Avoid Thyroid Herbs

Avoid thyroid herbs that may be harmful if you have a thyroid condition. Although some herbs are beneficial for hypothyroidism, others are not.

People who are in the early stages of hypothyroidism may be able to preserve some function of the gland by avoiding immune stimulating herbs. These include not only individual herbs, but also "formulas". In fact you should not take any of the herb listed below if you have any autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis.

If you have full blown hypothyroidism, you should not take fenugreek. Speak to your physician or provider before stopping any thyroid medication. The thyroid is intimately connected with other hormone systems in the body and upsetting the balance so to speak is not good. Herbal remedies for hypothyroidism should be reviewed by a physician before starting them.

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The following herbal therapies should also be avoided if you are hypothyroid:

  • Aloe (can be used topically)
  • American and Siberian ginseng
  • Astragalus
  • Bamboo
  • Burdock
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Echinacea
  • Gensing
  • Kelp
  • Lemon balm (melissa)
  • Motherwort
  • Wheat grass

The reason for this, is that the above listed herbs will all stimulate the immune system. Many times this is beneficial. For example, taking Echinacea for 10 days at the onset of a cold will boost your body's Tcells to fight off viruses. However, immune stimulating herbs may "tip you over the edge" towards Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (autoimmune throiditis) and thereby cause full blown hypothyroidism.

You should also avoid the following formulas for the same reasons: Frigid Extremities Docoction, Kidney Chi Pill and True Warrior Decoction. So before you avoid thyroid herbs, be sure to check with your doctor or provider. Some may be good for you, but some may make your condition worse.

Read about herbs for hypothryoidism or read about all different types of herbs at the Herb Dictionary Online.

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