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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do you recommend natural therapy for mild hypothyroidism?

    I have mild hypothyroidism and want to see a Naturopath for natural therapy. Is this recommended?
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  • My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease … View Profile

    I suggest that you discuss the option of “natural therapy” with the health professional who diagnosed your mild hypothyroidism.

    S/he will be able to advise you about the possible risks and benefits of “natural therapy” compared to other possible approaches (for example, being prescribed a synthetic form of thyroxine, if that is indicated clinically).

    All the best.

  • Emma Boucher


    As Dr Easterbrook-Smith suggested, it is best to discuss this with your treating doctor. He/She may refer you to a qualified Naturopath or an Integrative GP. There are many herbs and nutrients that have been clinically proven to support thyroid functioning. A qualified and experienced Naturopath will consult with your GP to determine the best treatment options and can discuss any dietary or lifestyle changes that will enhance your thyroid functioning as well as your overall health
    Best of luck
    Emma =)

  • Dr Kevin Lee

    Endocrinologist, Nuclear Medicine Physician

    Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nuclear Medicine. I am on Twitter @dr_kevinlee. I am on Facebook I help patients with obesity, diabetes, thyroid, … View Profile

    As an endocrinologist, I don't recommend it, but I am highly biased by the scientific and clinical evidence base.

    This is not to say that I don't think lifestyle, exercise & diet are important in health and management of thyroid disorders. 

    Considering the lack of clinical evidence, I would've though that for most people, the cost of natural therapies does not justify their usage, whilst accepting that there are some people happy to pay.


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    juliet collins

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    What do you mean by natural therapies?  Because I think of diet and lifestyle as being the major part of natural therapies... ?  

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