Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, is a silent epidemic. Hypothyroid persons have low body temperatures and metabolism. This results in weight gain, depression, and elevations in cholesterol levels. What’s worse, in most cases, the problem isn’t rooted in the thyroid itself but it’s rooted in an immune system gone awry or in hypothalamic–pituitary–thyroid axis. Therefore, to cure hypothyroidism, you have to get to the source of the imbalance; in addition to taking hormone supplements as usual.
Commiphora Mukul (Guggul): This Ayurvedic herb has been studied for decades for its pro-thyroid properties. It enhances enzymatic activity in the thyroid and helps the gland to use iodine. In addition, it helps convert thyroid hormone T4 to its more bio-active partner T3 in liver.
Bauhinia variegata (Kachnar): Bauhinia Variegata increases serum T4 and T3 concentrations significantly and is a key herb in improving your sluggish thyroid. It appears that it helps the conversion of T4 to T3 hormone.
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): Chronic stress puts strain on the all-important HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) system, which results in suppressed thyroid function. This herb takes strain off the pituitary and hypothalamus, thereby stimulating thyroid activity. It has been found to increase serum T4 but not (T3) levels.
Some people also take Sea kelp or bladderwrack as dietary sources of natural iodine. However, use them only when under active thyroid can be linked to an iodine deficiency, which is rare in the Western world.
Try the three herbs we recommended above and see the difference! You can take them separately, or try the Baba Ramdev’s Kachnaar Guggul (Costs only $5.29)
Other than these herbs, don’t miss to replace your thyroid hormones. We recommend using natural desiccated thyroid but you may use Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium tablets) if it suits your body.