommended herbs are jatamansi, shilajita, gokshura and punarnava.

Ayurveda for Thyroid

The use of coconut oil in food has also been recommended as a useful remedy for hypothyroidism. Eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables, drinking hot ginger tea, avoiding an excess of dairy products like milk and cream, and not eating too many salty foods are all excellent remedies for controlling thyroid-related problems.


Yoga, of course, goes hand in hand with ayurveda. And the two complement each other wonderfully. While practicing the diet recommended by your ayurveda practitioner, it is important to not ignore the yoga advice too. Asanas such as the Halasana (plow position) and the Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) are also recommended as excellent for thyroid-related problems.

A word of caution, though, is necessary. It is always important to consult an ayurveda practitioner before medicating oneself or abandoning one’s lifestyle for another one, for fear f making a small problem worse. Every curative treatment is tailored for the individual and must be altered according to every individual patient. So, it is strongly advised that you not indulge in self medication and use this information only as a tool.

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  • Avani patel10 Sep 2012

    I like know what and how to put thyroid in manageing systems in body manner to not have health problems how to put in level diet exercise to go Away as normal body I am skinny but thyroid make gains weight without eating more food so what to do to control to go away has before well I don't Like alopathy medicine for healthy life .aaurvadic or homoyopathic is work out well. I have thyroid since 2006

  • amrita04 Sep 2012

    thanq for the nice info

  • babin04 Sep 2012

    A very good article stressing on the dietary aspect in thyroid.

  • rajeev 22 Jul 2012

    yours is an excellent article, my wife,age 40, when tested for thyroid found to be having t3 t4 normal &TSH 6.14 (0.35 to 5.50 range) and urea15 (17 to 43 range) she has not started any medicine yet kindly suggest yogasans and ayurvedic or home remedy for curing thyroid.

  • Rosali29 May 2012

    A very good article stressing on the dietary aspect in thyroid disorders. Along with the above, combination of Ayurvedic herbs and homoeopathic remedies gives good results. Some of the frequently used remedies are Hypothyrodease formula, Hyperthyrodease formula and Goitease Formula. These are 100% pure and natural free from side effects.

  • y.c.jain29 Feb 2012

    i want advice on HYPOTHYROIDISM.... I want to have treatment by your Ayurveda I have this dises since dec.2006, I used to take 50mg thyrox tablet till now

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