You don’t know it’s there, you can’t feel it working, but the functioning of butterfly shaped thyroid gland, located at the base of your neck, influences every organ system and every function of your body. So if your thyroid gland is not operating as it should, the effect on your body are widespread.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones, which regulate the rate of metabolism in the cells of the body. The condition can range from mild to severe, leading coma or even death.
Mild and moderate hypothyroidism is caused due to sluggishness of thyroid for which you need to take supplements and herbal remedy for thyroid health. Here are some of my best home remedies for hypothyroidism.
Home remedies for hypothyroidism
The thyroid needs iodine to do its work. Dietary sources of iodine include salt-water fish, other seafood’s, seaweeds and iodised table salt. If you suspect you’re deficient in iodine, include these foods in your diet or take 150- 300 microgram of iodine per day. Don’t exceed this dose, because excess iodine may actually inhibit thyroid function.
The amino acid tyrosine is another building block of thyroid hormones; you may want to try taking 250 to 500 milligram per day.
Although some foods can boost iodine levels, other may actually block the thyroid from using iodine. Foods to avoid include soybean, peanuts, millet, pine nuts, turnip, cabbage and mustard. Cooking, however, appears to inactivate the substances that causes this effect, so don’t be afraid to eat cooked foods contains these ingredient.
• Myrrh(commiphora myrrha)
This tree resin stimulates the thyroid although researchers haven’t figured out how. Resins don’t extract in hot water, though, so myrrh doesn’t work in a tea form.
Typical dosages: ¼ to ½ tsp of tincture three times per day.
• Bladderwrack (fucus vesiculosus)
The iodine-rich seaweed is one of several seaweeds that can help balance and nourish the thyroid.
Typical dosages; ¼ to ½ tsp of tincture three times per day.
This group of herbs has an overall stimulating effect on the body, including the digestive system and the hormone-producing endocrine system that the thyroid gland is a part of. In the clinical experience of doctors, bitters are the most effective treatment for mild to moderate hypothyroidism. Bitters are named for their taste: their strong taste boosts the body’s production of digestive fluid so you get more nutrition from eating the same food. The more bitter the taste, the better they work. You have actually to taste the bitterness, so tincture are on the market; look for those that contain genatin.
Typical dosages; ¼ to ½ tsp of tincture three times per day before meal; or 1 cup of tea three times per day before meals.
Prepared by: Dr. Shivani Amola