Northstar Integrated Health
Thyroid problems typically arise from either too much or too little thyroid activity.
- Hyperthyroid (i.e. overactivity, or too much thyroid hormone) is usually accompanied by increased: heat, thirst, metabolism & heart rate. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, it may be possible to try natural & medicinal approaches as a first line of therapy; in more advanced cases, a referral to an endocrinologist can be made. We will order blood work & ultrasound examinations to determine your thyroid baseline & tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs.
- Hypothyroid (i.e. underactivity, or too little thyroid hormone) symptoms include: sensitivity to cold, weight gain, heavy breathing, coarse hair & brittle fingernails. We will order blood work & complete an examination to determine if physical findings match the labs. Often, we can use a natural supplementation as a first line of defense; this gives the thyroid a needed boost. Sometimes a patient can’t tolerate the natural form; in those cases, a synthetic form is then prescribed.
Complimentary therapies to aid in balancing your thyroid levels might include: changes in diet, food allergy tests, blood tests to check additional metabolic markers, acupuncture & therapeutic stretching & range of motion exercises to increase blood & lymphatic flow, subsequently bettering nutrition delivered to the target tissues near the thyroid.