Sifu Peter – Like you, we are disappointed that so many genes are involved in thyroid problems. We see some or most of the following symptoms of hyperthyroidism: high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, moist skin, increased sweating, tremor (hands), nervousness, increased appetite with weight loss, diarrhea, and/or frequent bowel movements. We see some or most of the following symptoms of hypothyroidism: a hoarse voice, slowed speech, puffy face, drooping eyelids, sensitivity to cold, sometime memory or attention problems, constipation, weight gain, dry hair and skin, and depression.
Some recent work at the Shanghai Medical University – 32 patients with hypothyroidism were treated for one year with a Chinese herbal preparation to stimulate the kidney meridian and compared with a control group of 34 (there were some dropouts). The clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism were markedly improved. A much larger study is starting.
Herbs for treating hyperthyroidism include Rehmannia (shu di huang), Dioscorea (shan yao), and Cornus (shan zhu yu). Kidney Yin Tonic (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan) is the herbal formula most often used. Other herbal formulas such as Liver Cleansing (Zhi Zi Qing Gan Tang) and Heart Yin Tonic (Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan) are also used.
In treating hypothyroidism, the recommendation is cinnamon (rou gui) and Aconite (fu zi). The most often used herbal formula is Kidney Yang Tonic (Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan), and formulas such as Right Restoration Formula (You Gui Wan) are also widely used.
We will have to consider the exercises in detail.