Natural Treatments for Hypothyroidism

Natural Treatments for Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is condition related to having an underactive thyroid gland that doesn’t properly make or release thyroid hormones. It is the thermostat regulating energy for your entire body. When a person’s thyroid is not functioning normally they may experience fatigue, constipation, dry skin, brain fog or trouble concentrating, depression, anxiety, hair loss, joint and muscles aches, generalized swelling and cold intolerance.

Please note:  DO NOT stop any medications without consulting with your Healthcare Provider.

In addition to your current treatment plan for treating hypothyroidism there are several natural treatment recommendations.

1. Reduce inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s response to the invasion of bacteria, viruses, foreign substances, and chemicals. It is a normal immune response but when a person is frequently exposed low grade inflammation can become chronic. To avoid chronic inflammation a person should avoid processed foods, diet soda, artificial scents, artificial food colorings, artificial sweeteners, and plastic containers made with bisphenol (BPA). When exposed to these substances inflammation can occur in the gut (also called leaky gut syndrome). When leaky gut syndrome occurs, small particles that are normally trapped in the gut start to leak out into the bloodstream through tiny openings in the gut lining which creates an autoimmune cascade.

2. Use adaptogens to support your adrenal stress response and cool down your immune-inflammatory reactions. Adaptogens are a class of herbs that promote a sense of well-being. They help your body cope more effectively with the demands of everyday life. They provide a sustained sense of calm, increase energy, and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ashwagandha (500 milligrams daily) is one such adaptogen. It helps lower cortisol and balance T4 levels. Other adaptogens include herbs like rhodiola, licorice root, ginseng, and holy basil.

3. Essential fatty acids are important for the body’s metabolism and building of membrane structures. There are two types: omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 is found in most plant oil such as corn, safflower, soy, and sunflower. These oils are abundant in processed foods. Omega-6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids have the opposite effect. They are anti-inflammatory. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in deep-water fish, walnuts, flax seeds, legumes, and some plant oils such as canola and soybean oil. The goal is to have a balanced diet of omega-6 and 3 fatty acids, however in today’s world our diet often contains 14-25 times as much omega-6 as omega-3.

4. A blend of essential oils may be used either by massage or inhalation. (Do not ingest essential oils unless under the care of a Healthcare Practitioner). Essential oils are pure essences extracted or distilled from plants. Flowers, leaves, roots, resins, seeds, and fruits of many herbs, shrubs, and tress are used to provide aromatic oils, each with their unique healing properties. Mix three drops of frankincense (Boswellia carteri) with five drops of lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) and add to 15 cc of jojoba oil and place in a rollerball. You may apply this over the thyroid area up to three times a day. Frankincense is high in monoterpenes and lavender is high in linalool, both which have anti-inflammatory properties.

By implementing these natural treatment options your inflammatory system will begin to quiet down. This will allow your thyroid to more effectively produce thyroid hormones and allow your cells to convert and use those thyroid hormones.

If you would like to have an essential oil blend developed specifically for you please do not hesitate to contact me by clicking here.
Pat White MSN PMH NP-BC
Registered Aromatherapist

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease, nor are the views expressed by Pat White NP intended to be a substitute for conventional medical services. If you or a family member has a medical problem, or if you suspect that you or a family member has a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

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