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    Are there any natural remedies, which can alleviate hyperthyroidism without the side effects experienced with pharmaceutical drugs?

    As with all degenerative diseases, they all have one thing in common and that is a severely compromised immune system. From cancer to asthma, the underlying cause must be addressed along with the symptoms if we are to give our pets the opportunity to regain quality of life.

    A compromised immune system can be the result of several factors including:

    Environmental toxins
    Lack of exercise
    Poor nutrition
    The overuse of vaccinations and medications

    Unfortunately, the first 14 years of Oliver’s life was made up of yearly vaccinations, parasite control medications, an array of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and other pharmaceutical drugs, which was accompanied (or indeed caused) by a heavily processed commercial cat food diet. Looking back now, he didn’t stand a chance. All of the things I was doing as a ‘
    good owner’ were not only compromising his immune system but also paving the path for a future of degenerative diseases.
    For the last several years all of the cats and dogs in my care have been given an all raw, species appropriate diet, no more processed foods!
    Once you make the switch there’s no turning back as the health of your animals change dramatically.

    However, the change came a little late for Oliver and he now fights with several degenerative diseases including sinusitis, asthma, renal disease and hyperthyroidism. The good news is, Oliver is healthier than he has been in years, drug free, great appetite, active and enjoying his life. His immune system is strong and as a result symptoms of his ongoing challenges are minimal.

    I look at it this way…..
    a great diet with some good supplements is like putting money into a savings account. When a bill comes along (in this case an illness), paying the price is no problem as you have plenty of savings (a strong immune system).

    When my cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism he was put on pharmaceutical drugs that had horrid side effects. So my research began to find alternative methods in which I could alleviate the symptoms caused by the hyperthyroidism. Whilst I am not advising you throw away prescription drugs, I am saying there are other methods of controlling this life threatening disorder that in my opinion are worth trying. Although they have worked for my cat, a decision to give up conventional treatments for alternative, natural methods should never be taken lightly.

    Natural remedies for Hyperthyroidism.
    A popular combination of herbal remedies is Lemon Balm and Bugleweed.

    Whilst Lemon Balm acts as a mild sedative, relaxing the nervous system and relieving anxiety, Bugleweed slows the thyroid gland by lowering the production of thyroid stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland.

    Other herbal remedies used to treat hyperthyroidism are:

    Valerian which acts as a natural mild sedative, it is a relaxant and has a measurable calming effect in animals. Whilst the human dosage is 450-900mg, a cat would be given approx 50mg/day

    Hawthorn is also a mild sedative. Whilst it can assist in moderating a regular heartbeat, it's also known to be good for the kidneys.

    Aloe Vera is a well-recognized herb that has an amazing array of uses. Aloe Vera has the ability to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, activates the immune response, reduces viral replication, it is an antibiotic and is anti-fungal, it helps reduce chronic fatigue and it helps hyperthyroidism by assisting in hormonal imbalances.

    Skullcap is an herb, which has a calming effect, relieving nervous tension and anxiety, alleviating restlessness without causing drowsiness. Dosage 0.5ml per 8kg body weight.

    Eleuthera is an herb, which alleviates stress.

    Motherwort is an herb, which specifically deals with heart palpitations, often being experienced in hyperthyroid patients.

    Important everyday additions to the diet:

    L-Carnitine is an essential amino acid required for the conversion of fatty acids into energy. This metabolic chemical reaction supports in particular the functioning of the skeletal muscles, the heart and the kidneys. L-Carnitine, in a deficient body can lift the energy as fatty acids are broken down and converted. In humans it has been successful in reversing the signs of hyperthyroidism. This can be safely added to the food everyday. For every 5kg of body weight add 250mg.

    CoQ10 enzyme is a good addition to the diet when a pet is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Most cats and dogs with hyperthyroidism are found to be low in CoQ10 enzyme. It also helps the kidneys. CoQ10 is essential for the production of energy in each and every cell in the body. As CoQ10 enzyme declines with age, it’s a great supplement to include in the diet every day and is very safe to use long term.

    It is also advisable to include in the diet on a regular basis:

    B complex
    Vitamin C
    Essential Fatty Acids such as salmon oil and a good omega 6 such as borage seed or black currant oil.
    Medicinal Mushrooms to strengthen immune system (purchased from your health food store).

    So how do you decide which supplement to use?

    Choose one to two of the most appropriate herbal remedies.
    Make a note of your pet’s present behaviour; include physical, mental symptoms, appetite and mood. Then start your herbal remedies every day for 5-6 days and observe any changes. Then allow a two-day break. This allows you to monitor the animal’s response to the herbs.
    In my own experience, valerian and lemon balm have worked wonders for my hyperthyroid cat. I give him these herbs everyday for about 2 weeks and then replace them with Skullcap and Hawthorn for a few days. This seems to work for my cat. His appetite is good, he’s relaxed but still alert, he’s inquisitive, he seems happy and his heart rate is within the normal range (150-200bpm).

    How to decide on the dosage?

    Whether you have purchased tincture (liquid) or powder form of the above herbs, dosage is based on the animal’s weight compared to the recommended human dosage. For example I’m 55kg and my cat is 5kg. As he’s approximately one tenth of my weight, I give him one tenth of the dosage I would take.
    Although herbs are generally weaker and gentler medicines than most drugs, they still demand respect. “More” is not necessarily better…” (Tilford et al 2009)

    Are there any ready-made herbal remedies for hyperthyroidism?

    Yes, there is one highly recommended herbal remedy called ‘Thyroid Support Gold’ available online from
    I haven’t tried it on my animals, but it appears to have very good reviews.

    If possible, work with your vet when trialing your cat or dog on herbal remedies. Monitor and note down blood pressure, heart rate, behaviour, appetite and any other physical symptoms that change. Most importantly your cat or dog should be eating a high quality all raw diet.

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