Everyone who comes seeking hypothyroidism treatment is also suffering from other health issues as the result of the thyroid.
But hypothyroidism natural treatment is entirely possible.
Here are some tips from a couple of the naturopathic doctors in our Toronto clinic. They have worked with a lot of thyroid problems.
They’ll share how to get tested properly and a few other tips to reverse your hypothyroidism…
Dr. As’ad Hamid, Naturopathic Doctor
Amongst the patient population that I’ve worked with very effectively are patients with a thyroid disorder.
The thyroid is a master gland of the body’s metabolism. And sometimes when things are awry, it can result in people feeling low thyroid symptoms. These include weight gain, fatigue, constipation, dry skin, low mood; things slow down and the body doesn’t feel good.
This can be very distressing for a lot of people.
Patients can get care from their medical doctors, but often they find they benefit from complimentary care from Naturopathic Doctors.
We have the ability to assess thyroid conditions with the labs that we are able to order. And we have the ability to provide excellent dietary and lifestyle counselling which can help bring thyroid back into balance.
We are also able to prescribe desiccated thyroid under our regulatory scope.
Desiccated thyroid is a nice alternative medication we are able to give if a person is not having improved health after taking other thyroid drugs.
Dr. Alessia Milano, Naturopathic Doctor
What I find really interesting about the thyroid is that testing can miss a lot of people.
If you get a test from your MD, they will run TSH; a lot of the time, TSH is normal, but to me that does not rule out a thyroid problem. You need to run a full thyroid panel.
I’ll always ensure they run T3, T4, and thyroid antibodies. These provide a much clearer picture as to whether that person has a thyroid issue or not. It provides a lot more information so we can treat the individual better.
I’m very research-based, and I try to follow and evidence-informed model of healthcare. With that said, I do a lot of nutritional counselling, supplementation, botanical medicine, and acupuncture.
Those are my big four, but I’ll always start with foundational things like cleaning up the diet and baseline supplementation.
Dr. Kate Whimster, Naturopathic Doctor
One thing I see very frequently in practice is hypothyroidism; it’s very common in women, and occurs much more in women than in men. 95% of hypothyroidism is autoimmune hypothyroidism, called Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
This is a type of thyroid disease where the body makes antibodies to its own thyroid gland. This damages the gland, and over time, that gland is not able to keep up with producing the same amount of thyroid hormone.
With conventional treatment of hypothyroidism, there is basically one treatment that most people have, which is replacement of thyroid hormone.
It can be very beneficial, it can help people feel better and can reduce some of the stress on the gland. It does this by taking over the body’s demand for that hormone rather than relying only on production from the gland.
This doesn’t at all address the autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland, which continues to damage the gland, and can cause its own symptoms and other autoimmune issues in the body.
Naturopathic Medicine is a wonderful option for treating Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism because we actually address the cause. The cause is the autoimmune condition, and not just the issue of the thyroid hormone production.
That’s a huge thing I see in practice, because almost every female patient that comes in, to some degree, has issues with the thyroid at some point in their life, and often they are medicated, but not always feeling better.
How To Treat Hypothyroid?
The way we can go about treating hypothyroidism Naturopathically is by addressing the autoimmunity. I do a series of protocols where we work on addressing different systems in the body to help reduce that autoimmune attack.
Usually I spend 3 months working on liver detoxification, adrenal support, and gut health; all three of those things have a huge impact on autoimmunity.
We also look at each individual patient through questionnaires, through our intake, and we look at what has been the root cause, or the triggers, for that persons autoimmunity, and then we go about addressing those.
Often, what you can see is that within those first 3 months, there is a reduction in the amount of medication that someone might need, a reduction in the amount of thyroid antibodies you can measure, and an improvement in symptoms, which can be anything from sleep, energy, metabolism, and body temperature.
So, what we are really trying to do is to prevent future disease and reduce that damage of the thyroid over the lifetime to maintain function, which is possible by addressing it with Naturopathic medicine.
If you’re looking for natural hypothyroidism treatment, contact us at 416-792-4400 or by using the form below and we’ll book you for a FREE 15-minute phone or in-person session with one of our naturopathic doctors.