Last Modified on Jun 19, 2014
What Is Hyperparathyroidism?
Hyperparathyroidism is a condition that results as an excess of parathyroid hormone is present in the bloodstream. This excess hormone arises due to the overactivity of one of the body’s four parathyroid glands. Located in the neck, the parathyroid glands generally have an oval shape and are similar in size to a grain of rice. The parathyroid glands are responsible for producing the parathyroid hormone, which regulates the amount of calcium in the bloodstream and tissues that rely on calcium for effective functioning.
Most often hyperparathyroidism is diagnosed prior to the development of symptoms. Typically when symptoms of hyperparathyroidism do occur, the symptoms presented are the result of damage or dysfunction in the affected organs and tissues. Symptoms of hyperparathyroidism range in severity but commonly include fragile bones, kidney stones, excessive urination, abdominal pain, weakness, fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, bone and joint pain, frequent illness and gastrointestinal issues.
The underlying cause of hyperparathyroidism is the overproduction of parathyroid hormone. The parathyroid gland maintains the proper level of calcium and phosphorus in the body by secreting different amounts of the parathyroid hormone depending on need. If this production and release is disrupted hyperparathyroidism is often the result. Hyperparathyroidism is generally considered the result of an issue with the gland itself or the result of a comorbid disease that affects the gland’s function.
Natural Hyperparathyroidism Remedies
While the specific treatments for hyperparathyroidism depend on the specific cause of the condition, several natural remedies serve as treatments for both types of hyperparathyroidism. Lugol’s solution, vitamin C, sodium ascorbate and baking soda are all important supplements for leveling the body’s pH and regulating the amount of hormones produced. Additional treatment components include regulating the amount of calcium and vitamin D in the diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, not smoking and avoiding calcium-raising drugs. Continue reading below for more remedies from Earth Clinic readers.
Re: possible hyperparathyroid
Dear Ted, Thank you for taking the time to help address our health issues. Three years ago I came down with a severe flu like illness, and was never the same. The fever went away, but I could not sleep well anymore. I would go to sleep at about 9 but would get up in the early morning (3) and not be able to go back to sleep. I would wake up with a pounding heart and at times drenched in sweat. If I stayed in bed, I would sleep again at 6 and did not feel like getting up until about 8. If I skipped this nap, I would be groggy all day. Also, I experienced vertigo and a bone tiredness that made it dangerous for me to drive. I would struggle to drive. Three years later, since I am vegan, I am better but I still cannot sleep and have recurring neck and spinal pain, and wonder if it is liver/kidney related (since I get up at 3). I don't think it is ammonia build up, since I still cannot sleep even if I take ornithine. Sleep herbs leave me groggy all day and I am still finding it hard to function. If it is parathyroid problem, what could I do about it? I find it very hard to work and study.
Would really appreciate your input.