08 July, 2011
Natural Remedies, Vitamins & Minerals for Hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism is a condition associated with thyroid dysfunction. The Columbia University Medical Center states that there are several types of hyperthyroidism, including Graves' disease, toxic multinodular goiter, thyroid adenoma and thyroiditis. Consuming excessive amounts of iodine may also cause this condition, as can overactive metastatic cancer. Before using natural supplements to help treat your hyperthyroidism, discuss supplement-related issues with your primary care provider.
Hyperthyroidism, notes FamilyDoctor.org, is a condition in which your thyroid -- a two-inch gland located below your Adam's apple -- produces excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. This condition usually affects your metabolism, causing symptoms such as nervousness, irritability, elevated blood pressure, increased resting heart rate, increased sweating, heat intolerance, weight loss, hand tremors and sleep disturbances. Hyperthyroidism, if left unchecked, may cause heart problems, osteoporosis, eye problems and other serious complications.
Natural remedies -- including both herbal and non-herbal dietary supplements -- have long been used in treating hyperthyroidism. According to Certified Nutritional Consultant Phyllis A. Balch, author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," vitamin B complex, multivitamin and mineral complex, brewer's yeast, bugleweed, essential fatty acids, lecithin granules or capsules, vitamin C and vitamin E may all be helpful in treating your hyperthyroidism. Not all natural remedies used in treating this condition may be supported by extensive clinical research trials.
A Useful Supplement
Bugleweed may be a useful supplement in treating your hyperthyroidism. Dr. William A. Mitchell Jr., a naturopathic physician and author of "Plant Medicine in Practice," states that bugleweed, scientifically classified as Lycopus virginicus, has historically been used in treating hyperthyroid conditions. Mitchell suggests using 90 drops of a tincture prepared from the plant twice daily to help treat your hyperthyroidism, although you should always discuss proper dosage with your primary care provider before using this natural remedy.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition that can significantly affect your quality of life. If you are diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, meet with your primary care provider to discuss your treatment, including natural treatment options such as herbal and non-herbal supplements. Always use caution when taking natural substances to treat your hyperthyroid problem, as certain herbs may interfere with other medication you might be taking, or cause undesired side effects. Review the risks of natural therapies with your doctor before using them to regulate your thyroid function.
- Columbia University Medical Center: Hyperthyroidism
- FamilyDoctor.org: Hyperthyroidism
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; 2010
- "Plant Medicine in Practice"; William A. Mitchell Jr., N.D.; 2003
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