The human metabolism is a well-oiled mechanism, hardly giving any evidence of the intricate mechanisms involved. To keep all the organs in a fine shape and to keep them purring along at a certain pace, there is a gland in the body — the Thyroid Gland which takes care of this function.
The thyroid gland produces two hormones T3 and T4 which when secreted keep the organs working in fine shape. To see that the thyroid gland does its job well, the pituitary gland in the brain, ‘master of the endocrine orchestra’, produces the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). For any reason if the gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones, the pituitary pushes more of TSH into the circulation to prod it along. In spite of the efforts of the pituitary gland, if the thyroid hormones are still deficient, hypothyroidism sets in.
If a person complains of tiredness even after a good night’s sleep and if s/he finds himself/herself lethargic during the course of the day, or if s/he feels tired easily on slightest exertion, s/he needs to be checked for Hypothyroidism. If the patient feels sleepy during the day and lacks energy all the time s/he could be heading to this issue. These persons could have difficulty in concentrating on their job and could suffer from poor memory.If an otherwise sober woman finds herself being irritated and angered at trifles and linger into bouts of anxiety and depression, she needs to be watched for this condition. In spite of best efforts at exercise, such people cannot lose weight easily.Such persons could develop vague pains in the joints while tendons of wrists are the usually affected.If there is a tendency for low temperature most of the time, it could indicate such a condition.These people tend to develop a sudden tendency for dry skin with brittle nails and excessive hair lossWomen tend to find their menstrual cycles to get erratic with premenstrual symptoms more accentuated in such a condition.A woman having difficulty in trying to conceive should be primarily checked for this condition. No surprise to find a low sex drive associated with it too.Hoarseness of voice, swelling of external throat could indicate such an issue.
In such a scenario, a blood test for thyroid hormones need to be done and, if there is an aberration, some simple homeopathic medicines over a period of time can do the trick and avoid lifelong supplementation. Remedies like Natrum mur, Argentum nitricum, Causticum, Iodum, Thyroidin, Conium, Calcarea carb, etc., help to see that the thyroid tissue is stimulated to secrete the necessary hormone and ward off hypothyroidism.
There are certain foods like cauliflower and cabbage which can restrict the absorption of iodine into the body and worsen hypothyroidism. They should, therefore, be restricted to a certain extent. Supplementation with Iron, Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 needs to be done when warranted as hypothyroidism does not improve otherwise.
People suffering with stress are likely to plunge into this condition and so, means to avoid stress need to be considered. Sleep needs to improve while the digestive system needs to be in good shape for the patient to recover from this condition at the earliest, along with the safe homeopathic dilutions.