Saturday, August 21, 2010

Acupuncture for Thyroid at Tree of Life Acupuncture in New York

Thyroid Health and Acupuncture
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Tree of Life Acupuncture on Union Square, New York
Pain, Infertility and Immune System 

32 Union Square East #804, New York, NY 1003
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*** Check out 2 YouTube videos and "Shoulder Stand" Yoga Posture at the bottom to help balance your Thyroid. ****
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Chinese Medicine can help numerous disorders. Thyroid imbalance is one of them.  Some experts believe that as many as  27 to 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem. 
About  80% of thyroid disease falls on women and women are five times more likely to develop hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid) than are men. Close to eight out of ten thyroid disease cases (80%) are hypothyroid conditions with the other two out of ten (20%) being hyperthyroid.

The Risk During and After Pregnancy   
Because pregnancy uses so many resources in the body, there is an increase of developing hypothyroidism, with approximately 2% of pregnant women experiencing low functioning thyroid.
Following pregnancy, women are at higher risk for developing postpartum hypothyroidism (one in six) which can develop as much as one-year after giving birth. Up to 25% of these postpartum cases will require lifelong treatment. ACUPUNCTURE, CHINESE HERBS, HOMEOPATHY and YOGA is
a natural alternative to drugs.

How can acupuncture help?
Both Western and Eastern medicine offer various methods to restore thyroid hormone levels. Western treatments rely mainly on drugs and surgery (drugs cause side effects and do you really want to go under the knife ?) while Eastern treatments aim to restore immune function naturally, as well as balance the production and release of thyroid hormones through a variety of approaches ranging from Acupuncture, Herbal remedies and Yoga to lifestyle changes and special exercises.

Acupuncture can offer powerful points to balance the endocrine system and reduce stress.  Points in the ear and on the head offer tranquility and balance to the mind which in turn regulates the whole endocrine system and puts your mind at  ease. Acupuncture can balance your emotions and enhance the sleeping patterns and regulate the menstrual cycle.

Chinese Herbs can strengthen and regulate internal organs and hormonal levels and work deep from within regulating your Kidneys, Heart, Liver and the endocrine system.  
Thyroid gland hormone regulates metabolism, energetic levels in your body, weight loss or gain and   it can greatly effect the function of your Kidneys and many other emotional and mental factors in your life. 

Improperly functioning thyroid can be a cause of: Infertility, Weight Gain or Loss, Fatigue or Anxiety, Heart Problems and many other ailments.

About the Thyroid Gland
Thyroid is a gland in the front of your neck secreting hormones responsible for vital functions in your body.   Thyroid Disease the most common Endocrine Disorder.

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms:
  • Weight loss despite increased appetite
  • Increased heart rate, heart palpitations, higher blood pressure, nervousness, and excessive perspiration
  • More frequent bowel movements, sometimes with diarrhea
  • Muscle weakness, trembling hands
  • Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck)
  • Lighter or shorter menstrual periods
Hypothyroidism  Symptoms:
  • Lethargy, slower mental processes or depression
  • Reduced heart rate
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands
  • Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck)
  • Constipation, heavy menstrual periods or dry skin and hair
Seaweed - Iodine is an essential element that assists the thyroid in producing thyroid hormone. By increasing iodine intake, patients have seen an increase in the production of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). The best natural source of iodine is kelp and other seaweeds.

Brazil nuts and walnuts -These nuts contain high amounts of selenium. Many hypothyroid patients have been found to have deficiencies in this trace mineral.
Peanuts have high nutritional value, but  they should be avoided or at least limited if you have thyroid disease.

Yoga Shoulder Stand Posture is best for Thyroid problems
Many yoga postures can regulate the endocrine system, but the most effective for the Thyroid is 
"Shoulder Stand" Yoga Posture(Asana) is one of the best ways to manage your thyroid gland on your own (consult your MD).

YOGIC BREATHING for your thyroid. Do this type of breathing for 3-6 min a day. (Do not inhale too deeply as it may lead to shortness of breath or dizziness.  Ask your MD if this type of exercises is right for you.) 

This Type of Breathing may help with Hyperthyroidism or it can calm you down an relax. 

This of breathing is for Hypothyroidism. Its energizing in nature and can be done tonify your body. 

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Stay well,
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac

Tree of Life Acupuncture, New York City