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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Acupuncture in Seattle for Patients with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism among Americans. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland, leading to chronic inflammation. Holly C. Berman, EAMP is a specialty Hashimoto’s thyroiditis acupuncturist in Seattle.  

How Does Acupuncture Help with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that slowly destroys the thyroid gland. Over time, the thyroid may form a painless goiter. Patients with the disease usually suffer from hypothyroidism and experience the following symptoms:

• Fatigue
• Depression
• Constipation
• Weight gain
• Increased sensitivity to cold
• Hair loss
• Pain
• Menstrual irregularities

Hashimoto’s sufferers usually experience other symptoms as well, such as anxiety, insomnia and digestive disorders. Western medicine does not usually treat all of these symptoms. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can also be used to effectively manage the symptoms as well.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is a result of Qi and Yang deficiency, Qi stagnation and phlegm accumulation. When treating Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, acupuncture and Chinese medicine works to tonify the Qi and Yang, which increases energy levels, enhances mood and strengthens digestion. By regulating Qi stagnation, acupuncture helps to treat stress, anxiety and depression, digestive and menstrual irregularities, pain and insomnia. And by resolving phlegm, acupuncture can help with weight loss, swelling and fluid accumulation and sinus issues. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can also help reduce potential damage to the thyroid.

Why Choose Awakenings Acupuncture?

Awakenings Acupuncture provides acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and cupping services in Seattle. Our Licensed Acupuncturist, Holly C. Berman, EAMP specializes in treating Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and other autoimmune disorders. She has been practicing for over 20 years and has personal experience with Hashimoto’s, having been diagnosed with it herself. Holly has researched and experimented with many different treatments, therapeutic diets, herbs, supplements, lifestyle changes, psychotherapy and personal growth, to improve her health. Holly has helped numerous patients with chronic health issues, including Hashimoto’s, to improve their health as well.  

We take most major insurance and you may call or email us to schedule an appointment or for a free consultation.