Conventional methods of treating an overactive thyroid sometimes require the use of radioactive substances. For this reason, many people prefer to utilize some form of natural herbal remedy to control thyroid activity. There is no guarantee that herbal remedies will work for every sufferer of hyperthyroidism, but many patients who have undergone herbal treatment have experienced some improvement. Many have even been able to avoid thyroid gland surgery through the use of alternative treatments. Herbal remedies can occasionally cause adverse effects, so it is important to consult an experienced natural health practitioner before starting treatment.
According the University of Maryland Medical Centre (UMMC), bugleweed is effective for slowing down and regulating and overactive thyroid. Bugleweed, or Lycopus virginica, contains properties that slow the thyroid’s ability to release active hormones into the blood. A bugleweed tea infusion can calm the nerves and reduce stress. Steep 1–2 grams of fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water. Leave to cool slightly, and then strain before drinking. Avoid using bugleweed as a treatment if you’re hypothyroid.
Lemon balm can be used in combination with bugleweed to regulate an overactive thyroid as the two have very similar properties, according to UMMC. Lemon balm, also known as Melissa officinalis, is a natural tranquilizer that can lower blood pressure, reduce the heart rate and pulse, and calm a nervous stomach. Georgetown University Medical Center claims that when used alone, Lemon balm can treat hyperthyroid-related disorders such as migraines, nervous disorders and hypertension. Prepare a lemon balm tea by adding 2 tablespoons of fresh leaves to one cup of hot water. UMMC recommends a daily dose of around 300-500mg of lemon balm. It is not suitable for those with an underactive thyroid.
Germany’s Comission E, the German equivalent of the FDA, has approved Motherwort as an alternative treatment for an increased heart rate caused by stress. It can also be used for those who suffer from an overactive thyroid, according to the NYU Langone Medical Center. Motherwort is also known as Leonurus cardiaca and has the ability to temporarily relieve the symptoms of hyperthyroidism such as elevated blood pressure and a rapid heartbeat. Commission E recommends 4.5g of dried Motherwort every day in tea form.
Chinese medicine utilizes hundreds of different herbs in thousands of combinations to treat illness and disease. Several of these combinations as well as single herb treatments can be used to regulate the thyroid. The most well-known herbs for this particular condition are Cornus, Rehmannia and Dioscorea, and all can be used alone or in combination with each other. They can provide relief from rapid heartbeat, anxiety, perspiring and nervousness. It is important to seek the guidance of a trained doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in order to find the correct herbal mixture and dosage for your condition.
NYU Langone Medical Center: Motherwort
Georgetown University Medical Center — Urban Herbs: Lemon Balm
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University of Maryland Medical Center: Thyroiditis
University of Maryland Medical Center: Hyperthyroidism
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Thyroid Disease
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