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Can acupuncture help treat thyroid imbalance?

I have a thyroid imbalance in my body. Would acupuncture help as a supplemental treatment?

37 Answers

We do treat imbalances.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are more effective when used together.
Yes, I think so. Our medicine treats the whole body and mind, so theoretically it could work. The question really is, how many treatments would it take to get there... and that is hard to say without more information. If you decide to try acupuncture, make sure you start with a fully trained acupuncturist (not an MD or Chiropractor that did minimal hours of training to get a license).
Yes, acupuncture can be a supplemental treatment for that.
Herbal treatment is better than acupuncture treatment.
Yes, acupuncture can help you with your thyroid imbalance.
Yes it will. For more detailed answers, please read other patients' questions. (I've answered these questions before.)
Acupuncture can be extremely helpful with thyroid imbalances. In Chinese medicine, we don't just treat they thyroid but we treat the body as a whole. We've been successful in managing thyroid imbalances for our patients, and hope you will give acupuncture a try!

Read more about Chinese Medicine's perspective on thyroid imbalances here:
Thyroid malfunction required herbal medicine as well as acupuncture treatment together. It is common cases in our clinic.
Acupuncture and herbs can help address issues that arise due to a thyroid imbalance.
Yes, and I strongly suggest taking herbs along with acupuncture to speed the process

Thyroid imbalance will lead to other problems such as adrenal glad, sleep, tired and others.

Acupuncture is a very good tool to balance all. If you also use Chinese herbs which will helps even more.

Hope I answer your question.

Have a great day

Acupuncture has wonderful effects on hormonal imbalances and helping the body learn to regulate itself. In some cases you may still need to incorporate western treatments with the acupuncture or herbs, but it can certainly help you.
Yes, I’ve personally treated a lot of hormone imbalances.
Acupuncture is a great tool to balance the body as a whole. Many other things are considered like foods and herbs. Yes, it could potentially help you.
Yes. Acupuncture combined with herbal medicine, and dietary therapy can help rebalance your body's Yin and Yang functions. Hypothyroid is seen as a Yin Excess yang deficiency while Hyperthyroid is presented with Yang excess symptoms and yin deficiency.
Acupuncture can balance thyroid, so can treat hypothyroid and hyperthyroid. You can feel more relax after treatment, it still can improve the thyroid function and smaller thyroid if you have an enlarged thyroid

As a supplement, absolutely. Just be careful if your acupuncturist suggests herbs and you're already taking pharmaceuticals. Most of the time, herbs and pharmaceuticals mix okay,
sometimes they don't. If you're taking prescription meds, make sure to bring a list that includes drug name, strength, and dose so your acupuncturist is aware.

Best regards,

Jeff Rippey, L.Ac.
Yes, it does.
Acupuncture will certainly treat thyroid imbalance. I have helped people who presented with hypothyroid. A skilled acupuncturist will get an overview of all the patients' symptoms and body functioning, then be able to improve their functioning and energy within a month or two.
It can help as an adjunct treatment, but not as the sole or even primary treatment. You would want to make sure that it was done in conjunction with your MD, especially since acupuncturists would like want to use herbs in addition to acupuncture.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are used to support thyroid deficiency. Sometimes, patients choose to supplement their current medication with acupuncture and herbal formulas. Such treatment might help to decrease the dosage of the patient's medication. Some patients also choose to only use Oriental medicine to treat their thyroid conditions, it is very common. Success will vary based on many factors and the most important is: what kind of thyroid issue do you have?

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
A thyroid imbalance is viewed as an imbalance that affects the entire body, and therefore, the whole body must be treated to help relieve the signs and symptoms associated with thyroid conditions. As effective as acupuncture can be in such cases, the effectiveness of food therapy and herbal formulas are just as important. In Chinese medicine, we view food as medicine, with medicinal properties that can heal us. An acupuncturist who is also an herbalist can help figure out the correct foods and formulas that you need in order to bring your body back into balance.
We view thyroid imbalance (hyper- or hypo-) as body a harmony imbalance. And we address accordingly. Acupuncture can definitely supplement your treatment and we can work with your primary in trying to reduce the medication and hopefully wean you off, should you choose.

Live happy,

Yes, acupuncture can balance the central nervous system, endocrine system, and energy flow to help your metabolism.
Yes, Acupuncture can be used to treat thyroid diseases. Several studies showed that acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can be beneficial in treating hypothyroidism. One study involved 27 female patients who were found to have elevated TSH levels, along with normal levels of thyroid hormones.  Twenty of the 27 patients who underwent the treatment showed a significant decrease in the severity of clinical symptoms, and the TSH levels fell down to the physiological values. 

Another study at Shanghai Medical University in China, 32 patients with hypothyroidism were treated for one year with a Chinese herbal preparation to stimulate the kidney meridian. The results were compared with a control group of 34 people. The study found that the clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism were markedly improved, which confirmed that hypothyroidism is closely related to a deficiency in kidney energy.

Acupuncture can improve the immune system and it can benefit people with immunological conditions such as those with allergies, infections, immune deficiency and autoimmune conditions.
You can give it try.

The WHO (World Health Organization) declares acupuncture as an effective treatment for some forms of thyroid imbalances. A majority of my clients (not all) have had normalized thyroid hormones in blood tests after a series of treatments. I would imagine that the cause of the thyroid imbalances plays an important factor. In my professional opinion, acupuncture has potential to assist and could alleviate the symptoms you may be experiencing due to the abnormal levels (for example, fatigue, spontaneous sweating, palpitations, insomnia, etc.).

Good luck to you,

David G. Hanley, Dipl. OM
Yes modern research has found that Acupuncture has a regulatory effect on hormone balances and would be a good adjunct therapy for any thyroid conditions.
There are protocols for treating hypo- and hyper-thyroid, as well as herbal supplements and dietary suggestions.
Proper Thyroid function is very important. Depending on your thyroid condition medication with proper diets are the best options to control. Please consult with your physician for proper treatment. Thanks
You betcha! Acupuncture is all about balancing the body's energies, so any imbalance is a case for acupuncture.

By the way, you might want to get yourself checked for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Most doctors don't test for it and most people who are hypothyroid have it and don't know. It is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid, so it needs to be treated differently than regular hypothyroidism. The main difference is that you need to be off gluten. This may be what is causing your imbalance, so you might want to look into the effects of gluten.

Hope this helps!
Yes, acupuncture can help as a supplemental treatment for thyroid imbalance. For hyperthyroidism, acupuncture can help for the insomnia, irritability, heat intolerance, bad temper, palpitation, etc.
For hypothyroidism, acupuncture can help for the weight control, low energy, cold intolerance, etc.
Yes, acupuncture and the use of Chinese herbs can help you with the thyroid imbalance.
Absolutely. We can help to balance hormones and alleviate the symptoms associated with thyroid conditions.
Thank you for your question. Yes, Acupuncture is a great tool to use as a supplemental treatment for any imbalance including Thyroid. The imbalance is created due to a disharmony in the system (body). The mechanism of how Acupuncture works is by correcting the imbalances in the body and bringing the body back to harmony. Imbalanced may arise from a variety of causes including lifestyle, trauma, psychological, emotional, aging or environmental. Supplementing with Acupuncture is yet another safe, natural way to stay healthy. Find a Licensed Acupuncture Physician in your area and get started.
Yours in Health!