The thyroid gland secretes the thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) hormones in a ratio of 90:10, and any disturbance in this ratio can have a serious effect on the metabolism and other biological processes in the body. As practically all body systems use these hormones, over or under production leads to a wide variety of symptoms of thyroid problems such as general fatigue, depression, weight loss or weight gain, edema, reactive hypoglycemia, puffiness near the eyes or around ankles, scanty or lack of menstruation, dry skin, hair loss and low body temperature.
In conventional medicine, deficiencies are attempted to be covered up by synthetic or so-called natural thyroid hormones sourced from animals. Enlargement or over production is treated by surgical removal of a piece of thyroid tissue. Sometimes a reduction in the size of the gland is attempted by radioiodine therapy. Later, hormonal replacement therapy is required to bring hormonal levels back to the required ratio. The entire process is more or less a trial and error method – first cut down a gland to reduce production, and then replenish the hormones required to standard levels.
Homeopathy, a natural system of healthcare, offers a better and safer option for treating thyroid conditions. Homeopathy is a holistic system of treatment that makes use of only natural substances to prepare remedies. Instead of focusing on the disease, homeopathy targets the root cause of the condition and is better suited to provide a permanent cure. Homeopathic remedies are focused more on stimulating the body’s self-healing capabilities. It is for this reason that homeopathy insists on calling its preparation a remedy rather than a medicine.
There are more than fifty homeopathic remedies that can address various thyroid conditions, and there is bound to be one that suits you. The reason for multiple remedies is due to the fact that homeopathic treatment is based on the personality and constitution of an individual. It does not have a ‘one single medicine suits all’ approach.
Commonly used homeopathic remedies for hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) include Fucus vesiculosus, Bromium, Calcarea carb, Calcarea phos, Calcarea, Lycopus, Calcarea carb, Lapis alb, Iodium, and Spongia.
In depends upon individual choices whether to opt for homeopathy or not. Homeopathic treatment is a slow process, as it is generally not meant for temporary relief. If administered according to the basic principles of homeopathy, these remedies can provide a permanent cure for thyroid problems. In either case, it must be kept in mind that ten percent of all cases of thyroid enlargement turn out to be cancerous. It is imperative that prevalence of cancer be ruled out before starting treatment.