There is an ancient Chinese saying: “One who goes near vermilion gets stained red, and one who goes near ink gets stained black.” This means that people are easily influenced in a different environment. People are born to be kind and honest. In the big dye vat of human society, they are polluted by fame, feelings, and profits, and gradually become utilitarian.
Humans are also born with healthy organs, but as the natural environment degenerates, organs cannot function properly in these adverse conditions. Organ function becomes problematic when pushed into that condition.
Take a fatty liver for example. The liver itself is not the problem, but the blood surrounding the liver is saturated with fat, which is. When both cholesterol and triglyceride exceed the normal index, the liver is soaked in the oily blood and slowly develops fat cells. Finally, the liver hardens, and the person dies.
The same is true for the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is very small, but some peoples’ thyroid glands overperform. We observe that patients with hyperthyroidism have some common characteristics — temper tantrums, wandering thoughts, frequent feelings of hunger, poor sleep at night, severe diarrhea, and shaking hands. These are signs of a fast metabolism.
Thyroxine is a very important hormone that maintains the metabolic rate of human beings. Without thyroxine, people will suffer from whole-body edema, fatigue, and eventually death. Therefore, the basic human metabolism has to be maintained; a metabolism that is too fast will make people so restless that they cannot sit still even for a moment.
Hyperthyroidism does not have an absolute relationship with the person’s physical condition. If a person is often stressed, temperamental, and unable to sleep or is prone to headaches, these stimulate the secretion of thyroxine. Increased thyroxine will accelerate the metabolism in humans and in extreme cases, people will become violent. When the metabolism is too fast, one cannot calm down; everything is accelerating, even the speed of digestion is getting faster; the body temperature will rise, and after losing equilibrium, people will fall ill and collapse. This becomes serious if the heartbeat is too fast and the heart rate is incomplete. Western medicine calls it a thyroid storm or a thyroid crisis.
Traditional Chinese medicine considers excessive thyroxine secretion to be high energy or positive. Without the stimulation of thyroxine, the “positive performance” of the person will disappear, replaced by signs of darkness, low mood, and insufficient energy. The intestines lack movement resulting in severe constipation and slow water metabolism, edema in the lower limbs, and the heart becomes weak. The person wants to sleep all day, but after a long sleep, that person is still exhausted and has no energy. People tend to be cold and have a weak constitution; over time, the thyroid will be almost absent, secretions will be significantly reduced and the person will become very tired and have no energy.
The traditional Chinese medicine treatment of hyperthyroidism is to use the method of clearing the heat. When the fire is too strong, the cells are too active; so let the liver and stomach calm down, the symptoms corresponding to the viscera will fade, and the thyroid secretion will naturally return to normal.
In a calm and harmonious state, the heart is quiet and peaceful, and the thyroid will function normally. The thyroid gland is easily affected by emotions. A bad mood and high pressure will cause the thyroid gland to malfunction. the problem is not in the thyroid itself, but it is the person’s erratic lifestyle that is not normal and the heart is not peaceful. The thyroid is forced to secrete too much thyroxine. How can you give your body and organs a good environment? The answer is to look within your heart and calm down.
Translated by Yi Ming