Hashimoto's Disease -- Causes and Top 10
Natural Remedies
Related Links

Underactive Thyroid?-Causes and Top 10 Natural Remedies
Goiter -Causes and Top 10 Remedies
Adrenal Fatigue -Why You Wake Up Tired

Graves Disease-Symptoms and Remedies That Help
Swollen Tongue -Causes and Top 10 Natural Remedies
Geographic Tongue -Causes and Cures
Swollen Lymph Nodes-Causes and Remedies
Tongue Color -What It Means
Swollen Ankles-Causes and Cures
Leg Swelling-Top 10 Reasons Why One or Both or Your Legs Swell
Swollen Hands-Causes and Cures
Night Cramps-- Why Your Legs Seize Up At Night
Tight Bras and Briefs-Health Dangers
Blood Pressure-What It Means
Foods That Reduce Blood Pressure
Best Breakfast to Lower Blood Pressure
Dry Mouth --Causes and Cures
March 29, 2011, last updated June 12, 2013

By Louise Carr,  Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

[Health and certified articles are reviewed by Registered Nurses,
Certified fitness trainers and other members of our Editorial Boards.]




Are you tired all the time? Have you been gaining weight and
you're not sure why? Do you have difficulty concentrating?
Many conditions cause tiredness, sluggishness, weight gain
and difficulty concentrating. But there is one immune
disorder that you may not have considered that may explain
what's going on. All these symptoms could be caused by
"Hashimoto’s disease", a disorder of the thyroid.

Hashimoto’s disease, or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is named
after Dr. Hakaru Hashimoto who first described it in 1912. In
Hashimoto’s disease, your immune system creates antibodies
that attack, inflame and damage your thyroid gland, a small
butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. The
damaged thyroid is unable to produce enough thyroid
hormone. There are 1 out of every 182 people in the US have
Hashimoto's disease, according to the authoritative book on
the disease by Rose and Mackay, "The AutoImmune
Diseases". The American Accreditation HealthCare
Commission states Hashimoto’s disease affects between 0.1
and five percent of all adults in Western countries. Women
are 5 times more likely than men to suffer from this disease.

Hashimoto’s disease often leads to an underactive thyroid –
hypothyroidism. As Mayo Clinic and other experts report,
Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of
hypothyroidism in the United States. Hypothyroidism causes
all your bodily functions to slow down – from brain function
to heart rate and the rate your body turns food into energy.

What Are The Symptoms of Hashimoto Disease?

You probably won’t realize you have Hashimoto’s disease or
hypothyroidism at first. Initial symptoms are mild and last a
long time. They include fatigue, weight gain and difficulty
concentrating. But over time symptoms can grow to be
severe and affect all the organs in your body. (Read more to
find out
reasons you are always tired.)

More obvious signs and symptoms of Hashimoto's disease
include increased sensitivity to the cold, pale and dry skin,
constipation, hoarse voice, puffy face, muscle aches and pain
in the joints. Will you notice a different shape to your
thyroid? Most often the thyroid enlarges only a little with
Hashimoto’s disease, and causes the front of your neck to
appear swollen.

What Are The Causes of Hashimoto’s Disease?

Experts don’t know why the immune systems attacks the
thyroid like it does – could it be a virus or bacterium, or a
genetic flaw? Some people are more at risk of Hashimoto’s
disease than others, according to experts, which is due to
their genes. Hashimoto’s disease tends to cluster in families.
A 1967 paper by Hall and Stanbury published in the Journal
of Clinical and Experimental Immunology noted thyroid
abnormalities with clinical outcomes were observed in 33
percent of offspring of patients with Hashimoto disease or
Graves' Disease.

Scientists are still looking to isolate the particular gene or
genes responsible. Sex hormones may also play a part –
women are more likely to get Hashimoto’s disease than men
and sex hormones may explain this statistic. Pregnancy
affects the thyroid gland and some women have problems
with their thyroid after having a baby. Radiation exposure
has been demonstrated to cause autoimmune thyroid
diseases. Are you at risk of Hashimoto’s disease? What can
you do to prevent Hashimoto’s disease?

Who Suffers From Hashimoto’s Disease?

You’re much more likely to suffer from Hashimoto’s disease if
you’re a woman – Hashimoto’s disease is around seven times
more common in women than men according to eMedicine.
com, although men and even children do suffer from
Hashimoto’s disease. The condition is more common in
middle age and later years.  

Is Hashimoto’s Disease Dangerous?

If you don’t treat hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s
disease, you could be storing up problems for later life.
Untreated Hashimoto’s disease can increase your risk of
heart disease, leave you at higher risk of having a baby born
with birth defects, and make you depressed. Your enlarged
thyroid may make it more difficult to speak or swallow.

The condition may be difficult to spot but you benefit if you
catch Hashimoto’s disease early. According to a 2011 study,
even if your levels of thyroid hormone are still normal,
Hashimoto’s disease can decrease your quality of life. The
study from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria found
women with Hashimoto’s disease had symptoms like fatigue,
irritability and weight gain even when their thyroid function
was normal.

What can you do if you have Hashimoto’s disease? Doctors
usually replace thyroid hormones with synthetic hormones.
Oral levothyroxine is the most common drug to take. But are
there any natural remedies you can try? What works well to
combat the symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease and
subsequent hypothyroidism? We’ve checked out the latest
medical research for the natural remedies most likely to help
you.

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Hashimoto's Disease


























1. Natural Thyroid Hormone to Treat Hashimoto’s Disease

While synthetic levothyroxine is doctor-recommended, many
experts claim thyroid hormone from the thyroid glands of
pigs is just as effective in treating Hashimoto’s disease and
hypothyroidism. Studies haven’t found this natural thyroid
hormone, sold under prescription as Armour Thyroid, to be
better than the synthetic, but many people prefer to take it
as a more natural alternative to synthetic hormones.

2.
Selenium is a Treatment for Hashimoto’s Disease

Selenium supports your thyroid. Selenium, the trace mineral
that we use to produce antioxidants that works with Vitamin
E, may be a remedy for hypothyroidism, according to 2010
research from Papageorgiou General Hospital, Thessaloniki,
Greece. Researchers found selenium supplementation
resulted in significantly lower thyroid autoantibodies (the
chemicals that attack the thyroid in Hashimoto’s disease) and
improvements in wellbeing and mood. Foods rich in selenium
include meat, seafood and dairy, as well as wheat germ, nuts,
oats, bran, whole wheat bread, brown rice and orange juice.

3.
Bacopa monnieri For Hashimoto’s Disease?

The flower Bacopa monnieri grows throughout Southern
Asia and is reportedly useful for stimulating the thyroid. A
2002 study from Devi Ahilya University, India found an
extract of B. monnieri increased quantities of thyroid
hormone in male mice. Bacopa monnieri is used in traditional
Indian Ayurveda medicine to assist the mind and enhance
awareness.

4.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine as a Hashimoto’s
Disease Treatment

Chinese herbal medicine is a traditional means of treating the
diseases and conditions that affect our bodies. According to
some studies, Chinese herbal medicine helps treat
hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease. For example, a
1988 study by Kuang Ankun et al entitled “Observation on
curative effects of Chinese herb and Western drug therapies
for primary hypothyroidism” used tablets with codonopsis
and astragalus, and epimedium, curculigo, and cuscuta to
treat the condition, resulting in improved symptoms, and
increased thyroid hormone.

5.
Can Zinc Treat Hashimoto’s Disease?

Zinc may help fight Hashimoto's disease. According to
research (including a 1979 study by Hartoma, Sotaniemi and
Maattanen entitled “Effect of zinc on some biochemical
indices of metabolism”), thyroid hormone levels are lower in
people who also have lower blood levels of zinc. Does zinc
deficiency account for incidences of Hashimoto’s disease?
Our Western diet is marginally low in zinc but more research
is needed to see if zinc supplements could be useful in
preventing hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease.

6.
Be Careful With Iodine When Treating Hashimoto’s Disease

Iodine deficiency causes low thyroid levels, so you may think
that by taking iodine supplements or eating lots of seaweed
will increase your thyroid levels and ward off hypothyroidism.

Be careful – if you’re not deficient in iodine (and most of us
aren’t), iodine supplements won’t help and may actually
cause hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism (overactive
thyroid), according to 1991 research from the University of
Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, Wales.  

7.
Foods to Avoid If You Have Hashimoto’s Disease

If you’re taking levothyroxine for Hashimoto’s disease and
hypothyroidism, experts advise you to avoid some foods that
affect the drug’s absorption.

Risky foods include a lot of soy, or a very high-fiber diet.
According to a 1988 study from the Hazard Evaluation
Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency vegetables
like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower
contain natural "goitrogens" – thyroid gland-enlarging
chemicals that interfere with your thyroid hormones.

Soy, sweet potatoes, maize, millet and lima beans are also
goitrogens. Doctors advise against large quantities of these
foods if you already have hypothyroidism, but bear in mind
eating these healthy foods has not been proven to cause
hypothyroidism.

8.
Vitamin A as a Hashimoto’s Disease Remedy

A few studies claim people with hypothyroidism have a lesser
ability to convert beta-carotene to Vitamin A (including a
1993 study from Krankenhauses der Barmherzigen Brüder
Graz-Eggenberg, Germany.) Some doctors suggest
supplementing with Vitamin A if you have hypothyroidism
and you don’t get enough of the vitamin in your diet.

9.
Acupuncture Helps You Combat Hashimoto’s Disease

Acupuncture is an ancient art and suggested as treatment for
a range of diverse conditions. Acupuncture can treat
hypothyroidism, experts claim.

One 1993 study from the Shanghai Medical University in
China tested acupuncture on 32 patients with
hypothyroidism for one year and found symptoms were
improved at the end of the study period. Acupuncture is also
reported to reduce symptoms of stress and depression that
can come along with Hashimoto’s disease and
hypothyroidism. (Read more about
natural remedies for
hypothyroidism.)

10.
Can Too Much Vitamin B3 Cause Problems with
Hypothyroidism?

A 1995 study from National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda,
Maryland found 2.6g of Vitamin B3 (niacin) lowered thyroid
hormone levels, so should you stop taking Vitamin B3
supplements if you have Hashimoto’s disease?

Seek medical advice – in this study the patients didn’t
experience hypothyroidism after a year and longer but in
another 1992 case report from the Mayo Clinic one person
was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after taking niacin for
high cholesterol.




Related:

Under-active Thyroid?-Foods and Vitamins That Help
Goiter -Causes and Cures

Swollen Lymph Nodes-Causes and Remedies / Swollen
Ankles-Causes and Cures /Tight Bras and Briefs-Health
Dangers /Swollen Hands-Causes and Cures/Night Cramps/
Night Sweats


You Might Also Like:
Why Americans Read in Bathrooms-The Hidden Epidemic of
Constipation
Tongue Color -What It Means
Foods That Lower Your Blood Pressure

Night Cramps--Why Your Legs Seize Up At Night
Snoring Increases Stroke Risk 67%
What Causes Snoring
Can't Sleep-Here's Help
Heavy Snoring Linked to Alzheimer's Risk
Child Snoring Different from Adults-Possibly An Allergic Type
Disease
Snorers Cost Spouses 2 Years of Lost Sleep
UCLA Center for Sleep Research
Lose 10lbs -A Simple Plan for The Rest of Us
Why Your Dog Snores
My Heart Attack
Adrenal Fatigue-Why You Wake Up Tired










Diet and Fitness

Current and best sources
of nutrition advice and
recipes.

How Much Is Too   Much
Salt?

How Much Salt Is In My
Food?

Sodium Content of
Common Foods

Isolation-TheSilent Killer

Can't Sleep-Here's Help
I Have High Blood
Pressure!

Foods That Lower Your
Blood Pressure

Bowels Are Key to Health

Intestines-Keep Them
Healthy

Onions Prevent Heart
Disease

Coffee Fights Cancer

10 Easy Tips To Turn

Inflammation

Fat--It's Alive!

TasteBuds--The Secret to
Losing Weight

Diabetes

Lifespans of Americans

Glycemic Index Links

Why We Go Soft In the
Middle

Why Europeans Are
Thinner

Brain Health

Links
Stategies on improving
cognitive function,
memory, acuity, including
crossword puzzles

Links and Resources


Home  > Conditions  > Thyroid
Problems >You Are Here
COLLECTIVE
WIZDOM.COM

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Life
Oprah Winfrey is one of many famous
people who suffers from thyroid disorders
such as Hashimoto's disease. Winfrey
came forward in 1997 to disclose her
condition that causes sleeplessness and
accelerated weight gain.

About Us

Register

Privacy Policy

Editorial Policy

Meet Our Medical  and Fitness Team

Contact Us

Disclaimer : All information on www.collectivewizdom.com is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. For
specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, please consult your doctor.  

(c) copyright collectivewizdom.com 2007 -2014 and all prior years. All rights reserved.
Collectivewizdom,LLC is located at 340 S Lemon Ave #2707 Walnut, CA 91789  
Subscribe in a reader
Related Links
Graves Disease-Symptoms and Top 10 Natural Remedies
Underactive Thyroid-Causes and Top 10 Natural Remedies
Goiter -Causes and Top 10 Remedies
Adrenal Fatigue -Why You Wake Up Tired
Swollen Tongue -Causes and Top 10 Natural Remedies
Geographic Tongue -Causes and Cures
Swollen Lymph Nodes-Causes and Remedies
Tongue Color -What It Means
Swollen Ankles-Causes and Cures
Leg Swelling-Top 10 Reasons Why One or Both or Your Legs
Swell
Swollen Hands-Causes and Cures
Night Cramps-- Why Your Legs Seize Up At Night
Tight Bras and Briefs-Health Dangers
Blood Pressure-What It Means
Foods That Reduce Blood Pressure
Best Breakfast to Lower Blood Pressure
Dry Mouth --Causes and Cures
Orange juice is rich in selenium, which
combats the symptoms of Hashimoto's
disease
.