Traditional Chinese medicine did not recognise the thyroid gland as a separate and distinctive organ up until quite recently. In line with it’s capacity for growth, development and inclusion of a broad range of theories from diverse paradigms, TCM as practiced in contemporary China has developed elaborate protocols for the diferential diagnosis and treatment of various disorders of the thyroid gland. This formula is an example of how an herbal physician practicing in modern China would approach the treatment of a patient with an underactive thyroid gland.
The theory is that the functions of the thyroid gland are included within the activities of the Kidney, Spleen and Liver. In hypothyroidism, the key signs and symptoms are:
- Cold intolerance
- Dry and flaking skin, hair loss
- Irregular menstruation
These can be understood to derive from a deficiency of the Yang Qi, with failure of its driving, warming, defending, containing and transforming functions. Thus Spleen and Kidney Yang deficiency are the major underlying pathodynamics of this condition.
It should be noted that subclinical deficiency of the thyroid gland is quite common, especially in women over 60 years (just under 20%). A significant increase in incidence begins in women after the age of 35 and a high percentage of these patients (50-80%) will eventually develop clinical hypothyroidism, requiring treatment with thyroxine.
In China herbal therapy gives satisfactory clinical outcomes, even in cases with overt hypothyroidism, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and other forms of primary hypothyroidism. Generally treatment should continue for the long term, i.e. 12 months or more.
Each capsule contains:
3 capsules twice daily
Contains Glycyrrhiza, which potentiates prednisone and corticosteroids by prolonging steroid biological half-life; caution in patients with hypertension.
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