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Hyperthyroidism

Western Diagnosis

Hyperthyroidism is the result of excess thyroid hormone production, causing an overactive metabolism and increased speed of all the body's processes.

The thyroid gland regulates the body temperature by secreting two hormones that control how quickly the body burns calories and energy. If the thyroid produces too much hormone, the condition is called hyperthyroidism, but if too little is produced the result is hypothyroidism.

Although the exact cause is not known, hyperthyroidism possesses the symtoms of: irritability, nervousness, a perpetual feeling of being hot, less frequent and/or decreased menstrual flow, hand tremors, intolerance of heat, rapid heartbeat, insomnia and fatigue, weakness, hair and weight loss, and sometimes protruding eyeballs.

Eastern Diagnosis

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, hyperthyroidism is the result of kidney yin deficiency, which is characterized by two groups of symptoms.

The first is the result of a deficiency in energy related to kidney function, such as dizziness, fatigue, forgetfulness, lower back pain, tinnitus, and general weakness. The reproductive system may also be affected in this group.

The symptoms in the second group are caused by "empty heat" represented by dry skin, frequent thirst, hot flashes, insomnia and night sweats.

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