Hyperthyroidism: Symptoms, Causes and Natural Treatments

The thyroid is a gland located in the front of the neck, below the larynx and near the windpipe. It is shaped like a butterfly and is part of the endocrine system that produces Hormones that control many bodily functions. “These are thyroxine or T4 (inactive form) and tri-iodo-thyronine or T3 (active form), which are synthesized from iodine found in our food“explains Doctor Laure Martinat, anesthetist-resuscitator and naturopath.

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The thyroid gland is a very important gland because thyroid hormones play a role on the global scale of our organism. “She will intervene multiple functions : development of the central nervous system, bone metabolism, energy metabolism, heart function, growth and development, fertility…Hyperthyroidism is when blood levels of T3/T4 are abnormally high for a long period of time. This excess production of thyroid hormones generally increases metabolism and therefore leads to a wide variety of symptoms.

What is hyperthyroidism?

L’hyperthyroidism is a very common disease associated with hyperactive functioning thyroid. Thyroid hormone is produced in excessive amount leading to an increase in basic metabolism and vital functions of the organism. Laure Martinant reminds us “The causes of hyperthyroidism are manifold. We have them autoimmune hyperthyroidism for example such as Graves’ disease or postpartum thyroiditis, which primarily affects young women. There are those too hypersecreting thyroid nodules which primarily affect older people, especially women”. There are also drugs caused if you take too much iodine, amiodarone (an antiarrhythmic drug) interferon (an immunomodulatory drug).

Here, too, the symptoms are very variable and depend on the intensity of the hyperthyroidism:

  • cardiovascular symptoms : tachycardia with palpitations, sometimes associated with an increase in blood pressure;
  • weight loss, although the patient describes an increase in appetite;
  • thermophobia : the patient is still extremely hot;
  • Neuropsychic Disorders : anxiety, fatigue, nervousness, restlessness, sleep disorders;
  • Sometimes hand tremors or loss of muscle mass;
  • In rare cases of hyperthyroidism, severe heart complications can occur and/or reveal the disease: cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, cardiac insufficiency.

The doctor will ask you for an initial blood test with dosage TSH, gland regulator thyroid helps to ensure the right balance of hormones, which is done through a blood test. This initial examination is done to identify the causes of an overactive thyroid: a search for specific antibodies (to detect possible Graves’ disease), neck ultrasound to visualize the thyroid (looking for nodules) or a scintigraphy… The doctor can also prescribe additional tests to assess the effects of hyperthyroidism : cardiovascular check-up, ophthalmological check-up, kidney check-up, etc.

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Can an overactive thyroid be prevented?

Hyperthyroidism as such cannot be prevented certain factors can disrupt thyroid function : “Overall, it should be remembered that the thyroid is a finely regulated system that is prone to failure. We try to avoid contact with the whole family of endocrine disruptors found in food or cosmetics., advises the specialist. The thyroid is also a stress-sensitive gland. “It is necessary to fight against daily stressors that disrupt the proper functioning.“.

Some nutrients may also play a key role in preventing hyperthyroidism:

  • Products low in iodine that help reduce thyroid hormones (protein, fresh fruit, oats, honey);
  • cruciferous vegetables which prevent the thyroid gland from using all the iodine available in the body (cabbage, broccoli, bamboo, arugula);
  • Iron rich foods since low iron levels are associated with hyperthyroidism (red meat, dried beans, nuts);
  • the selenium “is involved in the synthesis and activation of thyroid hormones, protects the thyroid from oxidative stress, not to mention its fundamental role in immune system health”. Seafood, fish, meat, eggs or lentils are rich in it;
  • LFoods rich in vitamin D and calcium that protect bones often weakened by hyperthyroidism (salmon, almond, prune, kidney beans, dairy, in reasonable doses).

What Are the Natural Treatments for Hyperthyroidism?

There are natural treatments that can help with thyroid pathologies, but that’s how it is It is imperative to follow a doctor’s advice as the balance of thyroid function is very fragile“. Close monitoring of thyroid function is indeed necessary and does not replace medical treatment.

Plants are allies in treating hyperthyroidism. in the aromatherapyit is “I’Myrrh essential oil this is an excellent thyroid regulator“, which allows to slow down the activity of the thyroid gland. herbal medicinethe lemon balm can be used as an infusion as this would increase the effects of these hormones Lycope (with this you can adjust the volume of the thyroidregulate heart rate and blood pressure and reduce fever) and grommy (naturally slows down the synthesis of thyroid hormones) for example in the mother tincture.

With hyperthyroidism, it is interesting to turn to plants that have more symptomatic and thus help treat the symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism. For example, we can quote:

  • I’Essential Oil of Marjoram is known to be calming, edgy, anxiolytic and cardiovascular rebalancing.
  • I’hawthorn helps regulate heart rate.
  • in gemmotherapythe macerate bud linden tree has a calming and soothing effect.

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thanks to dr Laure Martinat, anesthesiologist, alternative practitioner, phyto-aromatherapist and author of the book Immunity, Infectious Diseases and Recovery: Boosting Your Health Naturally Quintessence Editions

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