Thyroid Conditions – How Can Homeopathy Help?

I want to start with a story, in other words, a case scenario from a client who has given me permission to share her journey.

Case Scenario #1 – A women, 46-year-old, calls stating that her doctor put her on the thyroid medication Synthroid. She told me that the doctor has been monitoring her bloodwork for the last couple of years. Her thyroid bloodwork (TSH), which has been slowing creeping higher within in the normal thyroid range, each year. Her last thyroid TSH blood test showed her thyroid levels have moved outside of the thyroid normal range, she now has the health condition called Hypothyroidism.

She told me that since she has been taking the thyroid medication Synthroid these last few months, she does feel a little better. Her energy has slightly come up. Her moods are not as up and down and she has even been laughing more. She said “Probably because my sleep has improved.” She went on to say that she was calling me, because she didn’t want to be on thyroid medication the rest of my life”, and she heard that homeopathy could help her come off the thyroid medication.

After taking her complete health history, I selected the homeopathic remedy Sepia 6c to be taken daily. Sepia was selected, because she told me that she thinks she is going through perimenopause. She has been having some heavy menstrual bleeding off and on for the past year or so, along with hot flashes, sleep problems and waking up feeling anxious in the morning. She also was feeling irritable, which she thought was from not sleeping well. I told my client that these symptoms can be perimenopause and or thyroid symptoms; either way Sepia could address them.

Along with the homeopathic remedy Sepia, I also had her do a daily Qi gong Thyroid Exercise: Tapping the thyroid gland 36 times once a day to help rejuvenate the thyroid gland.

A week after taking Sepia my client told me that her energy is better, especially in the morning. She is also falling asleep much easier and is not snapping at her kids or her husband as much. Overall, she is responding well to Sepia and feeling better. I told my client to continue taking Sepia 6c daily and her Synthroid medication.

Three months later, after seeing her doctor, she reported back to me that her thyroid blood test (TSH) was still high overall, but also moving closer to normal thyroid range. The doctor told her to increase her Synthroid dosage, because the thyroid levels were still high.

I explained to my client that it is common for doctors to increase the thyroid mediation dosage because the thyroid TSH is not in range. Some doctors don’t take into account that the blood test is showing that the thyroid is moving in the right direction (lowering) and the fact that your other symptoms are improving; better energy, falling asleep easier, are happier and not as irritable. Doctors often base their decision on the blood test results. And only on one thyroid test. For a doctor to get a full picture on how the thyroid is functioning, it is best to have a complete thyroid panel done.

When the doctor tells you, your thyroid levels are still high and wants to increase your medications. Ask your doctor, If your numbers have come down from the prior blood test, moving closer to the range? This is a positive result. Yes, your thyroid levels may still be high, but they are moving closer to the range is good news, especially if you are also taking a homeopathic remedy too. This information is letting you and to the homeopath know that you are taking the correct homeopathic remedy for your thyroid.

I told my client to continue taking Sepia 6c as she has been, along with her Synthroid medication. And we will keep monitoring her blood test every three months and will adjust her Sepia as needed.

Getting Off Your Thyroid Medication

While monitoring my client’s thyroid blood work, along with her doctor for a little over year; I adjusted my client’s homeopathic remedy, Sepia as needed. Her thyroid levels had slowly moved back to the normal thyroid range.

At one point, my client’s symptoms changed from the hormonal heavy menstrual bleeding to feeling more overwhelmed with her job and juggling the kid’s schedules. It was now time to stop Sepia and switch her to the homeopathic remedy Calcarea Carbonicum 6c. My client asked “when can I get off the Synthroid medication?”

Some people with a thyroid condition will not be able to get off their medication (i.e. Synthroid) with just taking a homeopathic remedy (i. e. Sepia or Calcarea Carbonicum) to address why their thyroid went out of balance, along with their thyroid medication, Synthroid); until they take the homeopathic Thyroidinum.

I told my client that since Calcarea Carbonicum alone has not been able to get her off the Synthroid, we will add the homeopathic remedy Thyroidinum. My client continued taking Calcarea Carbonicum 6c and her thyroid medication (Synthroid) daily, she also started taking homeopathic remedy Thyroidinum 6c. We continued to monitor her thyroid blood work every 3-6 months, along with her doctor while she was taking the homeopathic remedies and her Synthroid.

A few months later my client started to feel worse after taking her Synthroid. She started to experience headaches, hot flashes, feeling nervous, and rapid heart fluttering. I told her that it was common to start to have symptoms when a medication dosage is too strong. I told her to contact her doctor and let her know that you are feeling worse after taking your Synthroid.

After her doctor visit she called, very upset, that her doctor increased her Synthroid medication. I told her that it is common for the doctor to increase the person’s medication, causing more symptoms. Take your Synthroid with the new dosage and when you start to feel worse contact your doctor and she will lower medication dosage. You need to stay in touch with your doctor and keep them informed as your symptoms change.

My client continued to slowly cut back the thyroid medication, Synthroid with the help of the doctor. And was eventually able to get off the Synthroid altogether. Once off the Synthroid, she continued taking her daily homeopathic remedies Calcarea Carbonicum 6c and Thyroidinum 6c until the thyroid blood tests continued to stay within the thyroid range for a good period of time; making sure that the thyroid stayed in the normal range. Once that happened, the homeopathic remedy Thyroidinum 6c was stopped. At that point my client continued taking her Calcarea Carbonicum 6c until she no longer had the symptoms, of feeling overwhelmed and overworked.

Not All Thyroid Cases Will Be Able to Come Off Thyroid Medication

While most people will be able to get off their thyroid medication while taking a homeopathic remedy, there will be others that may not be able to. And will have to continue taking very low doses of their thyroid medication and take a homeopathic remedy as needed.

Other Signs That You Might Have a Thyroid Condition

  • Rough white bumps (sandpaper like) on the outside of upper arms
  • Eyebrows only grow partly across the eye arch

What is the Thyroid Gland and How Does it Work?

The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped organ located about half way down the neck; just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid has two sides called lobes that lie on either side of the windpipe and is connected by a bridge of tissue called isthmus.
The thyroid releases several hormones. The blood stream carries them to the cells and organs. The hormones influence metabolism, growth and development and body temperature.

Thyroid Hormones Regulate Body Functions

  • Breathing,
  • Heart rate,
  • Central and peripheral nervous systems,
  • Body weight,
  • Muscle strength,
  • Menstrual cycles,
  • Body temperature,
  • Cholesterol levels,
  • Much more!

How Does the Thyroid Gland Work?

The thyroid gland uses iodine from food to make two thyroid hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). It also stores these thyroid hormones and releases them as they are needed. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, which are located in the brain, help control the thyroid gland.

  • The circuit of hormones starts when the hypothalamus releases Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone (TRH), which stimulates the pituitary gland to release Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH).

When the hypothalamus and pituitary are working normally, they sense when:

  • Thyroid hormone levels are low, they secrete more TRH and TSH, which stimulates the thyroid to make more hormones.
  • Thyroid hormone levels are too high, they secrete less TRH and TSH, which reduces hormone production by the thyroid.

Why is the Thyroid Gland Needed?

T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine) travel in the bloodstream to reach almost every cell in the body. The hormones regulate the speed with which the cells or metabolism work.

T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine) regulate the heart rate and how fast the intestines process food.

  • When the T3 and T4 levels are low, the heart rate may be slower than normal, and one may have constipation and or weight gain – Hypothyroidism.
  • When the T3 and T4 levels are high, one may have a rapid heart rate, diarrhea and or weight loss – Hyperthyroidism.

Thyroid Conditions

Hyperthyroidism

Often caused by Graves’ disease or an overactive thyroid nodule.
Having too much T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine) in the body creates the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety,
  • Irritability or moodiness,
  • Nervousness, hyperactivity,
  • Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures,
  • Hand trembling (shaking),
  • Hair loss,
  • Missed or light menstrual periods

Hypothyroidism

Can be caused by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or underactive thyroid.
Having too little T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine) in the body creates the following symptoms:

  • Trouble sleeping,
  • Tiredness and fatigue,
  • Difficulty concentrating,
  • Dry skin and hair,
  • Depression,
  • Sensitivity to cold temperature,
  • Frequent, heavy periods,
  • Joint and muscle pain

Other Thyroid Conditions

  • Cysts – A collection of fluid in the thyroid, is common to have.
  • Thyroid nodule – A small abnormal mass or lump in the thyroid gland.
  • Goiter – A visible enlargement of the thyroid gland. Can be iodine deficiency or a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
  • Thyroiditis – Inflammation of the thyroid, usually from a viral infection or autoimmune condition. Thyroiditis can be painful, or have no symptoms at all.
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – Is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid, which can lead to hypothyroidism.
  • Graves’ Disease – Is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid and causes it to make more thyroid hormone, which leads to hyperthyroidism.
  • Thyroid cancer – An uncommon form of cancer. Thyroid cancer is usually curable.

How Can Homeopathy Help My Thyroid?

Thyroid Symptoms Don’t Just Happen

We just don’t get thyroid symptoms from nowhere; even if one has to follow a specific diet (i.e. gluten free). The thyroid symptoms develop from some sort of repeated stress in one’s life, which in time causes the thyroid symptoms. The Homeopath will also ask “What was going on 6-12 months in one’s life prior to developing thyroid symptoms?”

Stressors That Can Cause Health Conditions Such as Thyroid:

  • Relationship problem (significant other, other family members).
  • Divorce,
  • Depression, grief,
  • Work related and the list goes on

Whether one has hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or any of the other thyroid health condition (i.e. goiter, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s) a complete case history needs to be taken by a Homeopath experienced in taking chronic health cases. Along with general health history, questions will also be asked as to what one’s thyroid symptoms are now and what they were when the symptoms first started, especially if someone is on thyroid medication.

Selecting a Homeopathic Remedy for a Thyroid Condition

After a complete health history has been reviewed. A homeopathic remedy will be selected according to the thyroid symptoms and the stress in life that caused the thyroid condition. A 6c homeopathic remedy will be selected and taken either dry (pellets) 3 times a day or in a Homeopathic Remedy Solution Water Bottle once a day. Within one week’s time one should start to see results from the selected homeopathic remedy; such as: more energy, sleeping better and feeling better emotionally.

Homeopathic Thyroid Remedies

There are many homeopathic remedies for the Thyroid conditions. Here is a list of the most common remedies used.

  • Bromium – Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, goiter – hard as a rock. Especially for hyperactive people and feels better by seaside.
  • Calcarea Carbonica – Hypothyroid, goiter, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. They feel overwhelm, overworked, nervousness and fatigue.
  • Calcarea Iodata – Hypothyroidism, tumors and cysts on thyroid.
  • Fucus Vesiculosus – Hypothyroidism, goiter, tend to be very constipated and has headaches “as if an iron ring is tight about the head.”
  • Graphite – Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. They are depressed, sad, and can have cracked scaly skin that oozes.
  • Lapis Album – Glandular issues related to tumor growth, especially goiters.
  • Lachesis – Hyperthyroidism with extreme heat. Cannot wear a tight clothes or collar around the neck. Belt must be loose around the waist.
  • Lycopodium – Hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism with digestion symptoms.
  • Natrum Muriaticum – Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Thyroid symptoms from a grief and depression. I see this homeopathic remedy very often for thyroid symptoms.
  • Spongia Tosta – Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism. Goiter feels as if something a live-in goiter.
  • Sepia – Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis with hormonal symptoms along with irritability.
  • Thyroidinum – Hypothyroidism. Helps rebalance the thyroid and when not able to get off medication with well-chosen homeopathic remedies.

What Else Can Cause a Thyroid to Go Off?

Other Case Examples:

Case Scenario #2– A colleague of mind’s friend developed thyroid symptoms from drinking smoothies every morning. She was very healthy person to begin with. And decided to make smoothies with raw kale and spinach, thinking she was having a very healthy breakfast every morning. Six months later she wasn’t feeling well. And came to find out that drinking the smoothies everyday with raw kale and spinach threw off her thyroid. In this case, her thyroid symptoms did not come from a stress in life. It came on from daily consuming raw spinach and kale, foods from Brassicaceae Mustard family and Cruciferous Cabbage family. Eating foods from Brassicaceae Mustard family and Cruciferous Cabbage family (i.e. raw cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, spinach, mustard greens, etc.) contain Glucosinolate, which can inhibit the iodine uptake, causing hypothyroidism and a goiter. Eating these kinds of foods cooked daily does not cause thyroid symptoms.

Case Scenario # 3 – A client’s house was broken into during the night. The man grabbed her from behind and she was raped. Months later she started developing thyroid symptoms. In a case like this, my client would be put on thyroid medication for the rest of her life. A homeopathic approach would place her on a homeopathic remedy to address the physical and emotional trauma of what had happened. As the trauma was addressed the thyroid would over time balance out reducing and possibly eliminating the need for thyroid medicine.

Understanding Your Thyroid Blood Tests

It is common for a doctor to only want to do a TSH blood test when checking out the thyroid. To get a full picture on how the thyroid is functioning, it is best to have a complete thyroid panel done. It is a good practice to get a copy of all blood work and tests. And always know what your prior blood test numbers were when you visit the doctor to discuss the next blood tests.

Continuously Increasing Your Thyroid Medication is Not the Answer

When your blood test shows your numbers are still high and continue to move closer to the normal range, does not always mean you need to increase your medication. This is a discussion you may want to have with your doctor.

Adjusting Thyroid Medication When Blood Test Numbers Keep Increasing?

When you are on a thyroid medication and your thyroid blood test keeps moving in the wrong direction. Look back in your life to see what was going on between this blood work and your last blood work for what has changed in your life (stressors).

Routinely increasing your thyroid medication is not the answer to fixing why your blood test number are elevating (increasing), let alone your thyroid condition. Taking a homeopathic remedy for the stress that was going on or continues to go on in your life, will address why your thyroid blood test numbers are elevating and your thyroid condition.

Various Kinds of Thyroid Blood Tests

  • TSH Test – Measures the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in the bloodstream.
  • Free T4/Free Thyroxine – Measures the free, unbound thyroxine levels in the bloodstream.
  • Total T4/Total Thyroxine/Serum Thyroxine – Measures the total amount of circulating thyroxine in the blood.
  • Total T3/Total Triiodothyronine – Triiodothyronine is the active thyroid hormone, and is also known as T3. Total T3 is typically elevated in hyperthyroidism, and lowered in hypothyroidism.
  • Free T3/Free Triiodothyronine – Measures the free, unbound levels of triiodothyronine in the bloodstream.
  • T3 Resin Uptake (T3RU) – When this test is done with a T3 and T4, the T3 resin uptake (T3RU) test is sometimes called T7 test. This test measures the amount of unsaturated binding sites on the transport (binding) hormones.
  • Reverse T3 – Measures the inactive form of the hormone T3 or Triiodothyronine. This test is not generally recommended for routine evaluation of thyroid disorders.

Daily Affirmations You Can Do for Your Thyroid

While saying the affirmation 3 times, actually believe and feel in your body what you are saying. It’s best to do the affirmations in the morning or at bedtime.

For Thyroid in General:

  • Probable Cause – Humiliation. I never get to do what I want to do. When is it going to be my turn?
  • Affirmation – I move beyond old limitations and now allow myself to express freely and creatively.

For Hypothyroidism:

  • Affirmation – I created a new life with new rules that totally support me.

For Hyperthyroidism:

  • Probable Cause – Extreme disappointment at not being able to do what you want to do. Always fulfilling others, not the self.
  • Affirmation – I return my power to its rightful place. I make my own decisions. I fulfill myself. I am the center of life, and I approve of myself.

For Goiter:

  • Probable Cause – Hatred for being inflicted upon. Victim. Feeling thwarted in life. Unfulfilled.
  • Affirmation – I am the power and authority in my life. I am free to be me.

Regardless if you have hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or any of the other thyroid conditions, homeopathy can help address the symptoms you are experiencing, whether you’re on a thyroid mediation or not. As you are starting to feel better on your homeopathic remedy for who you are that has a thyroid condition, the next goal is to watch your blood test numbers. Your homeopathic remedy will be adjusted from time to time, especially when your thyroid tests show that your numbers are going in the wrong direction. Don’t get caught up when the doctor tells you that your blood tests are still high, as long as your blood tests are moving closer to the normal range you are on your way to healthier you!

hyroid Conditions – How Can Homeopathy Help?
I want to start with a story, in other words, a case scenario from a client who has given me permission to share her journey.

Case Scenario #1 – A women, 46-year-old, calls stating that her doctor put her on the thyroid medication Synthroid. She told me that the doctor has been monitoring her bloodwork for the last couple of years. Her thyroid bloodwork (TSH), which has been slowing creeping higher within in the normal thyroid range, each year. Her last thyroid TSH blood test showed her thyroid levels have moved outside of the thyroid normal range, she now has the health condition called Hypothyroidism.

She told me that since she has been taking the thyroid medication Synthroid these last few months, she does feel a little better. Her energy has slightly come up. Her moods are not as up and down and she has even been laughing more. She said “Probably because my sleep has improved.” She went on to say that she was calling me, because she didn’t want to be on thyroid medication the rest of my life”, and she heard that homeopathy could help her come off the thyroid medication.

After taking her complete health history, I selected the homeopathic remedy Sepia 6c to be taken daily. Sepia was selected, because she told me that she thinks she is going through perimenopause. She has been having some heavy menstrual bleeding off and on for the past year or so, along with hot flashes, sleep problems and waking up feeling anxious in the morning. She also was feeling irritable, which she thought was from not sleeping well. I told my client that these symptoms can be perimenopause and or thyroid symptoms; either way Sepia could address them.

Along with the homeopathic remedy Sepia, I also had her do a daily Qi gong Thyroid Exercise: Tapping the thyroid gland 36 times once a day to help rejuvenate the thyroid gland.

A week after taking Sepia my client told me that her energy is better, especially in the morning. She is also falling asleep much easier and is not snapping at her kids or her husband as much. Overall, she is responding well to Sepia and feeling better. I told my client to continue taking Sepia 6c daily and her Synthroid medication.

Three months later, after seeing her doctor, she reported back to me that her thyroid blood test (TSH) was still high overall, but also moving closer to normal thyroid range. The doctor told her to increase her Synthroid dosage, because the thyroid levels were still high.

I explained to my client that it is common for doctors to increase the thyroid mediation dosage because the thyroid TSH is not in range. Some doctors don’t take into account that the blood test is showing that the thyroid is moving in the right direction (lowering) and the fact that your other symptoms are improving; better energy, falling asleep easier, are happier and not as irritable. Doctors often base their decision on the blood test results. And only on one thyroid test. For a doctor to get a full picture on how the thyroid is functioning, it is best to have a complete thyroid panel done.

When the doctor tells you, your thyroid levels are still high and wants to increase your medications. Ask your doctor, If your numbers have come down from the prior blood test, moving closer to the range? This is a positive result. Yes, your thyroid levels may still be high, but they are moving closer to the range is good news, especially if you are also taking a homeopathic remedy too. This information is letting you and to the homeopath know that you are taking the correct homeopathic remedy for your thyroid.

I told my client to continue taking Sepia 6c as she has been, along with her Synthroid medication. And we will keep monitoring her blood test every three months and will adjust her Sepia as needed.

Getting Off Your Thyroid Medication
While monitoring my client’s thyroid blood work, along with her doctor for a little over year; I adjusted my client’s homeopathic remedy, Sepia as needed. Her thyroid levels had slowly moved back to the normal thyroid range.

At one point, my client’s symptoms changed from the hormonal heavy menstrual bleeding to feeling more overwhelmed with her job and juggling the kid’s schedules. It was now time to stop Sepia and switch her to the homeopathic remedy Calcarea Carbonicum 6c. My client asked “when can I get off the Synthroid medication?”

Some people with a thyroid condition will not be able to get off their medication (i.e. Synthroid) with just taking a homeopathic remedy (i. e. Sepia or Calcarea Carbonicum) to address why their thyroid went out of balance, along with their thyroid medication, Synthroid); until they take the homeopathic Thyroidinum.

I told my client that since Calcarea Carbonicum alone has not been able to get her off the Synthroid, we will add the homeopathic remedy Thyroidinum. My client continued taking Calcarea Carbonicum 6c and her thyroid medication (Synthroid) daily, she also started taking homeopathic remedy Thyroidinum 6c. We continued to monitor her thyroid blood work every 3-6 months, along with her doctor while she was taking the homeopathic remedies and her Synthroid.

A few months later my client started to feel worse after taking her Synthroid. She started to experience headaches, hot flashes, feeling nervous, and rapid heart fluttering. I told her that it was common to start to have symptoms when a medication dosage is too strong. I told her to contact her doctor and let her know that you are feeling worse after taking your Synthroid.

After her doctor visit she called, very upset, that her doctor increased her Synthroid medication. I told her that it is common for the doctor to increase the person’s medication, causing more symptoms. Take your Synthroid with the new dosage and when you start to feel worse contact your doctor and she will lower medication dosage. You need to stay in touch with your doctor and keep them informed as your symptoms change.

My client continued to slowly cut back the thyroid medication, Synthroid with the help of the doctor. And was eventually able to get off the Synthroid altogether. Once off the Synthroid, she continued taking her daily homeopathic remedies Calcarea Carbonicum 6c and Thyroidinum 6c until the thyroid blood tests continued to stay within the thyroid range for a good period of time; making sure that the thyroid stayed in the normal range. Once that happened, the homeopathic remedy Thyroidinum 6c was stopped. At that point my client continued taking her Calcarea Carbonicum 6c until she no longer had the symptoms, of feeling overwhelmed and overworked.

Not All Thyroid Cases Will Be Able to Come Off Thyroid Medication
While most people will be able to get off their thyroid medication while taking a homeopathic remedy, there will be others that may not be able to. And will have to continue taking very low doses of their thyroid medication and take a homeopathic remedy as needed.

Other Signs That You Might Have a Thyroid Condition
Rough white bumps (sandpaper like) on the outside of upper arms
Eyebrows only grow partly across the eye arch
What is the Thyroid Gland and How Does it Work?
The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped organ located about half way down the neck; just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid has two sides called lobes that lie on either side of the windpipe and is connected by a bridge of tissue called isthmus.
The thyroid releases several hormones. The blood stream carries them to the cells and organs. The hormones influence metabolism, growth and development and body temperature.

Thyroid Hormones Regulate Body Functions
Breathing,
Heart rate,
Central and peripheral nervous systems,
Body weight,
Muscle strength,
Menstrual cycles,
Body temperature,
Cholesterol levels,
Much more!


How Does the Thyroid Gland Work?
The thyroid gland uses iodine from food to make two thyroid hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). It also stores these thyroid hormones and releases them as they are needed. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, which are located in the brain, help control the thyroid gland.

The circuit of hormones starts when the hypothalamus releases Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone (TRH), which stimulates the pituitary gland to release Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
When the hypothalamus and pituitary are working normally, they sense when:

Thyroid hormone levels are low, they secrete more TRH and TSH, which stimulates the thyroid to make more hormones.
Thyroid hormone levels are too high, they secrete less TRH and TSH, which reduces hormone production by the thyroid.
Why is the Thyroid Gland Needed?
T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine) travel in the bloodstream to reach almost every cell in the body. The hormones regulate the speed with which the cells or metabolism work.

T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine) regulate the heart rate and how fast the intestines process food.

When the T3 and T4 levels are low, the heart rate may be slower than normal, and one may have constipation and or weight gain – Hypothyroidism.
When the T3 and T4 levels are high, one may have a rapid heart rate, diarrhea and or weight loss – Hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid Conditions
Hyperthyroidism
Often caused by Graves’ disease or an overactive thyroid nodule.
Having too much T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine) in the body creates the following symptoms:

Anxiety,
Irritability or moodiness,
Nervousness, hyperactivity,
Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures,
Hand trembling (shaking),
Hair loss,
Missed or light menstrual periods
Hypothyroidism
Can be caused by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or underactive thyroid.
Having too little T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine) in the body creates the following symptoms:

Trouble sleeping,
Tiredness and fatigue,
Difficulty concentrating,
Dry skin and hair,
Depression,
Sensitivity to cold temperature,
Frequent, heavy periods,
Joint and muscle pain
Other Thyroid Conditions
Cysts – A collection of fluid in the thyroid, is common to have.
Thyroid nodule – A small abnormal mass or lump in the thyroid gland.
Goiter – A visible enlargement of the thyroid gland. Can be iodine deficiency or a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Thyroiditis – Inflammation of the thyroid, usually from a viral infection or autoimmune condition. Thyroiditis can be painful, or have no symptoms at all.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – Is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid, which can lead to hypothyroidism.
Graves’ Disease – Is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid and causes it to make more thyroid hormone, which leads to hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid cancer – An uncommon form of cancer. Thyroid cancer is usually curable.
How Can Homeopathy Help My Thyroid?
Thyroid Symptoms Don’t Just Happen
We just don’t get thyroid symptoms from nowhere; even if one has to follow a specific diet (i.e. gluten free). The thyroid symptoms develop from some sort of repeated stress in one’s life, which in time causes the thyroid symptoms. The Homeopath will also ask “What was going on 6-12 months in one’s life prior to developing thyroid symptoms?”

Stressors That Can Cause Health Conditions Such as Thyroid:
Relationship problem (significant other, other family members).
Divorce,
Depression, grief,
Work related and the list goes on
Whether one has hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or any of the other thyroid health condition (i.e. goiter, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s) a complete case history needs to be taken by a Homeopath experienced in taking chronic health cases. Along with general health history, questions will also be asked as to what one’s thyroid symptoms are now and what they were when the symptoms first started, especially if someone is on thyroid medication.

Selecting a Homeopathic Remedy for a Thyroid Condition
After a complete health history has been reviewed. A homeopathic remedy will be selected according to the thyroid symptoms and the stress in life that caused the thyroid condition. A 6c homeopathic remedy will be selected and taken either dry (pellets) 3 times a day or in a Homeopathic Remedy Solution Water Bottle once a day. Within one week’s time one should start to see results from the selected homeopathic remedy; such as: more energy, sleeping better and feeling better emotionally.

Homeopathic Thyroid Remedies
There are many homeopathic remedies for the Thyroid conditions. Here is a list of the most common remedies used.

Bromium – Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, goiter – hard as a rock. Especially for hyperactive people and feels better by seaside.
Calcarea Carbonica – Hypothyroid, goiter, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. They feel overwhelm, overworked, nervousness and fatigue.
Calcarea Iodata – Hypothyroidism, tumors and cysts on thyroid.
Fucus Vesiculosus – Hypothyroidism, goiter, tend to be very constipated and has headaches “as if an iron ring is tight about the head.”
Graphite – Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. They are depressed, sad, and can have cracked scaly skin that oozes.
Lapis Album – Glandular issues related to tumor growth, especially goiters.
Lachesis – Hyperthyroidism with extreme heat. Cannot wear a tight clothes or collar around the neck. Belt must be loose around the waist.
Lycopodium – Hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism with digestion symptoms.
Natrum Muriaticum – Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Thyroid symptoms from a grief and depression. I see this homeopathic remedy very often for thyroid symptoms.
Spongia Tosta – Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism. Goiter feels as if something a live-in goiter.
Sepia – Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis with hormonal symptoms along with irritability.
Thyroidinum – Hypothyroidism. Helps rebalance the thyroid and when not able to get off medication with well-chosen homeopathic remedies.
What Else Can Cause a Thyroid to Go Off?
Other Case Examples:
Case Scenario #2– A colleague of mind’s friend developed thyroid symptoms from drinking smoothies every morning. She was very healthy person to begin with. And decided to make smoothies with raw kale and spinach, thinking she was having a very healthy breakfast every morning. Six months later she wasn’t feeling well. And came to find out that drinking the smoothies everyday with raw kale and spinach threw off her thyroid. In this case, her thyroid symptoms did not come from a stress in life. It came on from daily consuming raw spinach and kale, foods from Brassicaceae Mustard family and Cruciferous Cabbage family. Eating foods from Brassicaceae Mustard family and Cruciferous Cabbage family (i.e. raw cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, spinach, mustard greens, etc.) contain Glucosinolate, which can inhibit the iodine uptake, causing hypothyroidism and a goiter. Eating these kinds of foods cooked daily does not cause thyroid symptoms.

Case Scenario # 3 – A client’s house was broken into during the night. The man grabbed her from behind and she was raped. Months later she started developing thyroid symptoms. In a case like this, my client would be put on thyroid medication for the rest of her life. A homeopathic approach would place her on a homeopathic remedy to address the physical and emotional trauma of what had happened. As the trauma was addressed the thyroid would over time balance out reducing and possibly eliminating the need for thyroid medicine.

Understanding Your Thyroid Blood Tests
It is common for a doctor to only want to do a TSH blood test when checking out the thyroid. To get a full picture on how the thyroid is functioning, it is best to have a complete thyroid panel done. It is a good practice to get a copy of all blood work and tests. And always know what your prior blood test numbers were when you visit the doctor to discuss the next blood tests.

Continuously Increasing Your Thyroid Medication is Not the Answer
When your blood test shows your numbers are still high and continue to move closer to the normal range, does not always mean you need to increase your medication. This is a discussion you may want to have with your doctor.

Adjusting Thyroid Medication When Blood Test Numbers Keep Increasing?
When you are on a thyroid medication and your thyroid blood test keeps moving in the wrong direction. Look back in your life to see what was going on between this blood work and your last blood work for what has changed in your life (stressors).

Routinely increasing your thyroid medication is not the answer to fixing why your blood test number are elevating (increasing), let alone your thyroid condition. Taking a homeopathic remedy for the stress that was going on or continues to go on in your life, will address why your thyroid blood test numbers are elevating and your thyroid condition.

Various Kinds of Thyroid Blood Tests
TSH Test – Measures the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in the bloodstream.
Free T4/Free Thyroxine – Measures the free, unbound thyroxine levels in the bloodstream.
Total T4/Total Thyroxine/Serum Thyroxine – Measures the total amount of circulating thyroxine in the blood.
Total T3/Total Triiodothyronine – Triiodothyronine is the active thyroid hormone, and is also known as T3. Total T3 is typically elevated in hyperthyroidism, and lowered in hypothyroidism.
Free T3/Free Triiodothyronine – Measures the free, unbound levels of triiodothyronine in the bloodstream.
T3 Resin Uptake (T3RU) – When this test is done with a T3 and T4, the T3 resin uptake (T3RU) test is sometimes called T7 test. This test measures the amount of unsaturated binding sites on the transport (binding) hormones.
Reverse T3 – Measures the inactive form of the hormone T3 or Triiodothyronine. This test is not generally recommended for routine evaluation of thyroid disorders.
Daily Affirmations You Can Do for Your Thyroid
While saying the affirmation 3 times, actually believe and feel in your body what you are saying. It’s best to do the affirmations in the morning or at bedtime.

For Thyroid in General:

Probable Cause – Humiliation. I never get to do what I want to do. When is it going to be my turn?
Affirmation – I move beyond old limitations and now allow myself to express freely and creatively.
For Hypothyroidism:

Affirmation – I created a new life with new rules that totally support me.
For Hyperthyroidism:

Probable Cause – Extreme disappointment at not being able to do what you want to do. Always fulfilling others, not the self.
Affirmation – I return my power to its rightful place. I make my own decisions. I fulfill myself. I am the center of life, and I approve of myself.
For Goiter:

Probable Cause – Hatred for being inflicted upon. Victim. Feeling thwarted in life. Unfulfilled.
Affirmation – I am the power and authority in my life. I am free to be me.
Regardless if you have hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or any of the other thyroid conditions, homeopathy can help address the symptoms you are experiencing, whether you’re on a thyroid mediation or not. As you are starting to feel better on your homeopathic remedy for who you are that has a thyroid condition, the next goal is to watch your blood test numbers. Your homeopathic remedy will be adjusted from time to time, especially when your thyroid tests show that your numbers are going in the wrong direction. Don’t get caught up when the doctor tells you that your blood tests are still high, as long as your blood tests are moving closer to the normal range you are on your way to healthier you!

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Virangini Cindy Rounsaville, C. Hom., is a homeopathic health consultant and educator who has been involved with homeopathy since the early 1980's. She has studied the field extensively with internationally known homeopath and author Dr. Robin Murphy, N.D., among others. She began teaching and consulting in 1983 and, along with her late father Louis Dion, C. Hom. began a homeopathic study group in Hunterdon County, NJ to help people learn and use homeopathy in their daily lives. Virangini Cindy works closely with medical doctors, chiropractors, and other homeopathic and holistic practitioners. She has incorporated Rasavidya Medical Astrology (different than regular astrology) into her practice as well. Having practiced QiGong since the 1980's, she uses medical QiGong poses alongside the medical astrology to help individuals with life issues and chakra balancing.