Herbs for Hypothyroidism: Naturopathic Medicine


Ashwagandha is known as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogen herbs mean they help you adapt and deal with stress. They adapt to the need. Thus, it would help in both hypothyroid and hyperthyroid conditions by optimizing the thyroid hormone production. In Ayurvedic Medicine, the literal Indian meaning of its name is “smell of the horse”. I think about it like this, when you take this herb, you will feel the horse power.


Kelp is one food that has a plethora of iodine in it. Iodine is one of the minerals required in formation of the thyroid hormone. Kelp, or bladderwrack, is a brown type of seaweed which people have used when traditional medications have not worked in fighting thyroid issues. Kelp can come in many forms. First, kelp can be eaten raw in its seaweed form. People may also try kelp in teas, supplements, or extracts.


Fucus vesiculosus is primarily used to enhance thyroid function in cases of goiter and as an aid in weight loss for obesity. It is a good source of iodine.

Siberian Ginseng

This herb works best for those who have an underactive thyroid. It helps to give the body energy, which makes it perfect for addressing the fatigue that often accompanies low thyroid function. Siberian ginseng is a gentle stimulant that will give you that boost of energy you want without the crash later on.


Sometimes referred to as stinging nettle, this is thought to be perhaps the perfect thyroid tonic, as it offers a balance between those suffering from an underactive thyroid or an overactive thyroid. Nettle is especially good for those with an underactive thyroid because it helps to reverse an iodine deficiency.

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