Among the many hormone problems that women face during menopause, thyroid problem is one of the most common one. Thyroid problems can crop up as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is the increased production of thyroid hormones and hypothyroidism is deficiency of thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism is more common in the perimenopausal stage.
A number of natural medications can be considered for treating thyroid disorders due to menopause along with the other symptoms of menopause as well. Long term treatment using herbs can help in re-balancing the imbalances caused in the thyroid, ovarian and pituitary glands and put the body back on track.
Herbal Treatments For Hyperthyroidism
Sea weeds are known to be the best treatment method for hyper as well as hypothyroidism. Bladder wrack is a form of kelp which is a sea weed and helps in treating thyroid problems.
This Chinese herbal medicine can be prepared by adding boiling water on one tablespoon of dried bladder wrack and steeping it for 15 minutes. Supplements of this herb too are available for consumption.
Bugleweed is used for treating hyperthyroidism and enlargement of thyroid glands. However, the herb must not in any way be taken without a doctor’s advice. It can cause serious interference in women undergoing hormone replacement therapy and is also not safe for women who are pregnant. Bugleweed if taken unmonitored can cause enlargement of the thyroid gland.
Valerian And Passion Flower
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Hyperthyroidism can cause insomnia and this can be treated with valerian or passion flower tinctures. 15 drops of each of these tinctures can be taken an hour before bedtime.
Herbal Treatments For Hypothyroidism
Gotu kola is used for the treatment of Hashimoto’s disease which is an autoimmune disorder. It also causes the growth of nodules in the thyroid gland. Gotu Kola improves mental alertness and regulates the growth of hair as well as nails.
Guggul is used for stimulating the thyroid gland and is also used for treating other abnormalities that affect the endocrine system. Taking guggul will improve the function of the thyroid gland and also help in putting menstrual irregularities too on track.
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A herb which helps in improving the all round function of the thyroid gland. Taking Hai Zao helps in preventing thyroid diseases as well. It also treats edema and enlargement of the thyroid glands.
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Sea weeds are great sources of iodine and hence Irish moss is a great treatment method for thyroid disorders that lead to iodine deficiency.
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A herbal remedy ideal for boosting thyroid function and also for re-balancing hormone fluctuations, Siberian Ginseng also helps in regulating the emotional problems associated with thyroid dysfunction.
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Sea weeds and fish are rich sources of iodine and must be included in the regular diet of a thyroid patient. For preventing immune disorders, vitamin D is also an essential ingredient. Vitamin D is abundant in sun’s rays and exposure to early morning sun for half an hour can be very beneficial in absorption of vitamin D.