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Goiter

 

This is the enlargement of the thyroid gland in the front of the neck.
This is to identify with the overproduction or underproduction of thyroid hormones.

What to look for

 

You may also experience an increased heart rate, nervousness, hand tremors, weight loss despite an increased appetite, elevated blood pressure, diarrhoea and muscle weakness, if you have an overactive gland, swelling at the base of the neck,
You may also experience a lower heart rate, easy weight gain, depression, tingling or numbness in your hands, lethargy, loss of hair, slowed physical and mental functions, an intolerance to cold, dry skin and constipation if your thyroid gland is under-active.
A goiter can be a temporary problem that will heal itself over a period of time without any medical treatment, or there may be a symptom of another possibly serious thyroid condition that may require medical attention. Goiter may be any one of serious types of growths in the thyroid gland that is located at the base of the neck.

Causes

 

It can happen when the thyroid gland produces either too much or not enough thyroid hormones.
If there is insufficient iodine, less hormones are produced and the gland swells in an effort to produce more. And if the swollen gland causes breathing problems it must be removed.
A thyroid growth called a sporadic goiter can form if you consume too many foods such as peanuts, soybeans, cabbage, spinach, peaches and rutabagas.

When to seek further professional advice

 

When you have a large goiter.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

 

By attempting to boost production of the thyroid hormone and correct the body’s chemical imbalance alternative therapies are treating goiters.

Chinese Herbs: this formula may help to reduce the size of the goiter, Tang-Kuei and Notoginseng root (Panax Notoginseng) but you should consult a practitioner for the correct dosages.

Herbal Therapies: To help improve an under active-thyroid condition, try using bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) three times a day. You should take it in a tablet form.

Traditional Treatment

 

You may not require treatment for the goiter, especially if it is small and has succeeded in boosting the production of the thyroid hormone. Although if the goiter develops because of the excessive thyroid hormone production, or it fails to produce enough hormones or it causes discomfort, then you should seek medical help.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

 

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-22