Natural Graves' Disease Treatment

| Modified on Jun 03, 2022
Apricot Seeds
Posted by Rose (Malaysia) on 09/14/2014
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HI..I have had bulging eyes for 13 years from Graves' I have find the answer..bulging and swelling eyes gone because I am using apricot seeds...please try it. I just want to help anyone in the same condition as I am.

Posted by Beatriz (Mexico City, Mexico) on 08/19/2007
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Honey drops cured my bulging grave's disease eyes; I just put a drop of honey, pasteurized butter in each eye at night after I wash my face. it hurts so much and you will cry but it's worth it, then after 20 minutes I just wash my face not letting water get into eyes and I go to sleep, in morning I apply water of roses concentrate in each eye, two drops, and my eyes are cured almost 70%, I have them like a frog before,now the lids are again defining and below the brow bulgings are almost gone, day by day.

Eye Exercises
Posted by Niecy (Dallas, Texas) on 04/26/2011
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Hi. I came across a couple of sites that talk about eye exercises for bulging eyes from Grave's disease but didn't really explain what to do. I suffererd from bulging eyes for years until 2 weeks ago when I did eye exercises. I put a couple of drops of moisture eye drops in my eyes, laid down and started moving my eyes around (while eyes closed) and looked as far right, left, up and down as I could to where I felt pressure in my eyes while doing it. I felt a tingling sensation behind my eyes. The more I moved my eyes around the more the sensation would go away. The next day my eyes started to return to normal.

It's been about 2 weeks and my eyes have returned to normal! I do the exercises while laying down just about everyday. Please let me know if this works for anyone!

Posted by Kay (London, England) on 05/07/2010

I have had graves disease for about 4 years now. I had an overactive thyroid which was removed 3 years ago but my eyes are still bulging and swollen around the eye area. I am so depressed with looking "like a frog" and would appreciate any advice. I take levothyroxin 150mg daily but this doesn't help the eye disease. I really don't want to have surgery although I couldn't yet anyway as the disease is "still active" I have read the bugleweed can help but I'm not sure how I should take it. I have just today started taking apple cider vinegar supplements in capsule form. Please help me as this disease has already ruined my relationship and depleted my self confidence.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Pekka L. (Helsinki, Finland) on 08/01/2018 2 posts
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I am a 70 years old man. I am interested in sports: tennis, golf, cycling, alpine skiing, cross country skiing.

Two years ago I got sick of Grover's Disease. The whole body had a lot of itchy Grover's Disease.

I used a lot of hydrocortisone and other oils. There was no benefit from these.

I stopped eating the whole wheat. All the rash Grover's Disease was lost in two weeks.

I tried twice to eat wheat, Grover's Disease immediately came back.

Now it's good to be, not Grover's Disease. I am happy when I found the cause of Grover's Disease

Now I live a happy athlete's life, not Grover's Disease, no wheat.

Food Allergies, Supplements
Posted by Jen (Bozeman, Mt) on 08/10/2011
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Hi I just want to say DONT do RAI or surgery. Why would you remove an organ in your body that is the victim of your immune system. Your thyroid is not the problem it is actually your immune system. I was diagnosed 3 years ago but I know that I have had it since I was a child. Looking back I can remember episodes of hypo and hyper at different points of my life. I have been to an endo who perscribed methimazole. I stopped that about 6 months in when my hair was coming out in clumps and my lab tests were not getting better. Of course my endo wanted me to get rid of my thyroid because Dr's don't like diseases that they don't have control over. If you get rid of your thyroid they can give you fake thyroid for the rest of your life. Not to mention hypo is less fatal in comparison to hyper.

I went to two naturopaths. The first helped a little but the second was the one who helped most. His idea of treating the whole body not just the thyroid really made sense. He started by addressing my immune system which for some reason was attacking my thyroid. He placed me on desicated thymus gland (thymus is part of your immune system that dr's believe is useless to us after childhood). He also tested me for food allergies. I had so many intolerances that I was absolutely shocked. Gluten, dairy, peanuts, almonds. Things that I had been eating in huge amounts. He explained that it might be possible for me to stop all of the intolerant food for six months and I might be able to begin eating some of them again. Gluten it seems was the main culprit. I stoped all for six months and the only one I cannot tolerate now is Gluten. My naturopath explained to me that Gluten is like a bat and when I ingest it, I am hitting my immune system with it as if it were a bee hive. My immune system freaks out and begins attacking my thyroid, adrenals, skin etc.... It made sense to me that. I can have one crouton and I will have a dabilitating migraine and trembles etc. Anyhow I started taking many suppliments as well.

*copper (hypers are usually deficient)

*selenium (hypers and hypos are usually deficient)

*magnesium (helps heart palps)

*potassium (helps heart thumping)

calcium (muscle and bone weakness)

D3 (I was difficient as most people are)

iron ( anemia and to counter the copper intake)

valarian (sleeplessness and stress)

chromium and green tea ( stress and muscle weakness)

Relora (adrenal fatigue that was due to stress)

I know it's alot but they all have a purpose....

Spanish Black Radish (just started recently and is supposed to help sooth graves and release bile from liver)

B Compex (for everything:)

Vit A, C, E, as well.

I am completely in remission now and have been for over a year. I believe that the thymus support was the start of my healing and the * suppliments are the most important ones for maintaining my health at this point.

My 15 year old daughter was diagnosed about 10 months ago. I have skipped the endo and gone for the same treatment that helped me. So far she is getting better and on the rode to remission.

Please don't have surgery to remove an organ that is so important to your health and well being. Afterall it isn't the thyroids fault right. Focus your treatment on the real problem. Your immune system and why it is attacking you. God bless and good health to you all.

Ashwagandha (Ayurvedic Herb)
Posted by Mitra (Bangalore) on 08/30/2016
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By taking 500 mg of Ashwaghandha twice a day, i.e after breakfast and after dinner, all my symptoms of Hyperthyroidism/ graves disease came down in two weeks and I am permanently cured. If this remedy works for you, continue the treatment for one and a half years since it takes a long time for the adrenal glands to heal (see article by Dr. Axe for the connection between adrenals and thyroid glands).

I also took and continue to take Patanjali's Madhunashini Vati and Mukta Vati to stabilise blood sugar and blood pressure, both of which were not normal due to hyperthyroidism. Now I take no allopathic medicine at all.

Ashwaghandha is also curing my melasma which was on my entire back, hands and face. This is happening gradually and permanently.

Royal Jelly
Posted by Cathy (Buffalo, Ny) on 01/02/2011
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Royal jelly does help the soreness and bulging of the eyes caused by graves disease. I was diagnosed about a year ago with graves disease and my eyes have been sore, dry, and bulging. My husbands family owns an apiary, so we know how well honey and hive products can be so helpful with health issues. About two months ago I started taking 3000 mg of royal jelly each day as a capsule. My eyes are so much better. You can purchase the supplents online. Just do a google search.

Posted by Lori (Chesapeake, VA) on 11/09/2007
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re: graves cure -- The herb Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus) has long been used in Europe for treating hyperthyroidism. Bugleweed can be used alone for mild conditions or in combination with anti-thyroid drugs. It works by inhibiting iodine uptake and metabolism, reducing the amount of hormone produced by active cells and it reduces the activity of TSI, the antibodies responsible for Graves' disease. The leaf extract of bugleweed is more active than root extracts. A tincture (alcohol extract) equivalent to 20 mg of the drug is more effective than a tea. If bugleweed is used as a tea, amounts as high as 1-2 grams daily can be used. Lycopus is often used in combination with Melissa officianalis (lemon balm). Although the effects of herbal preparations are mild compared to anti-thyroid drugs, herbs such as bugleweed should not be withdrawn suddenly. As with anti-thyroid drugs, herbs should be weaned with steadily decreasing doses as improvement is noted. The variety Lycopus europaeus (gypsywort) is reported to be as effective as bugleweed.

Avoid Radioactive Iodine Treatments
Posted by Gd (Sydney) on 08/04/2016

Totally agree with you Madelaine. RAI is a dreadful 'treatment' for Graves Disease and/or Hyperthyroidism, causing more harm than good for many people.

I used Borax to heal mine (had been suffering from it since diagnosed in 2005) and although I did write a review in Earth Clinic describing how I took Borax and the effect its had in detail, I don't think my review was ever approved because I haven't seen it listed anywhere (although this is a big and confusing site to navigate so maybe it found its way to an obscure page somewhere).

Anyway, Borax worked for me. No taste to it, no smell - just 1 level metric teaspoon in 1 litre of clean water (not tap water) as the 'concentrate' and then I took 15ml of the concentrate 4 times a day in a glass of water.

I was one of the few people (1 in 10,000 or something like that) who actually gained weight with Graves Disease/Hyperthyroidism but Borax restored my normal weight within just 2 or 3 weeks (and I'm 59, not a teenager), amongst all the other wonderful things it's done for me, but most especially my thyroid, which is so obviously no longer enlarged/swollen/bulging.

There's no choking on food anymore, either, now that the swelling as gone down.

It also strengthened my bones dramatically (I also chew on lemon flavoured cod liver oil capsules during the day as well that I order from the U.S. - they're delicious! ); they'd become so weak in a very short period of time after RAI (a matter of weeks, not months) that it was hard not to stumble and fall and keep myself upright; when that happened, I didn't have the strength to lift myself back up again. It was a frightening situation to be in.

I also never had the 'bulging eye' appearance until after RAI and while they haven't completely subsided yet, they have subsided a considerable amount - I can smile at kids again without scaring them, at least. I'm confident they will return to normal as I keep taking Borax.

Thankfully, RAI failed to 'kill off' my thyroid entirely, having only destroyed the left side, which, naturally, made the right side have to work much harder. Oddly enough, that failure seemed to make the so-called 'specialist' angry. Gee. Wonder why.

I will never trust the medical profession again with my health now that simple Borax is getting every part of it back on track with no nonsense and no toxic side effects.

EC: Hi GD,

Please login to your account to locate where our moderators have posted your feedback. Your borax post is on EC's hyperthyroid page under the table of contents title Borax here.

Eye Exercises
Posted by Karen (Ca) on 09/04/2016
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OMG, I'M SO HAPPY!! The exercise really works, my eye looks so much better it looks more normal than the other Eye. I only had bulge in one eye, I cried every night. I started 2 nights ago and I already see the change, GOD IS GOOD!!

Posted by Barry Richardson (Melbourne, Vic Australia) on 01/25/2010
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My wife took 4 drops of bugelweed (orally) every day for nearly two years (2006 -2008) in order to treat and eventually "cure" Grave's disease. During those years she increased and decreased the dose to check for changes in the symptoms which were -- increased heart rate (at night especially) sleeplessness, and agressiveness/intolerance. She increased or decreased the dose accordingly.

That was nearly 3 years ago and she's now clear.

Our GP had not heard of it and a specialist advised against its use.

Dr Barry Richardson

Coconut Oil
Posted by Lori (Saint Cloud, FL) on 09/08/2008
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Most definately Virgin Coconut Oil is soothing to the thyroid. My friend has Graves' disease, she swears by it. She mixes it in her AM shakes and cooks with it.

Green Tea
Posted by Thankful (Macon, GA) on 01/29/2007
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I tried the green tea bag remedy and it worked great for me. I was diagnosed with graves disease and my eyes stuck out for the longest and now after 8 years of looking like a frog my eyes are finally returning to normal.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Evelyn B. (Singapore ) on 01/31/2019
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Hello, I was diagnosed with Grave's disease 6 months ago. TRAB antibodies very high. I did not take medication from the doctor.

I took L-Carnitine 1000mg 3 times a day, from Life Extension. I also took Alpha Lipoic Acid 3 times a day. Both L- Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid slow down the thyroid. In addition I took bugleweed and a plant mixture called Thyroid Calming ( Herb Pharm). It worked wonders for me.

I also brought my Vit. D to a high level, which is key in autoimmune disease ( I was Low) I am also taking Zinc, which is also key for autoimmune disease. I am now in remission. So I stopped taking L- Carnitine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Bugleweed and Thyroid Calming drops.

What I continue with is large doses of Omega 3, Selenium, Zinc, Vit. D, Vit. A, Vit. B complex and twice a week Glutathione IV 1000mg. The glutathione helps to prevent eyes from bulging. At the beginning of the disease one eye started bulging. With the glutathione IV it went back. As I read that the eyes are at risk for about 3 to 5 years even after the thyroid is back to normal I will continue with the Glutathione.

My eyes are good except for dryness. In the left eye I was diagnosed with Superior Limbic Keratoconjunctivitis ( SLK) It is a rare eye disease which is often found in people with thyroid problems. A very excellent webpage for Graves' disease is the one of Dr. Osansky, Natural Endocrine Solution. In fact I followed completely his advice!!!! Please go and read on his webpage, it is all in there.


Green Tea
Posted by Bagpuss (London, U.K.) on 09/30/2012

There are quite a lot of people asking about the green tea method for curing eye bulging with Graves disease. I haven't come across the green tea method but I think I can guess as I have some experience that I would like to share using normal everyday teabags which are made from black tea.

(I have graves disease with multi-nodular non-toxic goitre. ) A couple of years ago, for the first time ever, I developed a stye on my eye. I went to the chemist and got some ointment which did nothing and this stye was getting huge. After maybe two weeks my whole eye was really swollen and red, I started to have a good look around on the internet for remedies as the eye drops weren't doing anything. I came across a lot of feedback about normal black teabags being good for various eye ailments so I can imagine green tea is doing the same - :

Method: Moisten the teabags by pouring on a little hot water on them whilst in a saucer. Let them cool and give them a squeeze so they are fully drenched and the dark tea is coming out of them then gently squeeze some of the excess tea off so it doesn't go everywhere and place the tea bags on the eyes and relax back. Leave on for as long as you want. You want the tea to gently go in the eye so leave enough tea liquid in the bag to do this and pat them into your eyes (your eyes are closed) and you may want to rub the teabag around a bit - don't be scared just get that tea in there:) it doesn't sting at all. I left the bags on for 30 mins the first time and saw immediate redness looked less angry. Carried on doing this all day - maybe about 6 times using same tea bags which I left on the side all day and picked them up and popped them back on when I had a spare 15 mins. Have some tissues handy as the tea drips down your face.

Why I'm telling you this is because the stye came to a head, popped and disappeared in two days and this thing was huge and it was on the rise before the teabags:) So when I had done this for a couple of days, my eyes felt loads better all round - which got me thinking. Normally my eyes are a little bulgy from the graves. They are normally very dry and sandy. Feeling better from the stye situation and feeling like my eyes felt a lot better compared to normal, I carried on every day doing the same with the teabags thinking it may help my graves eye problem. After maybe 2 weeks, my eyes were completely normal. No sandy, gritty feeling, no swollen bags or bulgy, no staring look, free movement of the eyeballs and just felt very good and normal. Amongst this teabag treatment, I did two eye bath washes by bathing my eyes with an eye bath using a solution of mineral water and a little splash of ACV as I had also read somewhere that this helped with eye ailments. I would definately reccommend the combination of the teabags and ACV in an eye bath. The measurements for the ACV wash were a guess when I tried it out so I don't know what to say - maybe one part ACV to ten parts water but I don't think it matter so long as there is some ACV in there. It stings a fair bit so you need it weak but it makes your eyes crystal clear and I really felt like it did them a lot of good. I have never had problems since with my bulgy eyes and if I feel like they are even a little dry, I place my used teabag on my eyes after making a cup of tea:) Or, I may bathe them in the ACV and water for maybe a minute or as long as I can stand it for just to make sure the eye problem doesn't come back but I maybe only do this once in every six months. Make sure it's weak though the ACV - Very important and your eyes will be bloodshot after for a little while but when they clear they look and feel great! Hope this helps and thank you for everyone's contributions. Love.

Eye Exercises
Posted by Rosa (New Jersey, US) on 12/08/2014

Hello everyone, I just came across the recipe for the eye wash with honey and rosewater. You get 2 teaspoons of 100% raw and unfiltered honey, 1/2 of teaspoon of rosewater. Mix well and place it in a eye dropper. Put 2-3 drops in each eye and do the eye exercises. Good luck to all. I am going to try it tonight.

Posted by Jen (Bozeman, Mt) on 09/01/2011

I completely know where your coming from. I to cannot afford the naturopathic remedies that end up costing hundreds of dollars per month on top of the dr visits which insurance doesn't even pay for if you are lucky enough to have it in the first place. I believe it is a combination of treatments that helped me both from the naturopath as well as from the research and self help stuff I have implemented myself. The foundation of what started my healing is a supplement called thymex which can be purchased on amazon. It is desicated thymus and I purchase it every few months for $16. 00. It supports your immune system. Which for whatever reason is attacking our thyroids with this disease. It sounds contradictory to support your immune system when it is attacking your thyroid but it works. I have treated my 15 yr old daughter using it as well and she is much better and on the road to remission as well. The other minerals and supplements I am using are:

Moodiness (hormonal and usually ovarian related) 1. Wild yam cream (progesterone) with a zinc supplement and/or 2. DHEA with a copper supplement. I can tell which one is needed and I very it depending on my period and mood. If it is heavy and long I am progesterone deficient so I take wild yam and zinc. If it is short and light I am estrogen deficient so I take the second two. I will continue taking them until I begin to feel normal again. It usually takes about 1 week or so to notice a difference.

Heart palpitations: Magnesium (250 to 500)and potassium every day (coconut water has 600 to 1000 mg of potassium in each can) I also will take a little extra potassium when I am swollen as it is an imbalance of sodium to potassium that causes this. The magnesium I take a little extra if I am unusually tense and need to relax a bit. It helps me sleep too.

Selenium: to help the conversion of thyroid hormones so there is not to much t4 or t3 and things can run smoothly. Selenium is one of the big ones I think has healed me. You should take a little more than the recemended dosage as we are usually deficient and it is so important for our thyroids. Usual dosage is about 200mg I usually take at least 400 mg per day.

iodine: 7 mg per day. (contrary to most doctors beliefs most hypers are actually iodine deficient and this is what caused them to go hyper in the first place) Flouride, bromine, and chlorine displaces iodine and does not do the job that iodine does so our thyroids malfunction.

I blend of GABA, theonine, relora, and a few other calming ingredients to help me sleep and deal with life. It really helps me to keep calm in situations where I would otherwise freak out. (I have five kids:)

Manganese: Is very beneficial to hypers and hypos. I can't remember exactly why. I will get back to you on that.

For my liver: Which has been through alot over the years as well. I very these herbs and supplements to keep my liver flowing( when one runs out I go to the next one). Dandalion root, licorice, milk thistle.

desicated Thymus gland: I only take a months worth about every 3 to six months. If I feel like my moods are getting worse and my heart palpitations are coming more often I know that my thyroid is probably getting more active so I order a bottle. Take it three times a day for 30 days and so far all of my blood work has been great for over a year now.

I also take A, E, C, Calcium, D3, I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Mostly it is a guessing game unfortunately. I have researched this issue for many years on the internet and at school. My family has suffered both hashimoto's and graves for a long time. I will never give up on finding things that will help. I am currently using the process of painting my goiter with iodine and watching it shrink slowly but very noticably. I get all of these supplements from the health food stores or amazon. I believe that every condition is caused by an imbalance in the minerals/ vitamins which causes an imbalance in hormones and pH and many other issues. We can't supplement with one thing without causing another to go crazy. For example Zinc and Copper are antagonists. Zinc and Progesterone are..... Buddies. Copper and estrogen are... Buddies. One goes deficient the buddy does as well. The antagonists party it up and cause many other problems in thier wake. It is a constant balancing act which gets tiresome but I feel so great and don't ever want to go back to taking those drugs that I could feel were wrong for me. Another helpful tip is that if you supplement with potassium for edema then make sure to take magnesium as well. Magnesium helps potassium get into the cells where it is needed. Iodine and Flouride are antagonists. Iodine is the weaker of the two so if you are drinking flouridated water etc... Iodine will loose the battle unless you are supplementing with iodine at a higher level than flouride. I know this is way to much info to take in but I have a hard time deciding which knowledge to leave out and which to keep in. Sorry. I hope this helps. Let me know if I can help with anything else. The mood thing is so hard. I was in the same boat. I thought I was going to cause my hubby to divorce me. My poor kids too. Chin up though. It is possible to feel better with a little knowledge. Best of luck, Jen!

Royal Jelly
Posted by Jennie (Orange Park, Fl) on 04/27/2013
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I have been reading this forum about Graves disease and bulging eyes two days ago, I have used the honey treatment for my mild bulging eyes and the royal honey, taking 2 tablespoon twice a day, and the honey mix with just a little bit of water to clean my eyes before going to bed, it works like wonder!! . I can tell the difference in my eyes just by being in it for two days, Thank you so much for sharing all ur experiences and the natural treatment... I am going to keep up with it until I am back to myself again. :)))

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