Thyroid Conditions

The importance of thyroid hormones

The thyroid is one of the most important glands of the body, producing hormones that control our energy and metabolism. Good thyroid hormone levels provide us with energy, body-warmth, fat-burning ability, healthy mood, hair growth, and healthy digestive function to name just a few!

Unfortunately, low thyroid conditions are increasingly common in Australia, and are frequently misdiagnosed, mistreated, or missed altogether.

Low Thyroid – Hypothyroidism

Low thyroid can be due to many different causes, such as prolonged stress; poor Iodine or Tyrosine levels; food intolerances; chronic inflammation plus many more.

Fortunately, at Wellness Perth Natural Medicine we have plenty to offer our patients suffering from low thyroid conditions.

The first step is to test your thyroid function to find out if you have a low thyroid condition, and to determine the reason why this is. We may initially utilise the Basal Body Temperature Test to screen for possible low thyroid function (Click to download the basal body temperature rate test).

This may be followed by blood testing for TSH, T4, T3, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies, plus urine testing for Tyrosine, Iodine and Selenium levels, which are nutrients required to produce thyroid hormones.

These advanced blood and urine tests are much more in-depth than the normal thyroid function test your local GP may test for, and we commonly find evidence of low thyroid conditions that were previously missed or left untreated.

These techniques are also designed to identify why the thyroid is not functioning correctly, allowing targeted treatment to correct your thyroid function for long-term health and wellness.

The length of time you may require natural medicine depends on the cause of your low thyroid condition. If it as simple as a low Iodine level (highly common in Australia), once we have tested your levels and know which dosage to prescribe, most patients begin to feel improvements over the first two weeks. If chronic stress has upset your thyroid and other hormones, it may take a little longer to correct the several issues that have caused your low thyroid condition.

We would love to assist you to have the maximum energy and health that you are meant to, for help with your thyroid health contact us today!

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More About Thyroid Conditions

Symptoms of low thyroid may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness and Muscle Weakness
  • Muscle Aches and Pains
  • Headaches
  • Weight Gain
  • Difficulty Losing Weight
  • Slow Metabolism
  • Poor Recovery After Exercise
  • Inability to Tolerate the Cold
  • Cold Hands and Feet
  • Poor Concentration and Memory
  • Depression and Low Mood
  • Poor Wound Healing
  • Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Overactive Thyroid - commonly Graves Disease

Overactive thyroid can be caused by an autoimmune condition, chronic inflammation, food intolerance or other issues. Natural medicine can be very effective for people suffering from overactive thyroid, often in accompaniment with your doctor’s therapy.

Symptoms of overactive thyroid include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness and Anxiety
  • Weight Loss
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heat Sensitivity
  • Muscle Weakness

Autoimmune Thyroid Conditions – Thyroid Antibodies

Thyroid antibodies are usually present in Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s and coeliac disease. It is often possible to decrease thyroid antibody levels, and even actually resolve thyroid antibody levels, utilising specific natural medicines and dietary guidelines. For patients with low antibody levels (such as less than 300), this process may take three to six months, with regular blood testing of thyroid antibody levels to assess your progress.

We would love to assist you to have the maximum energy and health that you are meant to, for help with your thyroid health contact us today!

Click to download the basal body temperature rate test

Click to download the thyroid-questionnaire

We would love to be able to assist you with thyroid health, contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.

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