How is Acupuncture a Great Thyroid Remedy?

April 16, 2018

Are you dealing with symptoms of an overactive or underactive thyroid?

Acupuncture is the perfect thyroid remedy to relieve the symptoms of their body's imbalance. Chinese Medicine is not a new concept, though it has rapidly gained popularity in America. Chinese Medicine (sometimes referred to by the acronym TCM) is the result of over 3,000 years of practice in the Eastern world.

Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this practice, thin needles help regulate the flow of the life force of Qi.

What Is a Thyroid?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in your throat. This gland produces triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones are key to the regulation of carbohydrates and energy. Additionally, the thyroid has control of the body's metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature.

When the thyroid is misfunctioning, it can lead to a myriad of issues and diseases. These conditions have two categories depending on the state of imbalance. These states are hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).


Hyperthyroidism occurs when the body's thyroid produces an excess amount of thyroxine. This flooding of hormones can cause havoc within the body. This can lead to much discomfort in the person suffering this imbalance. In Traditional Chinese medicine, this is an excess of Yang (masculine) energy.

Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • rapid heartbeat
  • irregular heartbeat
  • elevation in blood pressure
  • excessive sweating
  • anxiety/nervousness
  • enlarged thyroid gland
  • increase heat sensitivity
  • an increase in appetite coupled with weight loss
  • frequent bowel movements
  • diarrhea

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism can occur in conditions such as Grave's disease. Hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules and thyroiditis are two other possible causes.

Acupuncture is an effective thyroid remedy for hyperthyroidism. This is because acupuncture helps the body fight back against an overabundance of Yang with Yin Deficiency. By bringing excessive energy back to normal levels, the patient can find relief from their symptoms.


Hypothyroidism occurs when the body's thyroid does not create enough of the thyroid hormone. In Traditional Chinese medicine, hypothyroidism is an excess of Yin (feminine) energy.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • depression
  • slower heart rate
  • sensitivity to cold
  • puffiness in the face
  • higher levels of cholesterol in the blood
  • weight gain
  • thinning hair
  • dry skin
  • muscle weakness
  • joint pain
  • impaired memory
  • constipation

Some effects of hypothyroidism are syptoms of conditions such as Hashimoto's disease. They can also be from recent thyroid surgery or medications you may be taking.

Hashimoto's disease has gained recent attention after many celebrities have begun to talk publicly about their battle with the condition.

Acupuncture is an effective thyroid remedy because it helps the body fight back against the side effects of an overabundance of Yin with Yang Deficiency. Acupuncture brings yin energy back into balance, relieving symptoms and restoring balance.

In addition, acupuncture can be a fantastic tool for weight loss, which can help your body bounce back from the effects of hypothyroidism.

Acupuncture: A Thyroid Remedy

Much evidence has documented the positive results of acupuncture. The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report documenting acupuncture treatments. It is our hope that more trials will show the results that we've seen first hand.

Your Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner may prescribe the use of herbal supplements. The Shanghai Medical University studied herbal remedies suggested by TCM practitioners. They found these supplements to be an effective thyroid remedy.

Learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you. Schedule your FREE Acupuncture Consultation from The Emporer's Medicine today by calling 630-428-9001