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Thyroid Disease and Dysfunction - Hypothyroidism

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There are different types of thyroid disease and dysfunction:

.. Hashimoto's Disease or Thyroiditis (one of the most common forms of hypothyroidism, an auto-immune disease of the thyroid gland)
.. Hypothyroidism caused by a sluggish thyroid gland or thyroid gland inflammation)
.. Hypothyroidism caused by surgery or medication)
.. Hypothyroidism caused by iodine deficiency)
.. Hypothyroidism caused by dysfunction of the pituitary gland)

What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?)
.. Chronic fatigue and weakness)
.. Weight Gain or difficulty losing weight)
.. Hair loss or coarse, dry hair)
.. Dry and rough skin)
.. Intolerance to cold)
.. Abnormal menstrual cycles)
.. Decreased sex drive)
.. Memory loss)
.. Depression and irritability)
.. Constipation
.. Muscle cramps

Not all of these symptoms are always present. If you are concerned that you may have Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, always consult your doctor.

What can we do? Naturopaths have long recognized that there are very effective herbs that can help to promote healthy thyroid functioning and restore thyroid health. In conjunction with experts in the field, NR has developed Thyroid Assist, a 100 herbal remedy to assist in the treatment of hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. 'Thyroid Assist' along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, can help to promote thyroid health and bring relief from many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Thyroid Assist contains herbs that have been carefully selected for their beneficial effect on thyroid functioning, as well as on overall systemic health. Regular use of Thyroid Assist can help to restore deficient iodine levels, while also stimulating the thyroid to produce crucial thyroid hormones, thereby treating hypothyroidism. Thyroid Assist contains the following herbal extracts in therapeutic dosage:

Fucus vesiculosis, also called Bladderwrack or kelp, is a sea vegetable which is a prime source of iodine - crucial in preventing thyroid problems. Bladderwrack has been used medicinally for thousands of years, especially in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Apart from its beneficial effect on thyroid functioning, Fucus vesticulosis is also used as a metabolic stimulant and can be found in many slimming remedies.

When using kelp medicinally, always make sure that it is sourced by a reputable and trusted company. Kelp harvested from the beach or near to the coast may be contaminated with industrial waste, sewerage, lead, mercury or other toxins. Kelp used in Native Remedies Thyroid Assist has been harvested only from uncontaminated areas and screened for the presence of toxins, heavy metal sand contamination.

Avena sativa is derived from the wild oat plant and is a well known restorative and nerve tonic, used to treat depression, low libido and lack of energy, as well as hypothyroidism. More recently it has also been shown to be effective in reducing high cholesterol levels.

Coleus forskohlii is a well respected and often difficult to obtain Ayurvedic (Indian) remedy, traditionally used to treat high blood pressure. It also acts to stimulate the thyroid to release thyroid hormones and is therefore beneficial in the treatment of hypothyroidism.

Thyroid Assist has been especially formulated to:
.. Help to restore healthy thyroid functioning
.. Treat iodine deficiency causing hypothyroidism
.. Ensure adequate production of thyroid hormones
.. Assist with depression, fatigue, constipation, weight gain and other symptoms associated with hypothyroidism