Your doctor has told you that you are suffering from Graves Disease, which, according to him, meant a hyperactive thyroid.
He has prescribed a course of drugs but has also told you that if these do not work within a specified time limit, you may have to consider going for Radioactive Iodine therapy or surgery to remove the thyroid gland.
You are aware that drugs themselves cause adverse side-effects. Removal of the thyroid gland would lead to impairment of the body’s several functions, this being a very vital organ in a human being.
Hence it is in your interest to look towards other, less severe, but equally effective forms of therapy, such as Natural Therapy, whereby you can avoid deleterious side effects of drugs and avoid unnecessary expenditure on Radioactive therapy or surgery, ultimately leave you more harmed than healed.
A person suffering from Graves Disease (named after Robert Graves, who first described the symptoms)would exhibit several hyperthyroidism symptoms, such as moodiness, excess anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, and difficulty focusing on one’s attention.
It can also cause goiter, insomnia, large eyeballs which seem to pop out of the eye sockets, Watering of the eyes, skin resembling orange peel, increased appetite, muscle weakness, irregular heartbeat, fatigue, and other major problems as well.
In extreme cases, it causes swelling of the hands and feet’ soft tissues, resulting in ‘clubbing.’ It is detected using blood tests for T3, T4, TSH levels, and radioactive iodine uptake.
Graves Disease is an autoimmune disorder wherein the immune system produces antibodies against itself.
In most cases, it is the endocrine glands, such as the thyroid gland which are the target of the immune system disorder, but even blood vessels and connective tissue, joints, etc. can be thus damaged;
When it attacks the thyroid, it causes the gland to produce excessive amounts of hormones, throwing out of gear the balance between the T3, T4 hormones, and Thyroid-stimulating Hormone and with that, all the areas controlled by the thyroid which are many; The level of TSH goes down, while those of T3 and T4 rise abnormally.
The condition is not life-threatening in itself, but in advanced stages, it can lead to other severe conditions, not excluding atrial fibrillation and congestive heart disease among the elderly.
Research has not yet been able to establish exactly the reason for the immune system’s inability to distinguish between healthy body tissues and toxic matter.
It is, however, known that some people are genetically predisposed to this condition. Many theories have been put forward as to why the thyroid should affect one’s mental makeup or why it should affect the eyes or nervous system.
But apart from the fact that it is a genetic disorder, there is no explanation yet as to the basic reason for the immune system to attack healthy cells.
While it is possible to heal yourself from Graves’s disease with natural medicine, it is important in this particular case to consult a Natural Endocrinologist and work in conjunction with him/her to achieve the best results.
There are several herbs and natural substances by taking which you can restore normalcy to your thyroid gland. Still, it is important to know which would suit your particular case best. This condition also needs monitoring so that you are neither hypo nor hyperthyroid and a professional natural therapist best does this.
Supplements of the following are useful in the treatment of Graves disease:
Bugleweed – This helps to restore the heart rate and get rid of palpitations, which could be one of the symptoms of this disease
Siberian Ginseng – This herb is an overall rejuvenator but can especially help one maintain one’s stress levels in order, which is important in treating Graves’s disease.
Vitamin D – also plays a role in restoring the normalcy of the thyroid gland.
Half an hour of Sunshine per day or supplements can be taken as prescribed.
Iodine – Contrary to popular belief, it is iodine deficiency which is responsible for hyperthyroidism. Supplementation is necessary after its deficiency is confirmed through tests.
Selenium – This mineral is required to convert T4 to T3, and any deficiency can be made good by chewing some Brazil nuts in the raw form daily.
B Vitamins, Magnesium, and good quality Omega 3 fatty acids are other substances required for the thyroid gland’s healthy functioning. Still, as suggested, it is best to consult a professional who will guide you correctly w.r.t. which supplements are best for you and in what doses.