By Nurse Alexandra Matkevich
Thyroid disease presents in many forms. You may be being investigated and managed for one of these common thyroid problems:
- Thyroid cyst
- Thyroid cancer
As part of your management you may have considered a complementary medicine or alternative treatment. It has been estimated that 15% of patients have tried a traditional medicine to treat an ailment, whether it is under the guidance of a medical professional or self prescribed.
Thyroid disorders seem to be routinely treated these days, with medication and surgery. Developments in medicine, close management and routine surveillance of thyroid issues- such as regular blood tests are how you and your healthcare team can manage your thyroid problem. To achieve best results and keep you healthy, dosages and therapeutic ranges are narrow. It is very important to communicate with your doctor about all of the medications you take, including CAMS.
On the internet, there are many anecdotal accounts of persons who have been ‘cured’ of their thyroid disease without drugs or surgery. Types of therapy include positive thinking, quantum healing, homeopathy and nutritional medicine. Some people also report using these as adjunct to traditional treatment. However, some thyroid problems require management and may not be cured. If you have a thyroid concern, it is wise to get it evaluated by a medical professional before commencing any complementary therapy, or abandoning your current treatment.
CAMS and Thyroid Disorders
Recent case reports highlight patients with a history of thyroid disease, presenting with hyperthyroidism. Upon further investigation, patients were found to be using a traditional Chinese medicine [TCM] remedy containing various kelps. They were prescribed by a traditional Chinese medicine doctor for hyperthyroidism. Kelp contains iodine which will probably worsen hyperthyroidism. This is why, if you have a thyroid condition, it is important to include all of your health professionals in the conversation and keep everyone up to date about all the medicines you take.
Recently, a popular soy milk brand had been removed from store shelves and reformulated because it contained high levels of iodine. People who were consuming this product were presenting with many thyroid related symptoms. These people had no instance of thyroid disease beforehand.
Your doctor will discuss with you the importance of diet when dealing with a thyroid related disorder. A dietician is another person who can help you with your diet.
If you have questions about thyroid disorders and complementary and alternative medicine make an appointment to see a thyroid surgeon.