HATHA-YOGA: A NOVEL APPROACH TO THYROID DISORDER
*Dr. Poornima Jalawadi, Dr. Nivil V. Joseph and Anand Sultanpure
Thyroid disorders create a state of induced stress in the body as a result of which the person exhibit symptoms such
as weight gain (or loss), anxiety, nervousness, irritability, mood swings, irregular menses etc. Generally, all these
can be attributed to imbalance in thyroid hormones. But on other hand, we also know that there are several other
chemical entities in our body such as Cortisol, Adrenaline, Catecholamines, Insulin, Vasopressin etc which are
directly or indirectly responsible for these set of symptoms. These biochemicals are intricately linked to one
another. Our body‟s responses to various situations can be explained in terms of how these biochemicals affect us
at cellular level. Hatha-Yoga is known to have cause the reduction in intensity of several of above mentioned
symptoms. Recent advancements in the field of epigenetics have changed the way how we look at the diseases
caused due to genetic factors. Possible explanation is suggested in this article and it is proposed that there may be a
chance to discover a novel approach in treating the thyroid disorders as per the traditional knowledge of ayurveda.
A well designed study is needed to establish if the practice of Hatha-Yoga can have any beneficial effect on those
individuals who are at high risk due to genetic predisposition or the patients diagnosed with Thyroid Disorders.
Keywords: Cortisol, Adrenaline, Catecholamines, Insulin, Vasopressin.
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