Homeopathy for Underactive Thyroid

Homeopathic Treatment for Underactive Thyroid

The thyroid is a small gland in the neck which produces and secretes thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones play an important role in regulating the body’s metabolic rate. The thyroid hormone has effects on almost every cell of the body including the functioning of the digestive system, heart, muscles, bones, brain, reproductive system, etc.

An underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland is unable to produce enough thyroid hormones.  An underactive thyroid is one of the most commonly seen hormonal disorders. 

Autoimmunity, genetic tendencies, and iodine deficiency are leading etiological factors for an underactive thyroid. At an early stage, an underactive thyroid may not show significant signs or symptoms, but, if it’s left untreated, it may lead to various health issues, such as obesity, constipation, joint pains, infertility, heart diseases, depression, etc. 

How Homeopathy can help in curing Underactive Thyroid?

As the name suggests, in underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland is unable to produce enough thyroid hormones called thyroxine due to various reasons. In such a case, there can be two major treatment options.

  1. Providing supplement to the body in the form of external thyroid hormone (thyroxine). 
  2. Strategic treatment protocol by providing medicines that stimulate the thyroid gland to secrete adequate thyroid hormones naturally.

As per the conventional method, the supplement of thyroid hormone is given to the patient externally in the form of thyroxine. In this mode of the treatment, the body gets used to external hormone and stops producing its very own hormone in the required quantity. 

While treating an underactive thyroid, it is important to understand that since there is an inability or sluggishness of the thyroid gland, the treatment should focus on stimulating the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone adequately, rather than simply supplying deficient Thyroxine hormone through external means. Homeopathy works on the same principle. 

How long will it take homeopathy to cure Underactive Thyroid?

The total length of the homeopathic treatment of an underactive thyroid varies from case to case, depending on the following factors.

Onset and duration of Underactive Thyroid: At Life Force, we are able to achieve the best results in the cases in their early-stage up to 2-3 years duration.  The patients taking thyroid supplements for a long time may not respond to treatment. 

The extent of thyroid dysfunction: Levels of TSH and T3, T4 hormones in the bloodstream are also considered.  The presence of thyroid antibodies found in the blood tests is also taken into account. 

Use of thyroid supplement: Patients who are on thyroid supplement for more than 2 years usually do not respond well to homeopathic treatment. 

Genetic tendencies: Patients with a strong family history of thyroid dysfunction or autoimmune diseases may take time to respond to homeopathic treatment for an underactive thyroid.

Age of the patient: The patients below the age of 45 years respond better to the homeopathic treatment. The presence of other systemic or autoimmune diseases

Homeopathic treatment of an underactive thyroid is a long-term process. Initial results are observed within four to six months whereby TSH levels reduce gradually. Patients taking thyroid supplement may take some time to reduce the supplement. In such cases, a regular watch on the thyroid hormone levels is needed.