Thursday, February 25, 2010

The link between the Thyroid, Depression and Weight Gain

The thyroid gland regulates important functions in the body such as metabolism, energy, body temperature and excess fats, among others. There is a link between how efficiently the thyroid gland functions, depression and weight gain.

Some of the most recognisable symptoms of depression are a lack of hope and a depletion of energy. Do you feel hopeless? Do you feel drained? What drains and depletes your energy? Do you feel that the weight of the world is on your shoulders? Do you feel lacking in joy and hope? Listen to an audio you can tap along to for depression.

Dr John Diamond, a holistic psychiatrist, developed the Acupuncture Emotional System in the 1970s. This system demonstrates the connections between the mind and body and gives us a solid understanding of psychosomatic medicine. According to Dr Diamond, the thyroid meridian is the meridian of hope. The thyroid meridian is popularly referred to as the triple warmer, burner or heater, or in EFT terms, the gamut spot. Dr Diamond's definition of depression is quite simple. Many of his patients felt they were literally being pushed or pressed down by something, de-pressed. They felt too heavy and lethargic to move, they had no energy. Everything seemed to weigh them down and things were just too much for them to cope with. Of course the severity of these symptoms depend on how depressed a person is.

The negative emotions of the thyroid are: depression, despair, grief, hopelessness, loneliness, solitude.

The positive affirmations associated with the thyroid meridian are:

I am light and buoyant.
I am buoyed up with hope.

To use these affirmations with EFT, state them out loud, this is to engage your entire neurology. How true are they? Do you hear any objections in your mind? How do you feel when you say them? Where do you feel them in your body? List all your responses to the questions posed here and start tapping on them with EFT.

The thyroid is also associated with expression, expression of who you are, your voice. Do you feel heard? Understood? Or do you feel frustrated and hopeless? Are you happy with the direction you are taking in your life? Can you express yourself with ease and safety? Or do you press your feelings down?

Dr Diamond emphasises the activation of our Life Energy as extremely important for healing. Tapping on your thymus gland every day is one of the ways you can activate and increase your Life Energy. Dr Diamond defines Life Energy as “the innate healing power of the body that is intimately connected with health in that whatever the symptoms of any particular illness, underneath we will always find a diminution of Life Energy. It is the Healing Power within us, the restorative powers of our own body, and the only true healing comes by raising the Life Energy.” Tapping diagram

[Adrenal fatigue is often experienced along with thyroid issues. So tap also on what is stressing you. Depression and stress are very often, if not always, experienced together. If you feel depressed you will normally feel you have a lot of stress in your life and vice versa.]

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