Herbal treatment of Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease

Published: 08th October 2008
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Herbal remedies are a type of alternative medicine that originates from plants and plant extracts.Treating Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease with conventional methods is not always effective and safe. Herbs work directly on the organs of the body and can help the healing process.

Treating Graves' Disease or Hyperthyroidism will involve not only psychological and physical efforts, but also it is very important to monitor what you eat and drink.

One of the most safety herbs that is used to treat Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease is Lemon Balm.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is frequently used also as an attractive edible garnish, and it can be made into a tea. The leaves give off a delightful lemony aroma when they are crushed or torn before the flowers appear, but the taste and odor are altered after flowering.

Lemon balm has been historically used for treating anxiety and heart palpitations, which are some of the most debilitating symptoms of Hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease.

Lemon balm lowers TSH levels and has been used to treat Graves' disease. Rosmarinic acid in Lemon Balm apparently binds to thyrotropin (TSH) and keeps it from connecting with the gland. This action is relatively weak, but I guarantee you that it will calm you down, will help your insomnia and reduce your stress levels which is extremely important when treating Hyperthyroidism or Grave's Disease.

Lemon Balm is used also as a remedy for insomnia or for digestive discomfort and gas.

Lemon Balm is taken internally (usually as a tea) primarily for relaxation. Thus, The PDR for Herbal Medicines declares it is used for "nervous agitation, sleeping problems, and functional gastrointestinal complaints. "Functional" problems are those attributed in part to psychological factors such as stress.

The tea is made by pouring 1 cup of hot water over 2 g (about 2 teaspoons) of dried leaf, steeping five to ten minutes, and straining. Two to three cups daily are usually consumed, and there is no limit on the duration of treatment.

No side effects or symptoms of toxicity have been reported with Lemon Balm use, but this herb is not recommended to be used by pregnant or breast-feeding women.

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