THE NATUROPATHIC APPROACH
While we may resort to thyroid hormone replacement therapy as well, we don’t usually start there.
First, it’s critical to ensure adequate nutrition, particularly of those precursors necessary for production of thyroid hormone and for its activation in the rest of the body. There are also botanicals that may jump-start a sluggish thyroid. For many patients, this alone is sufficient to reverse mild hypothyroidism.
Next, we have to look at the adrenals. This is one of those conditions where stress plays a major role. The adrenals need to be stabilized before treating the thyroid. Stress management techniques are also critical here!
If this doesn’t take care of the problem, we’ll need to assess whether you have antibodies against your thyroid. If you do, several other tests may be necessary in order to determine the root cause.
When necessary, there are natural thyroid medications derived from animal thyroid glands. These are generally considered to be superior to the isolated T4 hormone found in pharmaceuticals, because natural thyroid also contains the full spectrum of thyroid hormones (T1, T2, T3, T4, and calcitonin) in order to stabilize the effects of T4. Some patients find that natural thyroid medication works much better than the isolated pharmaceutical version.
There may be angles to supporting your thyroid that you have not tried. Let us work with you to find your best approach.