Abnormalities in the gland will lead to reduced or increased production of these hormones causing various defects in our body. Herbal remedies are proved to be effective in treating these abnormalities and restoring proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
Effective Herbs For Thyroid Problems
Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosis)
Also called sea kelp or rock weed, this is a sea weed or algae that is found along the shores of the oceans especially the Pacific and Atlantic oceans as well as Baltic sea. This is an effective herb for treating hypothyroidism, a condition of under-active thyroid, caused due to iodine deficiency.Bladderwrack leaves are rich in iodine, even more than sea water, which makes it a natural supplement for iodine deficiency. Intake of the weed makes up for the iodine deficiency and restores normal functioning of the thyroid gland.
Spirulina (Arhtrospira Platensis)
An edible alga with plenty of nutrients, Spirulina finds use in the herbal treatment of hypothyroidism. The algae contain high levels of iodine, deficiency of which is a precursor to hypothyroidism. The high levels of protein, beta carotene, iron, amino acids and vitamin B make it an excellent remedy to boost energy level in people with under active thyroid glands.
Makandi (Coleus Forskohlii)
A herb with fleshy and fragrant leaves, this herb is effective in the treatment of thyroid problems.The principal active compound present in the herb is called forskolin that stimulates the enzyme adenylyl cyclase which in turn induces production of Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate (cAMP). Cyclic AMP is the intracellular mediator which plays a significant role in communicating between the body cells and thyroid gland, thus balancing the hormone production.
Motherwort (Leonurus Cardiac)
Because of hyperthyroidism the gland releases more hormones into the blood stream, which causes palpitation or sometimes depression. The presence of alkaloid called leonurine, which is a vasodilator imparts the relaxing effect on the smooth muscles of the body.Administering motherwort for hyperthyroidism helps to calm down the heart rate and calms down the body. The herb derives its name from the word mother as it finds major use during pregnancy and menopause stages of women.
Bugleweed (Lycopus Americanus)
The leaves of the herb are used to treat the symptoms of hyperthyroidism and there have been instances when people with severe hyperthyroidism have gained control over the disease by consistent use of this herb.The organic acids and the lithospermic acid present in bugle weed are considered to be the active ingredients responsible for its soothing activity. These acids decrease levels of thyroid stimulating hormones.
Green Oats (Avena Sativa)
With high concentrations of soluble fibre and protein green oats takes care of the major symptoms of hypothyroidism namely constipation, abdominal bloating and hair loss. Hence this is considered to be an effective remedy for hypothyroidism. Green oats is also said to have a soothing effect on the nerves that help to overcome the depression associated with hypothyroidism.