Ayurveda is an effective holistic therapy for an Underactive Thyroid (also known as under-active thyroid), which is characterized by insufficient production of thyroid hormones in the body. Presence of thyroid disease in the body makes someone susceptible to any disease and chronic symptoms. Moreover, Ayurvedic treatments like Panchakarma Therapy for an underactive Thyroid detoxify and rejuvenate the body as it gets rid of chronic symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid.
Panchakarma (Five actions) is an Ayurvedic detoxification process that claims to maintain vitality and harmony within the body to achieve longevity and healthy life. It claims to help the body to remove stress and illness-causing toxins and will help to balance life forces or dosha. Panchakarma aims on the prevention of disease, restoration of good health and rejuvenation of the body.
Here are the benefits of this alternative and Ayurvedic remedy for an underactive thyroid:
- Elimination of harmful toxins
- Restore balance, vitality and harmony within one’s environment
- Strengthen immune defense to illness and stress
- Reverse the harmful effects of oxidation process in the body
- Delay aging process
- Enhance strength, vitality, energy and mental capacity
- Relaxation techniques
- Promote good health and sense of well-being
Moreover, this Ayurvedic treatment for Underactive Thyroid includes five detoxification actions to cleanse the body to get rid of toxins and maintain optimal body function while balancing the doshas.
Panchakarma includes five Detoxification process such as the following: 
1. Vamana (Medicated Emesis)
Vamana is a therapeutic emesis to remove buildup of toxins in the body and respiratory tract. A sign of excessive Kapha dosha in the body is mucus accumulation. Vamana helps to eliminate excess mucus through induced vomiting. This treatment helps to mobilize and loosen harmful toxins in the body. Vamana benefits people with asthma, sinusitis, edema, fever, hyperacidity, allergies and indigestion. 
2. Virechana (Medicated Purgation)
Virechana is a therapeutic purification process. With the use of different herbs as a laxative, it induces elimination of wastes through the rectum. It is usually performed on people with excess Pitta dosha in their body. The therapy helps to eliminate accumulated toxins specifically in the liver, gallbladder and gastrointestinal tract. 
3. Basti / Vasti (Medicated Enema)
Basti therapy is a therapeutic Vata purification process. It aims to mobilize excess vata in the large intestine. Medicated liquids or enema is introduced into the colon through the rectum. This benefits people with constipation, low back pain, gout, arthritis and poliomyelitis. 
4. Nasya (Medication through Nose)
Nasya is a therapeutic process to eliminate toxins from the head. Herbs or drugs are introduced on nostrils on a daily basis. It cleanses and opens clogged channels in the head to promote healthy sensory organs. It also improves oxygenation process in the brain. It also benefits different diseases in the brain like cataract, coryza, migraine, toothache, sinusitis, hysteria and tetanus. 
5. Raktamokshana (Blood Letting)
Raktamokshana is the therapeutic withdrawal of blood in the body. It is very limited due to high risk of infection. In this therapy, a professional withdraws a small amount of blood with surgery or a lab-sterile leech.
However, there are several preparations before doing this detoxifying therapy, such as snehana (external oliation of the body) and swedana (medicated steaming). Snehana is the first step to prepare the body using an oil massage to the body. It will help to loosen and remove the toxins from the body. Swedana uses a steaming technique with herbal decoction to further loosen the toxins.
The classic schedule for Panchakarma therapy includes:
- 1st to 3rd Day – Snehana
- 3rd – 6th Day – Swedana
- 7th Day – Vamana
- 8th – 10th Day – Observance of rest and healing diet
- 10th – 14th Day – Snehapana
- 15th Day – Virechana
- 16th – 23rd Day – Basti
- 24th – 26th Day – Observance of rest and healing diet
- 27th – 30th Day – Nasya
Moreover, specialized diet based on one’s condition should be given while on Panchakarma therapy to achieve a full effect.
Panchakarma therapy depends on the diagnosis of a patient’s Ayurvedic practitioner. The Ayurvedic practitioner decides which therapy will suit his patient’s Underactive Thyroid. Treatment will vary according to each person’s individuality and needs. Results will depend on how the patient’s body reacts to particular detoxification processes.
Hence, Panchakarma therapy is designed to cater the needs of every individual in terms of disease and survival. This ancient Ayurvedic technique will help patients through the painful process of an underactive thyroid. It also strengthens the body as one achieves a healthy and illness-free life.