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Background-Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. People with this condition have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism, tiredness, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, feeling cold and etc. [12] Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) regards hyperthyroidism and as Yin/Yang imbalances and often uses acupu...

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... Adding to its therapeutic effects, it has also been reported to be a credible preventative measure [7]. Delving in, according to TCM, hypothyroidism is classified into five typesheart Yang deficiency, kidney Qi deficiency, kidney Yang deficiency, spleen Qi deficiency and spleen Yang deficiency [8,9]. Although theoretical literature forms a solid ground of overwhelming evidence to support the use of acupuncture in hypothyroidism, the lack of clinical studies in this domain inhibits acupuncture from finding its footing here [10,11]. ...
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