Thyroid diseases are becoming increasingly more prevalent in the US, with the most common thyroid disease being autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. However, it is also very common, especially for women, to have low thyroid hormone (also known as hypothyroidism) without having an obvious autoimmune component.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include fatigue, weight gain, hair thinning, dry skin and depression.  The current conventional medical treatment for hypothyroidism is giving thyroid hormone supplementation to correct the low levels of thyroid hormone in the body.  This treatment is somewhat effective in bringing up thyroid hormone levels.  But as many who have been prescribed thyroid medication know, there can be a yo-yo-ing of symptoms while trying to find the correct dosage, which can take time and cause frustration.  Some people find that they never find the correct dosage of thyroid hormone that makes them feel “normal”, but they continue to try as they at least feel better than when their thyroid hormone was frankly low.
Naturopathic medicine and traditional Chinese Medicine treat the thyroid from the root of the problem and use natural therapies to help the thyroid gland get back on track to producing the right level of hormones.  If autoimmune disease is the main underlying cause of thyroid dysfunction, the inflammation needs to be controlled, the immune system needs to be adjusted, and the thyroid gland needs to be healed.  If the thyroid is just not producing enough thyroid hormone,  it’s important to look at lifestyle and environmental factors that may be contributing to low production, and then address those underlying causes.   Although every thyroid condition needs to be diagnosed and managed individually, here are some general natural therapies for hypothyroidism.