The thyroid gland, an endocrine gland in the neck, is known to get influenced by psychological stress. Hypothyroidism could be due to radioactive destruction or surgical removal of the thyroid tissue in order to treat hyperthyroidism, autoimmune diseases or certain medications like lithium. Congenital hypothyroidism in newborns is usually seen in cases where hypothyroidism in the mother during pregnancy remains undetected. Such infants run the risk of developing mental retardation.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism include easy fatigue, intolerance to cold, constipation, poor appetite, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, memory impairment, hoarseness of voice, puffiness of the face upon awaking in the morning, depression, drowsiness, sluggishness, and irregular or absent menses.
Treatment in conventional medicine advocates artificial supplementation of the deficient thyroid hormone. This triggers a negative feedback, causing further underactivity of the thyroid gland, making the body dependent on this external source for life. Homeopathic treatment makes more sense because it treats the root cause of the problem subtly by stimulating the patientÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thyroid to function optimally.
Sharda Devi (name changed), a 26-year-old woman, had approached us for weight management. Her detailed history made us suspect hypothyroidism, which the investigations confirmed. On the basis of her type A personality and other symptoms, she was prescribed Nux Vom 200C. Within four months, her symptoms improved and her thyroid function returned to normal, emphatically proving that homeopathy does what other systems of medicine donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t!
Article by Dr Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Hindustan Times on 19 September 2009