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How To Treat Hashimoto's Disease With The Help Of Herbs

Updated on April 23, 2015

Introduction: An Overview Of Hashimoto's Disease

Varying terms are often used to refer to Hashimoto's Disease, the more common of which are Hashimoto's Thyroidism and Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis. The disease was named after Dr. Haraku Hashimoto who devoted a lot of his time studying and writing about the illness.

This is a disorder that occurs when the thyroid gland gets attacked by the immune system. The thyroid gland is located below the Adam's apple at the base of the neck. It plays a major role in the production of hormones that help coordinate a lot of the body's activities. When the thyroid gland is attacked by the immune system, this results to an inflammation that will cause the thyroid gland to function less as it should be. This is usually referred to as hypothyroidism.

The disorder is an autoimmune disease. This basically means that the body essentially attacks itself.

Most of those suffering from Hashimoto's disease are women, especially those in their middle ages. However, the disorder can also occur in men and children, their ages notwithstanding.

How To Treat Hashimoto's Disease With Herbs

Herbs have long been used by natural doctors and herbalists to help treat the disorder. Herbs can be very good treatment alternatives. Majority of herbal remedies are designed in a way that they can effectively help in preventing the body from being affected by autoimmune responses. Additionally, said herbal remedies also decrease hypothyroidism.

The utilization of herbal medicines is often referred to as naturopathy.

Below are some of the most common herbal medicines that are often used in helping treat Hashimoto's disease:

  1. Ashwagandha root.
  2. Bitters.
  3. Flaxseed.
  4. Bladderwack or kelp.
  5. Milk thistle.
  6. Avena Sativa or green oats.
  7. Myrrh.
  8. Olive leaf extracts.
  9. Sage.
  10. Coleus Forskohlii.
  11. Bayberry.
  12. Siberian ginseng.

While taking any of the herbs and supplements mentioned above, you also need to keep a healthy and balanced lifestyle. This means that you should eat a very nutritional diet, exercise regularly and get at least eight hours of sleep a day.

Important Note: It is highly advisable that before you take in any herbal remedy or nutritional supplement, always see to it that you consult with your doctor first to make sure that it won't have any harmful effects to your health and body. This is especially important if you are currently taking some other forms of medicines.


The Common Symptoms Of Hashimoto's Disease

These are the signs and symptoms of Hashimoto's disease. If you are suffering from these symptoms, you better consult your physician right away.

1. Fatigue
2. Modest gain
3. Excessive sleepiness
4. Constipation
5. Muscle cramps
6. Decreased concentration
7. Swelling of the legs
8. Depression
9. Cold intolerance
10. Dry and coarse hair
11. Dry skin
12. Increased cholesterol levels
13. Vague aches and pains

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      3stars5 5 years ago

      I reduced my hashimotos thyroid antibodies to normal by using Astragulus for about 3 months. It depends which side of your immune system needs stimulating as to what herb works for you.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Great suggestions. The thyroid is so very complicated and many do not understand how important it is to our body.

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      Nickey Ronacher 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for a very well written and informative article! The information on the healthful & helpful herbs is wonderful:)!

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      onlineconsultant 5 years ago from UK

      Nice article, with a good section on the herbs that are helpful in low thyroid states. Personally, in my practice as a natural health practitioner, I have used a combination of Fucus, Wild Yam, Liquorice and Boldo, with excellent results for people with low thyroid. Just one note - Hashimoto's or thyroiditis can sometimes present with elevated thyroid levels, and the treatment would obviously be very different. It's important to get the levels checked, especially if you are considering taking any herbal medicines. Kindest Regards.