In hypothyroid conditions it is a one-two punch…the patient comes into her Physician's office complaining of chronic fatigue and/or weight gain. A blood test is done and if the test comes back with elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), then bingo, a prescription is written for Synthroid or Armour Thyroid without investigating why the thyroid is not working well or giving consideration as to what the long term effects of taking the drug might be.
The endocrine glands work as an integrated system. If there is a problem(s) there are causes behind it that need to be addressed.
The thyroid gland controls metabolic rate…it is a governor of the body. It secretes both thyroxin (T4) and triodothyronine (T3) in order to do this. Whether we are going to be mentally stable, energetic, heal well and have good resistance to disease or be depressed, fatigued, heal poorly and become overweight (among other things) depends upon a well functioning thyroid gland.
Taking Synthroid causes the Thyroid, the gland that controls so much of what makes us alive and vital, to atrophy, until the gland loses its ability to function, making the patient permanently dependent on the drug. In addition many women taking Synthroid continue to suffer with symptoms of fatigue, depression, overweight, poor libido, rapid aging, etc as well as developing new complications from the drug itself.
Sleep deprivation (many women have chronically exhausted themselves through lack of sleep).
Over activity leading to “glandular burnout”
Emotional stress (hard on the endocrine system if chronic and ongoing)
Nutritional imbalances. The thyroid gland is highly dependent on nutrients from the blood stream e.g. iodine and specific amino acids in order to function.
Toxicity from the wrong or excessive food, environmental contaminants, etc.
Poor gastrointestinal functioning leading to poor quality blood to feed the thyroid with. Attention here to dietary reform, gut rest and appropriate probiotics.
Allergies and autoimmune issues
Lack of sunlight
Mental depression leading to physical depression of the glandular system
Inter-relationships with other glands of the body, particularly the adrenal glands.
In all cases a careful individualized work up is essential as each patient differs from the next. A thorough interview and appropriate lab tests help sort these matters out followed by having the patient follow a detailed health plan…not simply to “treat” the thyroid, but to address their full health picture.
Patients should always first make every effort to address causal factors and take health-promoting steps prior to resorting to drugs for an answer since even the natural form of thyroid replacement leads to gradual loss of thyroid function. Pharmaceuticals can always be taken later but restoring the thyroid gland to a high level of health after being on drugs for an extended period is not always possible. Over time the thyroid degeneration that occurs with Synthroid is irreversible, but I had cases where women who had been on the drug for a relatively short period of time were able to restore their health.
What’s the research on homeopathic for hypothyroidism ?
High-quality research supporting homeopathy is few and far between. This goes for homeopathy for hypothyroidism, too.
There are some studies showing that homeopathy works for hypothyroidism. A 2014 PubMed journal study found a statistically significant decline in serum TSH values and antiTPOab titers indicates that the homeopathic intervention has not only the potential to treat SCH with or without antiTPOab but may also prevent progression to OH.