Status of Ojas and Prana in Hypothyroidism

Ashtavaidyan Narayanan Nambi

Thyroid disorders are the most common disorders of the endocrine glands. It is estimated that about 42 million people suffer from thyroid disorders in India. Women are 6 times more prone than men. In general; disorders of thyroid gland are hypothy-roidism, hyperthyroidism, goitre and iodine deficiency disorders, Hashimoto’s thyroidi-tis, thyroid cancer. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common functional disorders of thyroid gland.

The signs and symptoms of Hypothyroidism at the initial stage are vague and ambiguous which is often missed in its early stages and instead treated for infertility, hyperlipidaemia, depression etc. In primary stage the signs and symptoms are in gen-eral but later on affect the different systems of the body and worsen the condition of patient. Hence, Hypothyroidism is an important public health issue.

Management of Hypothyroidism with the modern drugs may bring the value of TSH and T4 to normal range but the increased dosage and continuous medication are cost expensive and make the patient into drug dependent till the end of mortal life. So, a better, safer and long lasting therapy is needed for the present society and now it is a demand of time to search the management for this type of ailment through the heritage of Ayurveda.

As in our Ayurveda texts mentioned, it is not possible to name all the manifesting diseases, as the Doshas based upon the Samuttana vishesha and Sthanantara gati leads to a wide array of diseases. In such a situation where the disease can’t be named, the treatment must be done by understanding the Vikara prakriti, Adhishtana and Samutta-na Vishesha. The presenting complaints of Hypothyroidism can be understood and as-sessed based on the involved Agni, Dosha, Dushya, Sthana and Srotus.

Since the disease afflict  the agni and prana eventually it reflects on ojus too. As prana is the primordial part of Vata and irregularity of vata is very cardinal in Hypothy-roidism, it is important to study in deep about it and how it reflex in chakras. As ojus is the vital source for our existence, in the course of hypothyroidism it influences on it and produce many symptoms of high importance.   

This presentation include a detail description from Ayurveda about Ojus and Prana from traditional wisdom and how to tackle the problem.. Besides, many new outlook from Ayurvedic point of view and share the experiences of Ashtavaidya tradition ’s practices too.

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