Hypothyroid is slow developing and shows subtle outward signs. The slow destruction of the thyroid is hard to see of detect because the function is kept to normal levels as the thyroid enlarges. Finally, there is not enough tissue to produce the proper amounts of thyroxin and there comes the more obvious signs.
Regeneration of some tissue is possible but may need time, patience, and temporary thyroid medication (Preferably Armor natural thyroid by prescription). Prevention is the best solution. Use iodine-rich foods from the sea or ocean and avoid fluoridated water, supplement soy products, and cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cabbage, etc.
Symptoms include: forgetfulness, weight gain, PMS, menstrual changes, paleness without anemia, dry skin and hair, low blood pressure, slowed deep-tendon reflexes, cold intolerance, constipation, fatigue, apathy, swelling of tissues, low voice, hoarseness, goiter, brittle nails, stiff achy cramping muscles, weakness, hair loss, mental dullness, slow growth and development, swollen tongue, nervousness that goes into dullness, and the face looking fat with squinty eyes in menopausal women. In youth, growth in children slow and bones are affected. One may also see water retention, slow pulse, and obesity.
The under or over-function of the thyroid can cause a goiter. Most often we see goiters as a lack of iodine, and a hyperthyroid condition. Hypothyroid goiters are hard. The anterior pituitary can play a part in hypothyroidism.
Causes may include:
- Iodine deficiency
- Children - never developed enough tissue or an inherited defect, OR too much iodine during pregnancy - babies slow down
- Children and adults - Hashimoto’s or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis (most common cause of thyroid failure)
- Inflammation and scarring damage
- Medical treatment hyperthyroid condition
- Temporary failure from viral infection
- Lithium can cause hypothyroidism
- X-ray therapy in neck area
- Dye medical treatments
Three Suggestions for Hypothyroid by Dr. Robin Murphy N.D.
Low thyroid but no medications – use a general thyroid remedy. One of these may be their general remedy. (Calc Carb, Sepia, Nat Mur, Lycopodium - see more remedies under Homeopathic Choices.) In this group you ignore the thyroid and give one of the above indicated remedies. It stimulates circulation, speeds up metabolism, and helps to normalize the thyroid.
Low thyroid, using Synthroid in 2 grains or less a day - generally used for many years – Use GENERAL REMEDY (see Homeopathic Choices) first, then build up 1-2 months (in 50-60% of people the thyroid kicks in), improvement in 1-2 months, then can be weaned off prescription slowly.
Coming off “COLD TURKEY” from thyroid medications, people CRASH in 2 weeks or less. Sepia, Calc Carb, Nat Mur, Lycopodium, use in low potency 6c. If “crashed” then use acute remedy Thyroid 6X -stop general remedy or give together. Use thyroid remedies first thing in the morning. If thyroid kicks in, the person starts getting warm-blooded and restless – GOOD SIGN!
Thyroid is atrophied; Synthroid medications are not working any more. Use Thyroid 6X, or use Bladderwrack or Kelp. Then go to general thyroid remedies in 6c (Calc Carb, Nat Mur, Lycopodium, Sepia - see Homeopathic Choices below).
In Radio-active Iodine damage, there may be a small part of the thyroid still functioning. The real cure is in the person’s general (constitutional) remedy.
* It is wise to get thyroid function tests every couple of months until the thyroid stabilizes at a normal level for several months. If unsure of your general remedy, consult a professional homeopath.
Naturally, you can eat lots of seaweeds to provide organic iodine to waken the thyroid into producing its own hormones. Take them in capsules or powders. Add to this molasses, parsley, apricots, dates, prunes, fish, and chicken.
- Fluoridated water, as it blocks iodine
- Fluoridated toothpastes
- Soy, cabbage, kale, rutabaga, turnips-inhibit iodine absorption in the intestine
Herbs for Hypo-Thyroid
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
The following herbs help stimulate the thyroid:
Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Thyroid Formula – to normalize the thyroid function
Dave's Ocean Tonic - nutrition from the sea to provide minerals and iodine
Artichoke – helps the thyroid, digestion and liver function
Black Walnut – rich in iodine
Bladderwrack tincture – also rich in iodine
Damiana – also hormonal and kidney help
Dulse liquid drops – rich in iodine
Guggul – an Ayurvedic herb that also works well for cholesterol and triglyceride regulation.
Kelp – rich source of iodine and is cooling
Saw palmetto – also helps the kidney, bladder, and prostate
Cell Salts to Help Hyo-Thyroid Symptoms
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#1 Calc Fluor 6X – sluggishness, cold
#2 Calc phos 6X – restlessness, tendency to obesity
#9 Nat mur 6X – heart palpitations, dryness, grief causes
#12 Silicea 6X – tendency to infections, cold body, timid
Hypo-Thyroid Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Homeopathic remedies are 30c unless indicated.
Sepia 6c (#1) – cold hands and feet, weight gain, shortness of breath. Craves sweets, exhausted easily, menstrual problems and low sex drive. Yellow skin. Indifference, weeping, irritable, sluggish.
Calcerea carb 6c (#2) – leg and foot cramps, cold and clammy feet, tendency to gain and lose weight easily, craves sweets. Internal tremor. Head sweats at night. Depression and worry.
Calcerea iod – HORMONAL PROBLEMS, big appetite, can emaciate, palpitations, anxiety chest, worse in hot rooms.
Gelsemium – weakness, sleepy, weak and shaky inside, double vision. Droopy eyelids. Fear of the future.
Graphites – chilly, obesity, fatigue, body pulsations, thick cracking skin, coarse hair, worse in heat.
Kali iod – allergies, mucus congestion, hurried and irritable or fun and amusing, worse from heat.
Lycopodium 6c – can’t skip meals, can’t take pressures, generally right-sided.
Natrum muriaticum 6c – caused by grief or disappointed love. Intolerance to sun or heat. Trembling of body or head. Violent heart palpitations.
Spongia tosta – swollen hot painful goiter. Swelling and stitching throat pains. Violent palpitations. Chest pressure, suffocative sensation. May also have asthma.
Thyroidinum – sleepy and tired, obesity, faints upon standing. Tremors. Can emaciate.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes