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Herbal Medicines for Thyroid Disorders
The Free Library by Farlex

Until the past fifty years, thyroid disease could not be definitively diagnosed in China; rather, Chinese doctors could only detect a certain set of symptoms to be treated and could palpate any moderate or large nodules in the area of the thyroid gland

The H-shaped thyroid gland in the lower part of the neck produces the hormone thyroxine, which in turn controls a person's metabolic rate. An essential part of this hormone is the chemical iodine, and therefore an iodine-rich diet (containing seafood, shellfish, organic vegetables, and iodized salt) is a vital self-help measure for thyroid problems caused by iodine deficiency. Hyperthyroidism is over activity in the thyroid; hypothyroidism signifies a sluggish thyroid.

Hyperthyroidism and Herbs

Weight loss, increased appetite, and bulging eyes are caused by over activity of the thyroid gland. There may also be a rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) and tremors. Toxic goiter is another name for this condition, which is usually a result of over stimulation of the thyroid by an abnormal hormone rather than a fault in the gland itself. The conventional treatment for this is surgery.


Herbal Medicine Infusions of the herb bugleweed three times a day help slow the action of the gland.

Homeopathy A homeopath may prescribe Iodum 30c twice a day for two weeks.

Hypothyroidism and Herbs

Lack of energy, muscle weakness, weight gain, and persistent infections are symptoms of this condition. They are a result of under activity of the thyroid gland. Sufferers may feel cold and have a hoarse voice, coarse skin, and constipation.


Herbal Medicine Infusions of the herb bladderwrack will help regulate thyroid function.

Consult a qualified practitioner/therapist for:

Homeopathy Specific remedies might include Arsenicum alb., but overall, treatment should be constitutional, prescribed by a homeopath.

Goiter and Herbs

Goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland. Symptoms of the condition are palpitations, bulging eyes, irritability, and a high fever. It is not the same as hyperthyroidism. Goiter is often caused by a deficiency of iodine in the diet and can be relieved by taking iodine supplement.


Reflexology A reflexologist massages areas that relate to the thyroid, which are found in the big toe and the arch of the foot.

Consult a qualified practitioner/therapist for:

Acupuncture:  An acupuncturist may treat the condition with fine needles inserted into positions on the "energy pathways" of the body to clear obstructions of blood circulation and energy, and an accumulation of phlegm, which in Chinese medicine are related to problems with the thyroid gland.

Homeopathy Treatment would be constitutional, but specific remedies include Iodum 30c, Spongia 30c, Calcarea 30c, and Fluoric ac. 30c.

 Source & References: The Free Library by Farlex


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