Homeopathy Treatment for Thyroid
What is Thyroid ?
Thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped endocrine gland situated at neck. It secrets thyroid hormones namely T3, T 4 which regulates metabolism of body.
If there is imbalance in secretions of these hormones it may lead to hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which there is deficiency of thyroid hormone i.e. thyroxine.
Thyroid hormones help control your growth, repair and metabolism -a process where your body converts what you eat into energy. Your metabolism affects your temperature and how fast you burn calories.
Hypothyroidism, also called under-active thyroid or low thyroid, is a disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. It can cause a number of symptoms, such as poor ability to tolerate cold, a feeling of tiredness, constipation, depression, and weight gain. Occasionally there may be swelling of the front part of the neck due to goiter.
Untreated hypothyroidism during pregnancy can lead to delays in growth and intellectual development in the baby or congenital iodine deficiency syndrome.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
If you are suffering from symptoms such as :
Feeling tired all the time.
Skin and hair feel dry and rough.
Gained weight gradually.
It may be signal that you might be suffering from Hypothyroidism.
The fatigue occurs regardless of how much sleep a person gets or how many daytime naps they take.
- Dry, coarse skin
People with hypothyroidism may also develop dry, brittle, and coarse hair or dull, thin nails that break easily.
- Feeling cold, Cool extremities
Hypothyroidism can slow down metabolism, which can lead to a drop in core body temperature.
- Mood and memory changes
Poor memory and concentration
It is common for individuals with untreated hypothyroidism to experience:
• apathy, or general lack of interest or feelings of indifference
• impaired memory function
• less attentiveness and concentration
• low moods
• slower thinking and speech
Digestion is another body function that can slow down due to hypothyroidism.
- Hair loss
Untreated hormone disorders, including thyroid problems, can contribute to hair loss. This is because thyroid hormones are essential for the growth and health of hair follicles.
- Weight gain with poor appetite
Thyroid hormones help to regulate body weight, food intake, and the metabolism of fat and sugar. People with low levels of thyroid hormones can experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index (BMI).
- Slow pulse rate & Shortness of breath
People with hypothyroidism may also have a slower heart rate, or bradycardia. Low thyroid levels can affect the heart in other ways too.
These effects may include:
• Changes in blood pressure
• Variations in heart rhythm
• Less elastic arteries
(Bradycardia can cause weakness, dizziness, and breathing problems)
- Swelling of the limbs
- Delayed relaxation of tendon reflexes
Hypothyroidism can affect a person's muscles and joints in numerous ways, causing:
• Swelling of the joints
- Menstrual changes:
Females with an underactive thyroid may experience heavy or irregular menstrual periods or spotting between periods.
Due to this it may lead to difficulty in conceiving.
- High Cholesterol
Thyroid hormones play a vital role in removing excess cholesterol from the body via the liver. Low hormone levels mean that the liver struggles to carry out this function and blood cholesterol levels can increase.
What can CAUSE Hypothyroidism to occur?
Occasionally, the thyroid gland doesn’t release thyroid hormones, even when there is plenty of TSH. This is called primary hypothyroidism and is the most common type of hypothyroidism.
Approximately 90% of primary hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where your immune system mistakenly attacks your thyroid gland.
Other causes of primary hypothyroidism are an iodine deficiency, a genetic disorder, taking certain medications and surgery that removes part of the thyroid.
Also during pregnancy, the body undergoes stress and needs to produce more thyroid for the growth of the baby, and this is why many women develop this condition during pregnancy or shortly after delivery.
Other times the thyroid gland does not receive enough TSH, the signal to release more thyroid hormone. This happens when the pituitary gland is not working properly and is called secondary hypothyroidism.
Diagnosis for Hypothyroidism
Diagnosis of thyroid disease depends on symptoms and whether or not a thyroid nodule is present. Most patients will receive a blood test. Others might need an ultrasound, biopsy or a radioiodine scanning and uptake study.
Blood tests :
1. Elevated TSH levels can signify inadequate thyroid hormone production (hypothyroidism)
2. Free T4 levels should be measured in the evaluation of hypothyroidism, and low free T4 establishes the diagnosis.
T3 levels are generally not measured in the evaluation of hypothyroidism.
3. Elevated anti-thryoglobulin (TgAb) and anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPOAb) can be found in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, the most common autoimmune type of hypothyroidism.
Ultrasound: If more information is needed after a clinical exam and lab tests, medical ultrasonography can help determine the nature of thyroid nodule(s).
A medical biopsy refers to the obtaining of a tissue sample for examination under the microscope or other testing, usually to distinguish cancer from noncancerous conditions. Thyroid tissue may be obtained for biopsy by fine needle aspiration (FNA) or by surgery.
Diet and advice
Having a slow metabolism comes with several health risks. It may leave you tired, increase your blood cholesterol levels and make it harder for you to lose weight.
- Moderate- to high-intensity aerobic exercise may help boost your thyroid hormone levels. In turn, this may help speed up your metabolism.
- People with hypothyroidism might also benefit from increasing their protein intake.
- If you do have an iodine deficiency, add iodized table salt to your meals or eat more iodine-rich foods like seaweed, fish, dairy and eggs.
- Selenium helps the body “activate” thyroid hormones so they can be used by the body.
This includes Brazil nuts, tuna, eggs, and legumes.
Zinc rich foods :
You should aim to eat more zinc-rich foods like oysters and other shellfish and chicken, etc.
What to Avoid ?
Food which contain goitrogens should be avoided
Surprisingly, many everyday foods contain goitrogens, such as :
- Soy foods: Tofu, soyabean etc.
- Certain vegetables: Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, etc.
- Fruits and starchy plants: Sweet potatoes, peaches, strawberries, etc.
- Nuts and seeds: Millet, pine nuts, peanuts, etc.
What can Homeopathy do ?
Thyroid treatment in homeopathy aims to set right the disturbance in thyroid gland by stimulating the synthesis of thyroid hormone. In Homeopathy we do not aim to give artificially synthesized thyroid hormone as it is a temporary solution. Also by doing so our body won't get a chance to function properly to produce enough thyroid hormone as it gets it easily from outside.
For thyroid balance, Homeopathic treatment stimulates the thyroid gland and thus restore the capacity of gland to produce normal amount of thyroid hormone naturally as it was producing before.
The similimum ( most similar remedy) is selected after proper case taking, analysis , totality of symptoms (symptom similarity - after taking into account the full range of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states of the person) , individualisation and repertorisation.
Thus the medicine is prescribed accordingly and further investigations and changes in symptoms are noted from time to time. Gradually the dose of medicine is decreased based on improvement. Hence you do not need to take these medicines lifelong.
Alternatively, Levothyroxine is used by allopathic practitioners to treat hypothyroidism, Levothyroxine is also known as L-thyroxine which is a manufactured form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4). It is used to treat thyroid hormone deficiency, but it has to be taken lifelong by the patient since it is artificially synthesized hormone.
Besides promoting synthesis of thyroid hormone, the Homeopathy treatment for thyroid also takes care of symptoms like abnormal weight gain, tiredness, baldness, cold intolerance, bradycardia,swelling, menstrual changes,anxiety etc.
Thyroid treatment in homeopathy reduces dependency on artificial hormonal supply.
Some of the homeopathic remedies for thyroid which help to improve thyroid function are Iodum, Bromium, Thyroidinum, Calcarea Carbonicum , Sepia, Graphites, Lycopodium, Nux vomica, etc.
Few indicated Remedies are:
1) Calcarea Carbonica
Calcarea Carbonica is the homeopathic medicine for thyroid which can be used :
If you are overweight with fair skin and flabby musculature and you sweat excessively especially around head that it even wets the pillow, then calcarea can be your indicated remedy.
Also you may be lazy and reserved in nature, sensitive and sentimental. You may crave for indigestible things like chalk, coal, pencils, etc.
You can't tolerate cold (chilly), and suffer from history of constipation (stool at first is hard, then pasty, then liquid).
If female, you might get your period too early, too profuse and too long with vertigo and toothache.
Sepia is the homeopathic medicine for thyroid which can be used :
If you get easily offended and irritable with dislike to do things or be with people you liked before, then sepia can be your indicated remedy.
You might feel emotional and weep easily with headache at start of menstruation. Menses irregular - sometimes too late and scanty flow and otherwise too early and profuse. There is a feeling as if the pelvic organs will come out through the vulva and you always sit with cross legs to prevent the escape.
You suffer from hairfall and pimples on forehead near hair. You might feel excessively chilly even in a warm room.
Your skin might be dry with brown saddle like discoloration on nose and cheeks. You crave for pickles, vinegar etc and boiled milk causes acidity and diarrhoea. If constipated, stool is hard with feeling of ball in rectum.
Iodum as homeopathic remedy is indicated when you have rapid metabolism with loss of flesh and increased appetite and much thirst. You feel excessive warmth and need to stay in a cool environment. There is anxiety when quiet so you need to keep yourself busy.You have empty eructations with acidity as if every particle of food is turned into gas. Your constipation gets better by drinking cold milk.
If female you feel very week during periods i
Irregular menses with pain from ovary to uterus can be felt. You feel pain in bones at night. Joints also feel inflamed.
4) Lycopodium Clavatum
You suffer from hair fall with digestive disturbances and gastric trouble like extreme flatulence and burning eructations. Premature baldness and gray hair may bother you.
You crave hot drinks and sweets.You may have weak memory and poor self- confidence. You suffer from constipation with difficulty in passing hard stools.
If female, your menses are too late, last too long, too profuse in quantity. You feel heaviness of arms and pain in heels which increases in evening.
5) Nux Vomica
If you get offended very easily ans are sensitive to all external impressions (can not bear noises, odors, light, etc) then nux may be your indicated remedy.
You may suffer from obstinate constipation where stool is scanty and unsatisfactory and you feel constant urge to pass stool but with little evacuation. You may feel headache while going out in sunshine.
Bloated feeling in the stomach after eating is present with a feeling of pressure of stone, even several hours after eating. You wish to vomit to get relief.
You have excessive desire for stimulants like alcoholic drinks and coffee; fatty food and spicy food.
You feel very cold (chilly) and try to avoid open air.
If female you may complain of prolonged menses where the menstrual blood is blackish and accompanied by fainting spells. Menses too early and too long with desire to stool.
If you feel weakness, tingling sensations, nervous tremor of face and limbs, excess sweating, then thyroidinum can be your indicated remedy.
You are overweight and suffer from increased heart rate. You get easily tired with cold hands and feet, low blood pressure and are sensitive to cold. You get irritable with least opposition. You have feeling of lightness in brain and bad taste in mouth. You have cravings for sweets and thirst for cold water. There is swelling of legs and increased flatulence.
Note : These are the indicated medicines and should be taken after advice of qualified Homeopathic Doctor. A constitutional medicine is prescribed according to case history and individualization of patient which stops further recurrence of the problem
Why Choose Homeopathy Online for Treatment of Hypothyroidism ?
With Homeopathy Online , during your first online consultation, case history is taken which includes your present main complaint, duration of the symptoms, family history, mental symptoms, any treatment if you have undergone before.
Also, we take into account the overall picture of patient – the emotional makeup and general health, the type of illness and specific “modalities” that make the symptoms better or worse. In this way we individualize one patient from another, hence the medicine is then prescribed.
After the consultation, finally we provide you the required steps which you need to take to get rid of the problem from its root cause :
1. The medicine prescription, if medicines are required to be taken
2. Diet Chart
4. Weekly or Monthly follow up, depending upon the severity of problem
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