Herbal Medicines for Thyroid



Thyroid is a common prevalent problem affecting people across all age groups.Thyroid is a common prevalent problem affecting people across all age groups. While there are a number of treatments that help in alleviating thyroid condition, people also get interested in knowing if there are any herbal treatments for thyroid. 

However along with medicines, some changes in lifestyle also help treating thyroid problems.  

Types of Thyroid:

There are two types of thyroid that individuals suffer from. Doctors usually write the medical term of the condition without giving much of an explanation that makes it difficult for people to understand how to get rid of the condition naturally. Let us explain you a little bit on both the conditions.

Hypothyroidism –

This is a condition when the thyroid count is below the standard range. The body does not produce enough thyroid hormones leading to health issues like fatigue, sudden weight gain, depression, constipation, dry skin, muscle weakness, feeling chills, high blood cholesterol, thinning hair, menstrual changes and infertility issues, muscle aches and stiffness. However, do keep in mind that hypothyroidism does not cause you to experience all the symptoms; Symptoms vary from one person to another.

Hyperthyroidism –

In this condition, the thyroid gland makes too much of thyroid hormones T3 and T4 or both. That is the reason why doctors ask you to go for a T3 and T4 test along with TSH test. Although the symptoms vary from one person to another, some common symptoms of hyperthyroidism are drastic weight loss, frequent bowl movements, increased pangs of hunger, weakness, restlessness, lack of concentration, itchy skin, brittle hair, sleeplessness and irregular heat palpitation. In women, Hyperthyroidism can cause irregular menstrual cycle while in men, it can lead to man breasts.

Thyroid problems if not taken care of can give rise to serious conditions like heart failure, strokes, or autoimmune diseases.

Herbal Treatment for Thyroid:

Ashwagandha – 

This herb is an integral part of Ayurvedic medication and has been used since ages to treat a number of health conditions. It is known to prevent inflammation of the thyroid gland and also strengthens the immune system. It also treats autoimmune conditions related to thyroid.

Echinacea – 

This herb has immense medicinal properties as it can alleviate thyroid problems by enhancing the immune system. In Ayurveda, this herb is often used to treat hypothyroidism and related conditions like Hashimoto's disease and Grave’s Disease.

Black walnut – 

This improves the function of the thyroid gland that helps in balanced release of thyroid hormones keeping the thyroid gland healthy.

Bacopa – 

Also known as Indian pennywort, these leaves are another staple herb of Ayurveda medicine to treat symptoms of hypothyroidism like lack of concentration and mental focus. It also reduces inflammation of the thyroid gland.

Guggulu – 

Guggul or shuddha guggulu has strong herbal properties to treat hypothyroidism. There have also been certain clinical evaluations to understand the effect on guggulu on thyroid glands. The results have in quite significant and proved that guggulu plays a positive role in treating thyroid naturally.

 

Thyroid is an invisible illness, if you experience any abnormal health symptoms that are very unlikely, take it seriously and do seek a medical professional’s help. 

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