Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Hyperthyroidism - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

Hyperthyroidism - Basics

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. These hormones, triiodothyronine and thyroxine, control many of the body's functions and when too much is present in the blood, it can cause weight loss, irritability, hand tremors, mood swings, fatigue, and other symptoms.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of hyperthyroidism generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of hyperthyroidism:

Hyperthyroidism - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating hyperthyroidism. For a complete list from our store with more details see our hyperthyroidism formula section.

Hyperthyroidism - Questions

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Using our forums our staff and our community may offer guidance with regards to the treatment of hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (1) acupuncture point may be useful for hyperthyroidism. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)

The following (3) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Hyperthyroidism

Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

  • Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula
    • Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility, and insomnia from heat due to liver yang or fire.
    • Mental disorders such as including biopolar and schizophrenia resulting from distrubed shen.
    • Symptoms of addiction recovery: cravings, anxiety, mood swings etc.
  • Calm The Spirit
  • Sedate and Calm the Spirit

Da Bu Yin Wan

  • Great Tonify the Yin Pill
    • Steaming bone syndrome - sensation of intense heat, malar flushing, spontaneous sweating.
    • Palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, hot flashes, from kidney/heart yin deficiency.
    • Tinnitus, possible vertigo, irritability, restlessness from liver fire rising.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
  • Do not use if patient presents with flu or cold symptoms.

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

  • Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia
    • Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidney and liver yin deficiency.
    • Insomnia especially with night sweats, hot flashes, irritibility.
    • Spontaneous/nocturnal emissions. 
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

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