Thyroid is a chronic disease that’s becoming increasingly common. The potency of medications increases for a patient with time. However, there is no permanent cure for the disease. Experts at Shoolini University are working on yoga techniques for thyroid. Dr Subodh Saurabh Singh and Dr Mala Tripathi of Shoolini University have filed a patent titled ‘Specific yoga protocol effective for hypothyroidism patients’.
What is Thyroid?
Caused by a small gland in the neck that makes thyroid hormones, Thyroid is a common health concern. Generally, these hormones are necessary for all the cells in the body to work normally. Sometimes the thyroid makes too much or too little of these hormones. Too much thyroid hormone is called ‘hyperthyroidism’. It may cause many of your body’s functions to speed up.
Thyroid disorders are common and tend to occur in women. However, men, teenagers, children and babies can be affected too. Data shows that one in 20 persons has some kind of thyroid disorder, which may be temporary or permanent.
The 23-minute yoga techniques for thyroid is a protocol that includes four asanas. These include Ustrasana, Marjariasana, Singhgarjanasana, Suptavarjasna (or Matasayaasana), and Sarvangasana and one pranayama, Ujayi Pranayama.
What is the Yoga techniques for thyroid Protocol?
Dr Subodh said, “This yoga protocol has shown positive results in patients with thyroid levels below the threshold.” He added that patients are asked to start yoga exercises along with their prescribed medications. “In many cases, patients are also able to regulate the thyroid levels with the decreased dosage of their medicines over time,” he added.
While these yoga techniques for thyroid have long-term effects, it is strongly recommended to continue yogic exercises even after the initial results, he said. That is because the effects start diluting after an individual stops regular practice.
Further, Dr Subodh said, “Yoga is very effective but is very sensitive too. So, people should practise yoga in the presence and guidance of a good yoga expert to avoid reverse side effects. Moreover, he also noted that yoga is the only discipline that fulfils all the six dimensions of well-being. It is known to prevent diseases and promotes mental and social well-being as well.”
About the researchers
Dr Subodh and Dr Mala Tripathi have completed their master’s in Yogic Science and holistic health from Dev Sanskriti University, Haridwar and PhD from Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakot University, Satna. They have worked in Morarji Desai National Institution of Yoga, New Delhi for eight and six years respectively and joined Shoolini University as Assistant Professors in the School of Yoga and Naturopathy in May 2018.