Many people suffering from hypothyroidism have found relief in varying degrees from the use of natural herbs and supplements. Although herbal supplements may be helpful in treating your hypothyroidism, you should talk to your doctor about them before you begin taking them. Be sure to discuss the proper dosage, possible side effects, and possible drug interactions with any current medications you take.

There are many herbs and supplements available, but here are a few herbal supplements that have shown to be effective for hypothyroidism:

  • Kelp—an underwater plant that is dark green. It possesses a high nutritional yield. It is not the same thing as seaweed as many think. Kelp contains a significant amount of iodine, calcium, iron, potassium and B-vitamins. The whole plant is used medicinally to treat numerous health problems, including hypothyroidism. If you have hyperthyroidism, you should avoid taking this herb.
  • Bladderwrack— is a type of seaweed found on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America. It too has significant levels of dietary iodine that can help under-active thyroid and sluggish metabolism associated with it.
  • Gum Guggul— It is an herb derived from the resin, or gum, of a plant that has been used medicinally for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It is said to be an antioxidant that aids in low-functioning thyroid glands.
  • Eleuthero— While it won’t directly affect the thyroid gland, it does help you adapt with stress and boost your immune system. Since many sufferers of hypothyroidism have weak adrenals from chronic stress, it can be very helpful.
  • Ashwagandha— Is definitely beneficial to those with hypothyroidism, especially when combined with Bladderwrack. It can help effect the thyroid gland as well as help you cope with stress and benefit the immune system.

Taking these herbs alone probably won’t make much of a difference in your thyroid disorder. If, however, you eat well, take the right nutritional supplements, and modify your lifestyle, then these herbs can play an important part to restoring your health.

You should note that just because these are “natural” doesn’t mean there is no danger in taking them. It is best to consult a natural endocrine doctor that is competent before you take any of the herbs. Self-treating your condition isn’t a good idea, as the odds of doing it successfully and safely are not high. If you want optimal health, you should consult with an expert.

It is also important to know that all herbs are not created equal. Low-quality herbs are always available for easy purchase. Make sure you purchase a quality herb if you want to achieve optimal results from it.