While hyperthyroidism (an over-active thyroid gland) is not as common as hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid), it can still cause many problems for people who suffer from it. The conventional treatments for overactive thyroid tend to be fairly extreme and often revolve around surgery or treatment with radioactive iodine. The treatments can all come with unwanted side effects and usually mean that a patient must take thyroid medications for the rest of their lives. There are however, natural ways to help treat this problem and they are discussed below.
Since hyperthyroidism can be difficult to treat short of the more radical measures discussed above, it may come as a surprise to that there are some herbal therapies which have proven effective for this condition. The best herbs for this include the following:
This is also known as Indian gooseberry. It is a very common herb used in Ayurvedic medicine and can treat a wide variety of conditions, including hyperthyroidism. It does this through promoting the overall health of thyroid function and regulation of the production of thyroid hormones. A common way to use this treatment is to mix powdered amla into honey and consume it, preferably in the morning.
Fish oil supplements are, of course, rich in omega-3 fatty acids. While most people think of these in relation to heart health, these acids are also great for hormonal balance as well. This is because omega-3 fatty acids are needed both to manufacture hormones (and to regulate how much the body makes) as well as helping the body to become sensitive to the action of those hormones. This makes it an excellent natural treatment for those struggling to manage high thyroid levels.
One problem common for hyperthyroid patients is heart palpitations and a rapid heartbeat (a condition known as tachycardia). Motherwort can help with this condition because it is a natural beta blocker, calming the heartbeat. It also helps by helping to lower thyroid hormone levels themselves and not just treating the symptoms. This makes it another excellent choice for those seeking a natural remedy for hyperthyroidism.
Lemon balm is often used for its calming and soothing effects on the nervous system, but it can calm down an overactive thyroid as well! Lemon balm is effective because it works to lower levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which is the hormone responsible for the production of the thyroid hormones (called T3 and T4). A lower TSH level will mean that the T3 and T4 are lowered, too.