The double lobed gland situated in the front region of the neck, directly under the ‘Adam’s Apple’ may look small but hold the reins of rate of metabolism via production of specific hormones. A lot rides on the smooth functioning of the thyroid gland one of which, is the pace at which energy is utilized. There are, however, many cases in which the endocrine gland turns more active than is necessary. This results in a medical condition known as Hyperthyroidism or Overactive thyroid, marked by excessive production and secretion of thyroid hormones, namely Triiodothyronine (T3) and T4 (Thyroxine).
The causes for this disorder include Graves’ disease (most prevalent, too), excessive oral intake of thyroid hormones or iodine and non-invasive, benign growth that targets the same gland. As the body’s metabolism speeds up abnormally, significant changes take place in the affected individual’s body such as sudden weight drop, irregularity in heartbeat, excessive sweating, bulging eyeballs and irritability. Although herbs do not constitute the first line of treatment for Hyperthyroidism, they can make a lot of positive difference.
Herbal Remedies For Hyperthyroidism
The dried as well as liquid extracts of the thyroid friendly herb, commonly known as Stoneseed has exhibited genuine effects in cases of overactive thyroid in vitro. Although no trial has been conducted on humans, its efficacy can be trusted. The tendency of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and autoantibodies to bind to the TSH receptors can be kept under check by having a few, warm cups of home prepared Gromwell herbal tea.
Lion’s ear or lion’s tail is an everlasting herb with properties that can be put to use for hyperthyroidism. It is considered as an effective herbal solution for cases of Graves’ disease, which in fact, is the most common reason for the hastened functioning of the endocrine gland. It is believed that Motherwort does have a strong impact on bringing a rapid rate of heartbeat back within normal limits. The bitter taste of the herb must not prevent one from using it as a herbal cure for hyperthyroidism.
Not only does it fortify the heart, but also has a role in controlling symptoms of restlessness seen in this particular condition. While it is not recommended for use in pregnant women (being a uterus stimulant), others can avail the useful herb as capsules, tinctures or tea infusions. At home preparation requires not more than 2 g of Motherwort in a cup full of boiling water, followed by thorough sieving and cooling. It is safe to have this thrice in a day. According to The University Of Maryland Medical Center, this perennial herb must not be had with sedative drugs.
Often used as an ingredient from the Mint family that renders flavour in icecream or tea preparations, Lemon balm has shown impressive results in stabilizing mood and mental activity. Although unproved, Melissa officinalis has been found to show favourable results in hyperthyroidism patients by inhibiting thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) from attaching to certain receptors.
As already mentioned above, an overactive thyroid makes one more prone to anxiety. The lemon scented herb controls the typical clinical features of hyperthyroidism via distinct mechanisms. Not only does it block the synthesis of T4 and prevent the transformation of T4 to T3 (which is more potent than T4), Sweet or Garden balm dilutes the effects of TSH and curbs the auto antibodies from accelerating the working of the butterfly shaped gland. A daily intake of 300-500 mg is recommended to normalize the thyroid gland. If lemon balm is combined with other herbs such as Bugleweed, better regulation of functions linked with thyroid are ensured.
Lycopus virginicus has been the herb of choice for treating the initial stages of Graves’ disease, especially in Europe since innumerable years. The particular herb slows the process involving metabolism of iodine, which consequently cuts down the hormone produced by the cells within the affected thyroid gland.
The natural presence of lithospermic acid also reduces the amount of thyroxine, thereby bringing symptomatic relief. However, it must be noted that these wondrous effects are easy to achieve in hyperthyroidism cases of mild severity. Additional benefits linked with the use of Bugleweed include elimination of the irregular palpitations. Always consult your physician before trying the herb so as to avoid drug interaction between the concurrent diabetes or thyroid medications and Bugleweed. Also, having more than the apt dose can lead to enlargement of the gland.
The mild calming effect of Valerian root brought about by a hike in the level of Gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) justifies its use. The restlessness and lack of proper sleep experienced by patients with hyperthyroidism, particularly Graves’ disease, can be looked after with the regular consumption of Valerian root.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.