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Alternative treatment of the thyroid
Many unpleasant symptoms are associated with a thyroid disorder. The most common disorders involve an overactive or underactive thyroid gland. Reference levels play an important role in traditional methods of treatment. The reference levels help the doctor to regulate the thyroid gland correctly. From our experience, we believe that good therapy requires more than just the reference levels. In fact, taking all hormones into account in this context, and in particular each and every one of the patient’s symptoms, has proven to be a successful approach. Our therapy does not involve setting the reference levels “well”, rather it attaches more importance to including the specific symptoms for consideration.
The symptoms play a significant role in the treatment of the thyroid.
The functions of the thyroid gland are varied and manifold.
The thyroid acts chiefly as the engine of your body. It produces energy and decides how much of it should be made available. This means that the thyroid gland influences, among other things, our sleeping patterns, our performance, our skin, hair,
nails and our mind. That is why you will notice quickly, and in a not so pleasant manner, if your thyroid gland has stopped working properly.
Typical symptoms of a thyroid disorder:
· Weight gain
· Blood pressure fluctuations
The traditional way of determining the thyroid levels involves determining the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and the fT4 (tetraiodothyronine).
fT4 stands for free T4. For the most part, thyroid hormones are bound in our bodies and are only released if they are required. Thyroid hormones are only active in their released form. Therefore, only the free thyroid hormones fT4 and fT3 should ever be measured.
The formation of thyroid hormones is quite an exciting and complex process.
The formation of thyroid hormones is controlled by a complex regulatory circuit.
The pituitary gland in the brain releases TSH. This stimulates the thyroid and it begins to produce T4. T4 is the thyroid’s memory hormone. To produce thyroid hormones, the thyroid also needs iodine. That is why an iodine deficiency can have serious consequences.
Many people in Germany suffer from an iodine deficiency which affects the function of the thyroid. As enzymes containing selenium are also active in the formation of thyroid hormones, a selenium deficiency may also affect the function of the thyroid.
fT4 is converted into fT3 as required − this is the form that the body needs or can use.
If there is sufficient T4 or T3, a message reporting negative feedback is sent to the brain and the TSH level drops. If there is insufficient T4, the TSH level rises because it wants to give greater stimulation to the thyroid so that it produces more hormones. This is a much simplified description of the negative feedback mechanism which should illustrate for you how complex the process of regulating the thyroid is. Furthermore, this illustration also shows that there are very different processes at play, which can be disturbed and therefore cause a disorder of the thyroid.
The thyroid gland is often regulated by the two parameters TSH and fT4. This is problematic as being a reason for why too few thyroid hormones are produced because this may be due to a variety of circumstances. It may be the case that sufficient T4 is produced but that the symptoms of thyroid underfunction are still present. This is due to a conversion disorder. It is quite common to find that T4 cannot be converted into the active form of T3 due to an iodine deficiency or another physical disorder.
Standard levels can be measured for fT4 and TSH in a conversion disorder,
even though barely any or not enough fT3 is produced.
Consequently, symptoms occur that cannot be explained using traditional parameters. That is why it always makes sense to measure fT3, too. If this is not done, your thyroid levels may seem to be fine but you are still suffering the symptoms.
Another common disorder is the conversion into the reverse T3. Here an inactive form of T3 is produced. For example, as part of a traditional examination, a T3 level would appear in the normal range; however, you would still be suffering the symptoms associated with thyroid underfunction.
Due to the very complex way in which the thyroid functions, overfunction and underfunction can manifest in many different ways. The entire physiology of the thyroid gland must be carefully considered, the levels measured and, most importantly, the symptoms must be discussed in close consultation with the patient.
To ensure a holistic approach to treating the thyroid, the person’s age, life situation, and if necessary, the status of their other hormones must be taken into account. Thyroid hormones are closely linked to sex hormones. This is especially true for women because the thyroid must be in peak condition during times of pregnancy.
We would be glad to advise and support you with our holistic approach to treating your thyroid disorder.