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HOMEOPATHY & HYPERTHYROIDISM

Hyperthyroidism is the over-activity of the thyroid gland. It occurs when the thyroid gland — a butterfly-shaped gland located in front of the windpipe and connected just below the larynx — produces more thyroid hormones than required.

The disorder is classified into two groups: 1. Graves’ disease — or, toxic goitre with increased number of thyroid cells, which primarily affects women; and, 2. Plummer’s disease,   characterised by overactivity, or single and/or multiple nodules of the thyroid gland.

WHAT RESEARCH SAYS

Hyperthyroidism can affect all the systems in the body — however, the most important signs and symptoms relate to the cardiovascular [heart] and neuropsychiatric [nervous and psycho-emotional] symptoms.

SYMPTOMS

  • Weight loss, tremors, elevated plasma levels of the thyroid hormones, and protrusion of one or both eyeballs [exophthalmos]
  • Severe weakness, wasting, extremely high fever with ‘thyroid storm’ — a rare, but a severe, potentially life-threatening complication of hyperthyroidism
  • Excessive sweating
  • Lack of tolerance for heat
  • Palpitation, breathing difficulty, diarrhoea, or increased frequency of bowel movements.

While it is unusual for a newborn to have hyperthyroidism, or neonatal Graves’ disease, the condition may, however, occur when the mother has Graves’ disease during pregnancy, or has undergone treatment for the condition before pregnancy.

In Graves’ disease, the woman’s body typically produces antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland to produce increased blood levels of thyroid hormones. The antibodies cross the placenta and affect the foetus. In the affected newborn, the metabolic rate may be too high and accompanied by rapid heart rate; the breathing may be quick too. There may also be irritability accompanied by excess appetite, with little or no weight gain.

HOMEOPATHY: THE SAFE, EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR HYPERTHYROIDISM

Homeopathy is the medicine of minimal dose, vital stimulation, vital reaction, or auto-regulation.

The human body, as you know, manufacturers only fifty to a hundred millionth of a gram of thyroid hormone each day.  Yet a ‘small’ excess, or reduction, in this already `minuscule’ amount can affect your health.

Homeopathy considers thyroid disorders as a result of autoimmune glandular dysfunction. It provides a better chance of cure, because the treatment is patient-specific, based on the individual’s persona — not just the disorder by its name alone.

Homeopathic treatment is also useful as a supportive therapy for regulating thyroid problems.

Homeopathic treatment is safe and has no side-effects. The best part also is — individuals on multiple medications can take homeopathic medicines for hyperthyroidism as adjuvant, safely, with better treatment outcomes.

Conventional [allopathic] treatment of thyroid disorders relies primarily on drugs and surgery. Homeopathic treatment, on the other hand, is aimed to improve thyroid function naturally, not synthetically. Homeopathic medicines work by stimulating the body's own healing capacity. They encourage the body to reactivate hormone secretions, replenish and reinstate thyroid physiology [function], while helping to heal the body.

In an interesting study, the homeopathic remedy, Thyroxine 30X, was placed in water containing tadpoles. The study showed the ‘morphogenesis’ of tadpoles into frogs was slowed down in tadpoles that were exposed to the homeopathic doses, when compared to tadpoles that were given placebo [dummy pill]. The outcome makes sense, from a homeopathic perspective, because thyroid hormone in crude [material] doses speeds up morphogenesis. What also makes the study fascinating is the outcome has been replicated in several laboratories and the results have been consistent.

SELF-HELP

  • Have regular check-ups and pay attention to your symptoms. Report changes, if any, to your homeopathic doctor
  • Include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnip, peaches and pears in your diet — they help to curb thyroid production, naturally
  • Caffeinated drinks and dairy products should be avoided
  • Supplemental vitamin and mineral combinations, which can help ease hyperthyroidism, should be taken under medical supervision
  • Follow-up with your homeopathic doctor on a regular basis.
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