The thyroid is a small gland in the neck just below the Adam’s apple. Its primary function is to produce hormones that influence most of the metabolic functions of the body. Three primary problems can occur for a variety of reasons and with a variety of symptoms.
Hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, not producing sufficient hormones may lead to obesity, joint pain, infertility, and heart disease. This disorder is most common among women, over 50. The unbalance in the body from an underactive thyroid can develop slowly and initially be unnoticed but left unattended over time can lead to more serious situations. Symptoms can include tiredness, depression, lack of concentration, feeling cold, constipation, muscle cramps, weight gain, increased menstrual flow, more frequent periods, itchy skin, thinning hair. Causes of hypothyroidism are identified as:
• Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – This is an autoimmune disease wherein the body attacks the tissue of the thyroid. The resulting inflammation and damage to the tissue results in reduced amounts or cessation of the hormones normally generated by the thyroid. This is the most common of hypothyroid disorders and occurs primarily in middle aged females but is also seen in men and children.
• Thyroid removal – The thyroid may be surgically or chemically removed to correct hyperthyroidism and hormonal balance must be achieved by other means.
• Iodine exposure – Exposure to excessive amounts of iodine and damage thyroidal tissue and result in hypothyroidism. Iodine can come from many medications for heart, cold, and sinus conditions as well as those use for some X-ray procedures.
Hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid, this can significantly accelerate the body’s metabolism, causing sudden weight loss, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, and nervousness or irritability. Symptoms can include insomnia, anxiety, irritability, bulging eyes, weakness in arms/legs, shaky hands, frequent bowel movements, weight loss, racing heart beat, premature grey hair, lighter menstrual flow, less frequent periods. Various forms of hyperthyroidism include:
• Graves’ disease – This is also an autoimmune disorder wherein there is too much production of the thyroid hormone. It is more prevalent among females and is the most common thyroid disorder among children and adolescents.
• Toxic adenomas – Over activity may also come from nodules forming that secrete excess thyroid hormone or an inflammation may occur that causes the gland to “leak” the excess. Goiters that form may contain several nodules.
• Subacute thyroiditis – This is a temporary inflammation of the thyroid that causes excess hormones and is usually temporary lasting a few weeks to a few months.
Thyroid nodules themselves may form. They may be solid or fluid filled lumps that form within the thyroid. Most nodules are not serious and may even go unnoticed. Small percentages are cancerous and require serious attention.
Oils, blends & products recommended:
Oils & Blends: Balance, clove, Deep Blue, geranium, lemongrass, myrrh, peppermint
Essential oils based products: GX Assist, Life Long Vitality supplements, PB Assist
Start with strengthening the body systems with any thyroid issue:
• GX Assist for cleansing
• PB Assist to rebuild probiotics
• Lifelong Vitality supplements
• The AromaTouch Technique is an additional way to strengthen and balance the body
Hypo or Hyper thyroidism
• Balance and geranium
• Lemongrass and myrrh
• Alternate the above two combinations weekly. Apply them directly to the thyroid area, the reflexology points on the feet (great toes), and on the wrists multiple times per day
• Some also suggest peppermint and clove
• Sandalwood applied topically to the thyroid area
• Pain – dilute Deep Blue and apply topically
• Tiredness and depression – Elevation, citrus oils, peppermint
• Anxiety and irritability – Balance and melissa
Consistency of application is important.
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- How can I tell if I have a problem with my thyroid gland? (zocdoc.com)
- Evaluating Your Thyroid Disease Risk (everydayhealth.com)
- Is Your Thyroid Overactive? (everydayhealth.com)
- Dealing With an Underactive Thyroid (everydayhealth.com)
- Check Your Thyroid! (pt5.psychologytoday.com)