Hyperthyroid: Alternative Medicine Therapies and Supplements

Therapies and Supplements for Hyperthyroid Disease
In this article we are concentrating on the natural therapies available for thyroid conditions versus the medical solution.
We found that thyroid problems, both Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroid are related more to Lifestyle Functions than to genetic markers. Age and gender will have some percentage of development due to hormonal levels.
Let’s start with therapies used by Doctors of Functional Medicine and Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM).
Two reasons that can cause Hyperthyroid are chronic inflammation and auto-immune problems, i.e. Graves’ disease.

Key factors that can affect these disorders are:
1. Allergies to foods or chemicals
2. Intestinal dysbiosis
3. Nutritional habits
4. Vitamin D levels
5. Heavy metal toxicity
Common food allergens are: gluten, soy, some nuts, eggs and some proteins. Many are just not tolerated well by the body.
Get tested for these food allergies or try eating an elimination diet. Check for foods which cause higher levels of inflammation.
Dysbiosis is caused by over populations of adversary organisms in the gut causing food particles to pass through intestinal wall into the blood stream. Tagged as invaders this causes the immune system attack and unleash inflammation causing allergic reaction. This health issue has now been called SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
Start with healthy nutritional habits. Eat a fresh, natural foods diet. Get rid of all processed, boxed, chemically modified packaged foods.
Goitrogenic foods will block thyroid hormone production. If you have a hyperthyroid condition you should eat cruciferous vegetables since they depress thyroid. These vegetables include: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, and even spinach.
Hypothyroid conditions you need to avoid these foods; since they depress thyroid even further.
Vitamin D helps thyroid hormones function better. Know your level, get tested.
Spend 20-30 minutes in the sun daily or take a supplement, 10,000 to 20,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily.
Environmental Toxicity will include heavy metals, pesticide, herbicides, molds, and even household cleaning agents. Clean out your house, garage and yard of these chemicals. Any of these chemicals can aggravate or increase hormones.
Products to Avoid with Hyperthyroidism
1. Avoid caffeine, since you metabolism is already running very high….you do not need to increase it any more.
2. Avoid alcohol
3. Iodine rich foods should be decreased.
4. Tobacco
5. Dairy especially milk, affect any meds, are high in iodine.
6. Less red meats due to high saturated fatty acids

Caffeine versus Coffee
Caffeine is in coffee and many of those “energy” drinks sold to “keep you awake and functioning”. Since caffeine is a stimulant it affects your metabolism, regulated by your thyroid.
Studies on rats show caffeine, in high doses, could cause the thyroid gland to enlarge or produce excess hormone. Other tests show 300 mg of caffeine in humans did not change hormones levels.
Coffee by itself has many beneficial anti-oxidant compounds and could instead decrease risks of thyroid disease or thyroid cancer.
If you currently have Hyperthyroid or Graves disease your risk is higher for osteoporosis. Consuming more caffeine will further affect your bones loss.
Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco
Alcohol can cause direct suppression of thyroid function. Tobacco smoking modifies most all functions of the thyroid.
Alcohol and Tobacco are considered the most common forms of toxic chemical exposure leading to alteration of physiological body functions. Both have multiple effects on the endocrine gland system, the thyroid, pituitary and hypothalamus (AXIS)
Tobacco’s effect on the thyroid is due to its major component, thiocyante, increasing excretion of iodine. This compound could inhibit thyroid hormone synthesis.
Further studies need to be done, these are controversial subjects and many skeptics do not agree with results. In fact, other studies say alcohol or even smoking is beneficial in moderation and can even decrease risk of disease, even thyroid!

Dairy and other Supplements
Large dairies combine milk from organic and non-organic cows. All cow teats are dipped in iodine to “protect” us, before milking. This iodine has a powerful negative effect on the thyroid.
Iodine can also affect any medication you are taking.
Another note: milk also holds concentrated radioactivity, strontium 90, from nuclear power plants if nearby.
Supplements to Help Hyperthyroid Symptoms
Vitamin B complex reduces thyroid symptoms
L- Carnitine reduces thyroid symptoms, it is recommended to take 1000 mg two times /day.
Plant sterols are needed to balance the immune system. Sterols are natural fatty substances in plants. Plant sterols are similar to cholesterol but have unique health benefits, none of the negative effects. They actually can improve cholesterol ratios.

Correct stress and poor sleep habits, learn how to relax. Take some classes in yoga or meditation. Breathe work is also very beneficial.
Acupuncture, Massage and Exercise
Many in CAM (Complementary Alternative Medicine) and in Chinese Medicine believe firmly in the assistance of acupuncture for relief of disease symptoms.
Helping to open up the energy pathways, clears any blockages and inflammation. It helps the body function with better hormone balance.
Massage and exercise help by bringing movement to the fluids and organs in the body. This can bring the body to better functioning, releasing the toxic buildup of environmental chemicals.
Repairing a leaky gut associated with these health problems is important.
There are many herbs and foods that will help hyperthyroid symptoms. We will enlarge on all these in our third article to follow this. Look at www.merryherb.com for herbal info.
Essential Oil Therapies for Hyper thyroid
Both Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils are very helpful to de-stress and calm, will affect thyroid function. Place 2 drops of Frankincense oil on the roof of the mouth 2 times a day. Rub 2 drops of Myrrh oil on the skin in front of the thyroid gland two times a day.
Other essential oils you can use are wintergreen, lemongrass, sandalwood and black spruce. Rub a mixture of essential oil and carrier oil together on the thyroid or neck area.


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Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses. You can reach her at [email protected]


Natural Hypothyroidism Therapies And Supplements


Hypothyroidism, (HypoT), is simply an insufficient amount of thyroid hormone production. In this article, we will be discussing different natural therapies and supplements. Usually, under producing thyroid hormone is due to several problems:
1. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an auto immune disease, which destroys tissue.
2. Removal of the thyroid gland surgically or chemically
3. Exposure to excessive amounts of iodide. Iodide is added to many over the counter cold, sinus medicine, heart prescriptions and contrast dyes given before x- rays.
4. Lithium, a treatment drug choice for depression and anxiety. Long periods of use can bring on “Myxedema”, a rare but fatal condition of the thyroid.
5. Chronic periods of long time uncontrolled stress.

Statistically, says Dr. Isaac Elias, there is a ‘secret’ epidemic of hypothyroid disease. Today 60 million American women have thyroid problems and many others, who do not yet know, they have thyroid issues.
The stress of life, compounded by unhealthy fast food diets, increased environmental toxic loads are causing thyroid and adrenal burnout. Toxins are all absorbed by our tissues, including the thyroid gland.
As in other articles on Hypothyroid, most medical treatment or therapies is on synthetic drugs like synthroid. This helps the gland to produce more hormone and balance out the system. You will take this drug for the rest of your life.
Sometimes this does not work for everyone. At times, it may take up to a year for a doctor to find the correct balance. Also, many people are trying to stay away from taking pharmaceuticals.
Complications due to Hypothyroid Disease:
Birth defects during pregnancy, studies show babies born to women with thyroid issues have increased risk of heart, kidney and brain defects. This is from studies done by David Nagey, M.D. at John Hopkins Medical School. Nagey says that infants are at risk for physical abnormalities like cleft palate and extra fingers.
Infertility issues for woman, due to low levels of thyroid hormone, it can interfere with release of the egg from the ovary, impairing fertility.
Heart problems can be common with HypoT. Thyroid issues have a known effect on cardiovascular issues including blood pressure, tissue function and lipid levels.

Natural Therapies for Hypothyroidism
In alternative and functional medicine, practitioners are looking at more natural therapies, foods and herbs to help balance out hormones. This has been done for many years in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in Ayurvedic medicine. Look at www.merryherb.com for further info on therapies.
1. Acupuncture is used to decongest the liver, common in Hypothyroidism.
2. Your dietary defense is the first component to review. Stop using the traditional energy foods like caffeine. Use more protein to transport the thyroid hormone. We will have an article later on food and thyroid issues.
3. Take care of mental health issues. If depression or anxiety is a problem, there are many herbs, foods and therapies available to help.
4. Repair Heart issues if its high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
5. Food or chemical sensitivities get tested or find out by elimination what food or chemical you may be allergic to.
6. Practice relaxation to de-stress your body with exercise, walking or yoga. Recommended yoga pose for the thyroid is a shoulder stand, sarvangasana.
7. Address Inflammation and try lowering your level which for many is high. Inflammation is a major cause of disease.
8. Decrease fatigue by slowing down your “to do” list and discover the use of nutrients or herbs to help the rundown feeling.
9. Increase good sleep patterns, make sure you are getting required 8 hours of sleep each night or take naps.
10. Massage to help tissue, blood and lymph flow, decreases blockages and muscle tension.
11. Aromatherapy can help overall body, with use of essential oils specific to your particular problem. For instance, sleep use lavender, for fatigue use peppermint or citrus or if depressed use chamomile.
12. Gut issues, such as leaky gut, common in auto-immune disease like Hypothyroid, find a doctor willing to help with resolving this issue. Or try Herbs or Probiotics.
Supplements for Hypothyroidism
Everyone needs some supplements, so it depends on what your short on and how it affects your health. Sometimes it is something that can be easily remedied by a supplement or a specific food. It can aid symptoms of hypothyroid problems.
1. Vitamin D there is a strong association with deficient vitamin D with Hypothyroid patients. You can eat food high in D, like milk or yogurt. You may still need a supplement to receive adequate amounts.
2. Omega3’s are building blocks for hormones that control immune function. High Omega 3’s are in fish, eggs, flax seeds and walnuts. Omegas 3’s are essential fatty acids used to control inflammation.
3. Glutathione is a strong anti-oxidant it helps balance out hormones and the immune system.
4. Probiotics are needed, to keep the microbiome in your gut is necessary for proper function of all body processes. A microbiome is a collection of microorganisms inhabiting our body’s environment. Use a supplement with the most probiotic diversity. And eat foods like kefir, fermented veggies or good quality yogurt.
5. Iodine and tyrosine, because you need adequate supplies to make thyroid hormone. Iodine is in table salt, seafood and seaweeds. Do not overdo iodine it can cause even lower hormone levels and some people are very sensitive to iodine. Tyrosine is an amino acid present in protein, so increase protein intake to about 25% of your calories.
6. DHEA that when stressed out and fatigued, lowers and disrupts hormones like DHEA and progesterone. This can affect your fertility.
7. In Homepathy the most beneficial for hypothyroid are Calcarea Carbonica, Sepia, Lycopodium, Graphite, and Nux vomica. Homeopathy is much more of a choice than we ever thought says Dr. Vikas Sharma M.D.
8. Digestive Enzymes, these will help with absorbing nutrients better. And especially effective, if you have leaky gut syndrome, an auto-immune situation.
9. Thyroid glandular is a product made from glandular tissue. Some practitioners do recommend this.
10. Vitamin B has many interactions with thyroid function and hormone regulation; says Dr. Raphael Kellerman, M.D., Doctor of Functional Medicine in New York City. This includes the whole vitamin B complex and extra B 12 at times.

Food intolerance or sensitivities like gluten or goitrogenic food, are some other areas to look for possible reactions with Hypothyroid symptoms.

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Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.

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