ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: MANAGEMENT OF HASHIMOTO'S THYROIDITIS THROUGH SHODHANA AND SHAMANA AUSHADHI: A CASE STUDY
Article Category: Case Reports
Author: Seetha Devi P *, Pooja J Kotian
Abstract: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland due to the formation of autoantibodies. It is an autoimmune disorder that would lead to hypothyroidism. Failures of host defense do occur, however, and fall into three broad categories: immune deficiencies, autoimmunity and hypersensitivities. Ayurveda has a unique approach in treating the auto immune disorders through Shodhana and Rasayana Therapies. Due to Nidana Sevana, Kapha - pitta vata dushti takes place leading to Jatharagni Vaishamya and Ama Utpatti. This causes Asamyak Ahara Pachana, Rasavaha Srotodushti, Rasa Dhatwagni Vaishamya leads to Uttarottara dhatwagni and Dhatu Vaishamya. When Agni becomes too low, metabolism is affected. Shodhana karma has a great efficacy in Sroto-shodhana and in turn it corrects the functioning of Jatharagni, dhatwagni Srotas and Doshas. The present case study includes a female patient of 26 years age suffering from Hashimoto's thyroiditis complaints of gradual increase in size of swelling over neck for 3 years She was treated with Shodhana and Shamana Aushadhis for 3 months and found effective in reducing the levels of antibodies.
Keyword: Hashimoto's thyroiditis, autoimmune disorder, Shodhana, Rasayana.