Goiter is characterized by an extreme swelling of the neck. It is caused by an enlargement of the thyroid, either because of too much or too little hormone production (hypo- or hyperthyroidism). Anyone can develop goiter, and it is not always an indication that something is functionally wrong with the thyroid. However, those with a family of history of thyroid problem and females over the age of 40 tend to be at a higher risk. While you should still contact your doctor when you site this swelling, there are also some effective natural remedies that you can incorporate as well.
Because goiter is caused by a lack of iodine 90% of the time, iodine is a good first natural remedy. Include more iodine-rich foods into your diet, such as kale, seafood, iodized salt, turkey, farm-raised eggs, baked potatoes, or navy beans.
While you may not have a hankering for kelp, this sea-plant is rich in iodine which helps regulate the thyroid function.
Another excellent source of iodine and also rich in sulfur, germanium, and antioxidants, watercress is a great dietary option for treating goiter. The easiest remedy is to combine some watercress juice with a glass of water and drink two times per day.
Used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat swelling, dandelion may also reduce the swelling in the neck that signals goiter. Make a paste with crushed dandelion leaves and clarified butter; apply the paste to the swollen area.
Kanchanar helps detoxify the lymphatic system, which can help reduce swelling of the lymph nodes and can help reduce the goiter swelling. Boil a small amount of the powdered bark of this herb; let boil until it is reduced to about ¼ of the original solution; strain; drink two times per day, 30 minutes before meals.
Garlic is an extremely effective natural anti-inflammatory, and it also stimulates healthy functioning of the thyroid. For an effective remedy, chew 3-4 garlic cloves first thing in the morning. If this taste is too strong for you, simply try to work in 3-4 garlic cloves into your dishes throughout the day. Garlic supplements are also effective for goiter.
Green tea is another effective treatment because it can reduce swelling and is full of minerals and antioxidants that can help address the underlying problem of goiter. Drink a cup of green tea 2-3 times per day. Another tea option is lemon balm tea.
Another mineral needed by the thyroid to function properly, selenium can help reduce the swelling in your neck and allow your thyroid to resume normal function. Some selenium-rich foods include: sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, brown rice, barley, oats, farm-raised eggs, and fatty fish.
It is important to treat goiter as quickly as possible so that your thyroid can get back to functioning 100% as soon as possible. Ignoring goiter or other thyroid problems can lead to immense weight gain, or an unhealthy lack of appetite. Thyroid function is also important in regulating the many hormones and their functions throughout your body. If you believe you do have goiter, turn to these natural remedies for immediate relief. While you should still make a point to see your doctor, these natural remedies can drastically expedite your recovery.