Monday, March 30, 2009

For women: menopause and Hashimoto's

My friend is suffering from menopause symptoms. She also has Hashimoto's Thyroiditis - an underactive thyroid.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is a condition caused by inflammation of the thyroid gland. It is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body inappropriately attacks the thyroid gland -as if it was foreign tissue. The underlying cause of the autoimmune process still is unknown.
Speaking with a friend she discovered that red clover is excellent in treatment of symptoms. This friend of hers swears by it.

Friend went to the chemist and pondered for ages... red clover or black cohosh? She went with the red clover as the other friend had sworn by it.

Over the weekend she saw a programme with a doctor on it who was asked what was recommended for menopause symptoms in people with thyroid problems. The doctor said that those with an underactive thyroid should avoid soy products. Phytoestrogens/isoflavones tend to slow the thyroid down.

The other product with black cohosh is comprised of different substances and can actually stimulate the thyroid and help with thyroid problems as well as helping with the menopause symptoms and (if you read the linked piece), has been useful in the treatment of many illnesses and or their symptoms.

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