Last Modified on Mar 27, 2016
Hyperthyroidism treatment varies depending on the reason causing the over-active thyroid. A natural diet including foods that lower thyroid activity will be beneficial. Vitamin D and herbal supplements will also help support the thyroid and immune system.
What is Hyperthyroidism?
When the thyroid (a gland in the front of the neck) is over-active, making too much thyroid hormone, it is called hyperthyroidism. Since the thyroid controls the metabolism (how the body turns food into energy), it has a profound effect on muscles, bones, the heart and even cholesterol. Hyperthyroidism is a case of too much of a good thing. Some people experience no symptoms, but many feel their heart beating too fast, become anxious and depressed, lose weight and sweat unexpectedly, Fatigue and muscle weakness may also be experienced. This is a genetic condition, more common in women than in men.
Hyperthyroidism may occur as a result of Plummer’s disease, Graves’ disease (an autoimmune disorder), toxic adenoma or thyroiditis (a chronically inflamed thyroid) which are all characterized by the overproduction of thyroxine (T-4). The long-term outlook for hyperthyroidism depends upon the cause. It may get better without treatment, but those with Graves’ disease usually get worse and can have life-threatening complications, If someone has Graves’ disease or a serious heart problem in addition to hyperthyroidism, this can lead to a potentially life-threatening condition called a ‘thyroid storm’. A large quantity of thyroid hormone is released, causing the person to feel very ill or as if they are having a heart attack. Seek emergency medical help.
Natural Remedies for Hyperthyroidism
Treating the underlying reasons for the hyperthyroidism may need to be a long-term regimen. Avoiding iodine-rich and processed foods is important. Vitamin D and herbal supplements are also suggested home remedies.
A well-balanced anti-inflammatory diet will be beneficial. Avoid sugars and processed foods.
The below foods are good for an over-active thyroid by helping to lower thyroid function and aiding the thyroid to stop producing excessive thyroid hormones. The anti-thyroid properties are strongest when eaten raw.
- Nuts: almonds, pine nuts, peanuts
- Any vegetable in the broccoli family: broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage
- Green leafy vegetables: kale, mustard and spinach
- Fruit: pears, peaches, coconut products, berries
- Misc.: Turnips, corn, millet, soy (isoflavones block iodine) and canola oil
Many people have Vitamin D deficiencies. One of the benefits of Vitamin D is that it helps the immune system to recognize the difference between foreign and self-proteins, reducing auto-immune problems and inflammation. This home remedy is especially useful if Graves’ disease or thyroiditis is involved.
Turmeric is one of the most useful herbal cures; it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Ginger, rosemary, cinnamon and oregano are also useful alternative remedies for fighting inflammation and strengthening the immune system.
Hyperthyroidism means that the thyroid is producing too much thyroid hormone and is caused by another underlying disease, such as Graves’ disease. Proper nutrition, Vitamin D and herbal remedies are useful in treating this condition.
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I am not a healthy person. I smoke. I cough my lungs out. had flu sometimes accompanied by fever whenever my menstruation were about to arrive. I love fatty food. pork fats especially. And then 7 years ago, diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I never like drinking any kind of liquor. beer makes me puke, while liquor makes me feel very very cold. I'm prone to UTI as well. had +++ blood in urine last 2015. I had cold almost about every month, sometimes accompanied with fever. I tried looking for alternative for hyperthyroidism. sadly, I found that it cannot be cured. drinking iodine radiation nor operation wasn't an option. my heartbeat doesn't really bothered me that much. What bothered me then was how hot I feel. I sweat a lot. Lost 25 kg in 7 years.
My family were always on alternative medication. More like Chinese herbal medicine. But since I don't know any Chinese herbalists nowadays, I now rely more on Internet.Nov. I started drinking Apple Cider Vinegar water. Most days I tried to make sure to drink at least 2 or 3 liter a day. There were also days that I can only drink 1 liter. Dec. I felt a lump on my left breast. Started reading about natural remedies for cancer. Came across the concoction acv, ginger, garlic, lemon, honey mixture for heart disease. Jan. I felt like I'm going to have a heart attack. The symptoms where there. My heart was pounding, there's a pain on my upper right back. Right shoulder feels like I sprained myself, tingling feeling on my right arm, my chest feels tight. I can still think straight though, I quickly took an aspirin, 1 low dose tablet. that next day, my husband made the concoction. I took 3 Tbsp that night. Told myself to drink it 3x a day. (While I asked my husband to take 1 Tbsp a day) had a good night sleep, feels energetic next day. but succeeding days I feel tired. sleepy. there were nights that I can't sleep. we finished the 1st batch in just a couple of weeks. The feeling of tightness on my chest were slowly going away. I can barely feel my back ache. I don't cough that much also.Comes Feb. I woke up having fever, my body feels very very weak, my hands and feet were very cold. My back is aching a lot. Heart pounding, Had nausea, and no appetite. accidentally drink mefanamic acid thinking it was an antibiotic. feels ok after 30 minutes later, had my breakfast around 3 pm in the afternoon. My husband insist on seeing urologist next day. next day, I woke up like I didn't fell sick yesterday. Urologist asked for blood test, urine samples, kidney ultrasound along with breast ultrasound and mammogram (diagnosis center only accept 40 years old patients for mammogram. I'm still 3 years far) after taking antibiotic for a week.Still taking 3 Tbsp 3x a day, along with 1 capsule of coq10 2x a day, and antibiotic with Tapazole in the morning and inderal 2x a day for a week. Still drinking Apple Cider Vinegar water 2 or 3 liter a day. At this time, I also add cayenne pepper on my Apple Cider Vinegar water.
Results came. I was shocked to see my blood test results were all in range. Createnine at 61 umol/L. Ph level 7. I even asked my husband if there's a possibility that someone mixed up with the results. (Laugh at the possibility that someone out there were worried sick with my blood test results.) My T3 and T4 were in range. Although TSH still at <0.005. (Might visit another endo for that) my T3 and T4 were always high. My chest tightness slowly going away. My right arm wasn't that weak anymore. I can still feel something was pushing inside my arm though, going up to my neck. But I feel great. My heartbeat doesn't feel like pounding anymore.
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Posted by Annabell (Chicago, Il) on 02/28/2015
Chia Seeds from day 1 have helped so significantly with my hyperthyroid symptoms it's hard to believe and it's as though I've been taking medication (I haven't). I started out with 2 rounded tablespoons a day (I put them in almond milk or yogurt), and I immediately from that 1st or 2nd day felt drastically better; I felt a huge relief as I was calmer, less shaky, and actually able to sleep. Some days I went up to taking 2 rounded tablespoons 2X a day, but found I didn't need that much, and I did get a slight stomach ache, so probably wise to go up in dosage slowly, if you need to. I feel I am on the road to recovery, feeling my symptoms diminish more each day. Chia seeds are miraculous!
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Posted by Monique (Sudbury,ont) on 02/22/2014
Better But With Side Effects
hi, I'm Monique from Sudbury Ont.
My concern is that I been cured from hyperthyroidism. My treatment was radiation and followed by Eltroxin 0.1 mg, now after several years on this medication to control the hypothyroidism in which I'm being treated now. From 35yrs to now 46 yrs. I still suffer from fatigue, mental and physical fatigue, I find myself absent minded, loss of concentration, low libido, lack of confidence and not to mention weight gain. I keep fighting these symptoms as much as I can with daily supplement, vitamins, and herbs...they help thank God. My question is I liked to stop taking Eltroxin because it's not natural substance but a chemical. I been looking for answers for a long time for a natural and healthier way. Along with these supplements I also take "zinc and copper balance" at one capsule per day. My doctor is uncertain about this method since they have little study on homopathic and holistic therapy. I refuse any medical medications for the symptoms mentioned. I am a total believer on natural approach for my health. Any suggestions....is Apple cider vinegar, Potassium idione, kelp or any other approach is greatly received. If I'm taking off the Eltroxin, to be replace with the alternative, this would so great. If the other approach is to stay on Eltroxin and to take other supplement like kelp or other is also welcome. thank-you
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Posted by Alexa (Boston, Ma) on 04/03/2015
Flaxseeds have made me feel calmer and for the first time I am having a good night's sleep. I suffer from bouts of hyperthyroidism and flaxseeds have helped me to stay calmer A LOT. I may never need thyroid medication if I can control it with flaxseeds! I take 2-4 tablespoons a day. The kind you have to grind up, I believe those are more potent.
Posted by Samantha (New York, Ny) on 05/29/2015
I just wanted to tell everyone here to be SUPER careful to avoid soy at all costs if you have hyperthyroid! I found out there is soy in a LOT of foods these days - both packaged and prepared. If you go out to eat, make sure to ask what kind of oil they use to make salad dressing, avoid condiments unless you purchase them at the health food store are check all the ingredients. Foods you would never think to be wary of like mayonnaise, for example, contain soy. I have checked through the ingredients and as long as I avoid soy at all costs (as well as caffeine, chocolate, coffee, the usual suspects), I feel MUCH, MUCH better, calmer, and more relaxed! Be vigilant about avoiding soy and I think you will notice a big change and might even be able to avoid taking medication. Magnesium is also very good for helping to calm you down.
Posted by Eileen (Sumter, Sc) on 06/16/2014
I am a 65 year old female. With the onslaught of menopause 15 years ago and then diagnosis of hyperthyroidism, I have suffered with depression and severe anxiety for all these years. I have been taking 10 milligrams of Tapazole all these years. It was supposed to inhibit the growth of the hot nodule, 1in X .5in. Well, it is now about the size of a large egg and now I have another one about the same size on the left side of my thyroid. I have taken antidepressants off and on for these many years with little relief. Seems that as I age the anxiety gets worse. I read on this site about acetyl-l-carnitine for depression and anxiety. I have been praying to God to show me something natural to help. I have been searching the web for more research to confirm this and I found this website for hyperthyroid. Wanted to post this if someone else is having these same miserable symptoms.
I also found other articles to confirm this information So I am going to give it a try.
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Posted by Sam (Knoxville, Tn) on 06/14/2013
Everyone with hyperthyroidism--this is serious. Actually, I think the length of time of symptom to cure was 5-years and 10-months. Let me tell you that my body cured itself. I have one strange body. The day of May 28th, 2013, I had sky-high anxiety/claustrophobia. Every step taken felt like my heart was not getting enough oxygen and I was about to pass out. Took the bus home most of the way and had to get off after a few miles because of that high anxiety feeling. Then, I called a cab and took it the rest of the way home.
After sitting around my home for a few hours, my body just couldn't take it. It felt like someone was sitting on my chest strangling me--my brain was on fire and it felt like 10 hotspots lit up in my brain. I called an ambulance and was admitted to the hospital's emergency room.
The emergency room technicians took my blood samples and it came back TSH: 0.577 and Free T4 Thyroxine: 0.82. The doctor walked in and said, "Everything is normal. Your thyroid is normal, your liver is normal. I see no anomalies in your blood."
My reply was, "What!? How can that be? It felt like someone was sitting on my chest strangling me and my heart was starved for oxygen." The doctor shrugged his shoulders and walked out.
And that my friends is how my hyperthyroidism was cured. A painful experience and I don't wish it on anyone but after living for 5-years and 10-months with this ailment--I'm sure my heart is probably somewhat damaged. It's a miracle of course. All of the health stuff I took, the iodine painted around the neck, L-Lysine, Co-Q10, Selenium is all fine and everything but you should see a professional.
Here is what I took from a doctor:
Tapazole/Methimazole: 2 X 10 MG, once a day.
Digoxin: 0.25 MG, once a day.
What put me over the top and sent me to the emergency room was the:
Metoprolol: 100 MG X 2, once a day. I was prescribed 150 MG but I took 200 MG and then started walking around and caught the bus. This forced my heart to slow down and sent my body into a little shock. First the back of my legs felt like they atrophied, then my back and then my shoulders and chest.
Somehow this forced my brain to reset the areas of my brain that control the thyroid. Anyway, it's been confirmed by two different doctors that my thyroid is normal. Don't do what I did to cure myself, you get professional assistance.
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Posted by Racumyah (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) on 02/19/2012
Hello all, i just want to say thank you all so much for you all postings. there is so much wonderful information that will hopefully cure me. i have suffered from hyperthyrodism since 2000, i am 28yrs old. in 2007 they did radioactie treatment, but it never went completely hypo. when i found this site it gave me so much hope, and belief that i can be cured. i was put on methimamazole until i went hypo, two weeks ago i went hypo so the dx suggested to come off the meds to see if my thyroid normalize (i have been doing this battle or on meds and off meds for 12 years). my body has been feeling bad, but from reading this page im currently looking for a naturapath and im going try some of the remedies on this site.
thank you all so much, i can't wait to be cured!
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Posted by Jen (R) on 12/17/2009
bad tooth, hyperthyroid
hello again earthclinic readers,
first thank you to all who answered my last question.
2nd i have a bad tooth, it broke 2 and a half years ago when i was preg and they just put a temporary filling in and it is gone now and the tooth is turning dark, it is my very last tooth on the top on the right side. Does anyone think that this could be the cause of my hyper thyroid and if so what will help, i read all of the infected tooth posts, but my tooth doesnt hurt and i dont think that it is inflamed but maybe. So i dont want to start messing with it if i can wait a while longer until i have money to go fix it. Do you think that the garlic or something would help if this is the cause of my thyroid problem? thanks in advance again.
p.s. sorry for the spacing in this letter, my space bar sticks sometimes
Jen in ca
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Posted by Amanda (New York, Ny) on 06/08/2011
Hyssop tea has helped my hyperthyroid symptoms stay in check. It is high in Iodine, so check with your Dr. first. It has quiteted down the heart palps & much of the anxiety, along with greatly improving the length and quality of my sleep. You may have to take a lot of it, though, so I suggest buying organic loose Hyssop tea.
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Posted by Sara (Crescent City, Fl) on 02/11/2013
My husband was in the hospital a year and a half ago thinking he was having a heart attack (he was only 38). Turned out to be hyperthyroid/possible Graves Disease. Endocrinologist put him on methimazole. All of this time through monthly changes to meds, his TSH level stayed around 0.006 (range should be 0.270-4.200 according to the lab report) and T4 around 2.01 (should be 0.93-1.70). Nothing ever moved!
I had run across info about taking iodine for this, but was scared off by the wrong info that iodine was the worst thing for hyperthyroid, but at my wits end, I dug deeper.
In the meantime, doctor told my husband to consider killing his thyroid, as something should have happened by now. He told hubby to up meds to 30. Also said that iodine would do nothing. For some reason he set his next appointment for 3 months away, which he never had done before.
So, on our end, and behind the doctors back, my dear hubby agreed to try iodine therapy for 3 months, which was 50 mg Iodoral (normal daily dose is said to be 20 I think). Also took magnesium for better absorption and selenium to bind the heavy metals the iodine collected. We did nothing different for 3 months accept for the iodine and company. He did continue the 20 mg. of methimazole, but now I wish he had not.
So, time for lab results after the 3 months. We were nervous because his neck was swollen, he was having swallowing trouble and hubby was convinced he had thyroid cancer. Awesome news! For the 1st time in a year and a half, movement in his levels! Now his TSH is 7.590 (to HIGH) and T4 compensated by switching to low .79. Doctor got excited and said " we have movement". He thinks he did this with the poison meds. Really?
The swelling in his neck was because the med was too much. I also now know that we should have upped his selenium along with the iodine. We are so excited and feel confident that he will be able to discontinue his meds. We also know that when hubby started to sleep better was when his range was "normal", so now we don't have to rely solely on lab results to know how he is doing.
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Posted by Irina (New York) on 09/13/2015
I have hyperthyroid and I took Krill Oil just for basic health, I had read positive and negative reports about it, decided to try it, and in 1 day taking ONE pill my heart stopped racing and my hyperthyroid symptoms completely disappeared - the jitteriness, insomnia, anxiety, heart racing, everything - gone in 1 day. I know this sounds incredulous, I can hardly believe it myself!
I have been taking 1 capsule of krill oil now for 5 days and I am sleeping 10 hours a night and I feel totally calm for the first time in many years.
I highly recommend if you suffer from hyperthyroidism (or heart palpitations) that you try this! It has been a true miracle so far for me!
Posted by Sc (Me, Dubai, United Arab Emirates) on 05/30/2011
I was having acute hyperthyroism with one of the days getting into almost a coma due to raise in one of the T (t3 or t4 raised to 22 normallly is around 4?. I was told... by the doctor...)
Started taking twice per day 30 drops of melissa lemon balm and 30 drops of bugleweed. After 45 days I did blood test. Totally cure as per doctor. He was amazed. Didnt take care of diet too much. I like veggies, yogurt, nuts, etc. healthy.
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Posted by Needing Answers (Dubai) on 03/13/2013
Dear Folks! After 3 years of having issues with my thyroid this is my current situation: Hot toxic nodules and ths: 0.06 ft 3:256 and ft 4:0.9
Internist mentioned hyperthyroidism. How can it be when ft3 and ft4 is so low?
I have tried lemon balm and bugleweed motherwort. TSH and FT3 seems to improve but not ft4.
I really need answers. I am planing to go to 2 different endo but I know already their answers. To remove or to take RAI. This is not an option for me. I really need answers. First how can I know the right diagnosis? Second, what will it the be the right protocole? Thanks in advance. Regards, Needing answers
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