What is Your Thyroid?
The Thyroid gland is part of your bodies endocrine system. This is a system of glands throughout the body which is part of how our body communicates with itself, internally. Endocrine organs release chemicals, called hormones, into the blood, which give information and instructions to our other organs.
The thyroid is a small gland located in your throat, just in front of your larynx, or voice box. The thyroid’s main function is to regulate your metabolism. Thyroid hormones are released and tell each other organ how fast it should do its own job.
Like most organs, as long as it is working correctly, you won’t even know it is there. When it becomes imbalanced, however, then you will experience symptoms. The following are the most common thyroid conditions.
Goiter. This refers to a swelling of the thyroid gland. It might be only a little, or it can become quite large in severe cases. The causes of goiter are usually nutritional.
Hypo-Thyroid. After goiter, this is the most common thyroid illness. It refers to a thyroid gland that is underactive, not producing enough thyroid hormones, and as a result the metabolism and function of most of your body is underactive. There can be a complicated mix of causes, including nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins, as well as others.
Hyper-Thyroid. This occurs when the thyroid is overactive, and is almost always associated with an autoimmune aspect. “Auto” means “self”; autoimmunity describes conditions where your immume system malfunctions and begins attacking your own tissues, rather than limiting its action to foreign invaders such as bacteria or viruses.
Graves disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are among the most common auto-immune conditions involving hyperthyroidism.
Unfortunately for many people, thyroid conditions are among those the conventional medical system doesn’t seem to do well, if we define “well” as you were sick, you undergo a course of treatment, now you are better, and can just go off and be healthy the rest of your life. All too often, people are told instead that they will need thyroid medications the rest of their life. THIS IS UNTRUE. Your body has a natural ability to heal, and you should NOT need medications the rest of your life!
Natural Thyroid Treatment Philosophy
The key to successfully treating your thyroid is to identify and correct the true, root cause of your thyroid imbalance. It is almost a certainty that you are not suffering from a deficiency of prescription thyroid medication. The three main patterns of root causes are 1) nutritional deficiencies of key nutrients, 2) accumulation of environmental toxins and 3) in some cases there is an infectious component to the illness.
We rebuild your bodies nutritional base where deficient. If you are Hypo-thyroid, we will rebuild your thyroid, primarily through herbal medicines and other natural methods. If you are Hyper-thyroid, we calm your thyroid with different herbs.
The process can take anywhere from a few months to a year or more, depending on how severe your particular condition is. The bottom line, take-home message, is, that if you still have your own thyroid (it wasn’t removed), then you should be able to regain your own thyroid function and not be on prescription medications the rest of your life.