Baba Ramdev Yoga for hyeprthyroidism
The thyroid gland present in the neck produces thyroxin, a hormone that helps in maintaining effective metabolism. The low production of this hormone causes problems like myxoedema in adults and cretinism in children, while the over production of this hormone leads to a conditions like exophthalmic goitre and thyrotoxicosis or hyperthyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism is a common condition in women between the age group of 30 to 50 years. The symptoms are deep shallow breathing, flushing, fatigue and bulgy eyes, irritation and rapid anxiety. Though there may be other reason for these symptoms, most often these are as a result of hyperthyroidism.
According to ayurvedic treatments, drinking a lot of milk can help counter this problem. People suffering from this problem should include food products like rice, barley, cucumber and moong dal in their daily diet. Natural herbs that help to counter hyperthyroidism are kanchanara, punarnava, shilajita, jatamansi, gokshura and brahmi gugulu.
However Yoga has also been very successful in countering thyroid related problems. Asanas like Sarvangasana, halasana, suryanamaskara, suptavajrasana are said to be helpful.
Sarvangasana or shoulderstand is supposed to be the most effective Yoga technique for people suffering from thyroid related diseases. The name Sarvangasana comes from two words; sarva meaning whole and anga meaning a part of the body. Together the term refers to the whole body. This pose, therefore is beneficial to the entire body.
To begin, lie flat on the floor with your arms resting on the sides and your palms facing downwards. Exhale once and bend your knees towards the chin and let the thighs press your stomach. Hold this position and breathe normally. Now raise your legs further up and make them vertical, with your toes pointing up. Breathe easy. Hold this pose for a few minutes. To release this pose gently move your leg downwards along with your hands and lie flat on the ground again. Do not try to overdo the poses, the idea is to be gentle to the body.
Kapalbhati Kriya is also something that you will hear a lot of when doing research for yogic cures for thyroid related diseases. This helps make your thyroid gland stronger and also helps fight diseases like diabetes, obesity, asthma and arthritis.
To practice this sit in the sukhasana pose with your neck absolutely straight. Place both your hands on the knees and close your eyes. Exhale strongly while also exercising your stomach, do not inhale at all. Repeat this process several times. This pose is not advisable for people suffering from high blood pressure, hernia or any heart problems.
Setubandasana or the bridge pose is yet another supremely effective pose for thyroid diseases and also for exercising the lungs.
To start, lie down on your back, lift your knees such that your heels are close to the hips. Hold your ankles with your hands or place your hands on the floor on either sides of your hips. Now inhale deeply and lift your back and hips gently such that your chin touches the neck. Close your eyes and remain in this position for some time and then release the pose. Repeat this for 2 – 3 times.
Bhujangasana or the cobra pose is extremely beneficial for the back, spine, kidney, heart, lungs apart from the thyroid glands.
To practice, lie on your stomach such that your forehead touches the ground. Fold your legs at the knees and bring your heels close to the hips. Place your hands on the floor and lift your torso gently, now pull your head and neck backwards while inhaling. Close your eyes and breathe at a normal pace. Remain in your position for a few seconds and come back to your normal position while exhaling. Repeat this twice or thrice without exerting yourself too much.
Nadi Sodhana or the alternate nostril breath calms the mind and helps in maintaining a perfect balance in the pituitary and hypothalamus glands.
To start practicing, fold the middle and index finger of your right hand and shut your right nostril with the right thumb. Inhale with your left nostril. Now with your ring finger close your left nostril and exhale through your right nostril. Now inhale through your right nostril and the cover it with your right thumb. Release the ring finger and exhale through the left nostril. Repeat this atleast 5-10 times.
Balasana or the child pose is a rejuvenating exercise that helps calm your mind and soothe your eyes.
To begin, kneel down on a mat and, spread your knees apart and bring your feet together. Place something, like a bolster between your knees. Balance your body in your heels and lengthen your spine upward, bend forward and rest your forehead on the bolster and support your hands on the sides. Hold this pose for about 2-5 minutes.
Savasana or the resting pose which helps you calm your mind and soothe your nervous system as well.
Lie on your back and place a folded blanket or something as comfortable below your head, legs and arms. Spread your legs slightly apart. Stay in this pose, relax and breathe normally for about 10 minutes.