Hyperthyroidism is a hormonal imbalance that leads to a severe acceleration of metabolism.
It generates multiple inconveniences that destabilize existence.
Discomfort, fatigue, insomnia, cravings, weight loss, and accelerated transit should alert you.
But, as with any hormonal disorder, the treatments are often summary and are not without side effects.
However, there are natural solutions that can accompany your care and perhaps even help you lighten it in the long term.
- 1 What is the thyroid?
- 2 What is hyperthyroidism?
- 3 What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?
- 4 What are the physical signs of hyperthyroidism?
- 5 The Thyroid Storm
- 6 The diagnosis of hyperthyroidism
- 7 Hyperthyroidism medication
- 8 Hyperthyroidism natural treatment
- 9 Essential oils for hyperthyroidism
- 10 How to cure hyperthyroidism naturally?
What is the thyroid?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the bottom of the neck.
Its role is to make hormones:
– thyroxine or T4
– triiodothyronine or T3
These hormones are involved in three essential functions:
What is hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism results in an elevated level of hormones that causes an increase in the three major thyroid functions.
This results in an acceleration of metabolism, movement, and psyche.
What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?
Hypersensitivity to heat is one of the major signs of this condition and results in an excessive perception of a hot environment.
An increased appetite
Increased appetite is usually due to accelerated metabolism.
A modified intestinal transit
A major change in transit is manifested by an increased frequency and decreased stool consistency.
Thus, whatever the habits of the patient, a modification is induced by hyperthyroidism and generates an accelerated transit and frequent diarrhea.
It is most often a moderate weight loss caused by a change in metabolism.
Thus, even if the patient feels an increased appetite, he paradoxically loses weight, a loss which, in some cases, can be severe.
Here too, anxiety can be caused by a psyche disturbed by hyperthyroidism.
The patient may therefore experience cognitive impairment and concentration disorders.
The tremors are caused by an acceleration of movements.
The patient with hyperthyroidism is likely to experience hand tremors.
Note that this symptom may be related to the anxiety felt.
Excessive sweating can also be a symptom of hyperthyroidism.
Difficulty in falling asleep, nocturnal awakenings, or early awakenings lead patients to intense fatigue.
Other symptoms can also occur in hyperthyroidism:
- muscle weakness
- an irregular menstrual cycle (hypomenorrhea or amenorrhea)
- a depressive syndrome
What are the physical signs of hyperthyroidism?
Tachycardia is an increased heart rate, most often exceeding 100 beats per minute.
Because of this increased rhythm, cardiac arrhythmias may also occur and result in palpitations or even atrial fibrillation.
Hypertension results in erratic pulse pressure.
Pulse pressure is the difference between systolic and diastolic pressure.
Systolic is the first number, diastolic is the second.
In hyperthyroidism, the systolic pressure increases but the diastolic pressure does not change.
Some patients may present with an enlargement of the thyroid resulting in a goiter often found in Grave’s disease.
Fainting that may occur in hyperthyroidism is usually due to atrial fibrillation or cardiac arrhythmia.
A thiamin deficiency
Hyperthyroidism can cause vitamin deficiencies, especially thiamine.
Accelerated metabolism leads to increased use of vitamins and thiamin or vitamin B1 is quickly depleted.
Certain signs may reveal this deficiency such as fatigue, weight loss, and abdominal discomfort.
The Thyroid Storm
If hormone levels get out of control and extremely high, a thyroid storm is on the way.
This episode is a medical emergency that can occur in an individual with untreated hyperthyroidism or in a patient who has too many high levels.
The thyroid storm is manifested by specific signs like:
– an altered mind (confusion)
– intense weakness
– nausea and vomiting
– a very high heartbeat
The diagnosis of hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism is mainly detected through a blood test and the measurement of TSH, T3, and T4.
TSH is generally decreased when T3 and T4 hormones are elevated.
Added to this test is an anti-TSH receptor antibody assay to determine if hyperthyroidism is due to Grave’s disease.
Hyperthyroidism is treated with medications that help control hormone levels.
The aim of the treatment instituted is to lower the level of thyroid hormones.
Synthetic antithyroid drugs and iodine are prescribed.
Surgery may be considered if the patient is in excessive pain or if there is a goiter.
Hyperthyroidism natural treatment
This is a perennial herb also called green wolf’s foot which, in the case of hyperthyroidism helps block the production of T4 hormones.
It is advisable to opt for a bugleweed tincture (#ad), 15 to 25 drops morning and evening.
Nettle is a plant very rich in minerals and vitamins A, B and C.
It is a thyroid regulator as active in the case of hyperthyroidism as in hypothyroidism.
Its high iodine content helps restore hormonal balance, it is a perfect tonic.
The recommended dosage of a nettle tincture (#ad) is 2ml once or twice a day.
L-carnitine is a derivative of the amino acid lysine.
Studies show that it can relieve hyperthyroidism in some cases because its action slows down the activity of the thyroid.
A 1000mg dosage of l-carnitine (#ad) 2-4 times a day is recommended.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a perennial herb in the mint family.
Studies tend to show that an extract of lemon balm can stop the overactivity of the thyroid, especially in patients with Grave’s disease.
The recommended dosage of a lemon balm extract (#ad) is 2ml three times a day.
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) is a central nervous system sedative.
Highly recommended for the heart, its action focuses on rhythm disorders (tachycardia, arrhythmia, palpitations, extrasystoles) that occur in the context of hyperthyroidism.
The recommended dosage of a hawthorn extract (#ad) is 50 drops mid-day.
Blood dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) is a European shrub widely used in herbal medicine.
It is very indicated for endocrine disorders.
It is particularly recommended to treat hyperthyroidism, euthyroid goiter, and dysendocrinia phenomena (mixture of symptoms of hypo and hyperthyroidism)
The recommended dosage of blood dogwood is 50 drops in the evening.
Essential oils for hyperthyroidism
Myrrh essential oil
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) has anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties.
It is also an endocrine regulator.
It thus acts against hyperthyroidism by counteracting its overactivity. It also fights against thyroid nodules.
You can massage the base of the neck 3-4 times a day, diluting two drops of myrrh oil (#ad) in vegetable oil.
Cumin essential oil
Cumin oil #ad (Cuminum cyminum) is an antispasmodic, anti-infectious, immunostimulant, and calming oil.
It is also active in treating hyperthyroidism as it significantly slows down its functioning.
Marjoram Essential Oil
Marjoram oil (Origanum majorana) has the particularity of reducing the symptoms of hyperthyroidism such as palpitations, diarrhea, stress, and excessive sweating.
You can use it in a topical application through a thyroid massage by diluting 30 drops in 10ml of vegetable oil.
You can also take 2 drops of marjoram essential oil (#ad) on half a sugar 3 times a day before meals.
Calamint Essential Oil
Calamint is a plant of the mint family.
Its essential oil is antispasmodic, carminative (stimulates gastrointestinal motility) sedative, and anti-infectious.
It is interesting for hyperthyroidism because of its action on the digestive sphere which facilitates intestinal transit and inconveniences such as aerophagia, and flatulence.
→ The most effective is to create a synergy of these four essential oils and deposit 3 drops of the mixture on half sugar 3 times a day before meals.
How to cure hyperthyroidism naturally?
An overactive thyroid is not a fatality.
Many plants can give you their calming benefits.
By making a judicious combination of their virtues, you can accompany your prescribed treatment and ultimately achieve lower dosages.
It is surely a game of patience but with diligence, you will notice a better hormonal balance.