Thyroid Disorders and Chinese Medicine
Balancing Fire and Water
Thyroid issues seem to be more prevalent these days, but this could be because more people are being tested, and the tests themselves are better at detecting irregularities. There are two main thyroid disorders: hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone. Typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism include: high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, moist skin, increased sweating; tremor, nervousness, increased appetite with weight loss, diarrhea and/or frequent bowel movements, weakness, eyes that seem to bulge out of their sockets and sensitivity of the eyes to light. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is under-active and produces too little thyroid hormone. Typical symptoms of hypothyroidism include: hoarse voice, slowed speech, puffy face, drooping eyelids, intolerance of cold conditions, constipation, weight gain, dry hair, dry skin and depression.