Hypothyroidism Homeopathic treatment

Thyroid plays a part in nearly every metabolic process and when the thyroid isn't working you won't feel well!

Thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the neck on either side of the voice box that controls the overall metabolic rate of the body. Hence, imbalances of thyroid hormones can have an intense effect on an individual's energy levels.When the thyroid is its normal size, you can't even feel it. Sometimes the disturbances are very clear and easily diagnosed. Often though, they can be rather delicate and easily overlooked.

Hypothyroidism is a condition characterized by abnormally low thyroid hormone production. There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism. These disorders may directly or indirectly involve the thyroid gland. Because thyroid hormone affects growth, development, and many cellular processes, inadequate thyroid hormone has widespread consequences for the body.

Thyroid is one of the body's most important glands. Thyroid dysfunction is one of the most common clinical conditions seen frequently. Thyroid function influences energy formation, circulation, immune function, the metabolism of all the organs, blood sugar regulation, emotional stability, and hormonal balance.

You barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and weight gain. You might simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms.

Psychosomatic importance

If we live our lives balanced, then the in a normal thyroid gland (not a question only of women, men can also be affected) shows. Our design capability , that is the kind of expression is reflected on the thyroid gland. In our patriarchal society developed because still the dominance in men in the outside world is the expression of creativity for women is often reduced. Therefore, it is temporarily greatly enlarged glands just in women whose thyroid now either too little (hypo ...) or too hard (Hyper ...) can react. Since hormones always have an influence on the whole body, and the reaction takes place in the area of the whole body: weight, blood pressure, behavior and appearance change.

The ability and the requirement to accept themselves and to feel accepted by others.

New thinking and feeling

I live safe and secure.

I trust in my abilities.

I am strong and successful.

I know myself protected and free.

I live excited and satisfied

Pathophysiology of Hypothyroidism

T4 is the main hormone produced by the thyroid gland. It is converted to T3 in target tissues. T3 mediates the main actions of thyroid hormone, which include stimulation of cellular oxygen consumption and energy generation, by binding nuclear receptors and modulating gene expression.Through a negative feedback mechanism, failure of the thyroid to produce its hormones stimulates the pituitary to increase production of TSH.

In the most common form of primary hypothyroidism, autoimmune thyroiditis, the thyroid is diffusely infiltrated with lymphocytes.A majority of patients have antithyroid peroxidase (95%), or anti-thyroglobulin (60%) antibodies.The prevalence is higher in populations with high dietary iodine, which is thought to make the thyroid more antigenic.Affected individuals have an increased risk for other autoimmune disorders such as vitiligo and Sjogren's syndrome. 

Autoimmune thyroiditis occurs in syndromes of multiple endocrine organ failure, such as type 1, which causes adrenal failure and hypoparathyroidism, and type 2, which causes diabetes mellitus (type 1), ovarian, and adrenal failure.

Drugs can cause hypothyroidism through a variety of mechanisms. Amiodarone contains iodine, which interferes with thyroid hormone synthesis.Lithium interferes with thyroid hormone secretion.All these effects are accentuated in individuals with underlying autoimmune thyroiditis.The hypothyroidism is usually reversible upon discontinuation of the offending drugs.

Thyroid Harmone :

What are thyroid hormones?

Thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland. This gland is located in the lower part of the neck, below the Adam's apple. The gland wraps around the windpipe (trachea) and has a shape that is similar to a butterfly - formed by two wings (lobes) and attached by a middle part (isthmus).

The thyroid gland uses iodine (mostly available from the diet in foods such as seafood, bread, and salt) to produce thyroid hormones. The two most important thyroid hormones are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which account for 99% and 1% of thyroid hormones present in the blood respectively. However, the hormone with the most biological activity is T3. Once released from the thyroid gland into the blood, a large amount of T4 is converted into T3 - the active hormone that affects the metabolism of cells.


Thyroid hormone regulation- the chain of command

The thyroid itself is regulated by another gland that is located in the brain, called the pituitary. In turn, the pituitary is regulated in part by the thyroid (via a "feedback" effect of thyroid hormone on the pituitary gland) and by another gland called the hypothalamus.

The hypothalamus releases a hormone called thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH), which sends a signal to the pituitary to release thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). In turn, TSH sends a signal to the thyroid to release thyroid hormones. If a disruption occurs at any of these levels, a defect in thyroid hormone production may result in a deficiency of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism).

Hypothalamus - TRH  Pituitary- TSH          Thyroid- T4 and T3

The rate of thyroid hormone production is controlled by the pituitary gland. If there is an insufficient amount of thyroid hormone circulating in the body to allow for normal functioning, the release of TSH is increased by the pituitary gland in an attempt to stimulate more thyroid hormone production. In contrast, when there is an excessive amount of circulating thyroid hormone, TSH levels fall as the pituitary attempts to decrease the production of thyroid hormone. In persons with hypothyroidism, there is a persistent low level of circulating thyroid hormones.

Causes of Thyroid:


Hypothyroidism is a very common condition. It is estimated that 3% to 5% of the population has some form of hypothyroidism. The condition is more common in women than in men, and its incidence increases with age.

Below is a list of some of the common causes of hypothyroidism in adults followed by a discussion of these conditions.

  • Deficiencies of iodine, B vitamins, various minerals.
  • Nutritional toxins, environmental toxins, microorganisms, iatrogenic disorders that is caused by a medical procedure or drug, and hormonal imbalances.
  • Soy isoflavones - a type of Phytoestrogens compound that have weak estrogenic activity are strong thyroid inhibitors.
  • Estrogen dominance during perimenopause can suppress thyroid function.
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts - when eaten raw can cause thyroid disruption.
  • Agricultural sprays, chlorine and fluorides in water.
  • Radiation ranging from nuclear plants and high power lines, to common household items such as microwaves, TV’s, computers, water beds, electric blankets, and some electrical appliances all have the potential of affecting the thyroid.
  • Heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, iron, and arsenic.
  • Coxsackie virus, candida fungus overgrowth due to stress, lowered immune system, antibiotic overuse, oral contraceptives, and use of steroids.
  •   Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • Lymphocytic thyroiditis (which may occur after hyperthyroidism)
  • Thyroid destruction (from radioactive iodine or surgery)
  • Pituitary or hypothalamic disease
  • Medications

Symptoms :Checklist of symptoms that may indicate you are hypothyroid

Checklist of symptoms that may indicate you are hypothyroid

____ My facial skin looks or feels thinner

____ My muscles feel weak, particularly the upper arms and thighs
____ I am having difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
____ I feel fatigued, exhausted all the time

____ I frequently require more than 8 hours of sleep at night
____ I feel better if I am able to take an afternoon nap every day
____ I am unable to tolerate exercise
____ I have less stamina or energy than others
____ My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
____ My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, thin
____ My eyebrows are thinning, especially the outer 1/3
____ I frequently struggle with constipation or hard stools
____ I am always colder than others around me
____ I typically wear a sweater, even in the summer
____ I am having more breakouts or acne
____ I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
____ I experience numbness or tingling in my hands & fingers
____ I am having irregular periods (women)
____ I am having trouble maintaining erection (men)
____ I am having trouble conceiving a baby
____ I have had one or more miscarriages
____ I feel depressed most of the time
____ I feel restless, or anxious
____ I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
____ My moods change easily
____ I have difficulty concentrating or focusing
____ I have more feelings of sadness
____ I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
____ I’m more forgetful lately
____ My hair is falling out
____ I can’t seem to remember things
____ I have no sex drive
____ I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
____ My eyes feel gritty and dry
____ My eyes feel sensitive to light
____ I am having difficulty swallowing or feeling a lump in my throat
____ I have a hoarse or gravely voice
____ I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
____ I feel some lightheadedness or dizziness
____ I have severe menstrual cramps

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle. They are not specific (which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions) and are often attributed to aging. Patients with mild hypothyroidism may have no signs or symptoms. The symptoms generally become more obvious as the condition worsens and the majority of these complaints are related to a metabolic slowing of the body. Common symptoms are listed below:

·         Fatigue

·         Depression

·         Modest weight gain

·         Cold intolerance

·         Excessive sleepiness

·         Dry, coarse hair

·         Constipation

·         Dry skin

·         Muscle cramps

·         Increased cholesterol levels

·         Decreased concentration

·         Vague aches and harmonal problemss

·         Swelling of the legs


As the disease becomes more severe, there may be puffiness around the eyes, a slowing of the heart rate, a drop in body temperature, and heart failure. In its most profound form, severe hypothyroidism may lead to a life-threatening coma (myxedema coma). In a severely hypothyroid individual, a my edema tends to be triggered by severe illness, surgery, stress, or traumatic injury. This condition requires hospitalization and immediate treatment with thyroid hormones given by injection.

Properly diagnosed, hypothyroidism can be easily and completely treated with thyroid hormone replacement. On the other hand, untreated hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy), worsening heart failure, and an accumulation of fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion

Homeopathic approach towards Thyroid Dysfunction:


Homeopathy considers a disease to be the result from emotional distress and frustration, which blocks the life force energy into various different organs or glands. Homeopathy considers thyroid problem as one such autoimmune glandular dysfunction. Homeopathy offers better chances of a cure since the treatment is based on the person's individual constitution. Homeopathic treatment may be useful as a supportive therapy for regulating both "hyper" and "hypo" conditions of the thyroid.

Conventional treatment of thyroid dysfunction relies mainly on drugs and surgery whereas Homeopathic treatment improves the function of the thyroid gland through natural means. Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing power. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body to reactivate the hormone secretions, replenish and restore the thyroid tissue through the pituitary and other glands as a whole allowing the body to heal itself.

The fundamental understanding of Homeopathy is that substances that can cause a pattern of symptoms in a healthy person can activate a cure of that pattern of symptoms in a sick person when those substances are Homeopathically potentized. This is done not by suppressing symptoms like an allopathic drug, but by expressing the healing powers dwelling within us to heal through treating the whole person including body, mind and emotions.

Another striking thing about Homeopathy is that it has no side effects. People on multiple medications can safely take Homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic drugs are non-habit forming and have no addictive characteristics. Homeopathy has an exceptional proven safety record with the FDA with 200 years of clinical effectiveness.

Thus, Homeopathic remedies will help boost your energy, improve circulation, and

soothe metabolism by balancing “hyper” or “hypo” thyroid functions. To conclude, Homeopathy heals by finding and curing the roots of the disease. It has a cleansing effect and stimulates thyroid activity by implementing a general regulating influence on the thyroid. Hence, for a safe, natural, effective, and long-lasting answer for your thyroid problems, consider Homeopathy.

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About Dr. GS Makkar

Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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