Anyone who has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism will tell you that they generally feel tired all the time. This is one of the primary symptoms of this disease. Synthroid, the medication prescribed for most people, is intended to offset the thyroid hormone that the thyroid no longer produces and to bring your energy levels somewhat back to normal. After the Synthroid dosage is tweaked by a doctor, patients are supposed to feel much better and feel somewhat energetic. The problem Is that even though Synthroid initially makes people feel a little more energetic, eventually, people who have hypothyroidism eventually start to feel sick and tired.
After visiting your doctor, she/he may be able to tweak the dosage of Synthroid to give you some relief. But do you ever get your energy back? Do you ever feel like the “old you”? Unfortunately, the answer is no.
In a recent interview of a woman in her mid-fifties who has had hypothyroidism for the last 20 years, she stated that even though her Synthroid dosage had been tweaked several times, she has never regained her energy levels.
Are There Alternative Treatments That Are Effective?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been very effective in treating people with hypothyroidism. Acupuncture for hypothyroidism by itself can be used to regulate the production of thyroid hormones. However, there are advantages to taking Chinese herbs in conjunction with acupuncture treatments.
According to Dr. Feng Liang, who has provided acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatments to patients for more than 3 decades, and treated many patients with thyroid disease in her office, for some patients who are in the early stages or newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism, acupuncture in conjunction with Chinese herbs can help restore the thyroid function and make patients regain the healthy level of life without using Synthroid.
Please read the testimonial provided by one of Dr. Liang’s patients.
Dr. Liang has helped many patients in the early stages of hypothyroidism or Hoshimoto disease. She encourages patients to consider acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatments as soon as possible. Dr. Liang states “For those who already take Synthroid for more than 5 years, acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs may not cure hypothyroidism, however, they can dramatically improve the quality of your life by increasing your energy level, improving your emotions and mental state, and helping menstrual problems. And most likely, acupuncture and Chinese herbs may reduce the side effects patients may have experienced after long term use of Synthroid.”
A Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor like Dr. Feng Liang will also recommend making some lifestyle changes to further improve the quality of your life. These would include reducing your stress through exercise, meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi or other avenue. Diet also plays a significant factor in the recovery process. Each person’s nutritional needs differ. Therefore Dr. Liang would make her recommendations on a case by case basis. In almost all cases, she will recommend the consumption of leafy green vegetables and lean protein.
Most people with Hypothyroidism have accepted their illness and accepted the fact that they will never feel like they did before they contracted this disease. This acceptance is simply not necessary. You can regain much of your pre-illness energies and live a much better quality life. You only need to be willing to open your mind to the possibility that other treatments, beyond Synthroid, can and do work.
As acupuncture has been successfully used for hundreds of years by the Chinese to treat various health conditions, surely there is enough evidence to consider the possibility that this ancient treatment may in fact dramatically improve your life.
To read more about acupuncture for thyroid disease, please visit this page. You can also read a review left by one of Dr. Liang’s patients about the treatment she received for her hypothyroidism. Please visit Google+ to read this.