Hypothyroidism and Homeopathy
Pituitary Gland and
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
Hypothalamus Gland and TSH Releasing Hormone
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Causes of Hypothyroidism
Homeopathic Approach for the treatment
Thyroid Gland: Top
Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland, in
the front of the neck. The function of the thyroid gland is to convert iodine
found in many foods into thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3)
and thyroxine (T4). Only the thyroid gland has cells that can absorb
iodine. The thyroid takes the iodine from foods, supplements and iodized
salt and combines it with the amino acid tyrosine to produce T3 and
T4. T3 and T4 travel throughout the body through the bloodstream and help cells
convert oxygen and calories into energy. The normal thyroid gland
produces about 80% of T4 and 20% of T3.
Pituitary Gland and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): Top
The pituitary gland is the size of a peanut and is located at the base of the brain.
When the levels of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones drop too low, the pituitary
gland produces the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). TSH stimulates the
thyroid gland to produce more T3 and T4 hormones. If the levels of T3 and
T4 thyroid hormones in the blood increase, the pituitary gland responds
by reducing the production of TSH.
Hypothalamus Gland and TSH Releasing Hormone (TRH): Top
The hypothalamus gland is located in the brain. This gland produces the TSH
Releasing Hormone (TRH) which communicates with the pituitary gland which
in turn stimulates the
thyroid gland by producing and releasing TSH.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which body doesn't have sufficient
thyroid hormone levels in the blood stream. Since the body's
metabolism is managed by the thyroid hormones, persons suffering with hypothyroidism will have
a slow metabolism.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism: Top
The symptoms of hypothyroidism mainly depend on
the severity of the hormone deficiency and how long the
decrease has been present. For most patients, the symptoms are mild and can
often be confused with other problems. The symptoms may include the
Causes of Hypothyroidism: Top
Dry, rough pale skin
Coarse dry hair
Abnormal menstrual cycle
Slowed heart rate
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is the
chronic autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's
thyroiditis), a form of thyroid inflammation caused by damage to the
thyroid tissue. Damage occurs because immune cells which usually fight off
infection and colds attack the body's own thyroid tissue instead.
Autoimmune Diseases -
You may be at risk for thyroiditis if
you have other autoimmune diseases. Some examples of these autoimmune
diseases include rheumatoid arthritis (the immune cells attack the joints),
vitiligo (patches of skin lose their color and become white), Addison's
disease (a disorder of the adrenal glands), and
diabetes (the immune cells attack the pancreas which produces insulin).
Hypothyroidism becomes increasingly common
as we age, particularly in women. If you are older your thyroid may not
provide enough thyroid hormones, thus resulting in hypothyroidism.
Surgery - Removal of a portion or all of the thyroid gland is another
cause. If the total mass of thyroid producing cells left within the body
are not enough to meet the needs of the body, the patient will develop
Radioactive iodine -
If a patient has undergone radioactive iodine
therapy to kill a portion of the thyroid, either to prevent goiters from
growing larger, or to prevent the production of too much of the hormone
(Hyperthyroidism), too many cells can be damaged and the patient could become
hypothyroid in couple of years following the therapy.
Secondary Hypothyroidism -
There are some rare causes of hypothyroidism related
to brain diseases, also called secondary hypothyroidism. Disorders of the
pituitary gland or hypothalamus portions of the brain may cause thyroid
hormone deficiency in addition to other hormonal imbalances.
Homeopathic Approach for the treatment: Top
There are excellent remedies in Homeopathy for the patients suffering from hypothyroidism symptoms. The homeopathic
remedies are prepared from a wide range of substances such as the
vegetables, herbs, minerals, chemicals and animal products in extremely
minute doses. The homeopathic remedy selected will be based on all the
symptoms of the patient including physical, mental and emotional states, and
family history of the patient. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body's
own immune system and offer a long lasting cure rather than giving temporary relief.