Herbal Thyroid Tonic for Overactive Thyroid
Herbs and an over-active thyroid
When the thyroid becomes over-stimulated due to high level stress, thyroxine hormone is over-produced in the thyroid, causing the body's functions to speed up. Women between 20-40 are particularly vulnerable to hyperthyroidism. A blood test is used for diagnosis.
Hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disease whereby the thyroid responds to abnormal body signals causing it to manufacture a higher quantity of thyroxin hormone which is pumped into the blood stream. Thyroxin is a chemical messenger that tells other systems what to do. In this case it tells them to speed up as though in a crisis situation.
In Grave's Disease the appetite is disturbed, and there is weight loss, no matter how much food is consumed, because the nutrients are poorly absorbed. Other symptoms include nervousness, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, and constant feeling of being hot, with increased sweating.
Grave's disease increases the frequency of bowel moments, decreases menstrual flow, and causes hair loss. It also induces rapid heartbeat, separation of the nails from the nail bed, hand tremors, changes in the thickness of the skin, and sometimes, protruding eyeballs and disturbances of vision. The throid gland itself often swells to form an enlarged neck called a goiter.
Research shows there is a link with allergies, especially with cedar pollen. Grave's also linked with a class of respiratory viruses known as spumaretroviruses and a virus known as HTLV-1.
There are other forms of hyperthyroidism: Plummer's disease and a potentially dangerous form called thyroid storm, which appears suddenly and causes mood swings, fever, and extreme agitation, and weakness. Neither form is related to the immune system.
Treatment is very important as, if untreated, all forms of this disease can lead to bone and heart disorders. Conventional treatment is usually steroids and/or radiation therapy. Take vitamin E (400IU daily).
We recommend you eat plenty of broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, peaches, pears, soy, spinach, turnips and turnip greens. And don't forget fresh garden herbs like marjoram, oregano, thyme, mint, sage and rosemary, basil and parsley, etc.
The herbs used in this herbal tonic are primarily to help with the symptoms of Grave's disease. There are herbs that are specific for persons with an overactive thyroid, those who suspect an overactive thyroid, including those who are taking drugs to counter the effect of thyroxin overactivity. These herbs can help the thyroid to normalise its function, calm the person down, improve heart regularity, improve sleep, and other symptoms of hyperthyroidism. The most important herb in this respect is Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus). This herb and others for the symptoms mentioned in this article are included in my specific health tonic ThyroidLess Tonic - to reduce the over-active symptoms of hyperthyroidism. NB I do not recommend you stop any medication; contact me for more information.
Dear Mr Hopking,
My thyroxine levels have been normalized thanks to you!
I had palpitation, insomnia, was excessively hot, constant anxiety and always hungry without weight gain - all these symptoms have gone!
I was tested with high thyroxine in Nov 2011 and given carbonazole and I got a severe rash, then was given PTU and got the rash again. A further test after this still showed I had thyrotoxicosis and liver toxicity. They offered me their last option - radio-iodine.
I found you on google and took your medicine for two months and had another test because I know of the dangers of high thyroxine for the heart, etc. The results were normal!!
I told the endicrinologist about taking your herbal mixture and she was open to the trial with the herbal tonic.
So I'm over the moon!
Obviously I feel so much better without all those awful symptoms (including the painful rash when I took those drugs).
Thank you so much for all the time you gave me and for the wonderful herbs.
B. Kosak. England.
Dear Mr Hopking, I had hyperthyroidism for a long time before I came to see you. I couldn't take drugs so I was getting acupuncture for it, and it was helped, but it was costing a lot. When I came to your clinic you gave me ThyroidLess Tonic and for over 8 months I haven't needed to go to get acupuncture. I've also been back to the doctor and the blood test showed that my thyroxin levels had come down. He couldn't understand it but accepted my explanation about your herbal medicine. Before this he had told me that there was no treatment for me but to have the thyroid cut out, something I did not want to happen and it was researching for an alternative that I found you. I manage on just one teaspoon a day on your tonic and the symptoms of heat, and poor sleep have disappeared.
Thank you so much for all your advice and for the wonderful tonic.
Clare New. Hampshire.
Dear Alan, this is my third order of your tonic and it's all good news! Here's a summary of my history: my thyroxin levels were very high. I had all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. They wanted to remove my thyroid. The thought of surgery nausiated me. I opted for acupuncture. This helped. I also tried a herbal tablet called bugleweed. I then found your website and I found your clinic was down the road! You put me on ThyroidLess Tonic. It ticked all the boxes for me. I continued with drugs and acupuncture. I reduced the drugs and had less acupuncture and continued with your tonic. I then stopped the drugs and acupuncture and took a higher dose of the ThyroidLess Tonic. A blood test showed a significant reduction of thyroxin levels. I have continued and have been able to reduce the dose of the tonic. I know when the thyroxine level is increasing because those symptoms begin returning - trembling, irritability, poor memory, insomnia, etc. But with your tonic I am living a normal life (and saving money because acupuncture was expensive!). I am so grateful. Your tonic is absolutely perfect.
Best wishes for your work and health.
Josie M. New Milton, UK.
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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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