09 June 2009

Herbal Cures, Remedies And Treatment For Hyperthyroidism And Graves' Disease

Hyperthyroidism is a result of excess thyroid hormone
production, causing an overactive metabolism and increased speed
of all the body's processes.

Thyroid hormone generally controls the pace of all of the
processes in the body. This pace is called your metabolism. If
there is too much thyroid hormone, every function of the body
tends to speed up. The thyroid gland regulates the body
temperature by secreting two hormones that control how quickly
the body burns calories and energy. If the thyroid produces too
much hormone, the condition is called hyperthyroidism, but if
too little is produced the result is hypothyroidism.

Treating Graves' Disease or Hyperthyroidism will involve not
only psychological and physical efforts, but also it is very
important to monitor what you eat and drink. Besides the 3
popular options for treating Hyperthyroidism- anti-thyroid
drugs, RAI treatment and surgery, there are many herbs that can
dramatically improve your condition.

One of the most safety herbs that is used to treat
Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease is Lemon Balm.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is frequently used also as an
attractive edible garnish, and it can be made into a tea. The
leaves give off a delightful lemony aroma when they are crushed
or torn before the flowers appear, but the taste and odor are
altered after flowering.

Lemon balm has been historically used for treating anxiety and
heart palpitations, which are some of the most debilitating
symptoms of Hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease.

Lemon balm lowers TSH levels and has been used to treat
Hyperthyroidism and Graves disease. Rosmarinic acid in Lemon
Balm apparently binds to thyrotropin (TSH) and keeps it from
connecting with the gland. This action is relatively weak, but I
guarantee you that it will calm you down, will help your
insomnia and reduce your stress levels which is extremely
important when treating Hyperthyroidism or Grave's Disease.

Lemon Balm is used also as a remedy for insomnia or for
digestive discomfort and gas.

Lemon Balm is taken internally (usually as a tea) primarily for
relaxation. Thus, The PDR for Herbal Medicines declares it is
used for "nervous agitation, sleeping problems, and functional
gastrointestinal complaints. "Functional" problems are those
attributed in part to psychological factors such as stress.

The tea is made by pouring 1 cup of hot water over 2 g (about 2
teaspoons) of dried leaf, steeping five to ten minutes, and
straining. Two to three cups daily are usually consumed, and
there is no limit on the duration of treatment.

Another herb that is very useful for treating Graves'' Disease
and Hyperthyroidism is Bugleweed (Lycopus). Bugleweed has a
considerable folk history for treating thyroid conditions, and
modern research supports this use. This herb inhibits iodine
metabolism and reduces the amount of hormone that's produced by
thyroid cells.

Leaf extracts are more active than root extracts. The
recommended oral preparation is a tincture (alcohol extract)
rather than a tea.

Verbena (Verbena, various species). Often called vervain,
verbena seems to have similar properties as Bugleweed and Lemon
Balm. Extracts have been shown to suppress thyroid hormone
production by influencing levels of TSH in the body.

A combination of the Verbena, Lemon Balm and Bugleweed can help
tremendously people suffering from Hyperthyroidism or Graves'
Disease. No side effects or symptoms of toxicity have been
reported with none of them, but these herbs are not recommended
to be used by pregnant or breast-feeding women. In all cases -
consult a herbalist before taking any of them.

About The Author: Svetla Bankova is a former Graves' Disease
patient and the author of "Life Manual for Graves' Disease and
Hyperthyroidism" and "Thyroid Eye Disease and Its Healing"
books. For more alternative methods, natural cures and herbal
remedies visit http://www.gravesdi seasecure. com

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