Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which an overactive thyroid gland produces excessive amounts of thyroid hormones that circulate in the blood.
Hyperthyroidism is usually caused by Grave's disease, a functioning adenoma of the thyroid gland, excessive intake of thyroid hormones, abnormal secretion of thyroid stimulating hormone, thyroiditis and an excessive iodine intake.
Grave's disease is the commonest cause of hyperthyroidism and is precipitated by stress, smoking, radiation to the neck, medications and viral infections. Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive sweating, heat intolerance, increased bowel movements, tremor, nervousness, agitation, palpitation, weight loss, fatigue, decreased concentration, and an irregular and scanty menstrual flow.
Medicines need to be taken for a long time in order to have a good and long lasting effect. Thyroid hormones regulate the metabolism of cells and therefore have a direct effect on the entire body.
Hyperthyroidism, left untreated, can have disastrous consequences in terms of both morbidity and mortality. This condition should therefore be taken seriously.
The Ayurvedic treatment of hyperthyroidism as in any disease is aimed at controlling the symptoms and treating the basic cause or pathology of the disease.

Some herbs that are useful for Hyperthyroidism are:
  • Haritaki
  • Amalaki
  • Nimba
  • Guduchi
  • Gukshur
  • Triphala-gulgulu

Since Graves disease is an auto-immune disease other herbs that are useful:
  • Ashwagandha
  • Shatavari
  • Tulsi
  • Bala

This is only a list of herbs that are useful. Always check with an Ayurvedic Practitioner prior to changing diet, routine or supplements.

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