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Hyperthyroidism: Its causes, symptoms and natural remedies

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Hyperthyroidism is a condition of the thyroid. It can hamper your life by bringing it to a standstill if not attended to at the right time. While allopathy claims to have the cure for most ailments, natural remedies should also be given an honest and sincere try. Here we bring you a list of natural home remedies for relief from hyperthyroidism.

1 What Causes Hypothyroidism?

It can be caused by a variety of conditions. Graves’ disease is the most common cause. A few other causes are mentioned below:

  • Excess iodine
  • Thyroiditis
  • Tumours of the ovaries and testes
  • Benign tumours of the thyroid or pituitary gland
  • Huge amounts of tetraiodothyronine taken via diet or supplements
What Causes Hypothyroidism?

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2 The Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

  • Increased appetite
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Brittle hair
  • Itching
  • Hair loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breast development in men
The Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

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  • If you have the following symptoms, rush to your doctor immediately.
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Fast or irregular heart rate

3 Tests to Diagnose Hyperthyroidism

These are a few tests that are used to diagnose hyperthyroidism:

  • Cholesterol test
  • T3, T4 and T3
  • TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)
  • Triglyceride test
  • Ultrasound
  • CT or MRI scans
 Tests to Diagnose Hyperthyroidism

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4 Treatment for Hypothyroidism

Medications:

Antithyroid medications are gives to stop the thyroid from making hormones.

Radioactive iodine: It effectively destroys the cells that produce hormones.

Side Effects:

A few common side effects include dry mouth, dry eyes, sore throat and changes in taste.

Surgery:

When you opt for surgery, a section or all of your thyroid gland may be removed surgically. Thyroid supplements would then have to be taken to prevent Hypothyroidism, which may crop up due to an underactive thyroid.

You have just read about hyperthyroidism. Now let us look at some natural home remedies to ease the symptoms and probably cure you as well.

Treatment for Hypothyroidism

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Bugleweed:

This herb can aid in managing mild hyperthyroidism as it reduces the amount of hormone produced by the thyroid. Research has shown that it decreases the TSH and T4 levels and stops the conversion of T4 into T3.

Bugleweed

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5 Some Recipes

Make herbal tea

  • Bugleweed – 1 and ½ tsp
  • Water – 1 cup boiling water

Method:

Mix the ingredients and allow it to steep for some time. Strain the solution after it cools down. Enjoy this tea once every day.

You could also take it in the form of a tincture, about 2 to 6ml per day.

A combination of motherwort, lemon balm and bugleweed is quite effective in treating this condition naturally. One word of warning though: this solution should not be used in cases of hypothyroidism or an enlarged thyroid gland.

Make herbal tea

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Lemon balm:

This herb can assist in normalizing an overactive thyroid gland by reducing the TSH levels. It contains flavonoids, phenolic acids and many other useful compounds that help in regulating the thyroid.

  • Lemon Balm Tea
  • Lemon balm: 2 tbsps
  • Water: 1 cup boiling water

6 Method

Mix the ingredients well and let it sit for some time. Strain and drink this tea 3 times a day. It is advisable to begin this with a lesser dosage, say about 1and ½ to 1 tsp first and then increase the amount gradually.

Motherwort:

This herb acts as a natural beta-blocker and aids in controlling high heart rates and palpitations. It helps in controlling hyperthyroid symptoms.

Motherwort Tea

  • Motherwort: 1 and ½ tsp
  • Water: 1 cup boiling water

Method:

Mix the ingredients together and let it sit for some time. Drink this tea three times every day. Exercise caution: do not take this tea if you are taking any sedative medications.

Motherwort Tea

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Broccoli:

Broccoli contains substances like isothiocyanates and goitrogens, which help in controlling the thyroid from producing too much hormone. You could also try vegetables like cauliflower; brussel sprouts rutabaga, turnips, kohlrabi, kale, mustard greens and radish.

Broccoli

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Soy Products:

Foods containing proteins are extremely beneficial for those suffering from hyperthyroidism as protein transports thyroid hormones to different parts of the body. If this is not your preferred food, then you could try including nuts, quinoa, eggs, farmed fish and legumes in your diet.


Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

If there is a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids in your body, it could lead to hormonal imbalance in the thyroid hormones as well. You could include foods like fish; grass fed animal products, flaxseeds and walnuts.

Your health is in your hands as you are responsible for taking the necessary actions at the right time. Sometimes natural remedies do what other medications fail at. So take that step and give it an honest try today!

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