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Hyperthyroidism or Overactive Thyroid

Hyperthyroidism, also called Grave’s disease, is a condition that is caused by the effects of too much thyroid hormone on tissues of the body.  It is thought to be an auto-immune disorder.  Destruction of thyroid tissue causes release of excessive quantities of thyroid hormone into the blood which is what causes hyperthyroid symptoms. 

Symptoms of Grave’s disease (hyperthyroidism):

  • Palpitations
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Light or absent menses
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Hair loss

Natural Treatment of Hyperthyroidism

Our treatment of hyperthyroidism aims to balance thyroid and other synergistic organ system functions, while trying to preserve healthy thyroid hormone production. In many cases, hyperthyroidism can go into and stay in remission without killing off the thyroid with radioactive iodine.

Treatment of autoimmune disorders like Grave’s typically involve moderating the function of the immune system, supporting the body’s production of anti-inflammatory and immune moderating hormones like cortisol, balancing the endocrine system and/or healing the gut.

Stress reduction, vitamins and minerals, herbs and acupuncture can be used to moderate thyroid function without causing damage to the thyroid.