49-year-oldfemale, 5’4” weighing 104 pounds with Blood Pressure: 100/66. Appearance:Pale, anxious, fatigued, puffiness in face and neck.The patient presented with the following symptoms:-Dysphagiawith discomfort and swelling, tenderness of neck and throat area-Weight loss with pain in the legs that resulted in her ability to stand andwalk properly -Constipation that resulted in fatigue-DepressionAfterproper examination, in addition to swelling and tenderness in neck, her Thyroidappeared to be swollen and tender on palpation. I decided to refer her toradiology for ultrasonography and lab for Anti-thyroid antibody test. Thepatient had consulted with the primary health care physician and startedallopathic treatment of Prednisolone, Ibuprofen & Thyroxin. She got mildrelief but her Antibodies remained above 900 and no significant positive impactwas observed in blood work. After 4 weeks of treatment, the patient stoppedallopathic medicine and started home remedies with no relief. She decided toconsult with our clinic on Jan.’2016 after she had tried allopathic medicineand home remedies. Test results:–Ultrasonography showed hypertrophy of right and left lobes of thyroid.–Blood results showed anti-thyroid antibodies at 900> & ESR at 96.DiagnosisSubacute Lymphocytic Thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.I orderedblood tests for thyro-peroxidase antibodies. Level was 900>. Previous bloodtests also showed raised ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate). Please seeattached image of blood test.
Started Ayurveda treatment with Bauhinia Variegata, Allium Sativum, Nigella Sativa and dietary changes including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich foods and spices.
(A mild laxative and digestion promoter (Operculina turpethum) was given to improve digestive health
for one week before administering main treatment with the above mentioned
medicinal plants & diet – This is done to ensure proper metabolism of medicine)
Patient experienced mild
relief within 3 days of starting main treatment, and continued the treatment
for 1 1/2 months. Follow up blood test (February 29th, 2016) showed
Anti-thyroid antibodies had reduced to <1
Patient is currently
maintaining the same diet, but has since stopped taking Bauhinia Variegata
and Allium Sativum supplements. Continues with Nigella Sativa.
*The patient had a follow
up on December 10th, 2016, and is symptom-free and completely off of medication
and supplements. She still maintains a healthy diet and exercises frequently.
She has also experienced a significantly positive change in her quality of life
including higher energy levels, proper sleep and a strong appetite.