Generally, symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis resemble those of hypothyroidism and are often subtle. They are not specific (which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions) and are often attributed to aging.
Common symptoms and signs include the following:
- Modest weight gain
- Cold intolerance
- Excessive sleepiness
- Dry skin and hair
- Muscle cramps
- Increased cholesterol levels
- Decreased concentration
- Swelling of the legs
- Vague aches and pains
If the condition becomes more severe, there may be puffiness around the eyes, a drop in body temperature, a slowing of the heart rate, and heart failure.In its most profound form, severe hypothyroidism may lead to a life-threatening coma (myxedema), and in a severely hypothyroid individual, myxedema coma tends to be triggered by severe illness, surgery, stress, or traumatic injury.
The exact cause of Hashimoto’s Disease is not known. However, many factors are believed to play a part and these include:
Genes – People with Hashimoto’s tend to have family members with thyroid disease or an autoimmune disease.
Excessive iodine – Certain drugs and too much iodine (a trace element required by the body to make thyroid hormones) could trigger the disease in people who are susceptible to it.
Hormones – Affecting about seven times as many women as men, hormones are believed to play a role. Some women who have thyroid problems during the first year after having a baby; although the problem usually goes away, as many as 20% of these women develop Hashimoto’s years later.
Radiation exposure – Exposed radiation may be a result of increased cases of thyroid disease. Those exposed to radiation, including the atomic bombs in Japan, the Chernobyl nuclear accident, and radiation treatment for a form of blood cancer called Hodgkin’s disease may be more at risk.
Enjoy a balanced diet with relevant supplements (see diet and supplements section below), ensuring you get as much rest as your body requires and light, gentle exercise.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
For those looking for a healthy thyroid diet, here are some tips which may prove beneficial:
- Don’t skip breakfast – Even if it’s just a small breakfast consisting of some quality protein, eating when you wake up is beneficial for those suffering from Hashimoto’s Disease. Try to eat regularly thereafter, too – skipping meals will cause problems with the hormone cortisol, which can eventually lead to adrenal gland problems
- Minimize your consumption of refined foods and sugars – Eating foods like this affects the hormones insulin and cortisol, spiking up blood sugar levels which then come crashing down. This causes the adrenal glands to secrete cortisol and if you this routine is repeated over time could lead to conditions such as adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance and even type 2 diabetes.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Since most people don’t get all of the necessary vitamins and minerals from their diet, it’s a good idea to take one or more quality nutritional supplements if suffering from Hashimoto’s disease.
Selenium and vitamin C are believed to be beneficial for those suffering from Hashimoto’s disease, as discussed in the video featuring supplements (see the video section in this document below).
According to research (including a 1979 study by Hartoma, Sotaniemi and Maattanen entitled “Effect of zinc on some biochemical indices of metabolism”), thyroid hormone levels are lower in people who also have lower blood levels of zinc.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – http://ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere:
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
There is some evidence that the Ayurvedic herb bacopa can help stimulate the thyroid. It’s also helpful for mood and cognition, which can be negatively affected in those with Hashimoto’s.
Gotu Kola Leaf (Centella Asiatica) is a classic tonic herb that has general thyroid healing benefit and may also be worth a try.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here:
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
According to itmonline.org, until the past 50 years thyroid disease could not be definitively diagnosed in China; rather, Chinese doctors could only detect a certain set of symptoms to be treated and could palpate any moderate or large nodules in the area of the thyroid gland.
The site says, now, objective measures, such as altered levels of thyroid hormone, can give a clue as to the site of the disease and can further elucidate the influence of various therapeutic measures that might be applied.
Treatments vary somewhat from one study to the next, but there are certain consistent features which will be described here on the basis of reports for hyperthyroid treatments only.
According to the site, there is a strong reliance on materials from the sea, mainly oyster shell (included in 12 of 18 clinical trials using a basic formula), seaweeds (laminaria, and sargassum, used in nearly half the clinical trials), and somewhat less frequent use of clam shells, arca shells, or pumice. While these materials, especially the seaweeds, would obviously be helpful for iodine-deficiency goiter, they are now often used for Grave’s disease and thyroid adenoma. Iodine is not known to have an impact on chronic (autoimmune-based) thyroid disease, though it is employed as a temporary remedy in cases of thyroid storm (physiologic crisis resulting from thyroid hormone excess
The main herbs used in Chinese medicine for this condition are zedoaria and sparganium; these would also be relied upon for treatment of abdominal masses, such as uterine myoma. Salvia, cnidium, and/or peony (white peony)-less powerful blood-vitalizing agents-are sometimes used instead of, or in addition to these two principal herbs. Blood-vitalizing herbs are especially indicated when the thyroid mass is quite firm; this is a characteristic of thyroid tumors which can also cause hyperthyroidism (toxic adenoma).
Hyperthyroidism is thought by some doctors to start with an excess fire syndrome which later becomes yin-deficiency fire. Therefore, fire-purging herbs are used, especially in the early stages of the disease process. Prunella is the most frequently selected one, used in more than half the clinical trials that rely on a basic formula. Peony, raw rehmannia, and scrophularia are also commonly used. Other fire purging herbs recommended include moutan, gentiana, gypsum, scute, anemarrhena, and gardenia.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, there are plenty of essential oils and blends you can try to help alleviate your symptoms:
Fennel – This oil and herb helps the adrenals, which is important for those who suffer from adrenal deficiency. It’s also believed to balance the pituitary and thyroid.
Myrtle – Said to help normalize hormonal imbalances of the thyroid and ovaries and support immune function, this oil is believed to be one of the most useful in treating Hashimoto’s Disease.
Lavender – With anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender oil mixed with hot water can help if your thyroid becomes inflamed. Simply dip a wash cloth into the water, press gently on your neck as a compress (preferably when lying down) and do this twice a day.
Pine – This oil acts on the hormones, with a cortisone-like affect. This oil may be worth trying if you’re feeling tired.
Geranium – Working well to balance the hormones, geranium oil is a good relaxant, good for cramps and anti-inflammatory. It also stimulates the liver and pancreas; since the liver does a lot of the good work in converting T4 hormone into T3 – vital for those on thyroxine – this is a big bonus.
Tansy – An anti-inflammatory oil which helps improve circulation, it also cleanses the lymphatic system – important for those with Hashimoto’s Disease. Use the oil or the herb in teas and cooking for the best result.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
The following homeopathic medicines are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of Hashimoto’s disease, but do always consult a local practitioner before starting a new treatment:
(Thuja occidentalis, Kali iodatum, Lachesis, Tuberculinum, Nitricum Acidum, Sulphur, Natrum, Muriaticum
Here’s a list of herbs you may want to consider if you’re suffering from Hashimoto’s Disease:
Eleuthero – This herb doesn’t affect the thyroid gland itself, but it does play a huge role in hypothyroidism for most people. Many people with hypothyroidism have weak adrenals, which frequently is caused by chronic stress. Eleuthero does a wonderful job of helping the person adapt with stress, and it also helps to boost the immune system.
Bladderwrack – This herb, however, directly affects the thyroid gland. It helps improve thyroid function, as well as the overall metabolism of the body.
Ashwagandha – Beneficial for people with hypothyroidism, it’s especially powerful when combined with bladderwrack. It also helps people deal with environmental stress, as well as benefiting the immune system.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Hashimoto’s and homeopathy www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2Dj7aB5Ac8
Hashimoto’s Disease and Bikram Yoga /www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqtFsREakfc
Natural remedies for thyroid problems www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa095k1tgNk
Healing the body meditation www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFh-Km4AXeE&feature=related
EFT for treating disease http://www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Natural Help for Hashimoto’s (Kindle copy) by Jonathan Heisey http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Help-for-Hashimotos-ebook/dp/B009K3RLPK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1374228987&sr=8-5&keywords=hashimoto%27s+disease
Aromatherapy for Hashimoto’s disease http://suite101.com/article/aromatherapy-for-hypothyroidism-a100496
Herbs for Hashimoto’s disease http://www.naturalendocrinesolutions.com/archives/three-powerful-herbs-for-hypothyroidism-hashimotos-thyroiditis/
Three essential thyroid/diet tips for sufferers of Hashimoto’s Disease http://drerico23.hubpages.com/hub/3-Essential-Thyroid-Diet-Tips-For-Hashimotos-Thyroiditis-Sufferers
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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