Goiter - Thyroid Treatment

Last Modified on Nov 11, 2014

What Is a Goiter?

The thyroid is the gland situated at the base of the neck. Responsible for regulating metabolism, the thyroid serves an important purpose in the body; however, several issues can arise in relation to this gland. One such condition is a goiter or an enlargement of the thyroid gland. While goiters are generally painless, an extremely large goiter may cause a cough as well as difficulty swallowing and breathing.

All goiters do not cause signs or symptoms. Some common signs and symptoms have been identified as indicative of goiters, though. A visible growth or enlargement at the base of the neck is one of the trademark signs of a goiter. Additional symptoms include a tightness in the throat, coughing or hoarseness, trouble swallowing and difficulty breathing.

The thyroid gland is responsible for producing two hormones – thyroxine and triiodothyronine – and works in conjunction with the pituitary gland and hypothalamus to regulate the rate at which these hormones are produced and released. While a disruption in these processes may result in a goiter, having a goiter does not necessarily mean that an individual’s thyroid is not functioning normally. One of the main factors contributing to a goiter or thyroid problem is an iodine deficiency. Other issues may cause a goiter including such diseases as Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s disease, cancer of the thyroid gland. Additionally pregnancy can cause changes in the thyroid.

Natural Goiter Remedies and Thyroid Treatment

Whatever the cause of a goiter, several natural remedies serve as effective goiter and thyroid treatments. Apple cider vinegar taken daily works to shrink a goiter and regulate the body’s systems naturally. Kelp powder, bladderwrack and iodine supplements are also effective options for treating a goiter. Likewise, minimizing stress and participating in calming activities such as yoga help relieve fatigue and adrenal stimulation and may also help diminish a goiter or thyroid issue.

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Apple Cider Vinegar   0  0   

Posted by Diane (Ashburn, Virginia) on 02/09/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Please tell me how to get rid of goiter. I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar and it seems to be shrinking not completely gone. I have multi nodules in thyroid area. Thank you

Posted by Nancy
Westlake, Ohio
Hello! I am also trying to reduce the size of a goiter. What exactly are you doing with apple cider vingar? Thanks, Nancy
Posted by Monique
Ottawa, Canada
I have benign multiple nodule goitre. I want to try something natural to shrink it. Could you tell me what quantity of apple cider vinegar was used.
Posted by Tina
Syracuse, New York
All goiters are different and some can be cancerous you need to find the cause of your goiter before attempting to use any of the suggested products... a goiter caused by idodine deficiency will shrink if you're taking something with iodine suppliments in it like kelp, but it will not work on a goiter caused by hormone difficiency or a cancerous, or tumorus goiter which is why some people see shrinkage and others do not.
Posted by Healthhope
Seattle, Wash
Hello everyone, I'm really needing feedback concerning a large Goiter I see here about painting feet? please instruct, apple cider vineger, and lugols I need to see a change and shrink this goiter! I believe its possible isn't it? I have to see an endo soon please give some feedback what has worked for you ? Has anyone destroyed a goiter naturally or know a doctor that has ???

Castor Oil Packs   0  0   

Posted by Linda (Ontario, Canada) on 06/09/2014

Does anyone have any advice or experience using castor oil packs on a goiter? Thanks, Linda

Posted by Deb
North Carolina, US
Have not heard of using castor oil packs for goiter. Let me know if it works.

Goiter Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Remus (Reynolds, Ga.) on 07/23/2013

Hello! My girl have a large goiter on neck, and to know what remedies that she can used to reduced it? She have problem swollening, etc. She have it over 15 years but as large. thank you.

Kelp Powder   1  0   

Posted by Nikita (Carrollton, Georgia) on 09/25/2012

[YEA]  I LOVE ACV and use it daily but at one point, I had also cut out salt with iodine from my diet. I didn't realize that I needed to get iodine from another source (sea kelp, soy milk, etc). After approximately a year and a half, I developed a goiter on my thyroid (August 2011). My doctor scheduled a neck ultrasound for me and I knew that the next step was a blast of radiation (the goiter was big). I did research (ON THIS SITE ESPECIALLY! ) and found out that long term use of ACV can leach the iodine from your body. I also discovered the connection between iodine and thyroid function. I immediately started taking kelp powder. My doctor was skeptical but after a few weeks, the goiter started decreasing in size. It was almost gone by the time I went for the ultrasound. My doctor was amazed :) He said that the ultrasound showed that I still had 5 nodules on my thyroid but my recent bloodwork showed that my thyroid is fine! I still take ACV but I now make sure to replace the iodine in my body.

Posted by The1model
Baltimore, Maryland
Hi, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease about two years ago after having horrible symptoms. My Endo immediately scheduled me for the radioactive iodine treatment but I decided to miss that appointment. She dismissed my request to explore natural options to curve my symptoms and disease. I decided to change my diet, began exercising and started taking natural supplements. About six months later, all of my symptoms disappeared but my goiter did not shrink. Now about a year later, it seems that my symptoms are returning and my goiter is becoming even more enlarged. I am currently taking turmeric, mothers wort, selenium, ginger root, vitamin e, beta carotene and a couple more supplements as suggested from a few thyroid books. As a single mom, college student, full time employee, I am willing to take just about anything that will ensure my health in order to avoid surgery and radioactive therapy. How much kelp powder should be taken daily? And can this be taken along with ACV? Any suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1046 Posts
The1model: Kelp is an excellent source of natural Iodine, but in some cases it's not enough. Fallow the recommendations for Lugols Iodine/Iodide on this site. If this doesn't work try nascent Iodine.

Also, try Magnet Therapy directly over the affected area. Try a small music speaker magnet at least 10 min 2x daily. Also, take Zinc/C Lozenges as directed. People w/ Thyroid disorders often cannot convert Beta-carotene to Vit-A, so drop the Bc and take Vit-A soft-gels. I recommend taking the Vit-A by biting down on the gel and bursting it in the mouth while letting it diffuse through-out the entire local area (which includes both the very important Thyroid and Thymus Glands); you can also do this method with the Vit-E; swallow slowly.

Posted by Natrod59
Boca Raton, Fl
Since you said "As a single mom, college student, full time employee... " I think it's worth mentioning that goiters can also grow from stress and adrenal fatigue. I find that yoga or deep breathing several times a day can relieve the adrenals and decrease my goiter. It appears hormones, adrenals, stress, toxins are all interelated and impacted by diet and stress as well. Good luck!
Posted by Gravespatient
Montclair, Nj
The1model- do not take kelp as suggested by one of the posters on here. Iodine is the absolute worst thing a graves patient can take. It is like adding fuel to a fire. In graves disease, your body creates too much iodine. Find yourself a good endo thats willing to put you on antithyroid meds & work with you to make u feel better. Thats what I did!

P.S. Stress, as someone mentioned, is also not good either. I find that 30 minutes of exercise helps me.

Posted by Meadowsweet
Just wondering if you could provide links to the research evidence that iodine is the worse thing a patient with Graves Disease could take, please? I've never heard this one before, also I've never found scientific evidence which states that the body is able to produce iodine; if it were possible then we wouldn't need it in our food, yet much of the western world is deficient in iodine. Thanks for that.
Posted by Phunmie
Lagos, Nigeria
@ nikita , what's ACV?

thank you.

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

Kelp, Bladderwrack   0  1   

Posted by Denise (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 12/29/2009

[NAY]  Goiter on my neck

I have been taking kelp and bladderwrack every day. Nothing has worked. I wanted to know if DSMO cream will shrink my goiter?

Lugol's Iodine   1  0   

Posted by Mari (California) on 04/23/2014

[YEA]  I've had an goiter for several years, but lab tests were always within normal. The right side of my thyroid is definitely larger than the left. Finally, one doctor did an antibody test and determined I have a diagnoses of Thyroiditis. I was always able to manage without meds, but a few months ago I started having trouble breathing at night and a couple of times had laryngospasms that were pretty frightening.

I was pretty desperate to find something that would help with my symptoms and read quite a bit about Lugol's solution. I sent away for a bottle and began adding 1-2 drops to water once a day. I have been taking it for several weeks now and have noticed my goiter is shrinking and getting softer. I also have no more trouble breathing at night or laryngospasms. Although, the starting dose said 4 drops daily, I decided to try a smaller dose as I believe a thyroid that hasn't been functioning properly probably needs to start slow.

Lately, I've increased to 3 drops/day without difficulty. I've also noticed my skin problems have cleared up and I attribute that to the Lugol's too.

Posted by Tsembel
6 Posts
The information and comments I found here are very helpful, much better than doctors and medicine.

Could you please tell me what is Lugol's solution and how can I get it?

I have thyroid nodules and it has enlarged slightly. I am also getting laryngitis spasm on my throat. Can you help me?

Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
794 Posts
Hi Tsembel...Lugols Iodine(LI) is simply a distilled water solution containing 5% molecular iodine and 10% potassium iodide. LI provides much needed iodide, triiodide and molecular iodine for your thyroid and your body.

If you take the Iodine Protocol be sure to take the full protocol(see link) -- together with the advised dosages of magnesium, zinc, b vitamins, Vitamin C etc.

If you take this protocol then you should also cut down on your calcium intake -- reduce all dairy in your diet -- because excess calcium in the diet also acts to inhibit iodine uptake by both the thyroid and the body.

You should be able to buy LI quite easily on the internet from vendors like ebay.com and amazon.com.

If you can't find the LI then just eat alot of kelp or seaweed. Kelp is high in iodine and will also help to heal the goiter but may take a little longer.

The spasm in your throat may also be related to a sick thyroid gland. The thyroid is situated very near the larynx. Iodine or kelp should help to cure this too.

Posted by Tsembel
6 Posts
Thank you so much. I'll follow your advice.
Posted by Tsembel
6 Posts
Hi Bill,

I want to ask you and any of this group who can provide me with any site where I can get all the supplement, I.e from place. Like, lugols iodine, selenium, magnesium, celtic salt and other related vitamins. I would appreciate the help you could provide. Thanks Tsembel

Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
794 Posts
Hi Tsembel...You can get all the supplements you need from ebay(dot)com and amazon(dot)com.

Examples here:



Just search for what you want on the above sites and they will have it.

Meanwhile, if you want a good source of natural iodine that will help your goiter problem then you should try and buy edible seaweed and eat that every day. This might be cheaper for you.

Posted by Tsembel
6 Posts
Thanks Bill,

I am trying to find out which one would be better for my goiter/nodule. It is difficult to find LI here in Mongolia including other supplement. I went to grocery stores and found Dried Seaweed in package, imported from S Korea. Will this type of Seaweed do? All the direction on the package are in Korean language. Thanks for your help. Tsembel

Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
794 Posts
High Tsembel....Eating dried seaweed from Korea is fine. Just add it to stews and soups. If you want to eat it raw with fish, just soak in water for a few minutes to soften it. You should eat the raw seaweed every day like this as your food.

You will be taking much smaller amounts of iodine than with LI, so please be patient because it may take a few months for the iodine from the seaweed to have a beneficial effect on your goiter.

Posted by Tsembel
6 Posts
Many many thanks Bill.


Posted by Tsembel
6 Posts
Dear Bill,

My friend sent me Lugols Iodine, and I'm glad that I can I start with the treatment. Can you please advice on how I should be taking, I.e how many drops per day etc? Thanks. Tsembel

Posted by Michael
Orange County, Ca
Hello to All,

I also have multi nodular Goiter about seven of them. The biggest one is about 7 Cm X 3 Cm. I, also like Mari have normal lab results and have problem drinking, eating and at times waking up with a cough a gasp for air. I cancelled Surgery twice and trying to find a natural cure. Now thankfully you posted one I will try it. Is there any side effects by taking Lugols Iodine Liquid? can you substitute Iodoral instead? and how many mg/ per day with food or on empty stomach? What would be a healthy food regimen and change in diet for Thyroid Health?

Thank you all, Michael: infoabc77 (at) yahoo (dot] com

Posted by Sp
New Jersey, US
8 Posts
Hi Michael, for the nodules, do a search on castor oil and castor oil packs and Edgar Cayce.
Posted by Michael
Orange County, Ca
Hi Sp,

I will try to do that. thank you.


Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
794 Posts
Hi Michael....Goiter is caused by iodine deficiency. To ensure that you have no problems caused by any autoimmune reactions due to lack of anti-oxidants in your diet, I would also strongly advise that you take all the minerals and vitamins that are advised in the protocol below. Please DO NOT take the minerals and vitamins that are advised in the form of ordinary multivitamins for convenience. The dosages advised in the link below are generally much higher than the RDA dosage and represent orthomolecular dosages that can actually heal the body.

Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
794 Posts
Hi Michael...Forgot to add the protocol -- here it is:

The Iodine Protocol

Posted by Michael
Orange County, Ca
Hello Bill,

Thank you for your information and suggestion. What specific Vitamin Brands do you recommend ? do they have to be Non GMO and Vegan also? Should I be on a special food Diet specially Gluten Free? How long usually takes to see results and the benefits?

Thank you, Michael

Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
794 Posts
Hi Michael...A useful supplement brand that I recommend is in this link:

Pure Formulas

I would consider taking the Iodoral, Gynovite and ATP Cofactor supplements. The dosages in these supplements are not according to the RDA but are larger dosages more according to their orthomolecular health giving effects.

The supplements that I recommend are all made by the Optimox Corporation. This corporation, headed by Dr Guy Abraham and also involving Dr Brownstein with other researchers, has spearheaded the iodine research via their Iodine Utilization Project with the consequent revival of the use of Lugols Iodine or Iodoral for health. Therefore their health products are all very much geared to be used together with iodine supplementation. See this link for all their considerable research on the healing and health aspects of iodine:

Optimox Iodine Research

As regards diet, I would perhaps steer clear of both wheat and dairy. Excess calcium in the diet is also well known to inhibit the absorption of iodine into the body and into the cells. Soy is also a goitrogen.

I would perhaps also strongly advise you to see an iodine-literate doctor for monitoring your progress. There are many such doctors in the California area. See this list:

Iodine Literate Doctor's List

If you use the iodine protocol in the proper way then it will probably take you between 3 and 6 months to cure your goiter problem.

Posted by Michael
Orange County, Ca
Hello Bill,

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and providing me great information. It seems you are a health practitioner with so much knowledge.

I will contact the local Iodine literate in my area and do what you suggested.

Again I thank you and am grateful for all the info and your suggestions. Michael

Surgical Removal   0  1   

Posted by Harley_girl_1000 (Mt. Dora, Fl) on 09/19/2010

[NAY]  10 years ago I developed goiter on both sides of the thyroid. Each side was as large as a golf ball and multi-nodular. The doctors said that my thyroid blood work was normal. One side spontaneously shrunk and the other continued to grow. I opted for surgical removal of the larger side and kept half of the thyroid. Although I am on natural dessicated thyroid, my life has never been the same. The day after surgery I felt strangely different. A month later I was impotent. My energy levels have never been what they were. It has affected my whole life and I've had to give up many dreams. Despite a careful diet and exercise, nothing was as good as my old thyroid. Not one of 4 endocrinologists mentioned iodine to me. Now I take several drops of Lugol's a week. I have heard that painting the goiter with iodine can help. China is injecting young brides with iodine to prevent cretinism. I know it is possible to shrink a goiter since the half that I kept was at one time larger than the half that was removed. This post is to emphasize NAY to surgical removal of the goiter.

Posted by Marisa
Halifax, England, Uk
I wonder if the iodine has helped to shrink the remaining part of your goitre? Sorry to hear about your experience with goitre. I read in some literature by Dr Brownstein that iodine deficiency can be one of the causes of hyperthyroidism as well as hypothyroidism. It seems that the lack of iodine in the diet causes the thyroid to malfunction which can present itself as either hyper or hypo. To effect a cure Brownstein recommends quite high doses of iodine. In fact for general deficiencies he recommends ingesting iodine at high doses for around a year or so, and then reducing the mg and going without for a month or so each year. He claims that iodine deficiency is one of the causes of loads of diseases. I'm hoping to experiment with supplements shortly for my goitre and hyper condition... After I'm over this nasty virus and chest infection. All the best to you. :-)
Posted by B
Orlando, Fl
Hi Marisa, I have not been here in a while. During the 10 years that I had the large goiter I spent thousands of dollars on many doctors and endocrinologists. Not a single Doctor ever mentioned iodine. Prior to my surgery I requested an iodine loading test and my endocrinologist refused. I could write a book aobut the rudeness and superior attitude prevalent in the endocrinology field. It has been two years since my surgery and I have purchased Dr. Brownstein's wonderful book. Now I self treat with natural thyroid and iodine. I am convinced that the loss of my thyroid was solely caused by my dietary deficiency of iodine. My life is improving although it will never be what it was prior to the surgery.
Posted by Jennifer
Pittsburgh, Pa
2 Posts
Hi, I was pregnant for the 5th time and found out I had breast cancer and goiter at age 35. I read dr brownsteins book and wanted to go see him but can't b/c not taking new patients. Anyway, I've been loading the body with iodine. Not sure how long but I need to get a loading test thru a natural doctor again. It is very tight and uncomfortable, doctors just want to remove it. Not sure what to do. I'm on a very strict vegan diet now for a year. Let me know where you can get your own natural thyroid medicine?
Posted by Lisa
Rabat, Morocco
42 Posts
Jennifer, do you mean your throat is tight and uncomfortable? This happened to me when I first started taking iodine (Iodoral). I believe it is caused by your thyroid enlarging to take in more iodine. It eventually went away. Are you also taking Vitamin C, magnesium, selenium and unrefined sea salt? These are recommended to take with iodine. I also was diagnosed with a goiter (by ultrasound) and after being on iodine for several months I no longer have one. You need very large doses of iodine if you have breast cancer, somewhere in the range of 50-300 mg/day.

In any case, DON'T let them remove your thyroid. You will be on meds for life.

Posted by Jen
Aliquippa, Pa
2 Posts
Thanks for your response to my goiter and breast cancer problem. I do take vitamin c, how much though? I did add the b2 and b3 and selenium along with lugols liquid. Thanks this has been so encouraging to me. I talked to a natural doctor today and he said my vertabrae could need aligned and my back has been out of wack lately. I had a feeling I wasn't taking enough iodine.
Posted by Lisa
Rabat, Morocco
42 Posts
You need 2,000-5,000 mg/day of vitamin C. I currently take about 4,000 mg. If you are not taking that much, you'll need to slowly increase since it can act as a laxative. You also should take magnesium if you aren't already.
Posted by Bonnie
Los Angeles, Ca U.s.a.
Hi, In the 30's my grandmother developed a goiter on her neck. Her doctor had her place Iodine on the goiter every day! (in those days I'm told Iodine sold was 100% pure)

My mother told me the goiter disappeared. True story.

Posted by Christina
Manchester, Uk
Hi Ladies, I am new to this forum and probably like you have been searching for support forums/ information on goiters. I was diagnosed with a multi nodular goiter in April 2011 while 7 months pregnant with our 3rd son. It was measured and I had a ultrsound and a biopsy. From all of the it has 5 nodules between 1-2cm and was benign. My docter therefore recommended monitoring it as my thyroid was neither over/underactive. They only recommended surgery and nothing about iodine.

I have been trying to paint it with iodine everyday and taking 800mcg of liquid kelp as well as a vegetarian diet and regular Bikram yoga. Thus far, nothing has changed and it has been about a year. I am losing a little faith but forums like this give an outlet and you realise the wealth of information sharing. Thank you and all the best with your journey.

Posted by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales
You may need another form of iodine xx You did not say which 1 you are using, but it comes in many forms xxx You may need to try another 1 Love Andrea c xxxxxx
Posted by Keith
Angeles City, Philippines
I am a 60 year old male and I have had a goiter for 15 years. I had it looked at by a doctor in a army hospital when I first noticed it and he had a cat scan done and said it was a fatty deposit non thyorid related. I have not had it looked at since. It is now the size of a softball. Never considered surgery and it does not affect me other than the noticeable lump. I am considering taking lodoral, vitc, magnesium, selenium and unrefined sea salt as mentioned in another reply but need to know the daily quantities of each. Can anyone help me?
Posted by Burnfree
Dexter, Mi, Usa
2 Posts
Isn't a goiter an enlarged throid gland due to an iodine deficiency? A holistic nutritional supplement test told me I needed to use kelp. It helped with a thyroid gland that was very uncomfortable when I swallowed. I loaded up on large doses initially and now use a small maintenance dosage. Iodized salt could help too if there is no sodium restriction needed.
Posted by Mariav
Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Hi everybody, been reading all comments as am doing research for my lovely aunt who lives in Africa and has been suffering with her goitre for 20years. Shes seen docs and they are all suggesting surgical removal. She is petrified at the thought and has no money to fund for this. Her goitre is now the size of 2 adult fists put together. Shes having difficulty in breathing and can't carry heavy things as that puts a strain on her neck area. I last saw her 3 years ago. Her neck looks smooth but with a display of veins crossing everywhere. Am desperate to try anything you guys have used to see if it works for her. Thank you.xx
Posted by Sandra
Grand Prairie, Tx
I was diagnose with mutiple nodules in 2009 saw an endocrinologist and had a fine needle procedure everything came out fine. He gave me no meds or diagnosis.... No hyper or hypo thyroid.... Told to come back in 6 months..... In between that time I tried essiac tea but was on high blood pressure meds and was having chest pains so I stop taking it.... At the time was taking lisinopril and found out I was allergic to that... It was giving me the chest pains but through research I found out that essiac tea ingredients and high blood pressure meds don't mix. Anyway went back for 6 months follow up and dr said nodules had shrunk and come back in 6 months for another follow up. He never asked did I do anything differently just come back in 6 months. 6 months later no change and he put me on synthroid... Took it for about a few months and stop taking them for no reason at all... Fast forward to present day had a sonogram on thyroid and nodules have not grown.... gave me another rx for synthroid/levothroxine... now my thyroid jumps/throbs occassionally and palpitations. New plan: lose weight and get off HBP meds and go back to essiac tea... It is now available in pill form called ojibwa. Also heard frankinscense oil & myrrh oil (essential oil 100% therapeutic grade only) is good for shrinking nodules. I am trying that now and will see what happens after 6 months follow up.
Posted by Tt
Hi, I was wondering if you had found any remedies for your thyroid nodules? Do you have an update on this? Thanks!


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