A Goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is situated in front of the windpipe and is responsible for producing and secreting hormones that regulate growth and metabolism. Most cases are categorized as ‘simple’ goiters that do not involve inflammation or any detriment to thyroid function, produce no symptoms, and often have no obvious cause.
Some people experience a small amount of swelling. Others can have considerable swelling that constricts the trachea and causes breathing problems. It is one of the most common thyroid disorders. Goiters are often harmless but symptoms can occur, and treatment may be required depending on the size and type of goiter.
Symptoms Of Goiter
- Having a constricted feeling in the throat
- Visible swelling at the base of your neck
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Difficulty in breathing
- Puffy face
- Hoarseness of voice
- Discomfort or pain while swallowing
- Mood swings
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Coughing for no reason
Natural Ways Used To Treat Goiter
Goiter can be treated naturally with the following home remedies
Turmeric is a potent spice that not only adds color and flavor to food but also possesses multiple beneficial properties that improve health. Studies have found that turmeric could be useful in goiter treatment. To use Turmeric, add 1/2 cup turmeric powder, 1 cup water and 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper powder. Use 70 ml cold pressed olive oil or coconut oil Heat the water in a pan and add turmeric powder to it. Then Cook this slowly for 5-10 minutes until you get a thick paste.
Add the black pepper and oil and stir well. Remove from the flame and store in an airtight container. Have a teaspoon of this paste.This golden paste can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.Repeat this twice a day
Iodine deficiency used to be the major cause of goiters worldwide, but is now less common in parts of the world where iodine is added to packaged table salt (iodized salt). However, if you don’t regularly consume iodized salt, your doctor may ask you to increase your intake to about ½ teaspoon (4.8 g) of salt per day (enough to get 150 micrograms of iodine).
If you are on a very low-sodium diet, primarily use sea salt, or buy non-iodized table salt, it’s possible you might have an iodine deficiency.
In some cases for instance, if your body has difficulty processing iodine so it reaches your thyroid gland your doctor may prescribe a daily iodine supplement.
Use a few drops of castor oil, massage the neck area with the oil gently.
Leave the oil on overnight. Repeat this every night before going to bed. Castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling in the thyroid gland. It detoxifies the liver and helps in conversion of T4 to active T3.
Virgin coconut oil contains high levels of lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride, which is converted into monolaurin, and has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as improves metabolism. You can add it to your hot drinks, smoothies, and use it as a salad dressing as well as cooking. Apple cider vinegar is mildly acidic and restores the pH balance in the body. It detoxifies the body, and this indirectly helps to increase iodine absorption and reduce the thyroid swelling.
Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon honey and a glass of warm water. Mix the honey and vinegar with water and drink the mixture, preferably on an empty stomach. Do this every day in the morning.
Seaweed & Shellfish
If you’re on a low-sodium diet for medical reasons and aren’t looking to increase your salt intake, you can ingest more iodine in other ways as well. Seawater is a natural source of iodine, so seaweed (kelp) and shellfish (shrimp in particular) are good food sources of iodine.
Sushi is a great source of seaweed/kelp. Seaweed and seaweed-derived iodine are also available in supplement form.
You might, for instance, try eating shellfish 2-3 times per week and taking a daily kelp supplement for a few weeks, then go back to your doctor to check for improvement.
Dandelion leaves have antioxidant properties and exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. Hence, this paste can reduce the swelling of the thyroid gland and relieve the associated symptoms. Get a handful of dandelion leaves, 1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee) and Water.
Grind the leaves with some water to make a paste. Add the ghee to this and heat the mixture for a few minutes until it becomes lukewarm. Apply this on the neck and keep it on for 15-20 minutes.Rinse it off and Repeat this every day for a week or two.
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