World Journal of
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An International Peer Reviewed Journal for Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences
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Abstract

EFFECTIVENESS OF SHIRODHARA IN HYPOTHYROIDISM: A NARRATIVE REVIEW

Dr. Arun Gupta, Dr. Vishakha Wetal*, Dr Sangeeta Gupta, Dr. K. S. R. Prasad

ABSTRACT

Background:-Thyroid diseases are possibly, among the commonest endocrine disorder worldwide. India too has a significant burden of thyroid diseases. Several studies had been carried out till date emphasizing the role of stress in exacerbation of endocrine, there by thyroid dysfunction. Some studies came up with conclusion revealing stress as the precipitating factor for hypothyroidism. Similarly considerable clinical research showed the efficacy of Shirodhara in the management of stress. One can treat most thyroid conditions with medication, but there?s no pill to evict stress. Moreover even with thyroxine replacement therapy patient report with symptoms of tiredness, lack of energy, discrete cognitive disorder, mood disturbances in spite of biochemical euthyroidism. There comes in the role of Shirodhara. Ayurvedic clinicians often observe its anti-stress effect in practice. Objective:-To highlight in brief the hormonal changes in stress and its impact on hypothyroidism and put forward the hypothesis that shirodhara, oil pouring on forehead region by specific methodology) has a therapeutic value in hypothyroidism. Method:-Review of research related to Hypothyroidism – stress – Shirodhara. Conclusion:-Shirodhara has therapeutic role in the management of Hypothyroidism. By means of Abhyanga as a purvakarma of Shirodhara and following it in at least three sessions in the patients of Hypothyroidism would derive better results.

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