A backyard entry to Thyroid Disorders with the help of Agni, Satwa and Sara

  • Sanjay Batra
  • Raghavendra Udupa
Keywords: Thyroid Disorders, Ayurveda, Agni, Dhatu Sarata, Satwa


Thyroid disorders are characterized by physical and mental abnormality. We do not have an exact term for thyroid gland in our classics. Therefore, it is not possible to get an explanation of physiology and pathology of thyroid gland from our ancient books. Some of the later Ayurvedic scholars tried to name the thyroid gland, but they could not compare many thyroid disorders with any of the ancient descriptions.

This is a conceptual paper. Here, a humble attempt is made in the following aspects:

  • An Ayurvedic perspective on the importance of the location of thyroid gland and naming of thyroid disorders.
  • Framing an overall idea about thyroid disorders with the help of the concept of Agni (Digestive fire). This is added with role of Dhatu sarata (Constitutional essence) and Satwa (Psyche).
  • To plan the treatment modality, diet in thyroid disorders.
  • Some traditional remedies of Kerala which will be useful in thyroid dysfunctions.