Homeopathy for hypothyroidism- a new aspect of an old disease
Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroidism is the best alternative mode of therapy to avoid lifetime intake of medicines for hypothyroid.
People often understand that once hypothyroid is detected, he/she has to take thyroid supplements for a lifetime. This may be true in few cases but there is an alternative treatment in homeopathy where life long need of thyroid supplements may not be required.
Role of Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroidism
How does homeopathy work?
Firstly, Homeopathic treatment involves a detailed individualized case taking. It also considers the state of hypothyroid, its cause, and the extent, and genetic history, level of hormonal imbalance and emotional sphere of the person. All these factors are either causative factors or help in maintaining the disease.
Secondly, homeopathic medicines aim at stimulating the underactive thyroid to produce normal levels of hormones. The external supply of hormones is not the treatment but it’s just an arrangement. Homeopathic medicines are capable of stimulating the thyroid gland; hence the external supply of hormones can be stopped.
Success rate with Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroidism
The success rate, as well as the duration of treatment, varies from case to case and it is dependent on a variety of factors. All in all the success rate is 50 to 60% in recently detected cases.
Duration of the disease being detected, results are best achieved within three years of duration.
The extent of the disease, the levels of T3, T4, and TSH defines the chances of recovery.
Previous treatment is taken, patients taking thyroid supplements for more than two years are less likely to show results.
Age, patients below 50 years of age responds better.
Advantage of Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroidism
Once treated successfully there is no need to take lifelong supplements.
Limitations of Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroidism
- Homeopathy treatment works well in early cases of hypothyroid; in other cases, it may not be that effective.
- Patients already taking thyroid supplements for over a long period of time may not respond to homeopathic treatment.
- The overall success rate is 50to 60%. Homeopathy treatment works only in cases where the thyroid gland has the capacity to get activated.
What is the thyroid gland?
The thyroid is one of the endocrine glands which control the growth of the body, other being adrenal, pituitary, pancreas, testes, etc. Thyroid has a shape of a butterfly and is situated both sides of the windpipe. The thyroid secretes hormone such as thyroxine which controls the growth of body structures. Thyroid weighs 20 to 25 grams in adults.
What is underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism or hypothyroid denotes a deficiency of thyroxine. Females are three times more at risk than males.
Most of the times people suffer from the symptoms of hypothyroid for a long time before it gets detected and treated effectively.
|T3 (Triiodothyronine)||70-204 ng/dl|
|T4 ( Thyroxine)||5.0-12.5 l/dl|
|TSH (Thyroid-stimulating hormone)||0.45-4.5 IU/ml|
Hypothyroid is a result of the inability of the thyroid gland to produce enough thyroxine hormone. To sum up, the most common causative factor is the genetic tendency. Likewise, the treatment must aim at stimulating the thyroid gland as we know about the inadequacy or slowness on the part of the thyroid gland which brings on this malady. In short, this will fulfill the requirement and there will be no need to supply hormones from outside.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism
Basically, Hypothyroid shows varied symptoms. However, many a time it may be mistaken for general weakness and symptoms of menopause in elderly females. Hence hypothyroid goes undetected in many cases.
- Constant fatigue and weakness
- Weight gain which is difficult to shed
- Hair fall
- Dry rough skin
- Dry hard stools
- Hoarseness of voice
- Mood swings and often depressed mood
- Irregular menses in females
- Infertility and miscarriage
- Swelling on the legs
- Abnormal growth of hair on the face, etc.
On the other hand, every patient may not experience each and every symptom. A combination of a few of the above symptoms is present.
Causes of Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism can be classified into primary and secondary.
Causes of primary hypothyroidism
Iodine may be deficient. As a result, Hypothyroidism develops.
A person may suffer from Autoimmunity. Consequently leading to chronic inflammation or autoimmune thyroiditis.
Surgical removal of thyroid for hyperthyroidism may result in hypothyroid.
Radiotherapy may also result in hypothyroid.
Causes of secondary hypothyroidism
The inability of the pituitary gland to produce thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). This may be due to some kind of pituitary tumors, and autoimmunity, etc.
Failure of the hypothalamus to give proper signals to produce growth hormones. Genetic linkage is the cause.
As far as diagnosis is concerned, do detect Thyroid problems early by doing blood tests in every woman during pregnancy. Not only this stage but also after delivery and after the age of 50. Also, in men and women with high cholesterol values, and in patients taking radiotherapy.
So, increasingly, Hypothyroidism is becoming a common disease that affects women more than men. Also, early diagnosis and treatment can avoid complications. Hence, Homeopaths introduce homeopathy treatment before opting for hormonal therapy in each case. Furthermore, a properly selected homeopathic medicines show excellent results helping in avoiding life long treatment.