Herbs for the Thyroid

thyroid Natural Remedies


Unless you suffer from a thyroid condition, it is easy to ignore the function of the thyroid gland. Although small, this endocrine gland – situated just below your neck – plays a big role in regulating metabolic processes in your body. With a dysfunctional thyroid, the functioning of almost all your organs is likewise disrupted. Thyroid disorders generally fall under 3 categories: an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism, an under-active thyroid or hypothyroidism and an enlarged thyroid characterized by the presence of nodules.

Herbs For Thyroid

Unfortunately, thyroid conditions are usually misdiagnosed as most of their symptoms (such as weight gain or loss, chronic fatigue, depression, skin and hair dryness, constipation or diarrhea and menstrual irregularities) can be quite similar to those of other disorders. To make things even more confusing – the 3 types of thyroid disorders can even have overlapping characteristics.

Therefore before embarking on any treatment, whether herbal or medicinal, it is important to have a medical professional diagnose your symptoms and identify the disorder first. Likewise, it is important to use remedies with an understanding of the mechanisms involved in promoting thyroid health. For instance, while some herbs improve overall thyroid conditions, some herbs can only benefit hyperthyroidism but conversely may be detrimental to its extreme counterpart, hypothyroidism and vice-versa.

Either way though, most herbs for thyroid are not like pharmaceutical medications that attempt to replace thyroid hormones, decrease hormone production or the size of the thyroid gland. Instead, they are regarded as being able to provide the appropriate thyroid support – acting preventative and facilitating the healing process. Although some clinical studies do not find evidence of traditional herbal medicine being able to totally treat thyroid conditions, herbs are however thought by some to contribute to lower relapse rates, less adverse effects, relief of symptoms and improvement of thyroid antibody conditions and thyroid functioning. Here are 10 herbs thought beneficial for the thyroid:

10 Herbal Remedies for Thyroid Health


A popular herb used to boost the immune system, echinacea is considered helpful for those suffering from hyperthyroidism or thyroiditis. One expert who has over 20 years of experience with autoimmune conditions gives the roots of echinacea to his patients and has rarely encountered any major adverse issues.


This herb is important in maintaining a balance among glands so that thyroid patients who often suffer from fatigue have improved energy. Moreover in 2011, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Texas isolated synthetically derived constituents of triterpenoid glycyrrhetinic acid, a major component of licorice and found it to inhibit the growth of highly invasive thyroid cancer cells. This demonstrates licorice’s potential in clinical treatment of thyroid cancer and other endocrine-related disorders.


In a 2013 study involving 403 patients with mild hyperthyroidism which assessed the effects and safety of an extract of bugle in tablet or drops form, scientists observed statistically and clinically significant improvements in the symptoms of those given the tablet. These improvements were noted without any major side effects. Because of bugleweed’s effectiveness in alleviating mild hyperthyroidism, some experts believe it can gradually replace regular taking of maintenance medications like methimazole or PTU.


This is an herb with antioxidant properties that directly works on the thyroid by producing just the right amount of hormones. Aside from hormonal balance, ashwaganda is known to help the body fight stress by improving the immune system and has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects.


Researchers confirm the potency of bacopa as a thyroid stimulating drug to fight hypothyroidism. It has been found to regulate thyroid hormone concentrations by as much as 41% without adverse reactions.


Popular as Siberian ginseng, eleuthero is considered a wonder herb for people suffering from hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Siberian ginseng is believed to be effective in treating hypothyroidism by regulating the levels of hormones in the body. Furthermore, this potent herb contains substances that assist in the normal functioning of the thymus and adrenal glands.


Aside from hypothyroidism, bladderwrack is considered as an essential herb for many health conditions. This algae or seaweed contains high levels of natural iodine which is known to stimulate the thyroid gland. Bladderwrack contains substances that help in restoring the normal functioning of the thyroid gland as well as in reducing the size of thyroid goiters. It is thought to play a role in stimulating an increased production of thyroid hormones in order to prevent the development of thyroid diseases.


Flaxseeds are known to be rich in essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids, which is thought to be good for thyroid health. In a study conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center, it was found out that consumption of foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, like flaxseed, helps in boosting the production of thyroid hormones. This results to reduced susceptibility to hypothyroidism.

Black Walnut

Aside from seafoods, black walnut is considered as one of the richest sources of iodine. Research shows, iodine is an essential nutrient that plays a vital role in optimizing the health and functioning of the thyroid glands. Furthermore, it was found out that insufficient amount of iodine usually lead to a number of conditions which include chronic fatigue, depression, mental impairment, and goiters.

Lemon Balm

Coming from the mint family, lemon balm is an amazing herb that is considered beneficial to the thyroid glands. Research shows that this herb is useful in normalizing the activities of overactive thyroid glands. It reduces the production of thyroid hormones and eases the symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.

30 Comments on Herbs for the Thyroid

  1. Paula Villalon

    Kelp it does not have tons of Iodine; it has just the right amount plus others very important trace minerals that overtime contributes to a better Thyroid function and general health; therefore Kelp is one the best natural supplements to take; I learnt this from Dr. Eric Berg :)

  2. Paula Villalon

    According to Dr, Eric Berg; pregnant women requires tons of Iodine because the enlargement of breast for breast feeding so new moms may get hypothyroidism easily; so can you can go from normal to hyper or hypo; I'll say keep your doctor checking your THS, T4 y T3. :)

  3. Paula Villalon

    My doctor told me that whenever an organ is taken away things get worse; so if you don't have your thyroid you should replace its function completely; I am pretty sure you should be taking T4 and T3 thyroxine hormone. You should consult about this with an endocrinologist for sure and I suggest to read as much as you can books by David Brownstein; inform yourself well so you know if your doctor is treating you adequately. :)

  4. Adrienne Epperson Fitzgerald

    How long have you been on thyroid medicine? How long have you taken Ashwaganda prior to having your thyroid rechecked?

  5. Pamela Obirek Cox

    be careful of iodine if you have the autoimmune hashimoto's thyroid. Hashimotos doesn't recognize iodine-it attacks it. so that is NOT a good ingredient for hashi people-also stay away from kale, seaweed stuff too if you have hashi. GLUTEN is a non no for hashi people too-FYI.

  6. Liz Sookarry

    If you really want to learn more about what we as Master Herbalists and nutrition experts do to treat hypo- and hyperthyroidism, read these books:

    The Complete Thyroid Book by Dr. Kenneth Ain
    Solved: The Riddle of Illness by Dr. Stephen Langer
    The Thyroid Diet by Mary Shomon
    and one of the most important is Thyroid Balance by Dr. Glenn Rothfeld.

    Educating yourself is the best thing you can do, because most doctors have not updated their knowledge on this important topic since med school, so are 20-40 years behind on the research. I HAD an underactive thyroid that caused multiple miscarriages, but I maintain my thyroid health entirely naturally now.

  7. Pamela Obirek Cox

    Bina Gurnamal Bharwaney so sorry for delay-NO gluten for Hashimotos people…read the book
    Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wentz PharmD and Marta Nowosadzka MD (May 31, 2013)

  8. Pamela Obirek Cox

    Paula Villalon BE CAREFUL about recommending iodine to people with Hypothyroidism caused by the autoimmune hasjimotos. Most people have hashi with hypo-they need to get their antibody thyroid test first to see if they have it. i strongly reco that people do this test with hypo. If they have the autoimmune they need to stay AWAY from iodine. Iodine with Hashi makes it WORSE. So does Gluten. FYI

    Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wentz PharmD and Marta Nowosadzka MD (May 31, 2013)

  9. Adrienne Epperson Fitzgerald Yes ! With natural remedies and proper diet you can reduce the thyroid medicines easily.. use Arogyam Pure Herbs Vrahkarni Tablets And Arogyam Pure Herbs Calvera tablets best alternative solution for thyroid…

  10. Pat Laine Smith

    What do you do when you have both|? Mine will swell, then it is down,, My count went up to over 16 and spec dr put me on heart pills ..have to carry them with me if palpitations start up bad again..if it goes up high again they have to take it out,,So I am all over the place..but I can tell when its up..like 5 cups of coffee..or next down sleeping pill.. scary..

  11. Jennifer Jahns

    I've read through all of your replies to the original post. I have not taken generic meds for about 4 months and have not been able to get a handle on this and sure I have a goiter forming. Do you try each herb individually to see which one works best for us? Or is there a supplement that incorporates several. Been to the health food store & picked up on for "thyroid support" but it does not have any of these. It has zinc, copper, iodine & selenium. HELP. Not doing well.

  12. KSue Lovastay Drumastay

    From what I have heard, Stop The Thyroid Madness by Janie A. Bowthorpe, M.Ed is a great book too!

  13. I never got my thyroid checked specifically, but I had a lot of the same symptoms so I guess this was an issue. I researched ashwagandha and started taking that. Unbelievable results. The key is to get one with a high % of withanolides. Good general article here: http://www.88herbs.com/ashwagandha
    I haven't tried the other herbs mentioned. What brand of ashwagandha are you guys taking?

  14. Gayle Thompson

    I have Hashimoto's Throiditis. Since using the Omega three tablet EVERY night after supper I have felt and noticed a marked improvement in energy and mood. this is in addition to synthroid which I've used since I was 27yrs old. ( Now 63)

  15. food is the best but the quality of the food is so important! lots of the good foods… not the gmo foods… cut out sugar and other things that are bad for you… your body is one heck of a healing machine when proper nutrition is available…

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