By James Kupe
With over two-hundred million people around the world suffering from Hypothyroidism, the condition is unfortunately becoming very widespread. It develops when your thyroid gland, which is a butterfly-shaped organ near the bottom of your neck, doesn’t create enough triodothyronine and thyroxine to allow your body to operate in it’s normal way.
These two hormones are responsible for helping the operation of many of your body’s functions. For that reason, when you don’t have enough of either hormone, you can suffer with symptoms such as exhaustion, depression, constipation, a weakened immune system, unexplained weight gain, and an inability to sleep well. In extreme cases, thyroid problems can even become fatal if you don’t seek and undergo treatment.
There’s quite a range of options for treating hypothyroidism. Here are three of the most popular natural treatments to consider.
Option #1 – Acupuncture From A Registered Practitioner
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese technique that is used for many problems and illnesses. It has been used for thousands of years and can be an effective natural alternative for many people. An acupuncturist will manipulate the energy in your body by sticking a thin, sterile needle into specific points around your ear. This process can restore balance in your body which not only helps treat hypothyroidism, but any other medical conditions you may have as well.
When you use acupuncture to treat hypothyroidism, your therapist will also give you a list of lifestyle changes and herbs to take as an aid in making the treatment more permanent. The most common herbs recommended will include Mugwort, Yellowdock, Kelp, St. John’s Wort, and Gentian.
Option #2 – Use Natural Therapies
There are many hypothyroidism treatments in this category alone, with the one of the most popular called nutritional therapy. This treatment uses a combination of supplements in order to help your body meet all of it’s daily nutritional requirements. Iodine is an especially important element for thyroid health, while other vitamins that will aid in the treatment of hypothyroidism include Vitamins A and B, Zinc, Calcium, Tyrosine, and Magnesium.
Yoga is becoming quite popular as a therapy for people needing treatment for hypothyroidism. There are a number of yoga poses and postures that have shown to help the blood circulate throughout your body. This additional blood flow can help in the production of triodothyronine and thyroxine. Doing some light exercise regularly, along with swimming can also be beneficial. Other helpful natural therapies include aerobic exercise, Qi Gong, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and biofeedback therapy.
Option #3 – Eating A More Healthy Diet
The foods you eat each day can both help and hinder how well your thyroid performs in it’s job of keeping you healthy. Foods like turnips, broccoli, spinach, peaches, cabbage, and kale can inhibit hormone production in your thyroid. To counteract this, you should be eating foods high in iodine such as whole grains, ground vegetables, seeds, nuts, and kelp to help your thyroid stay healthy.
Just choose one of the hypothyroidism treatments above to get started. Or you can combine all three treatments for the best effect. The most important thing is to get started, and stick with it. It may also be a good idea to consult with a physician or health practitioner in order to find out which plan or combination of therapies best suits you and your particular needs.