How acupuncture helps hypothyroidism? A group of scientists from China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing researched neuroendocrine system of rats with hypothyroidism to understand the effects of acupuncture.
Their findings were that acupuncture regulates serum levels of T3 and testosterone, Beta endorphins in the hypothalamus and plasma nucleotides. This was noted as the possible mechanism of action of acupuncture for hypothyroidism in their study published in the journal of Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion (1999-01).
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be also helpful to reduce the symptoms of hypothyroidism. It can help with the side-effects of your thyroid medication. I would not recommend stopping your medication after you start acupuncture treatment without discussing it with your prescribing doctor first.
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