The thyroid gland is a small gland, normally weighing less than one ounce, located in the front of the neck. It is made up of two lobes that lie along the windpipe (trachea) and are joined together by a narrow band of thyroid tissue, known as the isthmus.
The thyroid releases thyroid hormones which regulate the metabolism, growth, development and body temperature. The two best-known thyroid conditions are Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) and Hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid). Hyperthyroidism is a term which denotes that the thyroid is producing an excess of T3 and T4 which speeds up the body’s metabolism. Hyperthyroidism symptoms may not become obvious for a while and can be sometimes be mistaken for other conditions, if hyperthyroidism is not correctly diagnosed. Finding the right treatment for overactive thyroid is very important and so is the correct diagnosis.
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism can be very individualized and it follows that the treatment for hyperactive thyroid should also be tailored specifically to each patient. Common symptoms include:
- Weight loss, despite eating a good amount of food
- Increased appetite
- Rapid pounding of the heart
- Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep
- Increased sweating
- More frequent bowel movements
- Less frequent menstrual periods with lighter than normal menstrual flow
- Tremor — usually a fine trembling in your hands and fingers
- Increased sensitivity to heat
- Changes in bowel patterns, especially more frequent bowel movements
- An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), which may appear as a swelling at the base of your neck
- Fatigue, muscle weakness
- Skin thinning
- Fine, brittle hair
Treatment for Overactive Thyroid
Hyperthyroidism is much less common than its opposite condition, hypothyroidism and that can make it more difficult to diagnose. Traditional treatment for hyperactive thyroid may include radioactive iodine which causes the thyroid gland to shrink. Unfortunately, in many cases, this shrinkage causes the thyroid activity to slow considerably and may lead to hypothyroidism occurring.
Another conventional treatment for hyperactive thyroid is the prescription of anti-thyroid medications. These medications may include propylthiouracil and methimazole (Tapazole) which can reduce the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. However, both drugs can cause serious liver damage and can lead to increased susceptibility to infection.
Beta blockers may also be prescribed, not to reduce thyroid levels, but to reduce a rapid heart rate and help prevent palpitations. Side effects may include fatigue, headache, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea or dizziness.
A radical treatment for overactive thyroid is thyroid surgery (thyroidectomy) where most of the thyroid gland is removed. Risks of this surgery include damage to vocal cords and parathyroid glands and the patient will require lifelong treatment with levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, others) to supply your body with normal amounts of thyroid hormone.
Natural Treatment for Hyperthyroidism
Increasingly, many people are wary of a life-long reliance on drugs to treat their thyroid and seek natural treatment for hyperthyroidism. The thyroid can become up-regulated or overactive for a number of reasons and it is important to look for the root cause of the over-activity.
The thyroid gland affects all the other hormones in the body and its proper regulation is essential to good hormonal balance and health. With the disturbing increase in thyroid disease, an annual screening of thyroid gland is recommended. This should include blood tests that check on thyroid gland hormone levels and body iodine levels.
When a patient is suspected to have a thyroid disorder a comprehensive thyroid profile is ordered, in the form of a blood test. The test results will give precise measurements of Free T3 and T4 and their ratios to each other. If hyperthyroidism is found to be the condition, the factors causing the over-stimulation of the thyroid gland will be evaluated. These may include testing the patient to see if heavy metals are present in the area of the thyroid, whether bacteria from the teeth may be causing problems or if food allergies are present. It is also important to test for a chronic fatigue virus such as Epstein Bar or to see if Herpes 6 is present as these may be attacking the thyroid.
Treatment for overactive thyroid requires the correct evaluation and that is what is performed at LifeWorks Wellness Center.
Get Natural Treatment for Hyperthyroidism
LifeWorks Wellness Center is long recognized as one of the foremost natural health clinics in the US. At our Tampa Bay, Florida alternative medicine office we have been offering natural treatment for hyperthyroidism for a long time and many of our patients have benefitted from it. Patients fly in from all over the world because they simply can’t find clinics offering treatment for overactive thyroid and natural medicine for hyperthyroidism where they live.
We have helped many patients regain their health and we would love to help you, too. To become a patient or for more information feel free to call our New Patient coordinator at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web inquiry with your request.
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