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Hashimoto’s Disease, Dry Skin and Homoeopathy…

Hashimoto’s disease/ Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system turns against the body’s own tissues. In people suffering from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the immune system attacks the thyroid. This can lead to a condition called hypothyroid in which the thyroid does not make enough hormones for the body’s need. The swelling in the neck is because the thyroid gland is swollen and enlarged. This condition is called as goitre.

Our skin is a window to our internal health. It is the body’s largest elimination organ, and also a canvas where toxicities, nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, and hormonal imbalances can show up. Often, changes in the texture of skin and hair will be a first sign that something is off about our health.

Person suffering from Hashimoto’s and autoimmune conditions are more likely to have dry, dull skin, rashes, hives. In women there could be pre-menstrual acne and facial swelling, especially if their thyroid levels are not optimized, and they are not absorbing vitamins and nutrients correctly. Many women with Hashimoto’s feel like their skin is aging prematurely; this is often as a result of the dryness due to hypothyroidism/nutrient deficiencies while at the same time, some may see breakouts that they haven’t had since teenage years, due to hormonal imbalances/toxicities/food sensitivities.

Most of the women will often turn to using more potentially toxic personal care products, worsening their thyroid and hormonal health as the chemicals found in our personal care products can act as endocrine disruptors. This means that they can offset the gentle balance of hormones, mimicking hormone activity and or blocking hormone activity in our bodies. Hormones work together in symphony, and when we have one hormonal imbalance, it’s likely that we have others. Thus an under-active thyroid can affect estrogen and vice versa. The consequences of these endocrine disruptors can result in skin breakouts, as well as some other scary things, including triggering autoimmune thyroid disease (especially by the chemical triclosan, which is found in our anti-bacterial soaps).

Benefits of Homoeopathic Medicines for Thyroid Diseases

Homoeopathy helps to produce thyroid hormone naturally by stimulating the immune system and helps in better functioning of the thyroid gland.

Homoeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body’s own healing capacity by encouraging the body to reactivate hormone secretions.

Homeopathy is free from any side-effects.

Stress causes hormonal disturbances in the body like thyroid problems s and is very effectively treated with homeopathy.

Homoeopathy is a mind-body medicine. Homoeopathy treats not only the physical complaints, but also targets the mind and gently restores mind-body equilibrium- thus it treats the patient as a whole.

If a patient is taking conventional medicine for hypothyroid, they can continue taking the medicine with homoeopathic medicine.

Homoeopathic medication does not interfere with the absorption of conventional medicine and does not reduce its efficacy.

Slowly and steadily when the thyroid hormones come to normalcy the conventional medicine can be tapered off and the person can continue with homoeopathy to avoid recurrence.

What other care do I need to take?

If your skin is dull and dry, be sure to check your thyroid hormone levels, TSH, Free T3/Free T4. If your thyroid is under-active, you may benefit from medications, a dose increase, or switching medications.

Don’t use plastic to store or heat your food. Use glass storage containers instead. These do not contain toxins that can disrupt hormones.

Do not use triclosan-containing antibacterial soaps.

 

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