A thyroid imbalance can cause weight problems, chronic fatigue, feelings of being overwhelmed, anxiety, emotional imbalances, hair loss, skin problems, depression or any combination of these symptoms. The thyroid gland, located at the base of the throat, works on a physiological level to balance the rate of your metabolism. Thyroid acupressure points enable healing energy (known as Qi or Chi) to move through the thyroid restoring its homeostatic (balancing) mechanisms. Opening the energy flow through the thyroid gland can balance both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid conditions since this flow governs homeostasis. However, it takes constant practice to maintain this equilibrium.
I want to give you guidance on: how to restore energy flow through your thyroid gland, as well as natural methods and common issues necessary to balance this vital endocrine gland. I believe many people with a history of thyroid problems* who have received medical advice and treatment can use acupressure points, breathing exercises, yoga postures, and assertive communication to balance the thyroid successfully without side effects. This video clip will show you a pair of acupressure points for balancing your thyroid. In the remainder of this article I will describe a powerful but easy-to-do exercise, which stimulates the most potent acupressure points for balancing the thyroid gland. Then I’ll summarize the work you’ll need to do to get the best results.
Stimulate the thyroid acupressure points daily on your neck, base of your throat, and chest as instructed below. The most healing thyroid points are localized near your thyroid gland and are called the Windows of the Sky. These points are stimulated effectively in the following exercise called the Neck Press. For best results, you need to do this exercise 3 to 5 times daily for a few months. Check out a fully guided routine using Neck Press to benefit your thyroid, shoulders and neck.
Neck Press: Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and your hands interlaced behind your neck, letting your head hang forward to gently stretch your neck muscles. Bring your elbows close together in front of you, pointing downward, compressing the sides of your neck with the heels of your hands. Inhale deeply, raising your head as you gently stretch your elbows out to the sides, while letting your head tilt back. Exhale as you head relaxes forward and your elbows come close together in front of you again. Repeat this breathing exercise for two minutes; then continue with the use of K 27.
Hold K 27, the acupressure points on both sides of the sternum as shown in the video clip above. With your eyes still closed, take long, slow deep breaths as you slowly let your head turn from side to side. Feel your entire neck region relax as you continue to breathe deeply, while holding these points. Gently let your head tilt upward as you inhale and downward as you exhale, while you use your mind to visualize more blood flowing through your thyroid gland at the base of your throat. With your hands in your lap, take another minute or two to let yourself completely relax. If you have a few more minutes, this would be a great time to sit up with a straight spine and mediate.
Causes: I believe thyroid problems can often be caused by traumatic events or inner conflicts, which may have occurred years ago. Thyroid blockages commonly present themselves during these hard, stressful times when we aren’t supported to fully express our feelings and needs. Blocked self-expression can contribute to chronic neck tension which constricts the energy flow through your thyroid gland and affects its functioning. Expressing yourself appropriately harmonizes your thyroid, and mind/body issues. Many people make excuses for not living their dreams, minimize their needs, and have difficulty expressing these needs, goals, and life aspirations. When you get support to express your feelings and formulate creative goals, your thyroid gland will begin to come back to life. If you practice speaking your truth in appropriate ways your thyroid will respond.
Acupressure Thyroid Self-Treatment Program: I believe that to get the best results you must do all I have described above using the points, the Neck Press breathing exercise, plus yoga postures (if your body is flexible enough), omit sugar, take kelp supplements as directed, and get counseling for enhancing your self-expression.
My wife, who had a hyperactive thyroid condition, healed herself over the last few years using this holistic program. She choose not to take radioactive iodine, which would have made her thyroid under-active, causing her to be dependent on taking thyroid supplements the rest of her life. Instead she had the courage to change her diet, completely eliminating all sugar for three months. She continues to reduce her sugar intake significantly of all sugars such as cane sugar, honey, brown sugar, corn syrup, fructose, sodas, citrus juices, and all sweets. My wife also found doing the Shoulder Stand and Plow Pose yoga postures with long, deep breathing at night before bed helped her tremendously. In the morning, she practices 15 minutes of the Five Tibetan Rites. In addition to the self-acupressure described above, she also often received weekly acupuncture treatments.
Be sure to practice the Neck Press breathing exercise followed by holding the K 27 acupressure points 3 to 5 times daily for at least 3 months. Once you begin to achieve results and your thyroid balances, you will still need to do these practices, but not as many times per day for maintenance and prevention. Believe me, it’s a lot of work to take your health into your own hands, but once you do, it’s an empowering, gratifying feeling.
*Important: Please see a doctor for medical advice and treatment especially if you have any medical problems or symptoms before you begin any of these routines. The acupressure points and guidance here are not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment.