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Alternative Therapies for Thyroid Disease

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 28 Mar 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Thyroid; Gland; Hormones; Acupuncture;

The thyroid is a gland located at the front of the neck around the throat area. It is a very important gland as it produces hormones that are essential for metabolic processes.

Sometimes the thyroid fails to produce enough of the hormones or produces too much; this is known as thyroid disease and requires medical intervention.

Along with the necessity of seeking medical advice, it may be useful to research into the arena of alternative therapies as many specialist practitioners of a variety of treatments will be able to offer advice and possible treatments for some disorders of the thyroid.

These treatments are not supposed be used instead of conventional medical treatments unless that is what the individual requires but as a complementary form of therapy that might work well with conventional methods.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is becoming more and more accepted for its benefits to health including its role in prevention, treatment and easing of symptoms in many illnesses. Research has begun to uncover some reassuring evidence that acupuncture works well easing the symptoms of hyperthyroidism (when the hormones are produced at high levels) and may be useful if used along aide traditional medical techniques.

Always make sure the therapist providing the acupuncture is fully trained and experienced when treating thyroid diseases as this is a very specialised illness.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies involve the use of very small amounts of substances introduced to the body that require the body to produce its own resistance to the substance. When used for thyroid diseases, substances such as bromium and iodine are introduced allowing the body to create its own reaction.

The results can be slow and will vary upon the severity of the problem and the duration of the problem so far and there does not seem to be much evidence supporting whether these methods are beneficial or not. There are many homeopathic organisations in the UK who will be able to provide further information if you require.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy preparations are either oils, lotions or other forms of scent that are specially prepared into an acceptable form that have been found to be beneficial for a wide variety of medical complaints.

The scientific evidence supporting the benefits is minimal but many people are willing to give testimony to several of the therapies that they have found to be beneficial.Substances such as clove or myrtle are recommended for problems of the thyroid and these can be made up into oils that are burned and the vapours inhaled, bath oils or lotions.

Always ensure you have performed a skin test if a lotion or otherwise is to be applied to the skin and inform your aromatherapist of any other medical condition s you may have or existing medications as many of the preparations interfere with conventional prescriptions.

There are many alternative therapies that may help to ease the symptoms of thyroid problems but they are not intended to be used as a replacement for conventional medicine and medical opinion should still be sought.

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