Goiter is nothing but the swelling of the thyroid gland. This is commonly known as Galaganda in Ayurveda.
Reasons of Goiter: As per the modern medical system lack of iodine in food cause Goiter. That is the reason this disease is usually seen in the hilly areas where food items have less iodine content.
Symptoms: Patient notices swelling in the thyroid gland adjacent to the neck. At times, it swells too much and can be seen by the naked eye and causing problems in breathing and swallowing food.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Goiter: One ounce of the decoction prepared from Kanchanara(Bauhinavariegata) is given to the patient along with equal quantity of water to the patient. In place of above decoction, patient can be given decoction of Varuna(Creataeva Neruvala) can be given to the patient twice daily. Two teaspoonfuls of Kanchanara Guggulu can be taken twice daily with Aragwadarista or Saribadyarista along with water.
External Medication: Leaves of Dhattura mixed with lime and jaggery can be applied on the affected parts Ayurvedic medicine Galaganda Lepa can be applied on the affected glands.
Diet: Patient should take food which can be digested easily and should avoid sour foods. Cauliflower should be avoided during treatment.
Yoga helps in restoring secretion of Thyroxine from the thyroid gland, thereby helping in treating goiter.