The thyroid is part of the endocrine system. A system of glands that help to produce and regulate hormones in the body. The thyroid helps to regulate metabolism. It also produces three hormones that help to regulate the body's internal energy. Therefore, it can be easily seen when it's deficient, the body is cold, there is tiredness and fatigue and when it's running high, the body gets hot and sweaty and a person can have trouble sleeping. Here is a more comprehensive list of symptoms and herbs to help regulate the hormones and metabolism.
Symptoms of HYPOthyroidism
fatigue and tiredness
trouble losing weight
cold extremities and difficulty staying warm
irregular menstrual cycle
Herbs to help support HYPOthyroidism
bladderwack (a seaweed)
nettle seed and herb
seaweed such as dulse, kelp, nori*
You can also take tyrosine, an amino acid supplement that works with the iodine in the seaweed and bladderwack to support the thyroid.
Symptoms of HYPERthyroidism
increased body temperature
increase of blood sugar
increase of heart rate and blood pressure
don't need very much sleep
Herbs to help support HYPERthyroidism
*Use kelp cautiously in Hashimoto's syndrome or other autoimmune thyroid conditions
**Do not use bugleweed when pregnant or breastfeeding.
***Do not use motherwort, myrrh or lemon balm when pregnant, uterine stimulant.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. The hyper or hypo functioning of the thyroid can be very serious. You should consult a doctor to have lab tests done to diagnose a thyroid disorder. Always consult a physician before starting any herbal supplements.