A Functional Medicine Approach to Hyperthyroidism | Amy Myers MD (2023)

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Amy Myers, M.D. is a functional medicine physician, trained and certified by The Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Myers earned her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at the LSU Health Science Center, and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Dr. Myers retired from her functional medicine clinic, Austin UltraHealth, where she served thousands of patients, to empower those who were failed by conventional medicine. She’s a 2x New York Times bestselling author, and the founder and CEO of the health & lifestyle e-commerce brand, Amy Myers MD®.

A lot of articles and blog posts about thyroid disease tend to focus on the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidismor an underactive thyroid. However, it’s estimated that between 3 and 10 million people actually suffer from an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism. I myself was diagnosed with the autoimmune form of hyperthyroidism called Graves’ disease during my second year of medical school.

You can listen to my podcast here, where I share my personal experience with Graves’ disease and how conventional medicine failed me in that process. I never want anyone to go through what I had to go through to treat my hyperthyroidism, so it is my mission to educate as many people as I can that there is a healthier and more natural way to recover from hyperthyroidism.


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What is Hyperthyroidism?

Your thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck, produces hormones to help regulate body temperature, heart rate, growth, energy production, and brain health. Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when the thyroid is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone.

When thyroid hormones are too high, energy metabolism will speed up, causing the body to burn through nutrients too quickly. This can result in malnutrition and lead to a wide range of problems. I personally was eating everything in sight and went from a size 4 to a size 0 in a matter of months. Trust me when I tell you that it was not healthy!

Graves’ Disease – Autoimmune Hyperthyroidism

There can be many reasons for the thyroid to be overactive, but this commonly occurs as a result of the autoimmune condition, known as Graves’ disease. Normally, thyroid function is regulated by the pituitary gland, a tiny gland responsible for secreting TSH, which signals the thyroid to produce thyroid hormones T3 and T4. In Graves’ disease, an antibody known as thyrotropin receptor antibody (TRAb) can mimic pituitary hormones and completely override the system, causing an overactive thyroid. You can also develop Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) antibodies or Antithyroglobulin antibodies. I personally did not have antibodies to TRAb, I only had antibodies to TPO. I see this very frequently in my clinic as well.

Toxic Multi-Nodular Goiter

Another form of hyperthyroidism is toxic multi-nodular goiter, which involves the growth of independently functioning nodules on the thyroid gland itself. These nodules are able to stimulate the thyroid without the use of TSH, thereby overriding the system and causing an overactive thyroid.

Signs You Have Hyperthyroidism

  • Hot flushes, sweating
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Frequent stools, loose stool or diarrhea
  • Difficulty sleeping and insomnia
  • Anxiety, irritability, or constant fatigue
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Changes in menstrual cycles
  • Reduced libido
  • Bulging eyes
  • Thick red skin on shins or feet
  • Increased appetite
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hand tremors
  • Muscle weakness

How is Hyperthyroidism Diagnosed?

Blood testing your thyroid hormone levels is the first step. In hyperthyroidism, the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) will be very low and the Free T4 and Free T3 will be elevated. In autoimmune conditions, you will see elevated levels of antibodies as well. To read more about optimal thyroid lab values, you can read my article on the thyroid here. If you want to test your thyroid levels at home, I recommend using LetsGetChecked home thyroid tests. You can do the test in the privacy of your own home and then discuss your results with your functional medicine doctor.

Radioactive iodine uptake (RAIU) is the next step in diagnosing a thyroid imbalance. An RAIU using a small dose of I-131 will determine how much iodine the thyroid takes up. A high iodine uptake is indicative of Graves’ disease. This test can be helpful in ruling out other possible causes of an overactive thyroid.

Ultrasound (US) of the thyroid is helpful to look at nodules on the thyroid, and your doctor may request you have a fine needle biopsy to confirm that the nodules are not cancerous.

Conventional Treatment for Hyperthyroidism

Conventional medicine is only focused on treating symptoms, not on getting to the root cause of the disease. Medications, radiation, and surgery only treat the overactive thyroid gland in hopes of reducing symptoms of the disease. In order to truly solve the problem and repair your thyroid and immune system, you must take a functional medicine approach and find the underlying cause of the imbalance. I personally tried two out of three of these treatments, and it’s honestly my only regret in life. Please do not make the same mistake I did.

1. Medications

Propylthiouracil (PTU) is an anti-thyroid drug that interferes with the production of thyroid hormones. Simply google these medications and you will see a long list of dangerous side effects, one being destruction of your liver. I took PTU when I had Graves’, and that’s exactly what happened to me. I was confined to bedrest until my liver healed, which nearly cost me my life and medical school.

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Methamazole is another anti-thyroid drug administered for hyperthyroidism. As a result, this drug can actually cause hypothyroidism, requiring the careful monitoring of TSH and Free T4 levels. Side effects include rash, hair loss, vertigo, jaundice, aplastic anemia, lupus-like syndrome, and hepatitis.

2. Radiation/Ablation

This approach uses a large dose of radioactive iodine (I-131) to permanently destroy thyroid gland cells. After this procedure, you are destined to a life of manufactured thyroid hormone medication. After getting toxic hepatitis from the PTU, I had no other choice but to do this treatment myself. I truly believe that if I had discovered functional medicine sooner, I would have been able to reverse my condition and save my thyroid from destruction as I did with numerous patients in my clinic.

3. Surgery

When antithyroid medications and radioactive treatments are not viable options, doctors may recommend a partial thyroidectomy, which is when part of the thyroid gland is surgically removed. This is actually the option I recommend as a last resort if someone is not able to reverse their hyperthyroidism using a functional medicine approach.

Underlying Causes of Hyperthyroidism

1. Gluten

Gluten is a huge problem for most people these days because we hybridized it, modified it, and it’s in everything! Worst of all it can wreak havoc on your gut and set you up for a leaky gut. Once the gut is leaky, gluten can get into your bloodstream and confuse your immune system. Since the building blocks of gluten share a similar molecular structure with building blocks of your thyroid gland, the immune system can get confused and accidentally attack your thyroid gland. This process is called molecular mimicry. You can read all about how gluten contributes to thyroid disease in this article.

2. Leaky gut

In order to absorb nutrients, the gut is somewhat permeable to very small molecules. Many things including, gluten, infections, medications, and stress can damage the gut, allowing toxins, microbes, and undigested food particles – among other things – to enter directly into your bloodstream. Leaky gut is the gateway for these infections, toxins, and foods like gluten to begin causing the systemic inflammation that leads to autoimmunity. You must heal your gut before you can heal yourself.

3. Mercury

Mercury is a heavy metal that is capable of altering or damaging the cells of various bodily tissues. When cells are damaged, your immune system can mistake them as foreign invaders and begin attacking its own organs. Studies show that individuals with higher mercury exposures have an increased risk of getting an autoimmune thyroid disease.

4. Infections

Infections such as the herpes family of viruses (HSV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) have been implicated as a potential cause of autoimmune thyroid disease through inflammation and molecular mimicry.

5. Iodine

Iodine status is a bit controversial. It seems that too little iodine can cause goiter and hypothyroidism and too much can cause hyperthyroidism. When the body detects an increased availability of iodine, this can trigger the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormone. If someone with a relatively low intake of iodine suddenly consumes a very iodine-rich diet, then over time that individual can produce an excessive amount of thyroid hormone, resulting in an overactive thyroid.

The Functional Medicine Approach to Hyperthyroidism

1. Remove gluten from your diet

I recommend that all of my patients remove gluten from their diets because it’s simply an inflammatory food. For my patients with autoimmune diseases, like Graves’ or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, I highly recommend removing all grains and legumes from the diet as well. These foods contain proteins known as lectins, which act as a natural pesticide for crops and can wreak havoc on the lining of your gut. Changing your diet is the first step in getting well. I created The Myers Way Comprehensive Elimination Diet eCourse which you can do at home, and it’s the foundation that I use with my patients to begin recovering from illnesses.

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2. Heal your gut

Healing the gut is essential to healing yourself, as I mentioned before. For this reason, I created The Myers Way Guide to the Gut eCourse to help guide you through the exact same steps I use with my patients to heal their guts. I also have many articles explaining my 4R approach to healing the gut and gut-healing supplements.

3. Test for heavy metals

We are exposed to heavy metals in a number of different ways: amalgams, fish consumption, and the environment. I recommend having your MTHFR genes tested and doing a DMPS chelation challenge test through a functional medicine practitioner to determine if mercury or other heavy metals are an issue for you.

4. Find and treat infections

Have your doctor test for infections such as HSV and EBV. Monolaurin from coconut oil can be very effective treatment for both HSV and EBV. Lysine and a lysine-rich diet is effective at treating HSV infections.

5. Support your immune system

Supplements like vitamin D, omega-3 fish oils, and glutathione are powerful immune modulators, which means that they can help support your immune system. Vitamin D has been shown to help regulate the immune system. Omega 3 fish oils help to reduce inflammation in the entire body. Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant in the body which can help reduce inflammation and improve detoxification in the body.

Recommended Supplements for Hyperthyroidism

While you work to address the underlying cause of your thyroid disease, you can ease your symptoms and support your thyroid with supplements and thyroid-calming herbs. Here are the ones I have found to be most helpful.

The Myers Way® Multivitamin is tailor-made to help promote optimal thyroid function. Having personally lived with thyroid issues, I’ve spent my career perfecting the art of supporting thyroid health for myself, and my many patients. While I custom formulated it to be the perfect multivitamin for virtually everyone, it’s tailor-made for those with thyroid dysfunction. In fact, ALL of my patients with Hypo or hyperthyroidism, including Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease, have my daily multivitamin in their treatment plans.

This specially formulated multi is the perfect companion to my second book, The Thyroid Connection, and it’s jam-packed with micronutrients in the forms your body wants, and the amounts your thyroid needs. With optimal levels of thyroid supporting minerals such as zinc, selenium, and iodine, alongside antioxidants like vitamins C and E and other free radical scavengers, no other multi on the market does more to support your thyroid!

All multivitamins arenotcreated equal! Most multivitamins are too low in key nutrients, and oftentimes, these nutrients may be missing altogether. When I custom formulated my multivitamin, I made sure to include everything you need and in a form that is readily available and useable by your body.


Select a very high-quality fiber supplement that helps with hyperthyroidism, as well as many other health conditions. It includes Glucomannan, a water-soluble fiber that research has shown to decrease levels of circulating thyroid hormones, including T3 and T4. It also helps bind toxins in your body to help your body flush them out safely.

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Because hyperthyroidism causes your body to go into overdrive, you are at a greater risk for developing certain nutritional deficiencies. Here are the supplements I recommend to overcome them.


L-carnitine is an amino acid that helps your body produce energy, and is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and other processes. When your thyroid is in hyper mode, you lose L-carnitine through your urine, so you need to replace it. Maintaining enough L-carnitine can help prevent or reverse muscle weakness and other symptoms, possibly by keeping thyroid hormones from getting into the cells of some of your body’s tissue. It is also believed to combat insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations, and tremors.


CoQ10 is found in almost every cell in your body, and serves as a powerful antioxidant that helps you convert food into energy, and protects the integrity of your cells. Studies have linked hyperthyroidism to low levels of CoQ10, so I recommend it for all of my hyperthyroid patients. You will also want to take CoQ10 if you are on any statins or beta-blockers, because they block the production of CoQ10.

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I had the pleasure of speaking with Eric Osansky, a certified medical practitioner who focuses on Grave’s disease and Hashimoto’s, about the efficacy and risks of iodine as a natural treatment for thyroid dysfunction. We also discuss how diet, infections, and stress contribute to autoimmunity.


Can functional medicine help with hyperthyroidism? ›

For patients with inadequate thyroid function, functional medicine helps to optimise hormone levels with a holistic treatment plan including diet, nutritional support, stress reduction and appropriate hormonal replacement therapy where needed.

What is the gold standard treatment for hyperthyroidism? ›

Radioactive iodine is the most widely-recommended permanent treatment of hyperthyroidism.

What is the root cause of hyperthyroidism? ›

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies produced by your immune system stimulate your thyroid to produce too much T4. It's the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules (toxic adenoma, toxic multinodular goiter or Plummer's disease).

Which doctor is best for hyperthyroidism? ›

You'll likely start by seeing your primary care doctor. However, in some cases, you may be referred immediately to a doctor who specializes in the body's hormone-secreting glands (endocrinologist). If you have eye involvement, you may also be referred to an eye doctor (ophthalmologist).

Does functional medicine work for thyroid? ›

You will be happy to learn that you may be able to treat autoimmune thyroid disease naturally by following a functional medicine approach. This means addressing the root cause of your issues and following some dietary and lifestyle strategies.

How can I naturally stabilize my thyroid? ›

Thyroid Superfoods
  1. Roasted seaweed. Seaweed, such as kelp, nori, and wakame, are naturally rich in iodine--a trace element needed for normal thyroid function. ...
  2. Salted nuts. Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts are excellent sources of selenium, which helps support healthy thyroid function. ...
  3. Baked fish. ...
  4. Dairy. ...
  5. Fresh eggs.
11 Jan 2018

What vitamins should I avoid with hyperthyroidism? ›

Iodine: Yes. Avoid it as a supplement whether you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. The effect of iodine supplements can vary by person, causing the thyroid to produce either too much or too little hormone. Certain alternative medicine websites or doctors tell patients that iodine is good for your thyroid, Dr.

What should not be eaten in hyperthyroidism? ›

A person with hyperthyroidism should avoid eating excessive amounts of iodine-rich foods, such as:
  • iodized salt.
  • fish and shellfish.
  • seaweed or kelp.
  • dairy products.
  • iodine supplements.
  • food products containing red dye.
  • egg yolks.
  • blackstrap molasses.

At what TSH level should hyperthyroidism be treated? ›

Management and Treatment

However, providers may recommend treatment for people with TSH levels persistently less than 0.1 mIU/L if they: Are 65 years or older. Are younger than 65 years and have heart disease, osteoporosis and/or symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

How do you feel when you have hyperthyroidism? ›

nervousness, anxiety and irritability. hyperactivity – you may find it hard to stay still and have a lot of nervous energy. mood swings. difficulty sleeping.

Does stress cause hyperthyroidism? ›

As mentioned earlier, hyperthyroidism isn't caused by stress, but that doesn't mean the two aren't related. For those that already have symptoms of hyperthyroidism, physical or mental stress can make them even worse.

How does hyperthyroidism affect the brain? ›

Patients with hyperthyroidism frequently have neuropsychiatric complaints such as lack of concentration, poor memory, depression, anxiety, nervousness, and irritability, suggesting brain dysfunction. However, the underlying process of these symptoms remains unclear.

What is the best treatment for hyperthyroidism? ›

Medicines called thionamides are commonly used to treat an overactive thyroid. They stop your thyroid producing excess hormones. The main types used are carbimazole and propylthiouracil. You'll usually need to take the medicine for 1 to 2 months before you notice any benefit.

How do you sleep with hyperthyroidism? ›

If you have a thyroid problem, you can do a few things on your own to get better sleep:
  1. Find a comfortable sleeping temperature. While this can be a little tricky, 65 F is a good place to start.
  2. Get into a bedtime routine. ...
  3. Limit alcohol and caffeine, and avoid heavy meals close to bedtime.
15 Jul 2021

Can thyroid function be restored? ›

Antithyroid medication, radioactive iodine, and surgery are all effective treatments and can restore thyroid function to normal. Radioactive iodine and surgery also can “cure” the hyperthyroidism by removing the thyroid.

How long does it take to balance thyroid hormones? ›

Drug therapy to normalize thyroid hormone levels can require two to three months. Generally, another year or two of continued drug therapy may be required before there is a true “remission” of the disorder. Keep in mind that drug therapy does not “cure” or bring about remission.

Is hyperthyroidism curable permanently? ›

Yes, there is a permanent treatment for hyperthyroidism. Removing your thyroid through surgery or destroying your thyroid through medication will cure hyperthyroidism. However, once your thyroid is removed or destroyed, you'll need to take thyroid hormone replacement medications for the rest of your life.

Is coffee good for thyroid? ›

Per a study in the journal Thyroid, caffeine has been found to block absorption of thyroid hormone replacement. "People who were taking their thyroid medication with their morning coffee had uncontrollable thyroid levels, and we couldn't figure it out," says Dr. Lee.

Is lemon water good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Yes. Lemon blocks the antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone, hence normalizing an overactive thyroid.

Is Turmeric Good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Furthermore, one study found that consuming daily turmeric may reduce the growth of goiters in the study population. A goiter is when the thyroid gland becomes enlarged and is a symptom of both hyper- and hypothyroidism. Goiters are less common in the United States because iodine is widely available in table salt.

What tea is good for hyperthyroidism? ›

  • Green tea (Camellia sinensis). Standardized extract, for antioxidant effects. Use caffeine-free products.
  • Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). To normalize an overactive thyroid. Steep 2 tbs. lemon balm in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and cool.

Is walking good for hyperthyroidism? ›

This doesn't mean you should avoid exercise if you have hyperthyroidism — on the contrary, it may be helpful to start off with lower intensity exercises. Walking, yoga, and tai chi fall into these categories.

What vegetables should be avoided in hyperthyroidism? ›

“They can be problematic if not cooked and not consumed as only part of a healthy diet,” Feit explains. For this reason, foods like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage are not recommended for hyperthyroidism.

Is egg good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Hyperthyroidism is an increase in thyroid hormone levels. The best foods to eat if you have hyperthyroidism are low-iodine foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, egg whites, nuts and honey.

What is a dangerously high TSH level? ›

A TSH over 10 mIU/L has been linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease and heart failure, which is why you'll probably want to seek treatment if your TSH is close to (but still under) that upper limit.

Why am I gaining weight if I have hyperthyroidism? ›

Increased appetite

Along with increased metabolism and energy, hyperthyroidism usually increases appetite. So, if your body is taking in substantially more calories, you may gain weight even if your body is using more energy.

What is considered mild hyperthyroidism? ›

Subclinical hyperthyroidism is defined by a low or undetectable serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level, with normal free thyroxine (T4) and total or free triiodothyronine (T3) levels.

Can hyperthyroidism affect eyesight? ›

Many cases are mild and get better as your overactive thyroid is treated, but for around 1 in every 20 to 30 cases there's a risk of vision loss. If you experience eye problems, you'll probably be referred to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) for treatment, such as eye drops, steroid medicine or possibly surgery.

What are 3 symptoms of hyperthyroidism? ›

The symptoms of hyperthyroidism can vary from person to person and may include:
  • Nervousness or irritability.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Trouble tolerating heat.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Tremor, usually in your hands.
  • Rapid and irregular heartbeat.
  • Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea.
16 Jun 2021

Can you be hospitalized for hyperthyroidism? ›

Thyroid crisis (storm) is a sudden worsening of hyperthyroidism symptoms that may occur with infection or stress. Fever, decreased alertness, and abdominal pain may occur. People need to be treated in the hospital.

Can emotional trauma cause hyperthyroidism? ›

PTSD was not associated with risk of Graves' hyperthyroidism (p-trend = 0.34). Associations were similar in sensitivity analyses restricted to outcomes with onset after 2008, when PTSD was assessed.

What emotion is connected to the thyroid? ›

Yes, thyroid disease can affect your mood — primarily causing either anxiety or depression. Generally, the more severe the thyroid disease, the more severe the mood changes. If you have an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), you may experience: Unusual nervousness.

How can I calm my hyperthyroidism anxiety? ›

You can take thyroid supplements to restore your hormone levels to normal. Beta blockers. These drugs slow your heart rate and reduce tremors and anxiety. They can be used with other forms of treatment.

Does hyperthyroidism affect memory? ›

Thyroid hormone has important effects on brain/cognitive functioning. Severe thyroid disease, either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, is associated with cognitive deficits such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating and “brain fog”.

What can hyperthyroidism be mistaken for? ›

In older adults, hyperthyroidism is sometimes mistaken for depression link or dementia link. Older adults may have different symptoms, such as loss of appetite or withdrawal from people, than younger adults with hyperthyroidism.

Can hyperthyroidism cause dementia? ›

Hyperthyroid conditions are associated with a greater risk of dementia compared to euthyroidism. Rotterdam's study has shown a threefold increase in dementia and Alzheimer's disease in those with reduced TSH levels.

What should thyroid levels be functional medicine? ›

The National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry released data indicated that more than 95% of normal individuals have a TSH level below 2.5 mlU/L. Many Functional Medicine practitioners target an optimal TSH of 0.5-2.5 in most of their adult clients.

How can I balance my thyroid and adrenals naturally? ›

  1. Get enough sleep. If you feel tired, raise your hand. ...
  2. Avoid stimulants. ...
  3. Learn to manage stress. ...
  4. Practice active stress reduction. ...
  5. Support your adrenals with good nutrition. ...
  6. Support your adrenals with supplements. ...
  7. Get moving. ...
  8. Stay hydrated.
3 Jul 2018

How long does it take to balance thyroid hormones? ›

Drug therapy to normalize thyroid hormone levels can require two to three months. Generally, another year or two of continued drug therapy may be required before there is a true “remission” of the disorder. Keep in mind that drug therapy does not “cure” or bring about remission.

How does Ashwagandha affect the thyroid? ›

Ashwagandha appears to stimulate your endocrine system, boosting thyroid hormone levels by reducing cortisol ( 6 ).

What is the TSH level of hyperthyroidism? ›

A low TSH level—below 0.4 mU/L—indicates an overactive thyroid, also known as hyperthyroidism. This means your body is producing an excess amount of thyroid hormone. What causes high TSH levels? A high TSH level—above 4.5 mU/L—indicates an underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism.

What is considered a dangerously high TSH level? ›

A TSH over 10 mIU/L has been linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease and heart failure, which is why you'll probably want to seek treatment if your TSH is close to (but still under) that upper limit.

How can I increase my TSH levels naturally? ›

Best Ways to Improve Thyroid Function and Health
  1. Exercise. Exercise naturally boosts metabolism. ...
  2. Eat More of These. Iodine is needed for the body to be able to produce the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) that activates the thyroid. ...
  3. Eat Less of These. ...
  4. Get a Blood Panel Evaluation.
14 Jan 2015

How do you reset your adrenal glands? ›

These “building blocks” are integral in the context of your body being in a position to naturally heal your overworked adrenal glands.
  1. Eat Meal Within an Hour After Waking. ...
  2. Skip Processed Foods. ...
  3. Say No to High Impact Exercise. ...
  4. Say Yes to Fresh Air. ...
  5. Take B Vitamins. ...
  6. Get Lots of Sleep. ...
  7. Include Protein. ...
  8. No Caffeine.
20 Apr 2021

Can emotional trauma cause thyroid problems? ›

Conclusions: PTSD was associated with higher risk of hypothyroidism in a dose-dependent fashion. Highlighted awareness for thyroid dysfunction may be especially important in women with PTSD.

Can hyperthyroidism return to normal? ›

If you are diagnosed with subclinical overactive thyroid, you may not need treatment. In most cases, the reduced level of TSH in your blood returns to normal within a couple of months and your subclinical hyperthyroidism will resolve by itself.

How do you balance hyperthyroidism? ›

Hyperthyroidism is often treated with antithyroid drugs, which stop the overproduction of thyroid hormone. If antithyroid drugs don't improve the state of the thyroid gland, hyperthyroidism could be treated with radioactive iodine. In some cases, the thyroid gland might be surgically removed.

What does ashwagandha do for female? ›

What are the benefits of ashwagandha for women? In addition to helping the body adapt to stress, ashwagandha has many benefits for women including gentle hormone balancing and reproductive support. It also assists with improving mood and supporting cognitive function.

When should I take ashwagandha for thyroid? ›

Take ashwagandha at bedtime for optimal thyroid health. (Note - Pregnant women should avoid ashwagandha as it may cause miscarriage. If you're taking sedatives or antidepressants, make sure to check with your doctor before combining with medical herbs like ashwagandha, as it may increase the effects.

Are there natural alternatives to levothyroxine? ›

The natural alternative to levothyroxine is a natural desiccated thyroid extract from animal sources. Armour Thyroid contains a natural form of thyroid hormone that comes directly from the thyroid gland of pigs. Certain vitamins and supplements are natural options that may help manage hypothyroidism.


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