Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Can an underactive thyroid be tricked?

Sometimes I want to believe that I do not have issues with my thyroid. But, the lab tests don't lie and some of the hypothyroid symptoms are real. I say some because I'm not a doctor and some of the symptoms overlap to other things. Still, some of the symptoms include fatigue, sensitivity to cold, weight gain, numbness in fingers or hands, confusion, depression, headaches, and menstrual problems.

It's a very serious disease and I've received treatment from an endocrinologist before, but it's not the case now. Since it's something that I find worrisome and really bugs me, I've looked into over the counter supplements and holistic procedures to help me. Yet, my endocrinologist was very clear with me that there is no medication out there to replace name-brand Synthroid. So I'm convinced that no no supplements or holistic treatments can completely treat my thyroid.

But hey, we're living in a modern age. Why not give it a shot anyway? We only live once and we do what we need to do to get what we need to do done.

So I found two things that won't completely interfere with my other diseases and condition. The first is something I found on the University of Maryland Medical Center site. A university website is a tad high on the reputable sources list, right?

The University of Maryland Medical Center site suggests "contrast hydrotherapy" which is the application of hot and cold to the neck where your thyroid gland is located to stimulate thyroid function. To do this, alternate three minutes with hot (I believe you can use a cloth dipped in warm water) and cold (same a cloth with cold water) for 3 minutes and 1 minute respectively. Do this in two to three sets per day.

I'm not trying that. If I can get sick with being stuck in the rain for one minute, then I'll probably lose my voice if I tried that. If I had the credentials to look at the study that procured those results I'd be wary of the number of sore throat casualties.

But this thyroid stimulation method intrigues me. Can a thyroid be tricked into activating itself? Is eating a better and balanced immune system diet going to give my body the resources for it to start working correctly? Along these lines, do essential oils help as supplement? I’m not a doctor, but as a friend says, I pretend I am. If the University of Maryland suggests “contrast hydrotherapy” then I’m going to try a holistic approach and apply essential oils to my thyroid gland.

I have a blend I’ll place in the morning topically over my thyroid gland every other day. I’m not going to claim that essential oils are the end-all approach to maintaining a healthful and balanced life. But, if they’re a supplement in a list of healthful and therapeutic habits. That’ll be fine for me.

6 comments:

  1. hi. i suffer from hypothyroidism, was diagnosed when i was 23 yrs old. I take synthroid and have it under control. wish there was a cure!

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    1. I wish there were cures for lots of things!

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  2. And even if the oils dont help they certainly not going to hurt. Or at least I've never heard of any oils that can hurt you. I would love to know what oils you are using, I'd love to try them too.I never can remember if my thyroid is under active or over? Over I'm guessing because when I was diagnosed with thyroid problems it was 18.5 when it was supposed to be in the 4.0-4.5 range.

    I look forward to hearing from you, thanks. Pam

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  3. And even if the oils dont help they certainly not going to hurt. Or at least I've never heard of any oils that can hurt you. I would love to know what oils you are using, I'd love to try them too.I never can remember if my thyroid is under active or over? Over I'm guessing because when I was diagnosed with thyroid problems it was 18.5 when it was supposed to be in the 4.0-4.5 range.

    I look forward to hearing from you, thanks. Pam

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    1. Hi Pam.

      I tried using OnGaurd by doterra. I'm not sure if it was helping or not, because I stopped after taking it for a week.

      I know there is a huge support for oils, but I'd urge people to use them with caution. I am so sensitive to everything, and my body certainly reacts so that after topically using oils, I'd feel my body try to process the oils! I felt a need to drink more water to get it processed and would even feel a difference in my urine!

      Over or under active, hope you can get your thyroid issues settled with a doctor. The thyroid gland is super important to our bodies.

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