Understanding Thyroid Problems -- Diagnosis and Treatment
What About Alternative Medicine for Thyroid Problems?
Thyroid problems are usually easily corrected with conventional medicine. Consult your endocrinologist about using alternative therapies, which aim to cleanse the system, restore immune function, and balance hormone production and release.
Naturopathy and TCM
A naturopath may treat your thyroid condition with homeopathic mixtures, herbs, preparations based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which attributes thyroid disease to emotional distress, and acupuncture. Both methods aim to remove blocks to one's ''life force energy.''
Naturopaths are authorized to treat thyroid disease in some states; in others, it is illegal. Check with your doctor or local health authority to see if your state allows naturopathic interventions. In addition, it is important to discuss with your doctor if these methods are working to treat your thyroid problem and not just treating the stress associated with thyroid disease.
There are no good studies showing the effectiveness of these methods in treating thyroid disorders.
Body Work and Nutrition
Chiropractors and osteopaths use spinal manipulation to treat symptoms of thyroid disorders by reducing muscle tension and improving blood circulation.
A diet rich in protein, calcium, magnesium, and iodine supports thyroid function. You want to be sure you are receiving enough of all the B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C, and selenium, which, in high doses, may cause thyroid problems.
Avoid these products if you suffer from thyroid disease:
- The herb ephedra, found in herbal formulas, and its extracts ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, found in over-the-counter cold remedies; they can cause nervousness, insomnia, headache, and high blood pressure.
- Alkaloids, including substances such as caffeine, morphine, and quinine, which increase blood pressure and heart rate