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Homeopathic Perspective on Thyroid Disorders



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Homoeopathy is a unique system of medicine based on individualization and symptom similarity of the patient. It treats every sickness of a man as a whole and individualised entity. The homoeopathic literature is loaded with vast examples of thyroid diseases and their cure with homoeopathy. There are numerous examples of clinical and therapeutic studies done on thyroid disorders but there are few peer reviewed controlled design studies in Homoeopathy. Homoepathic medicines play an important role in immuno-modulation at the cellular level and can cure cases of sub clinical & mild hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Homoeopathic Medicines due to their infinitesimal light isotopic forms are capable of penetrating the Hypothalamus-Pituitary Axis. The need of the hour is to carry out scientific, evidence based studies and case documentation to prove the potential role of homeopathy in reversing the functional & immune disturbances of thyroid gland.
Keywords: Homoeopathy and thyroid disorders, research in homoeopathy, autoimmune thyroiditis, goiter, immuno-modulation

FROM THE HISTORY1

Goiter was first described in China in 2700 BC. Da Vinci described thyroid as a thing that is designed to fill empty spaces in the neck. According to Parry – thyroid works as a buffer to protect the brain from surges in blood flow. Roman physicians have reported thyroid enlargement as a sign of puberty. In 500 AD Abdul Kasan Kelebis Abis performed the first goiter excision in Baghdad, the procedure remained unknown. In 1200s AD advancements in goiter procedures included applying hot irons through the skin and slowly withdrawing them at right angles.  The remaining mass or pedicled tissue was excised. Patients were tied to the table and held down to prevent unwanted movement, but most died from haemorrhage or sepsis. In 1646 AD Wilhelm Fabricus performed a thyroidectomy with standard surgical scalpels, for which he was imprisoned. In 1656 thyroid was first identified by the anatomist Thomas Wharton. In 1808 AD Guillaume Dupuytren performed a total thyroidectomy, but the patient died postoperatively of “shock”. In 1820 AD Johann Straub and Francois Coindet found that use of seaweed (iodine) reduced goiter size and vascularity. In 1830 AD Graves and von Basedow describe a toxic goiter condition they referred to as “Merseburg Triad” – goiter, exopthalmos, and palpitations. In 1866, Samuel David Gross said, “If a surgeon should be so foolhardy as to undertake it [thyroidectomy] … every step of the way will be environed with difficulty, every stroke of his knife will be followed by a torrent of blood, and lucky will it be for him if his victim lives long enough to enable him to finish his horrid butchery.” In 1883, Theodor Kocher while addressing the German Medical Congress stated, “The thyroid gland in fact had a function”. In the same year Kocher’s performed a retrospective review on 5000 career thyroidectomies.  The thyroxine was discovered somewhere in 19th century and a remarkable turning point started with this in management of thyroid disorders by allopathic counterparts.

REFERENCES FROM THE LITERATURE2

The homoeopathic literature is loaded with vast examples of thyroid diseases and their cure with homoeopathy. It was the insight of our great masters that they have so beautifully described thyroid related disorders and their management in Homoeopathy. In his great work, Master Samuel Hahnemann has quoted, “What action is exerted on the skin by certain diseases of the glands with an internal secretion (thyroid gland, ovaries, testicles, supra-renal capsules, pituitary gland, etc.) must remain reserved for future research. So much, however, is established to-day to prove that some of these disturbances (Addison’s disease) cause considerable alterations of the skin.” Below are some of the references from the history regarding thyroid disorders and their Homoeopathic cure.

CASE STUDIES PRESENTED SO FAR2

  • Journal of Homoeopathic Clinics, Vol 3, Sep N’1, Case 458, 1869-1870: A 19 years old female with large swelling of the thyroid gland was treated with Bromine 3, several times a day following by Calc Carb 3 and was relieved in three weeks of time.
  • International Hanhnemannian Association 1902: A case of thyrotoxicosis was treated by Homoeopathically chosen remedies: China, Lach., Sul.
  • Clinical Illustrations Homoeopathician (A Journal Of Pure Homoeopathy) 1914: presented 3 cases of thyroid enlargement with thyroid dysfunction and were reported cured by Iodum and Baryta carb.
  • International Hahnemannian Association 1919: “Our knowledge of the endocrine remedies is as yet in a formative stage, but the therapeutic use of the ductless glands is steadily growing. We know more of the thyroid gland and of its therapeutic applications, than of any of the other ductless glands.” There is also a case presented which was treated using 2x and 3x trituration of thyroidinum.
  • International Foundation for Homoeopathy: Case Conference Proceedings 1995: A case of primary hypothyroidism aged 30 female was presented by Dr. George Guess.
  • Master F. J. , 1995: A case of a lady aged 51 years with migraine of 15 years standing, hypothyroidism since 10 years and leucoderma since 5 years and a diagnosed as a case of Hypothyroidism was given Staphisgaria.

REFERENECES FROM MATERIA MEDICA2

  • Blackwood A. L. Manual of materia medica therapeutics: “A normal thyroid has much to do with the function of the ovaries; with a hypothyroid condition, although the ovaries and uterus are normal, menstruation may not appear and the patient becomes obese, the skin dry; should the pituitary show disturbance, the skin will be moist and soft”.
  • American Homoeopath described the concept of Hypothyroidism, cancer and clinical depression.
  • Boericke W. Pocket manual of homoeopathic materia medica: Kali Carb: “Pain in small spot on left side Hypothyroidism”. Thryroidinum: “Marked sensitiveness to cold, Hypothyroidism after acute diseases, i.e. weakness.
  • Grand George D. The spirit of homoeopathic medicines: “At times the remedy is suggested by hypertrophied glands or the beginning of goiter. Homeopathic treatment will remedy a slight disorder in the glandular system, but when the disorder is too great, hormonal treatment will be necessary.
  • Lesser O. Textbook of Homoeopathic Materia Medica: “If the alkali and earthy alkali metals, Na, K, Mg, Ca, as cations determine the drug picture, then they shape it as hydrogenoid, cold, sensitive to cold, relaxed torpid lymphatic constitutional types stigmatized along the side of the parasympathetic system. Seen from an endocrine side, they tend toward the hypothyroid side, the function of the lymphocytic apparatus (thymus) is increased.”
  • Master F. J. The bed side Organon of Medicine: “Never give thyroidinum as a routine or specific for all patients who come with thyroid problem.”

REFERENCES FROM REPERTORY3

R. K. Manchanda

Comments

  1. KSK MOHAN

    March 22, 2010

    SIR
    EXCELLEMT ARTICLE.
    VERY INFORMATIVE AND EDUCARIVE.
    MY DAUGHTER IS SUFFERING FROM HYPOTHYROIDISM SINCE 8 MONTHS.

  2. Dr. Shiv Dua

    March 24, 2010

    Dr. Marchanda and other co-writers of the article on thyroid deserve appreciation for filling the knowledge of sea in a vessel. This is called practical approach that is useful for readers with special reference to students and practitioners. My congratulations.

    Dr. Shiv Dua,
    Author of book,’Manage and cure thyroid’.

    • Thyroid Clinic

      April 7, 2010

      Thanks to Dr Shiv Dua for your encouraging words.
      Thyroid Clinic, SHMC & H.

  3. Haneefa

    April 11, 2010

    As a nurse I find the information the most through, and along with the photos/graphics easier to understand for all concerned. I like how it includes prevention and a holistic approach. Homeopathy is much needed for women whose subclinical symptoms are ignores until illness or life-threatening thyroid conditions occur. This is because even tho it is women who predominately have thyroid disorders, are rudely dismissed by doctors as only hysterical, do not return for follow-up appointments.

  4. Kuldip Singh

    April 15, 2010

    It is a highly exhaustive article on the subject, covering all aspects of thyroid including its anatomy, functions, diagnosis of disorders, natural history, homeopathic approach et al. I particularly liked the candid admission made by the authors. They caution that while attempting to undertake the treatment we must ascertain the level of disease, as to what amount of damage has already been done. Once the destruction has set in, no medicine can revive the dead cells even well selected homeopathic remedies cannot undo the irreversible damage already done, however the remedies may stop the further damage and can save the rest of the gland. If we clearly perceive this concept, they say, we can avoid putting up false claims of cure. Homeopathy cannot go against the laws of nature. I must congratulate authors for compiling the most comprehensive article on the subject. It is an ‘all-in-one’ article worth saving on hard disc for future reference and consultation.
    Dr. Kuldip Singh (Mohali)

  5. Dr.Saif(Allopath & Homeopath)

    November 7, 2010

    1. AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE.
    2. ADDING A BRIEF RESUME/REPERTORY FOR HOMEO MANAGEMENT OF THYROID DISORDERS MIGHT HAVE MADE THE ATICLE PERFECT ONE.
    3. MOST OF THE THYROID DISORDERS OCCUR DUE TO PSYCHOLOGICAL REASONS, THEREFORE MORE EMPHASIS SHOULD BE PLACED ON THESE FACTORS WHILE REMEDY SELECTION.
    4. PSYCHOTHERAPY IN SUCH CASES IS ALSO REQUIRED FOR CORRECTION OF THEIR BEHAVIOR DISORDERS, OTHERWISE THE PATIENT WILL KEEP ON HAVING REMISSIONS AND RELAPSES.
    THENKS

  6. Kishan

    May 30, 2013

    On a homeopathy website, I was looking for homeopathic treatment and guidelines rather than exhaustive allopathic background that can be found easily on many other places on the net. The article would have been more useful to homeopaths if it can be revised providing concise allopathic/basic info about the illness with detail discussion and remedies to treat the illness homeopathically.

  7. Neeraj Sharma

    July 19, 2013

    Very informative information, i never seen such a wonderfull information pls keep writting in future too

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    achandra

    February 16, 2014

    The most exhaustive, informative and wonderful article.

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    Anupriya

    March 1, 2014

    Thanks to HPathy. I found this article very informative, being a non-homeo background, I got so much information. I am a patient of Goitre since last 8 years, Now I am 18 year old female. My T3 and T4 is always with in the normal limit but TSH always fluctuate, Can u sugges me any thing ? I will be thankful to you.

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