Optimizing thyroid function through traditional Chinese medicine

Jan 24, 2024
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Optimizing thyroid function through traditional Chinese medicine

The small butterfly-shaped gland found on your neck is called the thyroid. The thyroid may be small but many of the body's functions depend on it which is why it always has to be in its tip-top shape.

What happens when the thyroid cannot optimally do what it's supposed to do? The thyroid produces and secretes hormones that the body needs to function normally. The thyroxine and triiodothyronine are collectively known as thyroid hormones. Hormonal imbalance can occur when there is an excess or lack of thyroid hormones. Too little thyroid hormones, and you may experience fatigue, weight gain, and a foggy mind. Too much of the thyroid hormones could cause anxiety, weight loss, and a racing heart. 

An underactive or overactive thyroid is diagnosed with blood work. If you are diagnosed with either of the two, you are most likely to be prescribed hormone replacements. These are proven effective, however, if you are looking for a natural alternative or a treatment to better complement your ongoing pharmaceutical medications, the practice of Traditional Chinese medicine is here.

TCM is a holistic approach that has proven its effectiveness for thousands of years. The practice aims to treat the root cause of the ailment to provide a long-lasting result with little to no adverse effects.


When there is discomfort and illness, there is an imbalance of Qi. Acupuncture aims to remove the blockage and restore the balance within the meridian of the body. The acupuncture points targeted vary depending on the presentation of your condition. Someone with hypothyroidism will have a different treatment plan from someone with hyperthyroidism which is why it's always best to have a thorough initial consultation before any treatment is applied. Always consult a reputable licensed acupuncturist to get quality care.

Herbal Medicine

Plants, seeds, and roots are some of the many ingredients found in an herbal medicine. Herbal medicines are all-natural and can be in the form of capsules, tea, and powder.  An herbal formula recommended for one individual with a thyroid condition may differ from those prescribed for another person with a similar diagnosis. Consult an experienced and certified herbalist for the best results.


In TCM, everything that you consume could affect your overall well-being. An underactive thyroid will be given completely different dietary recommendations as compared to someone with an overactive thyroid. In general, an underactive thyroid could benefit from a high-iodine diet.

Lifestyle Change

Are you physically active? How do you cope with stress? How's your sleep hygiene? Those things could make or break your road to wellness. The body cannot function well when it doesn't get enough sleep and is always in a state of fight or flight. 

Let's get you started on your personalized path to thyroid well-being. Book an appointment with us, and together, let's unlock the vibrant, balanced you that's waiting to thrive.