evalent in modern society. Sluggish thyroid glands cause a myriad of health problems from mild digestive disorders to more serious conditions like extreme fatigue where we find it hard to cope with a normal working day. Almost all sluggish thyroid problems can be directly connected to living with stress. Stress suppresses the brain signals to the thyroid making key thyroid chemicals less effective or nonexistent. When the thyroid is not producing the chemical (TSH) the brain tells the metabolism to increase its functionality. The symptoms of thyroid resistance can cause slow bowel movements causing pain and discomfort.
Low thyroid activity is almost certainly to be correlated to brain inflammation, preventing brain function chemicals from attaching to the necessary receptors for a feeling of wellbeing. However, Ashwagandha offers a cure for sluggish performing thyroid glands and the solution is as simple as taking two pills every day to resolve the issue. Ashwagandha will offer immediate relieve giving you the opportunity to strengthen thyroid function with a nutrient packed diet.
1. Ashwagandha support the thyroid
Ashwagandha is an herb known for its therapeutic healing effects of inflammation and has been used as a tonic for stress relief for the past 6,000 years. It is full of unbelievable beneficial compounds that have the ability to prevent many diseases.
Because of the steroidal lactones and alkaline found within the herb, it is potent when used as an anti-stress agent. The stress relieving properties directly affect the thyroid and the causes of inflammation causing the problems.
The calming effects of Ashwagandha are of paramount importance in the fight to regaining control of the thyroid. When your body is in a permanent state of stress hormones from the thyroid are inhibited preventing most of the body’s functions from working correctly. The symptoms of a sluggish thyroid are many and it is reported that up to 10 million women in the US alone have been diagnosed with a thyroid problem. If you do not take action now the thyroid will only become worse reducing further the key hormones needed to feel well. Once you can regain control of the thyroid the constant feeling of low energy will subside and you will start to feel energized again.
2. Ashwagandha and hypothyroidism
Ashwagandha is a real cure for thyroid dysfunction and with perseverance for 8 weeks you should be able
to restore the normal function of the thyroid gland. However, in some diagnoses the dysfunction of the thyroid is not connected to stress but to other factors like the removal of a goiter. The thyroid receives signals from the pituitary gland that is located deep in the brain; if the pituitary gland is not functioning then Ashwagandha is unlikely to help. But if the problem is due to blocked signals from the pituitary gland to the thyroid gland then Ashwagandha may help by reducing swelling of the neural pathways.
Ashwagandha is a natural adaptogen and adaptogens are crucial for freeing the flow of electrical signals deep in the brain. If the brain is experiencing inflammation synapsis. communication (the electrical signals being transmitted) will be impeded. Ashwagandha reduces inflammation and allows both electrical and chemical markers to move freely. This would include the chemical from the pituitary gland.
Now, you can see the benefits of using Ashwagandha to support the healthy function of a sluggish thyroid by reducing inflammation. There will be other factors that Ashwagandha will be fixing in support of the thyroid.
3. Under active and overactive thyroid
Ashwagandha has the surprising ability to improve both overactive and underactive thyroid conditions primarily due to its effects on reducing inflammation. However, Ashwagandha modulates the hormones secreted by the endocrine system reducing over stimulated hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.
Cortisol is especially noted for elevating the symptoms of most inflammation related problems. But when coupled with thyroid problems, it makes providing a solution for a cure seem almost impossible. Modulating hormones and returning them to normal levels are critical for providing relieve and a cure to the symptoms.
In clinical studies, Ashwagandha provided the best option for a cure to thyroid problems and indeed the studies proved that Ashwagandha returned normal function to both overactive and underactive thyroids surpassing synthetic drugs. The problem with prescribed synthetic drugs is first the side effects on other organs and the synthetic drugs do not provide a lasting solution unless you are prepared to take the drug for the rest of your life.
Ashwagandha induces homeostasis within the body and maintains that condition even when the patient stops taking Ashwagandha provided the patient reduces stress levels and supports the thyroid with a nutrient rich diet.
4. Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction
The first thing anyone should do when they suspect a dysfunctional thyroid is consult a doctor. Thyroid symptoms are many and are often similar to many other conditions. So, how can you recognize a sluggish thyroid gland? Below are only some of the symptoms you may experience. However, a definitive diagnosis is important.
- Increased size of the thyroid that lies just below the Adams apple on you neck
- Flaky pale skin regardless of exposure to sunlight
- Intolerance to cold temperatures
- Continual muscle cramps
- Feeling exhausted and fatigued
- Weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight regardless of diet
- Memory loss
- Swollen tongue
- Hair loss and course hair
- Heavy bleeding through the menstrual cycle
- Poor appetite
- Swelling face and eyes
If you have these symptoms, get yourself checked by your doctor. You may not have thyroid problems but better safe than sorry.
The bulk of the symptoms caused by hormone imbalance, but not all from the thyroid. The hormones from the thyroid are important to health and in children are responsible for the rate of growth. Ashwagandha has been proven to make an impact on the thyroid and at the same time addressing the other areas like weight and menstrual bleeding.
5. The importance of the immune system
An element of thyroid gland dysfunction that is rarely mentioned is the importance of the immune system. If the immune system is suppressed for any reason, then it is hard to fight off all diseases and maladies that that the body encounters. There is an enormous amount of data regarding the effectiveness of Ashwagandha and it is hardly surprising to find the same amount of data gathered from clinical trials with regard Ashwagandha supporting thyroid health.
Ashwagandha is confirmed to affect cellular structures and increase the white blood cell count from activating the bone marrow. White blood cells fight infections and diseases and can be seen as equally important when the body is repairing thyroid issues. In conjunction with the endocrine system, Ashwagandha supports the repair and function of the thyroid alleviating the symptoms of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Reports show very encouraging and positive effects of Ashwagandha after just 8 weeks. The same report suggested that Ashwagandha returned thyroid function to normal and outperformed conventional medications.
Boosting the immune system should never be overlooked and in tandem with balancing crucial hormones and reducing inflammation. We can expect positive results from Ashwagandha over and above conventional medication.
6. Additional benefits of Ashwagandha
Recent studies show that Ashwagandha directly impacted the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus which are responsible for the signals for both the pituitary and the endocrine. But the way Ashwagandha impacted these glands was viewed as positive by the medical community.
Ashwagandha was said to have provided enough stimulus to the gland to improve signals and modulate hormone production while benefiting the thyroid gland. In cases of Hashimoto’s disease, Ashwagandha showed improvements to the exhibited symptoms.
A key stabilizing effect of Ashwagandha was improving mood in all patients diagnosed with thyroid problems, and preventing depression and anxiety regarding the condition stopped the hormone imbalance from becoming worse. In the same clinical trial, it was discovered that Ashwagandha demonstrated cardio tropic and cardio protective properties and modulated blood coagulation. The report from the clinical trial identified Ashwagandha as one of the most successful thyroid cures offered from the herbal community elevating Ashwagandha its standing within the herbal remedy arena.
7. Precautions in taking Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha has many unique properties. However, we should always demonstrate caution when dealing with serious health issues. It has properties of increasing the effectiveness of certain drugs and other herbal remedies. In the case of thyroid dysfunction, it is thought that there could be a possibility of Ashwagandha increasing the effect of medicines containing iodine. Under normal circumstances this is a positive feature of Ashwagandha but in the case of thyroid problems, increased iodine levels could be detrimental to the patient.
It is prudent to discuss Ashwagandha with your doctor or endocrine specialist before embarking on a regime of herbal supplements that may interfere and negate the effects of the prescribed drugs from your doctor. In general, Ashwagandha is very safe and you will only feel the health benefits of this wonderful herbal remedy. However, caution should be a primary objective when dealing with serious ailments such as thyroid diseases.