Hypothyroidism patients are common seen in acupuncture clinics, there are usually two situations: one is patients want help with their hypothyroidism conditions, the second is a lot of patients come to seek helps for other health problems and have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and/or their conditions are related to hypothyroidism. Through clinic practice, I observed that acupuncture or/and combination Chinese herbal formula can help with hypothyroidism conditions and side effects from hypothyroidism medicines.

The hypothyroidism patients that I have seen in the acupuncture clinic include patients with subclinical hypothyroidism, hypothyroidism without medicines, and hypothyroidism with medicines but they still have symptoms and/or abnormal result with the blood test. Below, I will introduce the clinic experience of using acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula to help patients with difference hypothyroidism conditions.

 

 

Patients diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism are at an elevated serum TSH level associated within normal reference range of T4 and T3. These are TSH with middle elevated without symptoms, usually TSH level will have normal range with their symptoms were improved in most cases after using acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula.

 

Hypothyroidism patients with symptoms associated an elevated TSH are very common in acupuncture clinic.  The most common symptoms of the hypothyroidism should be improved with usage of the acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula during a few months, and the elevated TSH usually appears to reduce after less than half years of the acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula. It should be closed to normal range after about 6 months of acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula.

 

Hypothyroidism patients have to take medicine for life time after diagnosed by western medicine. But I observed that some patients can stop using the medicine prescribed by their Doctor after hypothyroidism symptoms improved and blood test results return to normal range by applying with acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula, and maintain good conditions even stopping acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula for years.

 

Hypothyroidism patients in acupuncture clinic have a common problem in that their TSH returned to normal range after using medicines but their hypothyroidism conditions doesn’t change after taking medicines for long time. These conditions included emotional problems such as stress, anxiety, and depression; these conditions improved in a few weeks after treatment with acupuncture once or twice a week and Chinese herbal formula. Following up, their fatigue, coldness and insomnia should improve in a few months after treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula.

 

There are hypothyroidism patients that have taken medicine for longer terms but their conditions would not progress, and sometimes it would lead to other conditions such as hypothyroid heart diseases. This condition is very difficultly to treat via western medicine.  But this condition can often obtain positive results from acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula within short times. For example, I seen a 74 year old woman who was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and had taken medicines for 20 years. She had most of the symptoms of hypothyroidism with TSH in normal range, and was also diagnosed atrial fibrillation with heart palpitation and unregulated pulse beat and headache. She took 4 medicines when she first visited. Her heart palpitation improved after acupuncture treatment, her atrial fibrillation conditions improved and pulse beat was normal after three acupuncture sessions. Then she stopped her medicines prescribed by her Doctor. She sometimes comes back to visit for other problems but was free of atrial fibrillation symptoms for three years.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula also can help hypothyroidism patients with infertility. I had a 40 year old patient who was diagnosed with hypothyroidism with infertility. After one year of treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula, her hypothyroidism conditions improved and she was able to carry a baby to full terms.

 

Hair loss or dry skin in some hypothyroidism patients will benefit from acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula treatments.

 

The side effects of medicines are a common problem for hypothyroidism patients who take medicines long term. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula also can help with these side effects. For example, Dr. Chip (who practices acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Lakeland, FL and more information go to www.ancientartacupuncture.com) and I successfully helped a woman who was diagnosed with hypothyroidism with hairs growth on her face around the mouth after taken hypothyroidism medicines for many years. The hairs around her mouth disappeared after four months of acupuncture treatments combined with Chinese herbal formula.

 

*In future cases, treatment result may vary on individual basis