Posted by JB Bardot
Homeopathic remedies have been used successfully by many homeopaths and natural health practitioners to helpful patients manage both hypothyroid and hyperthyroid disease. Homeopathy has been used for hundreds of years and seeks to stimulate an individual’s innate immune response to an external stimulus, allowing the body to heal itself. Treating thyroid disease with homeopathy may or may not fully resolve your condition, depending on the degree of degeneration of the thyroid gland experienced by each patient; however, it will provide relief for many of the symptoms produced by various aspects of thyroid disease.
In most cases where the thyroid is dysfunctional, symptoms arise relating to the imbalance of the thyroid hormones. Conventional medicine generally treats people with Synthroid, or its generic equivalent, which is a preparation of T4, one of the two primary thyroid hormones. Some people do not respond well to Synthroid and need additional supplementation with T3, the cellular active thyroid hormone. In spite of adjustments made by doctors to some patient’s hormone supplementation, unwanted symptoms may still be present affecting the patient’s lifestyle and overall health. Homeopathic remedies are useful on their own and in conjunction with conventional medicines in relieving these symptoms. Always consult your physician and an experienced homeopath for treatment for any thyroid disorders, including autoimmune thyroid diseases such as Graves and Hashimoto’s disease.
The homeopathic remedy Iodum is indicated for patients experiencing hyperthyroidism, according to Dr. William Boericke, in the Materia Medica and Repertory. The person may feel very hot, agitated, and shaky with trembling hands and heart palpitations. There may be an increased appetite, with a desire to eat all day long, resulting in obesity; however, the individual may also have an increased metabolism and not be able to gain weight. Given in controlled doses and the correct potency, Iodum may help regulate the thyroid and the pituitary gland, the source of thyroid stimulating hormone.
Fucus vesicelosus, or sea kelp, helps thyroid conditions where there is an under active thyroid with slow metabolism, according to the Boericke. The remedy has the power to stimulate the thyroid and pituitary gland, helping to adjust the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone, and boost metabolic processes. When used correctly, this powerful remedy offers relief from many thyroid conditions and successfully reduces a myriad of symptoms, such as promoting weight loss, relieving sluggishness and fatigue, alleviating headaches, muscle pain and joint discomfort, and overcome many other unwanted symptoms of thyroid dysfunction.
Additionally, this remedy also has the ability to suppress an overactive thyroid when given in higher potencies and larger doses. Fucus vesicelosus should never be self-administered. It should only be used under the supervision of an experienced homeopath that can monitor your case closely. Never adjust your dose or change the potency of the remedy without first consulting your practitioner. Dietary kelp is contraindicated while taking homeopathic Fucus vesicelosus.
Kali carbonicum is indicated for individuals who suffer from a slow metabolism, often seen in hypothyroidism. The remedy may relieve symptoms of coldness and chilliness, pain in the back, chronic constipation, indigestion, flatulence, belching and a sour taste in the mouth. The person needing this remedy may be aggravated in general by drinking icy-cold drinks, which can produce nausea and vomiting. Patients experiencing chronic bronchitis, sinus infections, obesity, fatigue and who are hypothyroid are excellent candidates for this remedy.
Never treat yourself for thyroid problems. Any form of thyroid disease is complex and treatment needs to be supervised by an experienced health practitioner.
Materia Medica and Repertory; William Boericke; 1998
Materia Medica of Homeopathic Medicines; Dr. S.R. Phatak; 1988
Desktop Guide; Dr. Roger Morrison; 1993
University of Maryland Medical Center: Hypothyroidism