Thyroid disorders are the most common disorders of the endocrine glands. It is estimated that about 42 million people suffer from thyroid disorders in India. Women are 6 times more prone than men. In general; disorders of the thyroid gland are hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, goiter and iodine deficiency disorders, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, thyroid cancer. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common functional disorders of the thyroid gland. The signs and symptoms of Hypothyroidism at the initial stage are vague and ambiguous which is often missed in its early stages and instead treated for infertility, hyperlipidemia, depression, etc. In the primary stage, the signs and symptoms are in general but later on affect the different systems of the body and worsen the condition of the patient. Hence, Hypothyroidism is an important public health issue.
Management of Hypothyroidism with the modern drugs may bring the value of TSH and T4 to the normal range but the increased dosage and continuous medication are cost expensive and make the patient into drug-dependent till the end of mortal life. So, a better, safer and long-lasting therapy is needed for the present society and now time demands to search the management for this type of ailment through the heritage of Ayurveda.
Hence it is high time to discuss the details from Ayurveda from traditional wisdom and how to tackle the problem and to explore the new outlook from Ayurvedic point of view and share the experiences of Ashtavaidya tradition’s practices.