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How to Give TCM Differential Treatment for Hypothyroidism?

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... A rapid increase in their use [31] within the Chinese health care system has been observed [32]. Even so, alternative and complementary therapies are being used to tackle thyroid diseases [33], including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) [34,35]. ...
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Thyroid dysfunction, affecting people of all ages, not only damages human growth and energy metabolism but is also comorbid with other illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and gastrointestinal disorders. With the increasing acceptance of alternative and complementary therapies, acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medical practice, has also been employed to address this problem. Analysing 29 clinical projects that were retrieved from 29 major digital databases and include 1757 patients aged 7–79 years from China, Italy, Korea, Macedonia and Russia, this narrative review offers an overview of the efficacy, and evaluated the safe and cost-effective use of acupuncture against hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and thyroid-relevant illnesses. Findings indicated reductions in patient symptoms and improvements in biomarkers where acupuncture was used alone or in combination therapy. In addition to showing the role of acupuncture as an alternative and complementary medicine or as an adjunctive therapy for curative and rehabilitative purposes, more well-designed researches are needed to achieve reliable data.
... [22] In the treatment of hypothyroidism, Chinese herbal medicine has been used alone or in combination with levothyroxine therapy to relieve the symptoms of patients' discomfort. [23,24] SD, a formula comprised of multiple herbs, such as, Pinellia ternata (Thunb.) Breit., Magnolia officinalis Rehd. ...
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Introduction: Mild subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) can cause depression, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, or other hypothyroid symptoms, and even progress to hypothyroidism. The treatment of mild SCH is controversial. Shuganjianpihuatanxingqi decoction (SD) is a frequently prescribed Chinese herbal medicine in patients with mild SCH. However, scientific evidence is needed to confirm the therapeutic effect of SD. Methods and analysis: This study is a randomized, double-blind, and controlled clinical trial. A total of 228 participants with the diagnosis of mild SCH will be randomly assigned to the SD or placebo group in a ratio of 1:1. Participants will receive treatment for 12 weeks and undergo 12-month follow-up. The primary outcome measure is the thyroid-stimulating hormone level, and secondary outcomes will be the differences in the results of Thyroid-related Quality of Life Questionnaire, blood lipids, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Symptom Score Scale between baseline and at 12 weeks after intervention. Ethics and dissemination: The study has been approved by Guang'anmen Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (no.2018-005-ky-01). The trial results will be published via peer-reviewed journals and the Clinical Research Information Service. Trial registration number: ChiCTR1800015781 (approval date: 20 April 2018).
... [13][18] Except the acupuncture treatment, a lot of practitioners of the TCM, use tea formulas for hypothyroidism. They make teas to treat Spleen-Kidney yang, support the Spleen, warm the Kidneys and regulate the Qi and Blood.[5] [6] ...
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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 acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary therapy to rebalance Yin and Yang. [8] Aim - The main purpose of doing this work is toshow the most effective acupoints used in the acupuncture treatment of hypothyroidism in our practice and the results after the treatment. Methods - The patient is a 24 year old female diagnosed with Hashimoto hypothyroidism, an autoimmune thyroiditis. The treatments were done in the clinic for TCM and acupuncture in Skopje by a doctor specialist in acupuncture. The treatments were done every week for 3 years, when the TSH and T4 levels normalized. During the treatments she has done 7 analysis for thyroid. Results - From the first treatment made the levels of TSH. T4 and TPO hormones were gradually normalizing. The last results are from the analysis when she also made her last treatment - TSH=13.8 T4=2.8 TPO=<60
... [13][18] Except the acupuncture treatment, a lot of practitioners of the TCM, use tea formulas for hypothyroidism. They make teas to treat Spleen-Kidney yang, support the Spleen, warm the Kidneys and regulate the Qi and Blood.[5] [6] ...
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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 acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary therapy to rebalance Yin and Yang. [8] Aim-The main purpose of doing this work is to show the most effective acupoints used in the acupuncture treatment of hypothyroidism in our practice and the results after the treatment. Methods-The patient is a 24 year old female diagnosed with Hashimoto hypothyroidism, an autoimmune thyroiditis. The treatments were done in the clinic for TCM and acupuncture in Skopje by a doctor specialist in acupuncture. The treatments were done every week for 3 years, when the TSH and T4 levels normalized. During the treatments she has done 7 analysis for thyroid. Results-From the first treatment made the levels of TSH. T4 and TPO hormones were gradually normalizing. The last results are from the analysis when she also made her last treatment-TSH=13.8 T4=2.8 TPO=<60. Conclusions-For condition such as hypothyroidism, acupuncture gives satisfying results and improves the condition significantly.
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