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Herbal Remedies

Thyroid drugs aren't the answer for everyone. Exercise and diet, combined with the right herbal remedies, can sometimes solve the problem without a trip to the doctor.

Here are a few herbs that are beneficial for low thyroid function. Most of these will be available in your local herbal shop.



Cayenne's effect on the circulatory system can help with the major symptoms of low thyroid function. It boosts your metabolism, increases your energy levels, and warms up your hands and feet.

One of it’s other interesting properties is as a catalyst for other herbal remedies, increasing their effectiveness when added to the solution.

Ashwagandha root

Ashwagandha is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. It is classified as a Rasayana herb, meaning a herb that boosts your general health and aids longevity. It also stimulates thyroid function.

Bladderwrack (Kelp)

Kelp is a seaweed that contains significant amounts of Iodine. This important mineral can help stimulate your thyroid gland.

Research studies have actually shown how useful this seaweed is for low thyroid function.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

You probably know it from the bible story, but Myrrh is actually quite helpful for your thyroid. Made of dried tree sap, this fragrant herb stimulates your thyroid function.

Avena sativa (Green Oats)

Avena Sativa supports your nervous system, increases circulation and boosts your energy levels. All good things for the low thyroid sufferer. And as an added bonus, it can increase your libido!

Coleus Forskohlii

Clinical studies have proven that Coleus Forskohlii helps to increase the production and secretion of thyroid hormone. It also speeds metabolism, encourages fat loss and supports your immune system.

Milk thistle

Milk Thistle for your low thyroid

Milk Thistle (pictured, right) is typically taken to support the liver, but it has a stimulating effect on the thyroid gland too.

It can lower your cholesterol levels - it's actually quite common for low thyroid sufferers to have high cholesterol too.

Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh is a member of the buttercup family that stimulates thyroid hormone production.

It also balances your estrogen levels - estrogen imbalances can interfere with optimal thyroid function.

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