GOITER CASE PRACTICE
A twenty-one-year-old female student suffered from palpitations, hand trembling for one year. This patient suddenly experienced palpitations and dizziness due to hypertonia. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. When she came to our office, her palpitations were at 108 per minute, she had a feeling of tightness in her chest, irritability, poor appetite, which was worse with heat, profuse sweating, insomnia, sleep deprivation, and loose stools.
TCM diagnosis: Deficiency of Liver and Kidney Yin; Goiter (Yin Bing) and Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy: Jia Kang Ling Tang
One month later, the patient’s condition improved. Her symptoms of palpitation and irritability were reduced, normal stools and urination. After three months of acupuncture, herbal medicine and food therapy, the patient was in good condition, laboratory examination showed normal with T3, 1.24ng/ml; T4, 9.52mgm/dl; WBC, 5.400/mm3; neutrophils, 73%; and lymphocytes, 27%. The examination indicated that the patient had been clinically cured. After treatment, the patient was admitted to a medical school, where he has been studying for four years without re-occurrence of her symptoms.
In traditional Chinese Medicine, goiter is classified into three types, the blood goiter, the toxic goiter and the Qi (Energy) goiter. Hythyroidism is considered to be an autoimmune disorder. In the past five years, of the 169 cases of hyperthyroidism treated in our clinic, the clinic effective rate was 94-98%. There were 80%, which belonged to the Yin Deficiency type, which led to hyperactivity of Yang and deficiency of Liver-Yin and Kidney Yin. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy are considered a safe and effective way for the treatment of goiter (hyperthyroidism).