Along with medicine yoga plays a important role in keeping the thyroid function in equilibrium.
  1. Ujjani pranayama is effective.
  2. Sarvanga asan isone of the best yoga for thyroid.
  3. Ujjani acts on the throat area and is relaxing and stimulanting effects.
  4. Nadi shodan pranayama is useful in re balancing metabolism.
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         Thyroid Disease

        Your thyroid creates and produces  hormones that play a role in many different systems throughout your body. When your thyroid makes either too much or too little of these important hormones, it’s called a thyroid disease. There are several different types of thyroid disease, including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

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ayurvedic treatment for thyroid

How to cure thyroid in yoga and ayurveda...?

 thyroid disorder has indeed become a household name these days, close behind hypertension and diabetes. According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), around 20 million people in the US have some form of thyroid disorder, and at least 60% of those who do are not even aware of it. Also, the prevalence of the condition is believed to be higher in women than men. One of the leading causes of thyroid disorders is believed to be the stressful lifestyle we are leading.

Even though there is increasing prevalence of thyroid disorders today, there are numerous treatment options available to patients. Of course, every treatment would take time to show results, but in the meantime, you have something to cheer about. Yoga and meditation can help treat thyroid naturally. A few minutes of yoga practice daily helps reduce stress and also make your life smoother and happier.

Now, thyroid disorders can be of many types, but the two most prevalent ones are:

  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)

It’s essential for you to check with your doctor which type of thyroid disorder you may be affected with. Specific symptoms may point towards either type of thyroid, but confirm with your doctor before starting any treatment.

You may have hypothyroidism if:

  • you are feeling disinterested in everyday affairs, getting lethargic and developing a laid-back attitude towards everything.
  • you are doing just routine work as always but have started feeling more fatigued than usual.
  • you just don’t seem to understand why you remain constipated of late.
  • your friends have started noticing a sudden weight gain, and you can’t seem to explain why as you wonder that you are not even overeating.
  • you look at yourself in the mirror these days and notice your face getting puffy.
  • you are feeling upset seeing your long, thick hair begin to thin suddenly and there are bunches of hair lying scattered all over the house.
  • your menstrual cycles are irregular (there could be other reasons for this too; better to check with your doctor).
  • you are noticing excessive hair growth on the face which is becoming embarrassing.
  • you can see your throat swell up. Surely, it’s time to see the doc.

Alleviate thyroid disorder with Yoga

Before you start practicing yoga for thyroid disorders, make sure to consult your physician. Also, these yoga techniques work on coping with the symptoms better and are not a substitute to medication (though in some cases the need for medicines may reduce with consistent yoga practice over a period of time).

Note: Although all yoga asanas are considered to be good for both, hypo and hyperthyroidism patients, we recommend some of the postures below which can be particularly useful. However, you need not restrict your practice to only these poses. Consult a Sri Sri Yoga teacher on more asanas for your condition.

Yoga asanas for hypothyroidism treatment

Besides these yoga postures, the practice of pranayamas (breathing techniques) such as Kapal Bhati pranayama (Skull Shining Breathing technique), Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing technique), Bhastrika and Ujjayi pranayama also work well in reducing hypothyroidism symptoms. 

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You may have hyperthyroidism if:

  • you are either gorging on food or eating less than usual. There may be a sudden change in appetite. But no matter how much you eat, you still remain lean (if you are desperately trying to put on weight, that is).
  • you are finding it difficult to sleep at night.
  • if you are sweating too much and unusually.
  • small things are making you easily irritable.
  • you usually remain anxious, nervous and quiet hurried about things

Yoga asanas recommended for hyperthyroidism treatment

Slow-paced Surya Namaskars practiced with mantra chanting will have a calm and soothing effect.

Ujjayi, Bhramari pranayama (Bee Breath), Nadi Shodhan pranayama, and cooling pranayamas such as Sheetali and Sheetkari pranayamas are considered to be very effective in dealing with hyperthyroidism symptoms.

Also, it’s good to practice a few minutes of meditation every day in both, hypo and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism patients who become laid-back due to the condition will need to make a conscious effort to stay physically active. And here is when meditation can really help strengthen your willpower to do so.

Food Tips For People With Thyroid Disorders

  • Include high-fibre food in your diet.
  • Reduce the intake of fats and carbohydrates.
  • Take lots of fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables. It is better to avoid cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli in hypothyroidism.
  • Limit the intake of non-vegetarian food, milk and milk products (skimmed milk is advisable), rice, spicy food, refined and fast food and food items with preservatives.

You can also try Panchakosha and Hari Om meditations.

Since stress is believed to be one of the major factors of thyroid disorders, meditation keeps the mind calm, relaxed and alleviates everyday stress. Chanting ‘Om’ every day for a few minutes also helps. After chanting, put your hand on the thyroid gland and feel that it is getting healed. Let the positive vibrations of chanting have a stimulating effect on the thyroid gland.

Yoga Nidra (Corpse Pose) also works well in both, hypo and hyperthyroidism, in reducing stress and calming you down. It also works like a power nap for hyperthyroidism patients who find it difficult to sleep at night.

Practicing Yoga helps develop the body and mind, yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is essential to learn and practice yoga under the supervision of a trained Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga only after consulting your doctor and a vangmay yoga theacher.

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Thyroid gland treatment with Ayurveda

Thyroid disorders are the conditions which effect the thyroid gland anatomically and its metabolic functions. The thyroid has important roles to regulate numerous metabolic processes throughout the body. Many harmones are regulated by it.

There are two kinds of thyroid conditions seen – Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Treatment of thyroid gland


Symptoms that occur in hypothyroidism are tiredness, weight gain, cold intolerance, dry skin, puffiness of face, minimal sweating, depression, aches and body pain, muscle cramp and stiffness, constipation, hoarseness of voice, irregular menstruation cyclerecurrent infection, sluggish ness of body functions.


The clinical condition resulting from increase level of t3 and t4 and decreased level of tsh which indicates thyroid gland hyper activity.

Symptoms of hyper thyroid

Fever, anxiety, restlessness, weight loss, fatigue, sweating, heat intolerance, frequent bowl moments , hand tremors, nervousness, irritability,  Rapid heart rate, Frequent bowel movements, Palpitation, Excessive fatigue, Shallow respiration, Menstrual disturbances

Foods that trigger the hormones must be avoided, like meat alcohol, some dairy products, and salt

Thyroid can be correlated to some of the ayurvedic disease mentioned. Pitta is responsible for all the metabolic actions by the thyroid gland. While treating thyroid we should choose either the organ or the function depending on the problem. Location or function either the sthana or the dosha sthans wise it is in kapha sthanaPandu (anaemia), shoth (swelling)grahani (ibs) etc..

According to ayurvedic the cause of this dysfunction is kapha and vata and pitta doshas – Rasa and medha dhatu, and sweda mala.

Ayurvedic nidan that can be correlated to hypothyroidism are symptoms related to kaphaj pandu symptoms ref (charak)guruta(heaviness)tandrachardi(vomit)skin going palefaintinggiddiness’s, tirednessbreathlesness, hoarseness of voice.

Vataj pandu symptoms

Dryness, redness of skin, fever, priking pain, shivering, constipation, dryness of mouth,

Kaphaja shota(swelling due to kapha)

  • Heaviness, steady, heavy sleep, reduced hunger, swelling.
  • Vataj shoth
  • Dry skin and pain full
  • Kosta gata vata
  • Constipation, gulma, arsha
  • Kaphaja grahani
  • Hrullas, chardi,arochak,kasa,pinas,daurbalya.

Medhavrutta vata

Painfull,heavy ,pain

Ama vata

Angamarda, aruchi, trushna, alasya, heaviness in body, jwar, apachan, swelling, pain in joints and swelling, agnimandya, kastaartav, hridgraha, constipation,


Pittaj pandu


Pittaja grahani

  • ajirna
  • amayukta mala
  • hrid kant dah
  • aruchi
  • thirst
  • jwara
  • Avaran  of pitta.
  • Hetu and samprapti

Thyroid disorder is caused by change in lifestyle, physical and mental stress.In thyroid kapha,pitta and vata dusti happens.

Treatment via Ayurveda chicitsa



  • Lifestyle and food habits should be corrected, try to avoid heavy foods and liquids.
  • Reason for agnimandya (like impaired digestion) and ajirna should be avoided.
  • Rasadhatu pachan should be done.
  • Leckhan chikitsa for medha should be done.
  • Swedan can be given.
  • Panchakarma like vaman ,virechan ,basti Head massage, Nasya, Udvartanam, Shirodhara are helpful.

Herbal drugs that can be given.

  • Varunadi kashay ,punarnavadi kashay,
  • Kanchanar guggul,manasmitra,
  • Musta,triphala guggul,saraswatha grutha,bruhat vat Chintamani, punarnvadi gugul are the main drugs used .

Hyperthyroidism medicine

Vidaryadi Kashaya, drakshadi Kashaya, kalyanak gritham, mahatiktaka gritham, praval pisti, ksirabala tailam, for hyper thyroidism


  • Add iodized salt for hypothyroid
  • Garlic, onion, trikatu, sigru(moringa),yava ,kullatha,kakamachi, for hypothyroidism.
  • Old rice,Barley,Moong dal, Bengal gram,Heavy food is to be avoided
  • It is found that coconut oil offers much help in hypothyroidism
  • Apathyam(diet to avoid) for hypothyroid
  • Curd, heavy food, nonveg in abundance, masha, day sleep.

For hyperthyroidism – Patya,(diet)

Old ghee, barley,mugda,sweet food, milk products,sweets,sugarcane.

Apathyam(wrong food)

Citrus prosucts,excesses spicy, salty, saur,alcohol, smoking .

Yoga for thyroid

Along with medicine yoga plays a important role in keeping the thyroid function in equilibrium.

  • Ujjani pranayama is effective
  • Sarvanga asan isone of the best yoga for thyroid
  • Ujjani acts on the throat area and is relaxing and stimulanting effects
  • Nadi shodan pranayama is useful in re balancing metabolism