The reason why homeopathic treatments are more successful for people suffering from thyroid is because thyroid is not treated by simply supplementing the deficiency or the surplus of the hormones produced by the glands. Instead, it aims at helping the gland function appropriately once again so that it can go back to producing the right amount of hormones needed by the body.
The thyroid glands of your body produce some very important hormones that affect the functioning of almost all the metabolic processes in your body. This is one of the reasons why thyroid problems often become a grave problem for those who suffer from it. A problem that people commonly suffer from is the abnormal production of the thyroid hormones. When the hormones are produced excessively, the condition is known as hyperthyroidism while when it is under-produced, then the condition is known as hypothyroidism.
Causes of Thyroid
In hyperthyroidism, the reasons of the overproduction of thyroid hormones can be any of the following:
- The thyroid glands develop nodules which also start secreting the hormone. This gives rise to more hormones than required by the body. It results in a misbalance of chemicals in the body causing thyroid related problems like goitre.
- Then there is the chance of the inflamed thyroid glands to leak that can create a temporary condition of hyperthyroidism. Usually, problems related to this cause can last for a few weeks, but sometimes it can stretch for longer.
- Sometimes, the excessive production of thyroid is caused because of the malfunctioning of the pituitary glands or cancerous growth within the thyroid gland.
On the other hand, hypothyroidism is caused when the levels of thyroid hormones plunge in your body. The reasons for this are:
- An autoimmune disease known as Hashimoto’s disease could be one of the reasons. In this disease, your body ends up attacking the thyroid tissue which gradually dies. This result in no production of thyroid in the body at all.
- Another reason for thyroid disorders is the surgical removal of thyroid glands or the chemical destruction of the glands.
- Excessive intake of iodide can also cause this problem. A number of cold and sinus medicines have iodide, and so do some heart medicines.
Symptoms and Signs of Thyroid
Some of the most common symptoms of thyroid disorders are an unexpected change in your weight, a swelling in the neck, changes in your heart rate, you may notice a change in your energy levels as well, unwanted hair loss and your body’s inability to control temperature effectively. These are some of the general symptoms noticed among people who suffer from thyroid problem. The rest of the symptoms can vary from person to person and it may also depend on the type of thyroid disorder you are suffering from.
The different types of thyroid disorders are:
Hyperthyroidism – This is caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormones. It can lead to anxiety issues, an increased appetite, a higher heartbeat and some ay even experience tremors.
Hypothyroidism – This happens when your thyroid glands are not producing the amount of thyroid glands required by your body.
Thyroiditis – It is the inflammation of the thyroid glands which can lead to hyper or hypothyroidism.
Goitre – Enlarged thyroid glands cause goitre. These glands are not cancerous.
Grave’s Disease – This is an autoimmune disease where the person begins to produce excessive thyroid hormones.
Thyroid Nodules – These are growths in the thyroid which may or may not be cancerous.
The medical and family history of a patient along with blood tests are the best way to diagnose thyroid. It is best not to base the diagnosis of thyroid on symptoms, because some of the common symptoms can be faced by people who may not be suffering from thyroid either. This is why a blood test is used to identify whether a person is suffering from thyroid or not.