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The thyroid gland regulates a wide range of systemic activities related to energy metabolism, growth, and homeostasis through the secretion of thyroid hormones.
Hypothyroidism, a condition of low thyroid function, affects one in ten individuals or about 3.7% of the population.
While medications are at the forefront of therapy, many still suffer with the symptoms of hypothyroidism despite thyroid replacement. The use of medicinal plants to stabilize thyroid function offers some hope for a more holistic treatment of hypothyroidism when used as part of a comprehensive plan that may include medication.
Medicinal plants may act though the stimulation of the production of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) or the conversion of T4 into T3 (active hormone) or by way of its antioxidant properties on the overall health and functioning of the gland.
The following plants may be included in a hypothyroid management plan:
1. Gotu Kola
The leaves from this plant contain Asiatic, asiaticoside, brahmoside, and brahmic acid all of which may stimulate the production of T4.
This plant has been found to increase T4 levels. Studies have shown it to normalize thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), T4 and T3. Botanists agree, however, that the plant may be more effective on borderline underactive thyroid than on advanced hypothyroidism but can still play a supportive role in the latter.
Ashwagandha contains steroidal alkaloids and saponin. These chemicals are involved in increasing the production of T4 hormone through converting T4 to T3 and can indirectly stimulate thyroid activity by acting on the cellular antioxidant system.
Guggul contains a sterol called guggulsterones. These sterols have a hypolipidemic effect mediated through the thyroid gland. They also increase serum T3 levels although research has been sketchy. Recent studies show that guggul supports thyroid in yet unknown ways but does increase conversion from T4 to T3.
4. Coleus forskohlii
This plant has shown to have a stabilizing effect on thyroid hormones. It also increases the production of T4 through interacting with the thyroid follicles.
5. Nigella (black cumin) seed
This plant stimulates thyroid activity by increasing the amount of T4 and is often used to treat hypothyroidism. The plant extract appears to stimulate the release of T4 directly at the glandular level but to have no peripheral action on the conversion of T4 to T3.
6. Bacopa monnieri
A research study on autoimmune thyroiditis showed Nigella seed powder to reduce thyroid stimulating hormone and to increase both T4 and T3 levels.
7. Bladder wracks
This plant contains numerous flavonoids which give it a high antioxidant activity and is also high in the nutrient iodine. It is also rich in many other vitamins and minerals essential to thyroid function such as A, D, E, K, B2, B3 and B6. It also reduces an enzyme associated with cholesterol production.
8. Blue Flag
Blue Flag, also called Versicolor, is a plant that grows wild in North America. It enhances the function of the thyroid gland by increasing the production of T3. It has been used as a detoxifying agent for many years but is specifically used to treat thyroid enlargement or goiter. It also contains volatile oils, resins, alkaloids and oleoresin.
You may notice that many of these plants contain antioxidant capabilities. Thyroid hormones regulate oxidative metabolism and play a key role in the generation of free radicals. It is well known that the synthesis of thyroid hormones is an oxidative biochemical reaction that depends on peroxide formation thus potentially, if all is not in balance, lead ultimately to oxidative damage to membrane lipids. The thyroid gland needs to be in oxidative balance. The natural antioxidants found in the plants mentioned above exert some of their effects by suppressing radical oxygen formation and preventing oxidative stress damage to the thyroid tissues.
Thus, we see how the addition of medicinal plants to an already existing regime may enhance treatment response and lower symptomatology.
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