What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis was named after Hakaru Hashimoto who was a Japanese physician and the first one to come down with what is know known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. In 1912 he was diagnosed with an inflammation of the thyroid. Basically this is an autoimmune disease which causes your body to attack its own tissue which can lead to tissue damage. The result of the wrong type of antibodies attacking the tissue and showing up in the blood stream is an infiltration of immune cells in your thyroid gland. This damages the thyroid tissue and reduces the production of hormones which can lead to hypothyroidism.
This is a very slowly progressing disease which can cause chronic thyroid damage. Although there is no cure, it can be managed with the right diet, exercise, and treatment. It can be mild at first and go undetected for a number of months or even years. It is found most commonly in women from 30 to 50 but can be in other people as well. With over 15 million women being affected in the United States alone, it is something to be taken seriously.
They symptoms again come on slowly and progress over time. You may not be aware that you have it in the beginning until the symptoms start to worsen. You may feel fatigued, forgetful, constipated, depressed, have dry skin and unexplained weight gain, and you may even have intolerance to cold. Also, swelling in the front of the neck is common, as is trouble swallowing foods or liquids, and tender and stiff muscles. Although the cause of Hashimoto’s disease is unknown, heredity, gender and age can all play a part.
The best course of treatment for Hashimoto’s Disease is through simple lifestyle changes and natural medicines. There is thyroid hormone replacement but it is controversial since it has to be given for the rest of your life. Natural medicines allow the promotion of healthy thyroid as well, but they do not have the side effects that hormone replacement therapy does. A holistic practitioner can prescribe a full herbal plan for you, but the best herbs for this disease are a combination of Equisetum Arvense, Oatstraw, Alfalfa, and Gotu Kola. They all promote healthy thyroids and allow you to get the balance back into the thyroid which alleviates much of the symptoms.
Along with a well balanced diet prescribed by a nutritionist, and iodine rich foods, you can easily get your thyroid under control. You should also eat a lot of saltwater fish, and shellfish to get the essential nutrients to keep your Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis under control. Finally, it is important to monitor your hormone levels on a regular basis to make sure you have everything under control.