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Effective Thyroid Therapy

Oct 31, 2019 02:09PM

‘Thyroid imbalance is a common health complaint that I regularly hear about from my female patients.’  says licensed acupuncturist Soraya Faris Applegate. Many women suffer from thyroid conditions, this is because thyroid health is a hormonal condition and women’s hormonal balance is very sensitive.

The other two main thyroid conditions seen are the Hypo-thyroidism (underactive thyroid) and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (the auto-immune version). The third, less common condition is Hyper-thyroiditis (over-active thyroid). There are many reasons and conditions that can cause thyroid imbalance, but Soraya believes the main one is unmanaged emotional stress.

Soraya was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis about 10 years ago. At that time, she was living in a very emotionally stressful environment, which she now believes was a major contributing factor to this diagnosis. To see Soraya’s full story, go to her website

How do you know if your thyroid is imbalanced? If you are feeling any of these symptoms on a regular basis you are probably suffering from a thyroid condition:          

  • problematic weight management 
  • unregulated body temperature 
  • fatigue
  • excessively dry hair, skin and nails 
  • irritability 
  • insomnia
  • depression
  • edema (often around eyes) 
  • brain fog
  • digestive issues
  •  joint pain
  • fragile emotions
  • unmanageable high stress levels

Reducing stress is a key component to thyroid healing. Soraya recommends and teaches yoga and meditation. Kundalini Yoga offers one of the most effective systems for hormone regulation and there are many kriyas (sequence of exercises) designed specifically to balance the thyroid.  To try out one of these kriyas go to Soraya’s YouTube Channel ‘Kundalini Bliss 808’ where she gives free yoga classes that you can do at home.

Dietary changes are often required, Soraya found the biggest change for her, especially in relieving the brain fog, was eliminating gluten from her diet. This was not an easy task, as Soraya loved bread, however, once she eliminated it from her diet, her symptoms of brain fog cleared.

Acupuncture and herbs. Traditional Chinese medicine views thyroid issues as a yin/yang imbalance and is very effective in treating it. Acupuncture played a huge part in Soraya’s healing journey, so much so, that she became an acupuncturist herself!

Blood lab tests: Soraya recommends you get a full Thyroid Panel including Antibodies (not just the regular TSH test), Soraya can read your results and get a full picture of your thyroid health.

If you are just not feeling as good as you know you could, or if you have been taking thyroid medication and not feeling much better, make an appointment to see Soraya. Soraya knows from experience, how to help you recover and experience health and vitality once again. 

For more information or to contact Soraya, call 808-721-3083, email [email protected], or visit Soulistic Holistics is located in the Kaneohe town center on the windward side of the island, Kaneohe Pain Relief Center, 45-696 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe

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