by Sinead Fine (MAHA) 

You may suffer from Thyroid conditions. If not you will know someone who will as it’s an incredibly common disorder.

Underactive thyroid is called Hypothyroid and is the result of too little thyroid hormone being produced. It is five times commoner in women than men, affecting up to ten per cent of women over the age of 50. It typically produces weight gain, fatigue and listlessness, cold sensitivity, skin dryness, fluid retention and constipation. The conventional treatment consists of taking Levothyroxine, a replacement hormone for life.

Over-activity of the thyroid is called Hyperthyroidism and occurs when the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone. It is associated with weight loss, increased appetite, palpitations, hot flushes, anxiety and restlessness, muscle weakness and tremor. Sometimes the eyes may be affected and seem to bulge, hence the symptom of exophthalmos. Conventional treatment usually consists of taking anti-thyroid drugs, possibly radioactive iodine, and/or surgery.

Goitre is an enlargement of the thyroid gland and can be due to many factors such as insufficient iodine. Goitre can occur in both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Some people suffer from Thyroglossal cysts which are usually formed along the thyroglossal tract. Most cysts and lumps are benign but they should always be investigated by your doctor.

The thyroid gland is one of the most important glands in the body and has an effect on many systems of the body including emotions, immunity, energy, circulation, growth and development. The thyroid makes T4 (thyroxine), T3 (triiodothyronine) and calcitonin.

There are many causes of thyroid conditions and testing at your doctors is the best way to investigate exactly what is happening in the body. For example, many women find after pregnancy or menopause that they develop Hypothyroidism. Some find after prolonged stressful events that Hyperthyroidism may occur.

However be aware that the test called TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is not enough to indicate a Thyroid problem. Other tests should also be ordered with your doctor such as Thyroid antibodies, T4 and T3. Some doctors may refuse to do more testing if your TSH is normal. That’s when it’s time to change your doctor! The clinic can order you the thyroid tests via Pathology labs if you cannot get them via your doctor.

A Homeopath does not treat thyroid conditions. Instead they treat the person as a whole and consequently recreate homeostatic balance to all the organs. This is usually through Homeopathic treatment. A Homeopath may advise food advice and supplementation as part of a treatment plan. Essential nutrients needed by the thyroid include selenium, calcium, zinc and iodine amongst others. The diet should be as natural and wholesome as possible.

Homeopathic medicines which may help in thyroid conditions could be:

FUCUS is a remedy that is great for those who are overweight. They often have headaches which can be due to endocrine imbalance and constipation. The headache is often described as a tight ring around the head.

GRAPHITES is often needed in overweight people who have a tendency to skin issues such as eczema or dry cracked skin. They love their home and come across as practical grounded people, yet they can be weepy and sensitive also.

CALC CARB is a remedy for those who easily become overweight. They suffer often from anxiety and may have many fears and phobias. They often crave bread, cakes, pastries, milk and cheese. They are most often chilly and have a history of constipation.

FERR IOD may be for overweight people who have hyperthyroidism. They will get flushed easily and often have a red face. They are industrious people and tend to suffer from Irritable Bowel. They crave tomatoes and savoury snacks

IODUM often helps greatly in those individuals who suffer from hyperthyroidism. They may have a history of anxiety and this may be a source for their current illness.

SPONGIA is a remedy that often helps those with a hyperactive thyroid. There may be a history of asthma, coughs and colds.

BROMIUM is useful for those who suffer from hyperthyroidism. They love the sea and cool weather and hate becoming overheated as they generally feel quite hot.

NAT MUR may help some people who crave salt, love the seaside and are introvert by nature. They may have a past history of grief and tend to suffer from headaches and dry or oily skin.

Don’t feel alone with your thyroid condition. Call a Homeopath today to discuss how you can improve your health.