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Hashimoto’s Disease in Beverly Hills

Hashimoto’s. A Natural Approach

hashimoto'sHashimoto’s disease, also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is a disorder in which an individual’s immune system attacks their thyroid, causing inflammation of the gland.  It effects women eight times more often than men. It can lower the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for metabolism, growth and many other functions vital to the body.
Patients diagnosed with Hashimoto’s complain that they are extremely fatigued, suffer from a cold body, chronic joint pain or inflammation, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.  Some present with allergies to food such as wheat or airborne allergens.

Common symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Constipation
  • Paler or dry skin
  • Puffy face
  • Dry coarse voice
  • Weight gain (generally 10 to 20 pounds) as a result of fluid retention
  • Muscle pain or stiffness in joints
  • Menorrhagia (excessive bleeding during menstruation)
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Hair loss
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Depression

How Eastern Therapies Help?

Chinese Medicine treats the root cause of imbalances in your body.  During your visit, Dr. Aristotle will take an extensive health history and use Meridian Imaging to evaluate and analyze your meridians with a detailed examination.  The meridians coursing through your thyroid will be reviewed along with your nervous system and musculoskeletal system.

Eastern Medicine works so successfully because the doctor understands you are not merely your disease.  Unlike many other traditional protocols, which give all Hashimoto’s patients the same treatment, practitioners of Eastern medicine will design a unique program especially for you.

You will most likely receive treatments to address your particular symptoms to include your emotional imbalances as well as your physical ones.  According to Eastern medicine, when you treat the body, the emotions are treated at the same time.  In this way, any depression or other difficult emotions may be soothed from treatment.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

Obviously the number of treatments varies with different conditions and individuals.  Chronic problems generally require more treatments than acute ones.  Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first few treatments, whereas others many not notice any effect until 10 or 15 visits.  It’s been shown that a certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefit up to 3-6 months following a course of therapy.

Treatments for autoimmune disorders are generally ongoing.  Initially, you may go to your practitioner 2-3x per week for a few months.  Then you and your doctor will decide the best treatment plan for you.  Autoimmune disorders are chronic; therefore, Eastern medicine, nutrition or herbal therapies can be used to support your health and energy throughout your life especially in times of stress.  Contact the office for more information, 310.734.0951.

Tips

Those who take thyroid medication may experience a higher incidence of osteoporosis.  It’s important to take a calcium and magnesium professional grade supplements daily along with a blend of co-factors that aid the absorption of calcium such as boron, K2, and Vitamin D3, eat lots of leafy green veggies and include regular weight bearing exercise.

Of course the most effective way to determine the correct and targeted nutrition is to order a complete blood and urine profile called a Cardio Ion Blood Test.

 

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