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Thyroid Disease

There are many diseases that can affect the functioning of the thyroid gland, this gland is formed by two large lobes lying at the base of the throat; it is an important gland and releases many hormones which are necessary for the proper functioning of the body including the maintenance of cellular machinery in the human body. A condition or disease known as hyperthyroidism can start affecting a person when the thyroid gland produces excess thyroid hormone. In this condition, the body's metabolic rate runs too fast and metabolism is rapid compared to the normal rate, this situation in the body may be comparable to an overheated engine in an automobile. The secretion of too little of the thyroid hormone will lead to the converse disorder known as hypothyroidism-this disorder is characterized by the sluggish performance of metabolism in the body. The appearance of the symptoms in both of these different but related conditions is very sometimes rapid, and sometimes gradual, the symptoms may be mistaken for the signs signaling long term mild depression in the individual.

The presence of an autoimmune disorder is the main cause fro the majority of cases relating to thyroid disease, this is a condition where the body's immune system will attack the thyroid gland on its own due to impairment of some internal factors. These factors can include different types of hereditary or genetic causes, it can result from the presence of hormonal disturbances in other regions of the body, autoimmune disorder can develop following major surgery, exposure to radiation can also cause autoimmune disorders, and the use of certain medications is also another possible cause for the impairment of the immune system to the point that it attacks the thyroid gland. One very common reason for the development of hypothyroidism is the deficiency of iodine in the daily diet-this is a very common condition in some third world countries due to the lack of proper dietary iodine supplies.

Supplements and herbs

All of the supplements and herbal remedies given here can be very beneficial in the treatment of all types of disorders of the thyroid; individuals who may use these supplements include patient's already using prescription and conventional medications suggested by a professional medical doctor. The use of any of these supplements must always be authorized by a doctor; this is because the use of certain nutrients given here might change the dosage requirement for some of the drugs prescribed by the doctor. The first beneficial effects induced by these medications may take about a month to become apparent in the patient using them.

In the treatment of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, patients can benefit from the regular supplemental use of the vitamin C and the entire B-complex vitamins. These two vitamin groups can play very important and key roles in bringing about an improvement in the general functioning of the individual's immune system along with the functioning of the thyroid gland itself.

The use of additional and different supplements is also suggested for individuals with a very sluggishly performing thyroid gland, the use of further supplemental compounds must be carried out only under the specific supervision of a qualified medical doctor. If the thyroid gland dysfunction is induced by a deficiency of the mineral iodine, then patients must take the seaweed kelp-this plant is a very good source for the essential mineral iodine-the herbal remedy can be utilized in a complementary role to the treatment carried out using conventional medications. The supplemental use of the essential amino acid tyrosine may also be recommended by most doctors treating thyroid disorders. This compound is similar in its importance to the mineral iodine, it forms another essential component of the thyroid hormone and its presence is necessary for proper thyroid gland functioning. Supplements of extra zinc can also be taken and this supplement must be taken along with supplements of the essential mineral copper especially when it is intended for long term use, this is because the intake of high levels of the essential mineral zinc can greatly inhibit the absorption of the mineral copper from the diet. The use of this mineral may also be essential in boosting overall thyroid functioning and performance. The long term use of the compound forskolin is also beneficial to individuals afflicted by hypothyroidism, this compound is a chemical extract of the coleus forskohlii herb, this remedial herb has been used in the traditional Indian medical system and helps in stimulating the actual release of thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland.

Homeopathy

All of the homeopathic remedies given here can be used once every day at a potency of 30c; alternately they can also be used two times every day but at 6c or 12c potency. The use of other medications and supplements must be contemplated if the remedy initially helps, but does not bring permanent change to the situation. The case of the disorder in such cases can be the presence of food allergies, the toxic effects of heavy metals in the body. Thyroid problems can also be induced by many other factors externally and internally and all of these must be examined if the homeopathic remedies do not bring permanent recovery for the patient in question.

  • Iodum
    Iodum is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals suffering from a thyroid disorder like hyperthyroidism; it can also be used in the treatment of goiter and to treat exopthalmos problems. Physical symptoms induced by the condition can include the total emaciation of the person, even though the appetite remains strong. The problem can include atrophy in many other glands; it can affect the lymph nodes, the breasts, the testes, ovaries, and the thymus gland among others. Patients also tend to suffer from the presence of cardiac palpitations and all sorts of muscular pulsations in various areas of the body. The person may feel very hot in the body at all times, he or she may craves the open air and love being out of doors. Physical symptoms also include the presence of great restlessness, the person is generally very excitable, and he or she can easily get angry and tends to be very impulsive in behavior. Psychological profiles of such patients can include hurried and impatient people; patients tend to be very talkative. The condition of such patients can greatly worsen when they stay in a warm room, and the symptoms worsen when they feel the heat on a hot day. The condition of such patients can greatly improve following the consumption of a meal, the patient often improves in cold weather and places, symptoms also dissipate when the person takes part in violent physical exertion, and staying busy can keep symptoms at bay. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Iodum as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.
  • Lachesis
    Lachesis is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals suffering from thyroid disorders in which the physical symptoms include the sudden gushing of blood into the facial area, the presence of hot flashes such as those experienced by menstruating women. Physical symptoms also include the presence of cardiac palpitations; in addition, hypertension always affects such patients. Physically the affected patient can very easily bleed from wounds or injuries. The remedy can be used in the treatment of hyperthyroid patients; it can also be used to treat related conditions such as thyroiditis and the common goiter. The other symptoms typically observable in patients include the feeling of constant constriction in the throat; the patient may have great difficulty in swallowing food at mealtimes. He or she may not easily tolerate the touch of a collar or a necklace due to these symptoms in the neck. The patient suffers from a slight increase in body temperature, which stays constant unlike a fever. The patient may feel nauseous as if affected by the presence of toxic compounds in the body. Psychologically such patients tend to be very intense personalities; they also tend to be excessively talkative about all kinds of things. The other psychological symptoms apparent in such individuals include the feeling of constant suspicion, great jealousy, and a heart that is easily broken-that is high emotions mark such individuals. The patient will also have a high or increased sex drive due to the condition. The symptoms of the patient can worsen when awakening from sleep, symptoms also worsen in respond to excess heat, they worsen in response to the sunlight, the symptoms typically affect the left side of the body greater than the right, the person is also very sensitive to changes in pressure, and the use of alcohol worsens all the physical symptoms, women in menopause will also see a worsening of symptoms. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Lachesis as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.
  • Lycopus
    Lycopus is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals suffering from thyroid disorders such as hyperthyroidism, the enlargement of the thyroid gland, conditions such as exopthalmos, and even the associated heart, or lung problems in the body. Physical symptoms characteristic of the condition include the presence of very violent and rapid palpitations of the heart. The patient may also suffer from pain in the heart, and easy bleeding when injured, the presence of hemorrhoids is also another characteristic feature of such patients. The patient may complain of a constant constricted sensation in the chest, and he or she may also suffer from additional shortness of breath for a very long time. The person often chokes when lying down at night and this causes a great deal of discomfort. The patient will also tend to dislike the smell of food and hunger may not be very strong for this reason. Psychological symptoms include the presence of a very nervous disposition; the patient may be hurried, often trembling, physically weak and exhausted even after minor exertions. The mind of such individuals tends to wander constantly and the person may have a very hard time concentrating on a single task. The presence of insomnia is another characteristic feature of such patients. The condition of the patient can greatly worsen when undertaking any movements, symptoms also worsen when physically exerting the body, the presence of excessive heat can also worsen symptoms, the patient may worsen following sleep, symptoms generally worsen towards the evenings at sunset, and the symptoms also worsen for women in menopause. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Lycopus as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.
  • Nat. mur.
    Nat. mur. is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of thyroid disorders in individuals afflicted by hyperthyroidism, and related conditions such as thyroiditis, common goiter, and disorders like exopthalmos. Physical symptoms characteristic of such patients include the presence of great physical weakness, the body is marked by utter and inexplicable exhaustion. Such patients also tend to have very dry skin and a dry mouth but the face tends to be oily at the same time. The disorder can often be discovered because the patient usually suffers from an inexplicable and rapid weight loss often tuning very emaciated in the body. The disorder can also generate a few symptoms affecting the heart. Patients also tend to complain of the frequent migraines which come along with the flashing of lights in the body, muscular palpitations also tend to be evident in the patients, and the heart may give a slight flutter from time to time. The psychological state of such patients tends to include intense emotional grief, the feeling of emotional or physical loss, and the patient tends to suppress emotions. The person has a tendency to seek solitude and hates company; he or she will avoid all the kindness and consolation offered by other people. The condition of such patients tends to greatly worsen under excess heat following exposure to sunlight, the symptoms also generally worsen from nine to eleven in the mornings, and the person may also see a worsening of symptoms when doing mental work. The symptoms of such patients improve following exposure to the cool air, he or she will enjoy staying out in the open air, and fasting often results in a marked improvement in the symptoms. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Nat mur. as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.
  • Spongia tosta
    Spongia tosta is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of patients suffering from thyroid disorders in which physical symptoms can include the development of swellings and the consequent hardening of the thyroid gland. The remedy can also be used in the treatment of related conditions such as exopthalmos; the physical symptoms include the presence of a sticking pain, and the marked tension when undertaking any movements. Muscular and cardiac palpitations occur along with a lot of anxiety and the person is also sometimes affected by a feeling of persistent faintness, the patient tends to suffer from sudden and frightening suffocative attacks around the midnight hour. The other physical symptoms characterizing the disorder can include the presence of stitching pains all over the body, a feeling of constant constriction in the chest; the symptoms can also include disorders such as asthma along with the goiter. The patients may complain of a barking cough that affects him or her all the time. Physical symptoms also include the presence of sudden hot flushes in the facial region. The testes may swell abnormally in male patients. Psychological symptoms include the presence of great and inexplicable fearfulness, the presence of constant anxiety; the person is also marked by a deep despair and has a lot of emotional issues. The patient is very averse to working and undertaking new projects. The patient may experience some pain on being touch, and physical pressure can worsen the symptom. The condition of the patient can greatly worsen following sleep, and in women symptoms generally worsen greatly immediately before or during the period of menstruation. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Spongia tosta as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.

Additional things you may do

Thyroid problems can be detected easily and make sure that you check the area at the base of the neck below the Adam's apple on a regular basis for the presence of any bulges in the tissues, the presence of a bulge may be the first sign of a thyroid disorder. Diets must contain a lot of raw cruciferous vegetables if you already suffer from a thyroid problem, these vegetables include commonly available plants like the broccoli, the cauliflower, the Brussels sprouts, vegetables like kale, and green cabbage, along with collard greens. The reason for including these veggies in the diet is because of their high content of a natural thyroid blocking compound. The use of iodized salt and the consumption of all iodine-containing foods, including saltwater fish and shellfish must be avoided as long as the disorder persists. For those suffering from an under active thyroid gland, it is best to avoid consuming the above mentioned cruciferous vegetables and to include a diet containing a lot of high iodine foods.

Usual dosage

  • Kelp, ten grains of powdered kelp daily.
  • Vitamin B complex, one pill every morning for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Look for a vitamin B-100 complex with 100 mcg biotin and vitamin B12; 400 mcg of folic acid; and 100 mg all other B vitamins.
  • Vitamin C, 1,000 mg daily. Helpful for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  • Copper / Zinc, 2 mg copper and 30 mg zinc daily. When you use zinc longer than four weeks, add copper.
  • Tyrosine, 1,000 mg L-tyrosine daily. Add a mixed amino acid complex after four weeks.
  • Forskolin, 50 mg two times daily. Forskolin can lower pressure of the blood. Do not take it with medications for blood pressure.

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