Although this disease affects both sexes, women are the most affected. Moreover, thyroid disorders mainly occur during pregnancy or menopause. Hyperthyroidism is then manifested by an excessive production of hormones by the thyroid gland. And the symptoms are evocative: hot flashes, irritability, fatigue, stress, diarrhoea… Today, Levothyrox appears to be the reference treatment for treating this thyroid disorder. Nevertheless, there are many natural solutions to regulate the secretion of hormones. Discover all the natural remedies to overcome hyperthyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism: What is that ?
Hyperthyroidism is a disease that results from too much secretion of thyroid hormones in the body. In women, these thyroid disorders often occur during pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. But men can also be affected by hyperthyroidism. In both sexes, the disorder is easily identifiable since it is accompanied by characteristic signs.
There are two main types of hyperthyroidism:
- diffuse hyperthyroidism is manifested by an increase in the volume of the gland (goiter). This secretes abnormal amounts of hormones. Usually it is Graves’ disease. But, it can also be an old goiter;
- nodular hyperthyroidism is characterized by hypersecretion of only one part of the gland. This is explained by the presence of a single nodule (toxic adenoma) or several pathological nodules (toxic heterogeneous multinodular goiters).
The causes of thyroid gland dysfunction are still poorly understood. But, it would seem that the family background plays an important role in the occurrence of the disorder.
On the other hand, among the reasons that can explain the appearance of hyperthyroidism, there are:
- Graves’ disease. It is an autoimmune disease affecting mainly young women. And the symptoms are telling. In addition to the signs of hyperthyroidism, there is an exophthalmos in the affected subject (protrusion of the eyes outside the orbit, most of the time symmetrical and bilateral). At the level of the neck, we also distinguish a homogeneous goiter vibrating under the hand during palpation. Graves’ disease is the main cause of hyperthyroidism. It appears following an episode of stress, personal difficulties or a shock…
- excessive ingestion of hormonal products in order to lose weight (thyroxine, preparations, thyroid extracts). In this case, hyperthyroidism is not accompanied by exophthalmos or goiter. Note that some medications also contain iodine overload, which can cause hyperthyroidism. Among them, amiodarone, interferon and expectorants (pneumogein);
- the presence of a benign tumor of the thyroid gland, a toxic nodule or a pre-existing goiter;
Since the disorder is due to an excessive secretion of thyroid hormones, there is a hyperfunction of all metabolisms with:
- rapid and unexplained weight loss;
- regular and persistent tachycardia during sleep;
- rapid trembling of the hands;
- muscle weakness;
- more frequent hot flashes and sweats than usual;
- feeling hot and thirsty;
- diarrhoea, nausea or even vomiting;
- hot, clammy skin;
- brittle hair;
- a state of agitation, hyperactivity, stress;
- some irritability, mood swings;
- a protruding eye ready to spring from its socket…
If you think you have hyperthyroidism, first consult your doctor (general practitioner, gynecologist or endocrinologist). The signs of the disorder may differ from person to person and may be an expression of another disease. A complete examination will allow you to undertake the treatment best suited to your profile.
Natural treatments for hyperthyroidism
Mental and physical rest
In case of hyperthyroidism, it is strongly recommended to respect a certain physical rest. Generally, it is accompanied by a work stoppage.
But beyond the physical rest, it is necessary to drive out the stress and to rest psychologically.
There is a homeopathic treatment to fight against hyperthyroidism. Take 20 drops 3 times a day of Vespa complex Lehning n°46 and 3 granules alternately 3 times a day of Iodum 5 CH or Natrum Muriaticum 5 CH.
Before starting a treatment, consult a homeopath who will be able to advise you.
Take 30 drops 3 times a day of Lycopus europaeus TM.
Some essential oils have properties to overcome a dysfunction of the thyroid gland. Among them, essential oil of myrrh, EO of meadow cumin, EO of garden marjoram.
Mix two drops of each essential oil in a teaspoon of olive oil, three times a day before meals.
On the other hand, Chinese medicine recommends a plant complex in case of hyperthyroidism. Consume Chinese cinnamon, ginger and ginseng.
This perennial herbaceous plant is also called « wolf’s foot ». It has an interesting property, that of blocking the production of thyroid hormone T4. Unfortunately, this plant is often out of stock in France.
Lycope is particularly suitable for fighting against palpitations, hot flashes and state of nervousness. The plant can also be beneficial in case of tightness in the neck and slight proptosis. On the other hand, the « wolf’s foot » is an effective natural remedy in addition to medical treatment when the latter is poorly tolerated by the patient. Please note that follow-up is necessary.
Take 15 to 25 drops of mother tincture of this plant, morning and evening. The doses are then to be adjusted according to the evolution of the symptoms. Be aware that the natural treatment can be taken for a long time (several months), especially in times of stress or during menopause.
Foods to avoid
In case of hyperthyroidism, it is advisable to adopt a diet accordingly. It is better to avoid certain foods rich in iodine. You find it mainly in seafood, fish such as cod or haddock, dairy products and table salt fortified with iodine.
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