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GOITRE This disease is characterised by the enlargement of the thyroid gland resulting in a swelling in the front part of the neck. Depending upon the nature of morbidity it is divided into several types. In Ayurvda this is called galaganda.

It is usually manifested because of lack of iodine in food and drink. According to Ayurveda this is caused by the aggravation of kapha and diminution of pitta.

The swelling of the gland in the neck becomes visible and the gland at times becomes exceedingly large, thereby causing difficulty in respiration and swallowing of foods and drinks.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Goitre: Kanchanara is the drug of choice for the treatment of this condition. The bark of this tree is given to the patient in the form of a decoction. It is administered in a dose of 30 ml. twice daily on an empty stomach. Kanchanara guggula, which contains this drug as an important ingredient, is popularly used for the treatment of this disease. It is given in a dose of four tablets three times a day followed by milk or warm water.

Diet to taken by Goitre patients: Old rice, barley, moong dal, patola, drumstick, cucumber, sugarcane, juice, milk and milk products are useful in this conditions. Sour and heavy articles of food are contra-indicated.

Other regimens: Exercise of the neck is useful in this condition.