The thyroid gland is one of the most important parts of the human’s body as it affects the function of many organs, including the brain, heart, kidneys, liver, and skin. If you have an overactive thyroid – hyperthyroidism, you might lose muscle mass and weight, have a rapid heart rate and suffer from insomnia. On the other hand, if you have an underactive thyroid – hypothyroidism, you may experience fatigue, mental fogginess, and gain weight.
If you don’t control your thyroid condition, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, it’ll significantly affect your health and life in general.
That’s why you have to learn how to control this essential gland and to help you achieve that in a natural way, we present you the following six plants which possess powerful medicinal properties!
Flaxseeds, or linseeds, come from the Flax plant which is cultivated in cooler regions. These seeds contain abundant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which are crucial for the function of thyroid gland. Both flaxseeds and flaxseed oil can help people with hypothyroidism take control over their thyroid gland.
Eleuthero plant influences the major neuroendocrine system HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis which is responsible for stress response and many body processes like the immune system, digestion, energy storage and expenditure, mood and emotions, and sexuality. In other words, this neuroendocrine system helps your body adapt to stressful situations. Eleuthero is extremely beneficial for treating adrenal problems which are common in those with a thyroid disorder.
This herb is especially useful for people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease. The immune system in those with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis attacks the thyroid gland, and since this herb improves the immune system, it is quite helpful for those with thyroid disorders.
This herb helps treat hyperthyroidism by reducing the secretion of thyroid hormone. It reduces its symptoms like weight loss, palpitations, anxiety, and shortness of breath. It contains lithospermic acid which lowers the levels of thyroid hormone thyroxine (T3) and other hormones.
Bladderwrack is recommended for those with an underactive thyroid and goiter (an over-sized thyroid gland), due to its iodine content. Besides this herb, you should also take supplements and make some lifestyle changes. By using Bladderwrack under the supervision of a doctor, you can stop taking any synthetic or natural thyroid hormone.
This is an adaptogenic herb which is ideal for those with thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions. It boosts the immune system and influences the HPA – axis, thus helping the body deal with stressful situations. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s beneficial for many other conditions. Ashwagandha is also used as a tonic for children.