Monday, March 17, 2014

Graves’ disease

Graves’ Disease 

Is the most commonly diagnosed type of hyperthyroidism. It is characterized by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland, which then triggers an overproduction of the thyroxine hormone and increases the body’s metabolic rate. This activity causes a variety of very alarming physical and mental effects.
Although the disease can have a serious impact on one’s life if not properly treated, it is not typically life-threatening. Also, anyone can develop Graves’ disease symptoms at any age. While its symptoms can affect both men and women, it is most commonly diagnosed in women over the age of 20 years old.
While medical treatments do exist for the treatment of Graves’ disease, effective, safe and natural treatments do, as well. Such holistic health approaches are safe to use and, while they are not intended to replace mainstream treatments, they can be effectively used in tandem with them. Some of these include consuming certain herbs and vegetables believed to be powerfully effective agents against Graves’ disease symptoms, such as
Bugleweed taken orally in tincture form

Kelp
Lemon balm
Verbena
Self-heal greens
Radishes
Broccoli

A special concoction, known as Gravestea, which combines lemon balm, bugleweed, mint, self-heal greens, verbena and rosemary in a tea is also believed to be helpful in combating the disease and its accompanying symptoms.


Also, avoiding certain foods, such as soy-based foods, which are known to interfere with the thyroid glands healthy functioning, may further reduce the symptoms of Graves’ disease.
For those suffering with Graves’ disease, diet and healthy living are especially important. The herbal and vegetable suggestions noted above should become regular staples in the diets of those diagnosed with Graves’. As well, achieving a better quality of life via holistic health strategies includes targeting a balance of one’s physical, mental and emotional health. Daily exercise, proper rest, adequate nutrition, spiritual sustenance and finding ways of relieving mental stress are always recommended.