February 7, 2022
Stress, malnutrition, insufficient physical activity, ecology ,a hereditary factor – not so many people in our time can boast of an absolutely healthy thyroid gland that works without failures.
This butterfly-shaped organ may be called the general director of the human body. As soon as it starts functioning poorly, other organs start having problems as well. That is why an experienced doctor, before prescribing treatment for a patient, will definitely ask if he has any thyroid diseases. Let's talk about home remedies - herbs for the thyroid gland, which can support drug treatment, and sometimes replace it.
Home Remedies for Thyroid Disease: How Herbs Work
The main function of the thyroid gland is to secrete hormones, which, along with the blood, get into every cell of the body, helping it to function normally. A malfunction of the thyroid gland - too little (hypothyroidism) or excessive (hyperthyroidism) secretion of hormones - is fraught with problems in various organs. Even excessive nervousness, inability to control oneself, drastic weight loss or unhealthy obesity can be associated with malfunctions of the butterfly.
The disease develops slowly, "mimicking" other diseases. When problems with skin, nails, hair appear, frequent mood swings and even depression occur, it becomes clear that this is the "handiwork" of hypothyroidism.
Herbs for the thyroid gland do not act directly on the gland itself. But they help those organs that have suffered due to malfunctions in the thyroid gland. Decoctions for hypothyroidism, for example, help the digestive tract, fighting against constipation caused by insufficient hormone secretion. Herbs also help cleanse the intestines, which can be called the epicenter of thyroid diseases. In addition, they act as anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and antidepressant.
Herbs for the thyroid gland for hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism - a thyroid disease that occurs due to a lack of thyroid hormones, develops slowly, stealthily advancing and "mimicking" other diseases. When there are problems with the skin (dryness, peeling), nails, hair (they become stiff, fall out, turn gray quickly), frequent mood swings and even depression, problems with the menstrual cycle (women), it becomes clear that these are the symptoms of hypothyroidism, a serious thyroid disorder.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism:
- increase in body weight;
- constant feeling of tiredness;
- frequent constipation;
- muscle weakness;
- poor appetite;
- excessive excitability.
Here are some herbs that can help fight hypothyroidism:
- Fucus vesiculosus , known by the common names bladder wrack is a storehouse of iodine, which is extremely important in diseases of the thyroid gland. It was the original source of iodine, discovered in 1811, and was used extensively to treat goitre, a swelling of the thyroid gland related to iodine deficiency Sometimes it is also popularly called "herb for goiter".
- Black walnut contains a huge amount of iodine. Taking a decoction of walnuts increases the level of thyroxine in the blood by 30%.
- Flaxseeds, which has proven itself in the treatment of gastrointestinal problems, will also help with hypothyroidism. In order to stimulate the production of hormones, flaxseeds can be taken daily: one tablespoon of seeds is enough to push the thyroid gland to work actively. Flaxseed oil can also be used.
- Bacopa Monnieri stimulates the production of the hormone T4, which is important for the normal functioning of the endocrine system. In addition, it is an excellent tool for strengthening brain, nerve cells and stimulating their work, improving memory, strengthening immunity and adrenal glands. Acts as an antidepressant and prevents hair loss.
- Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) contains iodine. Therefore, for those who lack it, herbalists recommend nettle tea.
- Common cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium). As the second name suggests, it helps to get rid of goiter. Cocklebur infusion should be drunk as tea several times a day in a glass. Perfectly compensates for iodine deficiency.
- Licorice helps regulate the production of thyroid hormones. The herb's glycyrrhetinic acid has been shown to inhibit the growth of invasive cancer cells, according to some studies.
Herbs for the thyroid gland for hyperthyroidism
If the "butterfly" is too active, producing an excessive amount of thyroid hormones and thereby causing accelerated metabolic processes in the body, a thyroid disease - hyperthyroidism - is observed. Mostly young women suffer from the disease.
- rapid pulse;
- increased excitability, nervousness;
- emotional imbalance;
- anxiety, feeling of fear;
- violation of the thought process;
- double vision;
Herbs that help fight hypothyroidism:
- Ajuga suppresses excessive thyroid activity, helping in the treatment of thyroid hyperplasia. In addition, the herb is able to support the work of the heart, relieve chills, excessive nervous excitability.
- Evening primrose, or primrose (Oenothera biennis) will help the "flabby" thyroid gland, simultaneously solving problems such as hair loss and painful periods in women.
- Echinacea is an excellent immunomodulator and fighter against hyperthyroidism. Echinacea root is simply brewed and drunk like tea.
- Melissa officinalis is well known for its sedative properties. By acting directly on the thyroid gland, it regulates the excessive production of hormones.
- Zyuznik european ( Lycopus europaeus) Herbalists believe that the regular intake of decoctions, infusions of zyuznik can, over time, completely cure hyperthyroidism and allow the patient to do without pills.
- Myrtle will help in the event that, due to the hyperactivity of the thyroid gland, bulging has appeared. Prepare the infusion (50 g of leaves + 500 ml of vodka) for 3 weeks, take 20 drops three times a day.
Herbs for the thyroid gland, which help with both hypo- and hyperthyroidism
There are herbs that have a supportive effect on the "butterfly", thus helping when there is either insufficient or excessive hormone release, since they normalize their production.
- Ginseng is a versatile natural remedy that strengthens the immune system and the nervous system. It is especially good for adrenal diseases.
- White cinquefoil is able to normalize the production of thyroid hormones.
- Ashwagandha, improving the work of the "butterfly", activates the production of its main hormones - thyroxine and triiodothyronine. It also fights stress perfectly, helps the adrenal glands, which suffer from malfunctioning of the thyroid gland.
- Ginger has many benefits, including the maintenance of the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Rich in zinc, magnesium, potassium - has a supportive effect.
Herbal preparations for thyroid diseases
Herbalists, fans of traditional medicine, and also many doctors believe that the best effect on the state of the thyroid gland when herbs are used not just one by one, but in combination. In our article you can find the most popular and effective ones. The infusions are made as follows: pour boiling water over two tablespoons of a mixture of herbal raw materials, simmer for approx. 10 minutes, then infuse (possible in a thermos) 6-12 hours. Take 100-150 ml before meals half an hour
Collecting herbs for hypothyroidism:
- St. John's wort, elecampane root, rowan berries, birch buds (equal parts), pour boiling water over these herbs, keep them on low heat for 5-6 minutes, leave for 12 hours, take this drink 3 times a day before meals (for half an hour).
- Rowan, thyme, budra (Glechóma), strawberry, dandelion, bedstraw (Galium) (all flowers), woodlice herb. Take with breakfast.
- Licorice (root), chamomile, birch leaves, rosehip, cocklebur, celandine, coltsfoot, yarrow, angelica.
Herbal collection for hyperthyroidism:
- Elecampane, valerian, licorice, walnut leaves, sweet clover herb, European zyuznik, tricolor violet, motherwort, lemon balm.
- Bubble ficus, dried seaweed, plantain, walnut shell membranes, smokehouse, pine needles, horsetail, meadowsweet.
- Thyme, hop cones, dried kelp, norichnik, St. John's wort, hawthorn and blackhead flowers.
Of course, only an experienced endocrinologist can make an accurate diagnosis. And prescribe the right treatment too. In our article wwe would like to tell you which herbs are able to support the treatment. It should be remembered that the positive result from the use of this natural medicine will not be instantaneous. You need to be patient: at least six months will restore the normal functioning of the thyroid gland on herbs. But it's worth it - after all, natural remedies have long and excellently proven themselves in the treatment of thyroid diseases.