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Jo2010-07-05 00:33:02 +0000 #1
Hello, does anyone have any ideas for me? I suffer from hypothyroidism and understand alot of poses which are beneficial for the thyroid which I do regularly. My situation is this: I want to get off the medication and am using yoga to help stimulate my thyroid. I'm not completely off the meds but have reduced them. I want to know how much of the thyroid stimulating poses I should be doing, and how long to hold and when's the best time to do them. Should I be doing a session of just these poses at one particular time or just incorporating them into my regular practise? Yoga has definitely helped so far but I want to stay on the right track. Are there any experts out there on yoga for the thyroid. I don't just mean a generalisation of what's good for the thyroid, I need a specific programme. I entend to reduce my medication bit by bit slowly (weekly), providing I feel good. Thankyou for listening. One more thing, does anyone know if there are any thyroid forums? Thanks
Hubert2010-07-05 00:40:52 +0000 #2
I just read today about how oat stimulates the thyroid gland.

PS. Winegar from wine or apples is also rumoured to be helpful, if you can find a place for it in your diet. (Salads)

I am no nutritionist or physician so take this just as it is ... a possibility to check.
Jo2010-07-05 00:41:29 +0000 #3
Thanks, do mean oats as in porridge? I eat that for breakfast. Haven't tried the vinegar. How much do you need?

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Originally Posted by Hubert



I just read today about how oat stimulates the thyroid gland.

PS. Winegar from wine or apples is also rumoured to be helpful, if you can find a place for it in your diet. (Salads)

I am no nutritionist or physician so take this just as it is ... a possibility to check.
Hubert2010-07-05 01:02:12 +0000 #4
Not more than the amount you'd have in your salad, a few teaspoons I guess.

And oat, like porridge, or like flakes with yogurt or juice. I just searched the net, and there are so called thyroid diets, but you probably know those.

Oats are great, unless you live in a very hot climate, where it's consumption might generate too much heat in the body.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 02:17:13 +0000 #5
Hello Jo,

I would not think a program given over the internet would be that effective. The work you are asking about is involved and needs interaction and monitoring. A simple sequencing of asanas, in my opinion is not a comprehensive healing plan.

Additionally there is a misconception about yoga poses and the thyroid, amongst other things. Yoga poses do not stimulate the thyroid, otherwise they would not work equally for those with hypo and hyper thyroid. Yoga poses, when combined with pranayama, lifestyle, nutrition, and meditation, BALANCE the thyroid.

When you find the right practitioner to work with you would scale your meds back exponentially. Reduce them to half their dosage after the first month to whatver time frame your practitioner plots, then half the half, then half that half and so on.

I'm guessing you're in the UK?
Nichole2010-07-05 01:43:14 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Jo



My situation is this: I want to get off the medication and am using yoga to help stimulate my thyroid. I'm not completely off the meds but have reduced them.

Namaste Jo,

Would you share some more information with us? I have a few questions.

1. What are your reasons to get off the medication? Please be as detailed as you can.

2. Are you working with your endocrinologist to move away from your medication? Is your doctor willing to work with you as you explore other courses?

3. Have you had your T3 (free), T4 (free) and TSH (ultrasensitive) levels retested since you lessened your dose? I can't interpret the numbers, but if you could tell us the range the levels are in and how they've adjusted with less meds and more thyroid-specific asana.

I was hoping to get some of this info before I offered any recommendations to you. Are you open to Ayurveda or actively using any of the principles already? I don't believe that yoga alone will be enough, and that yoga therapy with an Ayurvedic approach best serves people with endocrine issues.

With love,
Lars Rimböck2010-07-05 03:00:04 +0000 #7
Hey Jo

One of my students suffers from a hashimoto thyroiditis which is also combined with a hypo function.

Aside frequently monitored yoga pratise found a very good classical homoeopath and now his situation is getting better and better every day.

He is reducing his meds now exactly in the way inner athlete sugested.

All the best

Lars

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cathy2010-07-05 02:36:45 +0000 #8
I have hypothyroid condition and am on levothyroxine daily. Although being "off medication" may be preferable you may want to ask yourself, "at what risk". Medication is sometimes a gift. I feel better since being on the med. My hair was thinning, I was gaining weight, was slightly depressed, and suffered from chronic constipation; all symptoms of underactive thyroid. My hair is full again, no weight gain, no depression and no constipation. I do yoga daily, take my medication daily, and am happy.

Sometimes medication is necessary.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Cathy

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