When your thyroid gland becomes enlarged, the term goiter describes the swelling, the Cleveland Clinic reports. Your thyroid gland, located in your neck, becomes larger when growths occur within the thyroid gland. This health problem caused by poor iodine intake requires treatment. Before starting an herbal treatment, talk to your doctor.
Garlic, an herb used to enhance taste in spaghetti sauces, also contains therapeutic effects for your thyroid problems, nutritional therapist Gale Maleskey states in her tome, "Nature's Medicines: The Definitive Guide to health Supplements." Garlic is known to decrease swelling in your neck caused by an enlarged thyroid. Eat garlic at least three times a week to promote wellness and to stop goiter development. You also can take garlic as a supplemental pill.
Bugleweed, oat-straw, lemon balm and horsetail help to balance the hormones secreted from your thyroid, Maleskey states. Herbs help to calm the hormonal confusion that occurs with acute stress and illness. You can take these herbs in capsule or tea form. For the manufacturer's instructions on the labels for use. As always, seek the advice of your physician before starting an herbal supplement for your thyroid.
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