Thyroid problems, like many other autoimmune diseases is a condition that has many detrimental effects on your body. Earlier, a thyroid problem was regarded as a life-threatening disease, but current Medical Science has come up with a cure that can treat it with medication and surgery. Acupressure Therapy is an effective way of treating most thyroid problems. Before dabbling in the treatment process, let’s discuss goiter and what causes it.
A person’s neck swells up because of goiter, it is a result of the enlarged thyroid gland. It is one of the most common thyroid problems. Goiters are harmless, but it requires treatment according to the size and type of goiter.
Goiter is the swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck. It may occur even without the swelling. Women are more prone to this disease during puberty, pregnancy, and/or menopause, or when they are too stressed out and overworked and do not get sufficient rest and relaxation.
Goiter symptoms develop very gradually. Some of the symptoms are depression, emotional problems, weeping tendencies, irritation, feeling nervous, lack of concentration, rapid and/or regular heartbeat, weight loss, the feeling of extreme tiredness, protruding eyes, and tremor of the hands.
Causes Of Goiter Disease
- Iodine deficiency is one of the most common causes of goiter.
- People who live near the sea do not contract it as all seafood is rich in goiter.
- It’s only people who eat processed foods who are affected by the disease.
The Functioning of Thyroid Gland – How to Treat Thyroid Problems
Let’s find out the acupressure points for thyroid problems and what causes the malfunctioning of your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that is situated in your neck. The Thyroid Gland is the master gland and helps produce hormones in the body.
There is an imbalance of hormones, when the thyroid gland releases either too many hormones or too few hormones; both have a detrimental effect on your body and mind. When the thyroid gland releases too few hormones, it is called Hypothyroidism, also known as the Underactive Thyroid. And when thyroid gland releases too many hormones, it is called Hyperthyroidism or an Overactive Thyroid gland.
The thyroid gland works on a physiological level and helps balance your metabolism. Even a teeny-weeny bit of change can affect the rate of hormones released by the thyroid gland and it affects the entire metabolic process of the body. The problems that you may face are weight loss or gain, calcium deficit, depression and other such physical or mental disorders. Diagnosing thyroid problems is very important as this helps cure the condition easily.
Thyroid: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
There are several types of goiter such as the following:
- Thyroid Nodules
- Thyroid Cancer
Symptoms of Goiter:
Goiter: It causes tightness in the throat area, which results in difficulty in breathing and a problem swallowing and coughing.
Acupressure Points for Thyroid Gland – How to Treat Thyroid Problems
Find out some of the acupressure points for an overactive thyroid (Hyperthyroidism), as one of the symptoms of Hyperthyroidism is a goiter.
1) Kidney 27:
Acupressure or Kidney 27 Point is a common pressure point and it treats different types of thyroid problems, both underactive and overactive. Find the Kidney 27 Point in the indentation below the collarbone right next to the breastbone on both sides. Apply pressure on K27 Point for at least two minutes to treat the Irregularities related to the thyroid gland, cough, sore throat, anxiety attacks, panic attacks and so on.
2) Large Intestine 4 Point (LI4):
This is a very popular point for thyroid problems and other diseases. This is also called the Union Valley Point and it’s located in the valley between index finger and thumb on both hands. Apply firm pressure on Large Intestine 4 Point for at least two-three minutes. This helps in blood circulation, boost the immune system and get relief from some of the symptoms such as a headache, overactive thyroid, nosebleed, red eye, fever, profuse sweating, abdominal pain, and premenstrual syndrome.
3) Heart 7 Point (H7):
Acupressure heart 7 point is a potent pressure point that helps treat a number of symptoms. It is located on the medial side of the transverse crease of the wrist. Apply firm pressure on Heart 7 Point which relieves a number of symptoms such as emotional stagnation, anxiety, nightmares, sweating, and irregular heartbeat.
4) Stomach 9 Point (ST9):
This is a potent pressure point for treating both hyperthyroidism and high blood pressure. This point is located on the neck located in the lateral position to Adam’s apple, situated on the, what is known as the anterior border of the sternocleidomastoideus muscle. Apply medium pressure on the Stomach 9 Point for at least one-two minutes to help treat a number of issues such as goiter of course and headache, thyroid, coughing, dizziness, sore throat, hemoptysis, asthma, and hypertension.
5) Governing Vessel 17 Point (GV17):
This is a very important point for treating problems that are caused by Hyperthyroidism. Locate it on the back of the neck, on the indentation of the upper border of the external occipital protuberance. Apply mild light pressure on GV17 Point for two minutes to get quick relief from thyroid problems, neck stiffness, neck pain, epilepsy, voice loss, shortness of breath, asthma, Dizziness, Lockjaw and Heaviness in Head.
6) Stomach 40 Point (ST40):
Acupressure Stomach 40 Point is an amazingly effective point for thyroid related problems. It is located eight fingers width above the lateral malleolus and two fingers width parallel to the anterior crest of the tibia. Apply steady pressure on Stomach 40 Point to relieve a host of problems such as chest pain, hyperthyroidism, asthma, water retention, headache, excessive phlegm, dizziness, manic psychosis, schizophrenia, and depression.
7) Pericardium 6 Point (P6):
The pericardium 6 point is an effective pressure point that provides relief in overactive thyroid and other issues. It is situated just at 3 fingers width above the wrist crease, right in the median of the inner part of your forearm. Continue to apply steady pressure on this point and treat a host of issues such as nausea, mental disorders, chest tightness, insomnia, and motion sickness.
While it is important to eat enough iodine to stabilize your condition, you have to take a closer look at your diet and avoid some foods. The foods that can impact thyroid hormone production are known as “goitrogens” and should be struck off your to-eat list. Goitrogenic foods are not restricted to cruciferous vegetables and soy products only. Foods such as peanuts, peaches, millet, radishes strawberries, radishes, and spinach should be avoided. Foods to include in your diet are the following: iodized salt along with fish, dairy, and grains, are an important source of iodine in the diet and you must ensure to add enough of it into your diet.
Your diet, adequate exercises such as yoga and acupressure treatment for thyroid can together work synergistically towards optimizing your thyroid levels.