6 Useful Home Remedies of Graves’ Disease

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

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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.

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.

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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.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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