The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland, situated in the front part of your neck, which produces hormones needed for metabolism. These hormones regulate our metabolic rate and how fast or slow our organs and tissues function. Disordered thyroid function, therefore, upsets the whole rhythm of the body.
THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THYROID FUNCTION
Thyroid problems can affect weight, energy levels, appetite, and mood; but the effects will be different depending on whether the thyroid is over functioning or under functioning.
Hyperthyroidism is a state of over activity of the thyroid gland with excessive production of thyroid hormones and an increased metabolic rate. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include:
*Feeling hot and intolerant of hot weather
*Anxiety, restlessness and insomnia
*Increased heart rate
*Fine tremors of the fingers
*High blood pressure
Hypothyroidism is a state of under-activity of the thyroid gland with an underproduction of thyroid hormone. When your body does not produce enough of the thyroid hormone, the body’s metabolism slows so much that you can experience symptoms such as:
*Tiredness and fatigue
*Intolerance to cold weather
*Slow heart rate
*A croaky, hoarse voice
HERBS TO CALM THE THYROID
An overactive thyroid can make you feel anxious, restless and can also be a contributing factor to insomnia. Herbs that may help to manage these symptoms include: Lemon balm, Rehmannia, Prunella, Motherwort and Phyllanthus embilca.
HERBS TO BALANCE THE THYROID
An under active thyroid can make you feel tired, cold and depressed. Herbs that may help to manage these symptoms include: Withania, ginger, Bladderwrack ( Kelp ), goji, Coleus, and Rosemary.
As well as these herbs to stimulate thyroid activity, there are some vital nutrients required for an under active thyroid, including: Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Tyrosine.
By combining the wisdom of nutrition and herbal medicine we can assist in the management of thyroid conditions , helping you feel better.