There are a lot of websites out there that provide some pretty great information about holistic approaches to treating thyroid disease. I chose this article because I like how it was written, the website it’s hosted on, as well as the person who provided the information. I’ll summarize the information here, but I would suggest clicking on the links provided in this article to learn more about these diseases and treatments. I’m going to focus on the more common of thyroid disorders here, hypothyroidism, but there are a lot of other thyroid diseases that can be found in the sources below.
What is the Thyroid?
The thyroid is an immensely powerful gland located at the base of the neck. It produces the hormones that help regulate the body’s metabolism, which controls several bodily activities such as the rate you burn calories and your heart rate. When this gland malfunctions, a variety of conditions can happen and cause the gland to either over or under produce these hormones.
Hypothyroidism is more commonly found in patients, but other disorders of this gland include hyperthyroidism, goiter, thyroiditis, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer. Hypo and hyperthyroidism usually have underlying causes that have to do with the immune system, which makes it even harder for care providers to diagnose. The symptoms are often scattered and vague, and pinpointing the etiology of the symptoms can be quite a daunting task for healthcare practitioners.
Since most people suffer from hypothyroidism, I’ll focus my attention on this particular disorder. Hypothyroidism means that the gland isn’t making the proper amount of hormones. The most common cause of this thyroid disorder is Hashimoto’s disease, which is autoimmune in nature in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism can also be caused by treatment of hyperthyroidism, removal of the thyroid gland, and radiation treatment.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
These generally develop slowly, over the course of many years.
- Feeling very tired
- Sensitivity to cold
- Excessive weight gain, even if you exercise and don’t overeat
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle and joint pains
- Puffy face
- Dry, pale skin
- Hoarseness of the voice
- In women, excessive menstrual bleeding.
Natural Remedies and Alternative Treatments for Hypothyroidism
Before going to the extreme of getting onto pharmaceutical medication or even having the gland removed, try treating it through proper eating habits that will help restore thyroid gland function.
Thyroid disease fact sheet (focused on women)
Dr. Weil’s Condition Care Guide http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03192/Hypothyroidism.html
Dr. Axe Cure for Hypothyroidism and other hormone problems