Can you tell me what causes hypothyroidism and what I can do about it?
Hypothyroidism has many
etiologies, including Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, treatment for
Hyperthyroidism, thyroidectomy, or antiarrhythmic agents (such as amiodarone).
I am assuming you have had the proper thyroid function tests, including
serum TSH, and T4 index tests to confirm the diagnosis. The fatigue,
lethargy, anorexia, cold symptoms, swelling and possible constipation,
muscle cramps, and depression are all common symptoms of this disorder.
From a traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, you still need to
continue taking the thyroid medication; this is necessary to prevent severe
and dangerous complications. TCM often classifies hypothyroidism as a yang
deficiency of the body.
These are my dietary recommendations:
1. Incorporate more warming foods into your diet, including lamb, scallions,
cinnamon bark, seaweed, sesame seeds, soybeans, walnuts, lentils, and lotus
2. Avoid cold foods, cold fruits, raw foods, chlorine, and fluoride (found
in most toothpastes). Additionally, you may consider taking Selenium and
vitamin B for supplementation. Please check with your physician for the
As a good supplementary activity, I suggest tai chi or qigong exercises,
because these will help with the fatigue and depression.
Doctor question was answered by:
Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.
from his website: