The thyroid is a gland that is located in front of the trachea and below the Adam’s apple. It secretes various hormones that are involved in an individual’s growth and general metabolism. This gland can be affected by certain pathologies known as thyroiditises. Dysthyroidism increases or decreases the production of thyroid hormones. This may lead to adverse consequences on the patient’s overall health, and particularly on that person’s growth.
Thyroiditis can be either hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or thyroid nodules. Hypothyroidism is characterized by the thyroid’s reduced secretion of hormones. On the other hand, overproduction of hormones by the thyroid gland leads to hyperthyroidism. Thyroid nodules are small lumps that commonly arise within an otherwise normal thyroid gland. These diseases can affect individuals of various age groups. According to recent research, women are more vulnerable to dysthyroidism than men.
Thyroiditis is included among the insidious diseases that do not present any real symptoms in their early stages. Note that thyroid nodules are somewhat uncomfortable for certain subjects. In case of hypothyroidism, it is possible to detect signs that may indicate a thyroid condition such asthenia, sensitivity to the cold, slower heartbeat, hair loss, weight gain despite a poor appetite and muscle growth disorders. The most characteristic symptoms of hyperthyroidism are the appearance of a goitre, a rapid heartbeat, insomnia, excessive sweating, exophthalmos, anxiety, nervousness and muscular exhaustion.
In women, thyroid disorders can lead to disruptions of the menstrual cycle. Thyroiditis is usually one of the determining factors in some cases of female infertility. Among the elderly, infections of the thyroid gland can lead to impaired memory and concentration difficulties. In infants and young people, thyroiditis can manifest itself through jaundice, hypersomnia, a swollen tongue, frequent constipation and, in exceptional cases, stunted growth.
To obtain better results, all thyroiditis treatments conducted with homoeopathy need to be performed in complement to allopathic care. Thus, in case of hypothyroidism, intakes of Graphites and Pulsatilla help to slow down the metabolism, reduce digestive disorders, address skin conditions and the absence of menses. In case of nervous disorders, premature ageing and intellectual difficulties, it is possible to resort to Baryta Carbonica and Alumina. Thuya, Kalium carbonicum and Silicea are all indicated for subjects suffering from fatigue that manifests itself by the appearance of oedemas on various parts of the body.
Homoeopathic remedies should be used in combination with allopathic treatments to treat hyperthyroidism more effectively. The appearance of nodules is mainly favoured by an iodine deficiency of which a good intake helps prevent the development of the disease. In general, drugs that are derived from iodium are indicated to treat hyperthyroidism and nodules. Thus, Sulphur iodatum is well-suited for thermophobic, insomniac, and asthenic subjects as well as those that have an abnormally elevated heart rate. Natrium iodatum, Kalium iodatum, Arsenicum iodatum and Calcarea iodata may be indicated for patients suffering from neurasthenia, cardiac erethism and acute weight loss.
Thyroid gland disorders can only be detected by blood tests. A medical diagnosis is required in order to determine the appropriate treatments for the disease. However, a medical consultation becomes mandatory from the moment that symptoms of hypersecretion or hyposecretion of thyroid hormones are noticed. Pregnant women whose hormone needs are increased should consult a physician without delay.
Good to know: Homoeopathy is recommended in the treatment of various thyroid gland infections. To cure these pathologies, it is nonetheless necessary to use the homoeopathic remedies in combination with allopathic drugs.