Benefits of Using Complementary Medicine for Thyroid Problems
The thyroid gland regulates metabolism and affects nearly every cell in your body. When the thyroid does not function properly, patients may experience a wide array of negative side effects, including fatigue, weight fluctuation, mood swings, and more. Unfortunately, the real source of these symptoms is often misdiagnosed or treated ineffectively with conventional medicine. In the end, these patients will continue to suffer. At Mosher Health, experienced doctor Bret Mosher uses complementary medicine for thyroid problems to treat patients in Poway, CA, and the greater San Diego area. Dr. Mosher will work to identify the root cause of your issues, rather than simply treating your symptoms. To schedule a consultation with our esteemed natural medicine practitioner, please contact us today.
Common Thyroid Problems
The thyroid is part of the complex, highly balanced endocrine system. This gland is responsible for helping to regulate heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolism. The most common thyroid disorders are under-production (hypothyroidism) and over-production (hyperthyroidism) of thyroid hormones. Hyper- and hypothyroidism each have unique effects on your health:
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Dry skin
- Thinning hair
- Muscle weakness
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Increased sensitivity to cold
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:
- Sudden weight loss
- Increased heart rate
- Increased sensitivity to heat
- Swelling at the base of the neck
- Nervousness, anxiety, and irritability
Diagnosis and Treatment in Conventional Medicine
When conventional doctors believe a patient is suffering from thyroid problems, they often measure the level of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) as the basis for their diagnosis. This hormone is produced by the pituitary gland, and it is often an inaccurate measure of thyroid function because the reference range is too large. Patients with an underperforming thyroid gland or early stage hypothyroidism will frequently register normal levels of TSH. As a result, there is significant underdiagnosis of hypothyroidism in traditional medicine.
With traditional Western treatments, doctors typically use medications and surgery to address thyroid problems. In cases of hypothyroidism, doctors may prescribe synthetic hormones to increase TSH levels. Conversely, for patients with abnormally high levels of TSH, medications can be used to decrease thyroid hormone production or prevent its release. When these methods are ineffective, doctors may perform surgery or radiation therapy. In addition to causing negative side effects, these conventional methods can be invasive and are often ineffective.
The Complementary Medicine Approach
At Mosher Health, we use complementary medicine to diagnose and treat thyroid disorders. Dr. Mosher believes that if the source of your issues is unknown, then manipulating the thyroid gland will only result in altered hormone levels. The complementary approach seeks to understand the root of your problem, rather than focusing solely on the symptoms. Many thyroid disorders are caused by controllable factors, such as stress, which can be corrected without surgery or medication. During a consultation, Dr. Mosher will perform a thorough assessment that evaluates the health of your body and mind, and other factors like your environment.
Schedule a Consultation
At Mosher Health, no two treatment plans are alike. Dr. Mosher will work to uncover the source of your thyroid problems based on your unique circumstances. Whether you have received a diagnosis or are experiencing symptoms pointing to a thyroid issue, we can help. To learn how our complementary medicine approach can restore your optimal health, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mosher today.