by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu
It is the
condition of insufficient thyroid hormone.
can be originated from the thyroid glands or from the pituitary gland or even
from the hypothalamus.
common cause of this is autoimmune dysfunction where the auto-immune system
attacks the thyroid gland. It is called autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto's
disease (橋本病), (also called chronic lymphocyctic thyroiditis).
2. results of medical procedure: surgically removing part or all of the thyroid
glands or using radioactive iodine to kill the thyroid cells in preventing the
glands from growing larger, usually in hyperthyroid therapy or in cancer therapy.
3. weak signal
from the pituitary caused by low thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
Fatigue and weakness
Slight weight gain
Coarse, dry hair and skin (myxedem)
Intolerance of cold temperature
Mood depressed, memory loss, and irritability
Muscle cramps and ache
Abnormal menstrual cycles
Slow heart rate
Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
Normal TSH values exclude the primary hypothyroidism and
indicate primary hypothyroidism.
A small percentage of the population, especially the elderly
patients, may have low TSH values.
Interfering Factors and Clinical Implications
TSH producing pituitary tumors (rare)
Pituitary and peripheral tissue resistance to thyroid hormone
thyroid hormone therapy
Euthyroid sick state (low plasma T3 despite a normally
functioning thyroid despite normal thyroid function)
Severe psychiatric disease (especially manic depression)
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Chinese Herb Therapy 按此看中药治療法
Qigong therapy has been used with good result for autoimmune thyroiditis
or Hashimoto's disease.
food high in goitrogens can contribute to hypothyroidism
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