Thyroid Natural Treatment
The thyroid gland is responsible for metabolism in our body. When there is hyperactivity in the thyroid (hyperthyroidism), or reduced function in the thyroid (hypothyroidism), it affects various systems in the body and causes physical and emotional problems. Thyroid therapy in modern medicine is mainly through medications and long term drug dependency. This is not an optimal route as they carry many side effects and can cause long term imbalance. Looking at options for thyroid natural treatment is a much more holistic approach.
This article is meant to introduce to you the most effective methods for the natural healing of the thyroid. It should be noted that the natural therapy, especially for hypothyroidism, will be more effective when thyroid drugs have not been used for many years, as this can lead to atrophy of the thyroid in the long term and is harder to treat.
What is the Thyroid gland?
The thyroid which is also called the thyroid gland, is a four to five-centimetre butterfly-shaped gland, located under the skin in the Adam’s apple. In every cell in our body there is a large number of chemical processes that are called metabolism. The thyroid secretes hormones that control the rate of metabolism in the body. In fact, its function is to define the rate of activity in the whole body.
The thyroid gets its orders from the pituitary gland by the Thyroid stimulation hormone (T.S.H) hormone. This hormone arrives at the thyroid and causes the manufacturing of the T3 and T4 hormones which are the thyroid hormones. The T3 hormone is the active hormone and it is created by a combination of T4 and iodine which is received through food and water.
Normal values in a blood test are:
T4 values – 4.6-12 mg/dL
TSH values – 0.4 – 4.0 mu/mL
It should be noted that the values vary slightly in different medical facilities. There are two kinds of main diseases of the thyroid – hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism causes a decline in body functions. The common signs are: weight gain (despite low appetite), fatigue, weakness, low blood pressure, slow pulse, sensitivity to the cold, anemia, hair loss, fragile fingernails, dry and cold skin, low libido and more.
Although it is not a life-threatening illness, hypothyroidism can damage the quality of life, and therefore many people prefer a drug treatment, if they do not know about the option of the natural therapy for hypothyroidism.
The disadvantage of the drug treatment is that it is very coarse in relation to the delicate balance in the body. Naturally the brain keeps the secretions of the gland in a very delicate balance, which changes throughout the day and depending on the activity being carried out, the nutrition and on sleep, etc. So even those people who are “balanced” through medication and have normal blood test results, could still feel in many cases symptoms of an imbalance in the thyroid.
What is Hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism causes an excess of metabolic activity in the body. The common signs are: high blood pressure, accelerated heart beats, shaking, increased perspiration, moist skin, sleeping difficulties, nervousness, increased appetite with weight loss, diarrhea, weakness and eyes sensitive to light and which often appear bulged.
One of the main causes (70%) for the creation of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease. This is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the gland and makes it manufacture large quantities of thyroid hormones. There are three typical signs of Graves’ disease – bulging eyes, goiter and swollen skin in the calf area.
Aggravated hyperthyroidism can lead to an uncommon condition of “thyroid storm” which is an aggravation of all the symptoms, and is a life-threatening situation requiring immediate medical intervention. Because of this, doctors generally prefer getting the patient through medications or surgery to a condition closer to hypothyroidism than to hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid Natural Treatment: Effective Methods in alternative medicine
Alternative medicine provides in many cases effective treatment for the thyroid. The treatment will be more effective when it is close to the time of the diagnosis (not after many years).
A natural treatment for the thyroid will improve the symptoms and the blood tests. Sometimes the symptoms are alleviated before we see improvement in the blood tests, and that should be regarded as a good sign of improvement.
In alternative medicine every treatment method has its own diagnosis configuration. First, we must diagnose what the cause of the thyroid imbalance is: Is it connected to nutrition, drinking, inactivity, an emotional or mental reason? What kind of inner imbalance in the body it’s connected to? and so on. When giving treatment according to the diagnosis, we allow the body to restore the hormonal balance of the gland and this may prevent the use of hormones.
There are a number of methods in alternative medicine that give better results for thyroid therapy. In many cases it is recommended to combine two methods or more in order to maximize results.
Chinese medicine for thyroid natural treatment
Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are symbolically divided into to the most basic division in Chinese medicine which is Yin and Yang.
Hyperthyroidism will be considered as a Yang (representing warm, active energy) condition.
Hypothyroidism will be considered as a Yin (representing cold, passive energy) condition.
Generally, Chinese medicine therapy for the thyroid will be as follows:
In hypothyroidism we will strengthen Yang and disperse Yin and in hyperthyroidism we will strengthen Yin and weaken the Yang. The concept of Yin and Yang is very general of course. In every organ in the body there is Yin and Yang, and in most cases, there are both excess and deficiency at the same time in a number of organs. After a thorough Chinese Medicine diagnosis, the patient comes to a complete picture of the condition that created the thyroid imbalance.
The thyroid and the connection to emotions
In thyroid diseases we must also not forget the connection to emotions, and from an alternative perspective, the throat is a place where emotions accumulate. We can see that when we are emotional in times of sadness or insult, we will experience distress or suffocation in the throat.
Generally, emotions of internalization and suppression for a long period of time may cause hypothyroidism.
Emotions of temper tantrums and nervousness may cause in the long run a condition a hyperthyroidism.
Acupuncture for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism: Thyroid Natural Treatment
The recommended therapy in Chinese medicine is done through acupuncture, medicinal herbs and correct nutrition.
Choosing the acupuncture points and medicinal herbs will be done personally for each patient and will be dependent on the personal diagnosis. Not all patients of the same disease are given the same treatment, the treatment is always personal and connected to the diagnosis.
In Chinese medicine it is not enough to know the blood test values to have a diagnosis, but it is necessary to perform a Chinese Medicine diagnosis that would determine which organs in the body are in imbalance and by that, to determine a treatment plan. To treat the source of the problem it is necessary to fix the behavioral factors that contributed to the damage of the gland like heavy emotions, poor nutrition and lifestyle, physical activity, etc. If the patient has not yet started taking medication, the Chinese medicine treatment would be faster. If the person is taking medication, the impact of the treatment might be slower, however, changing the intake of medication should not be done without consulting a physician first.
A Case Study: treating hypothyroidism through acupuncture
Lisa, 39 years old, is mother of three children and works in a high stress job at a computer company. She was referred by her husband who received treatment from me for a herniated disk. Lisa called me whilst in a bad mood: she said that she was exercising four times a week, keeping good nutrition but cannot not lose weight. She complained that she is also tired and absent minded throughout the day.
After performing blood tests that revealed a low function of the thyroid -hypothyroidism, her doctor recommended taking medication on a daily basis for the thyroid – a drug called Eltroxin. Lisa did some short internet research and understood the dependency that is caused as a result of taking the drug. After consulting with her physician who said it would be okay for her to try alternative treatment for a few weeks to see if it helped; she decided to try Chinese medicine to balance the gland naturally.
A diagnosis in Chinese medicine according to the pulse and tongue showed weakness of the spleen and kidneys as well as internal dampness in the digestive system. We started a series of treatments that included reinforcing body metabolism, strengthening the digestive system, removing dampness and balancing the thyroid gland and hormones.
The treatments included acupuncture, medicinal herbs and nutritional instructions. After a few weeks Lisa began losing weight, and started feeling more energetic and vibrant. Later, the fatigue was almost completely gone and after three months blood tests showed that the thyroid hormones were balanced, without the need of any drug treatment.
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Recall Healing for Thyroid problems
The thyroid and our hormonal makeup are linked to our mental and emotional states. According to Recall Healing, most of our diseases are formed in our subconscious and are related to an emotional conflict. Most of our brain is subconscious – we are not aware of why we think certain thoughts, why we have certain emotions or even why we make certain choices in our lives. According to Recall Healing, a disease is not a mistake, a disease is a biological solution of the brain to an inner conflict that we were not able to resolve ourselves. The body is trying to help us solve it.
Recall Healing is done through conversation and after completing a detailed questionnaire. The questionnaire helps us to gather information about the individual and the context around their illness or ailment. This includes their childhood and events that happened around conception, through their mother’s pregnancy and their birth, as well as their family tree and significant events in the individual’s life. These are all factors which contribute to the formulation of and content within an individual’s subconscious.
Subsconscious belief or conflict
In Recall Healing for the thyroid, we will find the subconscious cause that creates the imbalance of the gland. The thyroid is connected in our subconscious to these main aspects: Rhythm, time and protection.Hypothyroidism – An example for an emotional conflict that can create hypothyroidism is a woman who wants to “slow down time”, to prevent getting old so that she could be fertile and bring a child into the world.
In hyperthyroidism – one of the conflicts in men is “I should have been faster.” An example for that is: a man who wanted to see his mom in the hospital before she died but couldn’t make it.
When the direct cause of the problem is identified, often in a few sessions the thyroid gland can restore its balance.
The disadvantages in a Recall Healing is that it takes the participation of the patient in speaking about emotional places that are sometimes unpleasant. For those who are open to recall healing, it is very much recommended to combine a process of this kind for the thyroid with acupuncture or naturopathy.
A Case study: addressing hypothyroidism though Recall Healing
Robert, 58 years old, came to the clinic with a new condition of hypothyroidism, diagnosed a few weeks earlier. He didn’t start with Eltroxin intake which his physician had recommended, as he didn’t want to develop a dependency on the drug. Robert felt tired and heavy for the last few months. He had gained some weight, had less motivation and felt “mildly depressed”. Everything seemed ok in his life – no major events or dramas. We found only one issue that seemed to be really bothering him: his wife couldn’t drive and she had an important role in her company.
Every evening he had to drive and pick her up from work, but since she was busy, she was always late. He used to sit in the car waiting for her every day… It was worse when they needed to go to social events and he would be waiting for her in the car a long time, becoming very upset. They were late to most social events and because he liked to be on time, it caused him much distress inside. But Robert is a nice guy and he repressed his emotion since he felt the situation and his wife couldn’t be changed. To help him deal with this daily stress and this conflict in his life, his brain had to “slow him down.” Hypothyroidism is the brain’s way to “slow down time.”
After talking about his emotion and his feelings around the situation as well as connecting to different events in his life related to time, where he also faced a similar inner conflict connected to time; after a few more sessions, his blood tests came up normal and the symptoms disappeared. His brain realized that it didn’t need to store the conflict in the body and in speaking about it, the tension was released and the body healed.
Naturopathy as Thyroid Natural Treatment
Naturopathy and nutrition as a thyroid natural treatment is very important. In many cases patients say that nutrition affects thyroid symptoms, both negatively and positively. At the end of the article there will be general nutrition recommendations for conditions of the thyroid, but it is of course advisable to see a naturopath.
Naturopathy treatment for the thyroid is effective because of the direct link to nutrition, vitamins, supplements and medicinal herbs. For example, in hypothyroidism it is possible recommend certain foods and supplements that contain iodine, like algae. A deficiency in iodine can contribute to hypothyroidism. Many people with hypothyroidism come to treat weight gain and have a great difficulty in losing weight. Until the gland is balanced it will be difficult to lose weight. The disadvantage with nutritional therapy is that it can often take an extended period of time to yield results and one needs to maintain nutritional changes for a long time. Therefore, it is recommended to combine nutritional changes with another therapy method.
It is important to note that alternative medicine treatment for the thyroid aims to treat the source that created the thyroid condition and not just to alleviate the symptoms. Alternative medicine therapy treats the whole person and not the disease. So the treatment is deeper and provides long lasting results, not just in relation to the illness, but the person will often feel an overall change in their life and a general improvement in their overall condition and function.
The Medical Treatment for Hypothyroidism
Western medical treatment for hypothyroidism is most commonly the administering of artificial hormones, often Eltroxin, to replace those which the gland usually secretes naturally. Giving Eltroxin, seemingly fixes the hormonal imbalance but at the same time creates gland degeneration, particularly when taken in high doses, which can create a lifelong dependency on the drug. It is important to note that taking chemical medications on a regular basis can cause damage to the function of various organs in the body, such as the liver, which breaks down the medications.
In the natural state of thyroid hormonal secretion, the thyroid hormone levels in the blood are perpetually monitored by the brain, which changes the amount of the hormonal secretion from the thyroid with the TSH hormone. This precise perpetual change is impossible to recreate through medication, because medication delivers a fixed dose, regardless of the body’s changing needs. So often people who take hormones cannot stabilize themselves, or the blood tests are normal but the hypothyroid symptoms remain. In such cases it is also advisable to do an alternative medicine therapy to work on the symptoms even if the medication is still being taken.
Medical Treatment for Hyperthyroidism
In severe cases of hyperthyroidism where the prescription drugs do not help; from the perspective of Western medicine it is considered a risk and it is necessary to destroy the gland. The doctors will usually give a radioactive iodine treatment which will destroy the gland, or carry out a surgical removal of the gland. Although this will lead to an extreme hypothyroidism condition, it is considered safer and the person will take hypothyroid replacement hormones for the rest of their life.
From a natural treatment point of view, we will see faster results in treating hyperthyroidism conditions. Unless it is an extreme medical condition of hyperthyroidism, it is recommended to try an alternative treatment before taking drastic actions.
Nutritional recommendations for the thyroid
Avoid consuming oily and heat stimulating food such as: alcohol, dairy products, spicy and dry dishes, various stimulants like Red Bull, caffeine, deep fried food, preservatives.
Avoid foods that contain iodine like fish and algae.
It is recommended to eat foods that inhibit the thyroid function like: cruciferous, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, turnip, broccoli, soy and soy products, millet, pine nuts and mustard.
Avoid consuming foods that produce dampness and are cooling such as: dairy products, white flour, white sugar and white sugar products, fresh and cold vegetables and fruits, preservatives, processed food and preserved foods.
It is recommended to avoid gland-inhibiting foods like: cruciferous, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, turnip, broccoli, soy and soy products, millet, pine nuts, mustard.
Eating fish and algae that contain iodine is recommended.
It is recommended to take vitamins like B, C, A, E, Zinc and Selenium.
For nutritional changes, it is important to follow your therapist’s recommendations.
Physical activity for the thyroid
In hypothyroidism it is important to do physical activity to improve the metabolism in the body, preferably aerobic and active exercise like brisk walks, running and swimming. You should be careful not to over exert yourself, as it can create fatigue.
In hyperthyroidism a physical activity like running or swimming is good, as it will help you to release energy, and it is recommended to combine it with relaxing and gentle activities like: Yoga, Qi Gong, meditation, etc.
As you can see, natural thyroid treatment is abundant and path to explore if you are looking for a holistic approach that targets the cause of the condition. Thyroid natural treatment can help to restore balance on many levels. We hope this article has helped to inform you of different natural treatment options available to you and we wish you the best for a full recovery!