Acupuncture for Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid)

Case 1

A 22 year old woman diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 2 years ago.  She has been having irregular period since menarche and has been on birth control pill since she was 15 years old.  She was playing field hockey in high and has been having shoulder, arm, and ulnar nerve pain.  She also had frequent headaches.  She had been advised by her doctor to take Metformin for the past 2 years.  She has been struggling with weight control due to Hypothyroidism and has been having digestive problems.  She tended to feel hungry and craved carbohydrates while she was on Metformin making it very difficult to control her weight.  One year ago, suddenly she started having bloating and diarrhea after eating dairy products.  Her doctor determined that she developed lactose intolerance; therefore, she has not been able to enjoy eating dairy products which she really likes. 

Upon the initial consultation at HolliBalance Well-Being Center, Dr. Song did not feel she needed to take Metformin for her condition.  After consulting her physician, she stopped taking Metformin and has a much better control of her hunger.  After 4 weeks of acupuncture treatment with customized herbal formula she now can eat all types of diary and feels much lighter.  Her headaches, shoulder pain, and hand pain has improved tremendously.  In reference to her hypothyroidism, she has been feeling much more energetic.  She used to feel that her thyroid gland was swollen but now she claims that it is rarely swollen.

She recently stopped taking the birth control pills and after getting her blood tested, the results showed that the hormones for reproduction are normal.  She just started her period a few days ago one month after she stopped taking the birth control pill.

Case 2

A 44-year-old female had been experiencing severe left foot pain for the past year.  About 6 or 7 years ago she went to an acupuncturist for foot pain; however, she didn’t feel much improvement.  The pain went away by itself after a few months.  This time she was hoping the same would happen, but this time the pain continued for a year.  She felt sharp pain when stepping in and out of the car.  Frustrated, she tried orthotics, which are inserts for your shoes that claim to relieve pain.  Instead, after wearing them for a few days her right foot began hurting.  With an individualized combination of acupuncture, Chinese therapeutic massage, and herbal foot bath treatment she saw improvement in the foot pain after the first 2 treatments.  Around the fourth treatment her some of her pain returned and she felt discouraged, but continued her treatment hoping to feel better.  After this slight drawback, her pain started improving steadily   Then after 2 months of treatment her plantar fasciitis was completely gone!

Along with her foot pain, she had been under a lot of stress from both starting her own business and various family issues.  The acupuncture treatment also helped her manage the emotions better.

She also has hypothyroidism and started taking Armour and Isocort 2 years ago.  Since then she had gained 30 lbs, has borderline high blood pressure, and suffers from constipation. With customized herbal formula and acupuncture treatment, she was gradually able to reduce the Armour and Isocort and finally stopped taking them after 2 months of treatment.  Her blood pressure has been in the normal range since she started coming to HolliBalance Well-being Center.