Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid or Impaired Production of Thyroid Hormone)

Homeopathic treatment

Before delving into homeopathic treatment let us first discuss the conventional or allopathic treatment available.

The only treatment available for hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid or impaired production of thyroid hormone) in allopathy or conventional medicine is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). The HRT compensates the insufficiency of the hormone that the thyroid gland is unable to produce.

But with Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT) in the form of thyroxin products like Eltroxin and Thyronorm or levothyroxine sodium what happens is that the thyroid gland becomes more sluggish because its work is being done from outside, and eventually it stops producing hormones at all, and the patient becomes dependent on HRT for life time with increasing doses.

Also what I have found out in my clinical practice is that even when the patient is on HRT and his or her TSH levels are coming out normal; still the body is affected with symptoms of hypothyroidism like hair fall, weakness of memory, lethargy, weight gain, constipation, aches, menstrual irregularities, dryness of skin and hair, depression, numbness and so on.

This does not happen with homeopathic treatment in which we do not give HRT but natural homeopathy remedies are given which actually stimulate the thyroid gland to produce normal amount of hormones, thus curing the problem of hypothyroidism from the root.

Most importantly allopathy treatment of HRT is associated with serious side effects. Scientific studies have suggested the relation between HRT and cancer and several warnings have been issued by government health departments.

Other side effects particularly in women include irregular menstrual cycles, infertility and diseases like ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Some patients on hormone replacement therapy may experience nervousness or chest pain.

In women using HRT for 5 years, 47 out of 1000 women develop breast cancer and in those using HRT for 10 years, there would be an extra 6 cases i.e. 51 out of 1000, and this goes on increasing. The rate of breast cancer was 26% higher among those receiving HRT as opposed to those getting placebo. The rate for heart disease was 29% higher. HRT increases the risk of stroke (brain attack) by almost a third, a review of clinical trials says - BBC News, 7th January, 2005. Stroke rates were 41% higher and blood clot rates were more than twice as high in those getting HRT - American Cancer Society, 2002.

For the patients suffering from hypothyroidism symptoms there are excellent remedies in homeopathy which are prepared from a wide range of natural products and prescribed in extremely minute doses without any side effects.

Hypothyroidism like most of the other endocrinological (hormonal) disorders cannot be viewed in isolation. It must be viewed as a derangement in the harmony of the entire hormonal balance of the person. Remedies for hypothyroidism are chosen to offer individualized treatment based on the study of patient's underactive thyroid, its extent, cause, genetic pattern, emotional sphere, hormonal imbalance, physical and mental state and so on.

Results are usually observed within 2 to 5 months of starting homeopathic treatment whereby TSH levels reduce. With continued treatment, the HRT in the form of Eltroxin or Thyronorm is slowly tapered off i.e. reduced and then may be stopped altogether, keeping a watch on thyroid hormone levels, thus saving the patient from serious side effects.

There are 197 homeopathy medicines which give great relief in hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid or impaired production of thyroid hormone). However, the correct choice of remedies and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus treatment is designer made for each individual patient unlike allopathy in which all patients receive the same hormonal replacement therapy.

Some of the remedies which may be used under an expert homeopath are Calcarea carbonicum, Natrium muriaticum, Kalium carbonicum, Iodum, Thyroidinum and so on.

In my experience, homeopathy is strongly recommended for all types of hypothyroid patients; recently diagnosed cases as well as chronic patients already on HRT for a long time. In recent cases we are able to stop the HRT completely or we may never let the patient start it. In chronic cases already on high doses of HRT, usually we are able to bring down the dosage of HRT and also there is improvement symptomatically.

Thus, homeopathy should be the first choice for hypothyroidism because it acts quickly without causing any side effects. It treats the disease from its roots stimulating the thyroid gland to produce normal amounts of hormones.

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What is hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid or impaired production of thyroid hormone)

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid or impaired production of thyroid hormone) is a condition of insufficient thyroid hormone in the body. It develops when the thyroid gland fails to produce as much as thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyroxine (T3) as the body needs.

Since the main purpose of hormones produced by thyroid gland is to "run the body's metabolism," it is understandable that people with this hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid would have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism causing damage to organs and tissues of every part of the body and leading to life threatening complications.

It is one of the most common chronic diseases in the developed countries like United States, United Kingdom and so on. And it is now getting very common in developing countries like India, China and so on.

Although this condition is believed to affect as many as 11 million adults and children, but 2 out of every 3 people with hypothyroidism may not know they have the disease. Symptoms may not appear until years after the thyroid has stopped functioning and they are often mistaken for signs of other illnesses, menopause and aging.

It is at least twice as common in women as it is in men. Although it is most common in women who are middle aged or older, the disease can occur at any age.

Causes

  • Chronic Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) : A form of thyroid inflammation caused by damage to thyroid tissue.
  • Autoimmune diseases : You are at more risk if you have diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, vitiligo, addison's disease, diabetes and so on.
  • Surgery : Removal of a partial or all of thyroid is another cause.
  • Radioactive iodine therapy.
  • Secondary Hypothyroidism : Disorders of pituitary and hypothalamus leading to thyroid hormone deficiency in addition to other hormonal imbalances.

Symptoms

Symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid or impaired production of thyroid hormone) mainly depend upon the severity of the hormone deficiency and its duration. For most patients, the symptoms are mild and can often be confused with other problems. The symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue, lethargy
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Constipation
  • Muscle aches
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Cold intolerance
  • Dry, rough, pale skin
  • Coarse dry hair
  • Depression
  • Decreased concentration
  • Irritability
  • Slower mental processes
  • Muscle cramps
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands

Complications

If left untreated, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid or impaired production of thyroid hormone) can lead to several other health issues:

  • Goitre : Enlargement of thyroid gland resulting in swelling in throat, swallowing and breathing problems.
  • Heart ailments.
  • Mental health : Depression.
  • Myxedema : Life threatening condition which results due to prolonged, severe, untreated hypothyroidism.
  • Infertility and miscarriages.
  • Babies born to women with untreated thyroid disease may have a higher risk of birth defects. These kids are also more prone to serious intellectual and developmental problems.

Lab investigations

  • Diagnosis can be established on the results of tests done to measure the level of T4 and TSH hormones in the blood. Usually thyroid profile is ordered. For Hashimoto's thyroiditis Anti-TPO antibody testing is done.
  • When you are hypothyroid, higher quantities of TSH are circulating in your blood as your body attempts to foster increased production of thyroid hormones.
  • USG (Ultrasonography) of the neck and thyroid can be used to detect any nodules and infiltrative disease.

Yoga

For many people, the Shoulder Stand position, at least once daily for 20 minutes, can help improve overall thyroid function.

Lie on your back and lift your legs up so your hips are off the floor. Supporting your hips with your hands, extend your legs vertically. Slide your hands along your torso toward your shoulders, with your thumbs at the front of your body and fingers at the back. Make sure your body weight is supported by your shoulders, not your head and neck.

Diet & nutrition

  • Avoid peaches, cabbage, soybeans, spinach, peanuts, and radishes, as these foods can interfere with the manufacture of thyoid hormones.
  • Supplements of vitamin c, vitamin E, riboflavin (vitamin B2), zinc and niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and tyrosine might help boost thyroid production.

Home remedies

Aerobic exercise for 15 to 20 minutes a day is excellent for maintaining good thyroid function. Regular physical activity is especially important if you are hypothyroid.

“Dr. Rohit about 2 years ago I had the ideal weight since long. I was doing my MSc from Chandigarh which I finished in 2011. Since about second year of Msc, I started gaining a little weight but ignored; but this year I gained approx 10-15 kgs in a few months time. I have always had a problem of irregular periods since their onset. After onset I skipped my menses for about 6 months. And now also sometimes they are perfect on date and sometime I miss a month. With both these problems I studied a bit about thyroid symptoms on the net and quite a few were in me so I decided to go for a test and my TSH came out to be 27.43. T3 and T4 are in normal range. No medication taken so far.”

After 4 months of treatment "I am very glad to tell you that my TSH has come down from 27 to 8.73 but sir I havent lost much weight. Also I would like to add another symptom that sir my palm and sole sweating has increased many folds."

- Ms. Parul

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Shivananda G
Nov 4, 2017 11:57 am Reply

I want a homeo medicine for Pcod . I have pimples n unwanted facial hair growth

Renu
Oct 1, 2017 5:10 pm Reply

Sir, My daughter who is 17 yrs old is detected with TSH - 7.6 with normal limits of T3 and T4, 4 days back. This is detected in normal course of family checking. She was detected with arnd TSH-5.6 in 2014 which became normal in December 2015 reports. But, now it has increased significantly. Her noticeable effects are - (1) Feeling Lethergy / sleeping tendency, (2) Thighs have gained weight and (3) sometimes her fingers looks like swollen slightly. Doctor at Guwahati, Assam has not prescribed any medicines yet and has asked to check the readings after 3 months. I do not want to start with Allopathy, but would like to treat her with Ayurveda Or homeopathy medicines. I have asked her start with exercises and control in food habits. I would like to know , whether your Homeopathy treatment will be effective and permanent. Are this type of patients cured by your medicines. Will she have to continue the medicines for long. Please let me know your treatment method as well as the minimum treatment period and cost of the treatment. Kindly send me if any reading materials or brochures are available. I will also like to know regarding the effective exercises and food habits.My daughter is not given any kind of treatment for thyroid till date since 2014. Neither any exercise is done by her nor any control over food was taken.

Swapan Kumar Das
Jul 25, 2017 4:37 pm Reply

Hello doctor,Im female 38 having TSH 6 Doctor homeopathy prescribe Thyroidinium 3x using 2*4 times after 6 months TSH comes to 0.9,which suddenly stop medicine for a year,again after which I have a heavy breath and increased and stuborn weight gain from 56 to 60kg now and im 4:10feet tall and I im feeling heavy Doing the Thyroid test again my TSH increases to 15 now Doctor ask me to continue Thyroidinium 3x please help and how much time it will bring my TSH level down or do I need to take along allopathy till tsh come down for emergency less high tsh affect my health if not treated immefiately.please help..Thankyoudgx

Joleen
May 23, 2017 1:12 pm Reply

Hi sir,i am on medication from last 7 years i take thyronorm 100mcg . Please suggest me homeopathic cure.

Sailesh
May 15, 2017 10:43 pm Reply

My TSH level is 11.44, ft3 ft4 t3 t4 are normal, taking thyronorm 50 , vitamin b12 and vitamin d also low, hair fallen increased in last 15 days , please suggest me good homoeopathy medicine

Ram
Apr 9, 2017 8:55 pm Reply

hi, i m suffering from hypothyroid. i m taking 50 mg tablet, my skin(hand and feet) very dry, even in summer i have to apply vaseline,i have severed constipation problem, very hard stool, even piles due to this, i m very sensitive, very emotional, started crying on trivial matters.in my leg there is one white spot, doctor telling may be due to autoimmune thyroid problem. in my family no history of thyroid and vitiligo

Pinki
Apr 3, 2017 2:51 pm Reply

Age69 yrs suffering from hypothyroidism and weight gain +hypertension +osteoarthritis. How to cure hypothyroidism in homeopathy. Mob...09415402415

Vinod Kumar Nanda
Feb 27, 2017 4:27 am Reply

my TSH is 3.94 weather i need to take treatment for thyroid problem or not.it was 3.57 ,three months before

Vikas Bhowankar
Nov 30, 2016 3:48 pm Reply

Sir, I am suffering from hypothyroidism from 2010 and taking thyronorm 75mcg. My T3 and T4 are ok, but TSH keeps on fluctuating. 6 months back my TSH was 6.2, last month it was 0.6. I have problem of hairfall, weight gain, lethargy, cold intolerance, dry skin, dry course hair, irritability. Please advise what homeopathic medication should I take. Thank you

Lynette
Nov 10, 2016 11:17 am Reply

Hello Sir, I m taking thyroxine from Oct 2013 as I was pregnant. I have problem of hair fall and constipation... If this will be treat permanently with homeopathic medicine. pls confirm so I can start to take homeopathic medicine

Asha
Sep 21, 2016 10:08 am Reply

Hello.. i m suferring from hypothyroid .. i m taking thyronorm 100 since last one year.. is there any other alternative treatment in homeopathy .. so that i can this medicine

Shamaila
Sep 17, 2016 12:51 am Reply

Age 21 Diagnosed hypothyroid , TSH >100.00 ,T3 - 2.47 T4- 0.37 , Is there any scope for Normal Thyroid function by treatment.

Priyanka
Sep 11, 2016 9:51 pm Reply

I am suffering from hypothyroid. For 2 months I took Thyrnorm 100, then I stopped it and started homeopathy treatment. Since last 2 months I am Thyroidinum 3x(homeopathy tablets). Please let me know if I will have to take this tablet for the rest of my life. Is there any short term permanent treatment for hypothyroid.

Sabir Mirza
Sep 9, 2016 3:33 am Reply

Hello dr.my son is suffering with hypothyroidism since may 2016 he is 10yrs old.is there any perminant treatment for him

Hema
Aug 6, 2016 10:27 pm Reply

I am suffering hypothyroid since last five years . I am taking 75 mg thyronorm since last two years. Is it possible to treat homeopathy?

Monika Gupta
Jul 8, 2016 6:07 pm Reply

Hlo Dr ... I have delayed periods since the day my menstrual start n I hve taken lots of medicine bt nothing cure it....recently I had taken homeopathic medicines from,last 3 months..n now I left it czz I m facing severe hair loss..n jst feeling if it could result in bald.,,. Pplz help I'm jst 20..

Divya Goyal
Jul 8, 2016 2:04 pm Reply

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