Alternative Medicine for Hyperthyroidism

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
Acupressure, acupuncture, aromatherapy and others are alternative therapies that have been used for a wide range of conditions, including hyperthyroidism. This lesson discusses how some of these therapies might be applied to people with hyperthyroidism.


Narrator: Welcome to 'Hyper', the talk show that's focused entirely on hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid. Today's panelists are Adam, Britany, and Charles. They're big proponents of alternative medicine for hyperthyroidism and they'll lead you through a discussion about what they believe has helped them manage their overactive thyroid and the signs and symptoms they've experienced as a result of hyperthyroidism.

Before we begin, here is the customary tiny disclaimer read at 100x normal talking pace for you: most of these alternative therapies have no basis in science and are thus used at your risk only, but not before consulting with your doctor first!

Diet & Supplements

Adam: thanks Narrator. Could you say it any faster next time? Anyways, let's start this discussion by talking a bit about diet.

Britany: Great idea, Adam! People with hyperthyroidism might have this condition because their body's immune system molecules attack the thyroid gland. In order to try and minimize this attack, they might want to try and eat healthy and organic fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains devoid of gluten. This can be served up with a protein shake.

Charles: Yep, and let's not forget about what NOT to eat, Britany. Heavily processed foods, dairy, sugars, and artificial sweeteners, coloring and dyes. And, as you mentioned just a second ago, grains containing gluten should be avoided. This means no rye, no barley, and no wheat.

Adam: Britany, can you also tell our viewers about any supplements they could take to help defend against hyperthyroidism?

Britany: Sure. Remember, hyperthyroidism sometimes occurs because the body attacks itself. Lemon balm could help stop the body's attack against the thyroid gland. The same goes for Bugleweed, a type of plant. And it's worth mentioning that L-carnitine and vitamin B might help a person manage their signs and symptoms stemming from hyperthyroidism.

Other Alternatives

Charles: Those sound about right. There are other ones, though. Plant-sterol supplements might help the immune system function normally and thus minimize its attack on the thyroid gland. Thyme extract could help do the same. And let's not forget about Vitamin B12 injections. These might help with the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism but they should only be performed by a trained and licensed healthcare professional.

Adam: Thanks Britany and Charles. We don't have too much time left so let's wrap this up with some other potential alternative treatments for hypothyroidism. Some people believe that stimulation of a pressure point known as Governing Vessel 17 might help with symptoms of hyperthyroidism. The same goes for Stomach 9 and Pericardium 6. Those who love aromatherapy may want to use oils such as myrrh and frankincense to help manage their signs of an overactive thyroid. And, of course, let's not forget acupuncture, although this should only be performed for hyperthyroidism by a well-trained and licensed practitioner.

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