An enlarged thyroid can be caused by either hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) or hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). There are multiple natural cures for both conditions and a few natural methods that can help to promote thyroid health in general. By treating these conditions directly, you can help to reduce the thyroid back to normal size. These statements have not been evaluated by a doctor or the FDA; consult your physician before changing your diet or taking supplements.
Several vitamins, minerals and herbs help counteract the symptoms of an overactive thyroid. Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) has been linked to limiting the effects of autoimmune diseases like hypothyroidism. Since nutrients are depleted quickly during the elevated metabolic states of the thyroid, it is important to supplement vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins. Minerals that can help the thyroid maintain its proper levels are zinc, selenium, copper, iodine, and the amino acid L-tyrosine. If there is too much iodine in your system, gypsywort herb can be used as a tincture to reduce your iodine levels back to normal. Tumeric contains the compound curcumin, which can reduce inflammation of the thyroid. An interesting alternative treatment for the condition is water stepping, which involves the patient walking barefoot for a few minutes on wet grass. Homeopathic remedies that may help include iodium, lycopus, and spongia tosta.
Since an underactive thyroid is often related to low levels of iodine, taking kelp (a seaweed) can raise your hormone levels back to normal. Vitamin E should be taken as well as it helps the absorption of iodine. Vitamins A and C, the B-complex vitamins, and essential fatty acids are important, as they improve the thyroid gland’s function. Poor circulation can contribute to low thyroid production and regular physical exercise will improve both circulation and any feelings of depression or anxiety you may be feeling from low hormone production. Amino acids L-tyrosine and L-tryptophan will help your brain create chemicals like serotonin that boost mood and are often not adequately produced during hypothyroidism. Other homeopathic remedies that may help are lachesis and natrum muriaticum.
Improving your diet is a must. In the case of hyperthyroidism, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, collard greens, and kale can help because these vegetables contain a natural thyroid-blocking compound. Foods with high amounts of iodine like saltwater fish and shellfish should be consumed by those with hypothyroidism. Other herbs that have been known to help thyroid disease are golden root, lemon balm, nettle, yohimbe, green oats, makandi, horseradish and bugle.