Some of the home remedies of Graves’ Disease are exercising to build bone strength, sleeping with your head raised, applying cool compresses to your eyes, consuming lithium, vitamin A and vitamin D, selenium, herbs including bugleweed, lemon balm, motherwort, and passionflower, as well as eating foods such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, millet, cabbage, and turnips.
What is Graves’ Disease?
Graves’ Disease, also known as Basedow-Graves Disease, is an incurable disease that mainly afflicts the thyroid gland of the body. In a sense, it is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland, which is one of the most essential glands of the endocrine system that controls hormone levels in the body.
One of the most obvious signs of Graves’ Disease is a severely enlarged thyroid gland (2x as large) which is called a goiter. This condition often manifests in hyperthyroid conditions, which means that the negative feedback loop of the thyroid gland ceases to work, therefore resulting in a massive excess of thyroid hormone in the body. This can result in a huge number of health conditions, including extreme weight loss, weakness, brittle bones, sleeplessness, and personality shifts. It can also affect your heart, skin, and circulatory system.
This disease is mainly associated with genetic inheritance, almost 80% of cases are hereditary, but it is unclear what triggers the onset of the disease. It seems to occur later in life, and far more often in women than in men (7:1), and it seems that sometimes another virus or infection triggers the genetic predisposition and begins to inhibit the feedback loop. The actual problem occurs because the Immunglobin G antibody begins to bind to the TSH receptor, thereby mimicking TSH, leaving the actual TSH levels low in the blood plasma, so thyroid will continue to be released, with no negative feedback loop to stop it.
Symptoms of Graves’ Disease
The two most noticeable signs of Graves’ disease that separates it from traditional hyperthyroidism are exopthalmos (eyes protruding further than normal) and pretibial myxedema (swelling and strangely textured skin, almost like an orange peel). There are normal medical treatments for the disease, although there is no known cure. However, some of the treatments of this disease are potentially dangerous and involve radiation and chemical supplements. While many cases require the full medical treatments, there are certain natural remedies and home treatments that can help you treat the symptoms and live a relatively normal life.
Home Remedies of Graves’ Disease
Home Remedies for Grave’s Disease are as follows:
Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower, Millet, Cabbage, and Turnips
These vegetables are classically associated as being goitrogens. People who suffer from hypothyroidism are told to avoid these vegetables because they can reduce the amount of thyroid hormone in your body. Therefore, for those suffering from Graves’ disease are told to increase the amount of these vegetables since it can counteract the levels of thyroid hormone in the body.
Selenium and Lithium
Consuming foods that are high in lithium and selenium are beneficial for Graves’ disease, which includes potatoes, seaweed, sugarcane, lemons, and eggs. Selenium-rich foods are brazil nuts, tuna, oysters, sunflower seeds, and whole wheat breads. These foods can also decrease the production of thyroid by regulating the thyroid gland.
Bugleweed, Lemon balm, Motherwort, and Passionflower
These herbs have been associated with monitoring and regulating excessive endocrine activity, which can lower the levels of thyroid hormone in your body, thereby lessening the effects of Graves’ Disease.
Vitamin A and Vitamin D
These two essential vitamins are essential for normal functioning of the body’s metabolism, and can also contribute to controlling the thyroid production of the thyroid gland, thereby helping to alleviate the symptoms of Graves’ Disease. Vitamin D has also been associated with preventing the mutation of the receptors that is often the start of Graves’ disease.
Cold Compress on the Eyes
One of the major symptoms of Graves’ disease is protruding eyes that are unsightly and sometimes painful. Wearing sunglasses to block the excessive outgrowth is one way to protect your eyes, but applying a cold compress to your eyes can also eliminate the excess fluid that builds up there, lowering the inflammation.
Sleeping with Head Raised
By sleeping with your head higher than the rest of your body can reduce the pressure of fluid in your head and eyes, which prevents the excess build-up of fluid in the eyes that leads to exophthalmos.
A Few Words of Warning
Graves’ disease, when not treated either by natural remedies or medical treatments can be potentially life-threatening in its complications. Therefore, it is always important to at least consult with medical professionals for their advice on the best way to handle the condition, and also explain any natural treatments you are planning to try.