Graves disease occurs when the thyroid gland is over-productive. The hormone it produces causes such symptoms as bulging eyes, palpitations, nervousness and goiters. In severe cases, Graves disease can negatively impact the liver, kidneys and heart. These alternative treatments for Graves disease can be used along with conventional medicine.
Graves disease involves an over-production of the hormone known as thyroxine. This hormone, in excess, can cause damage to the eyes, liver, kidneys, heart, nervous system, circulatory system and brain. L-Carnitine effectively blocks excess hormones from entering cells. Since the hormones are prevented from entering cells, they can no longer cause damage. L-Carnitine can be taken in conjunction with conventional treatment as alternative treatment for Graves disease.
Flaxseed oil / Omega 3
Graves disease is an autoimmune disease. Natural treatment for autoimmune diseases involve strengthening the immune system. Omega 3, such as that found in flaxseed is known to boost the immune system. Flaxseed Oil, which contains large amounts of Omega 3, can also help with the inflammation associated with Graves disease. This supplement is especially helpful for alleviating bulging eyes.
The eyes have it
One of the most common symptoms of Graves disease is inflamed, red, bulging eyes. This symptom can be alleviated for daily comfort. Using a humidifier can help. Elevation of the head can reduce swelling at night. Some patients have found cold compresses to be an effective alternative treatment for Graves disease. Others use exercises to strengthen the eyes. A pair of high quality sunglasses can shield sensitive eyes from strain and light.
Further immune support
Anytime the immune system is effected by disease, diet comes into play. The best immune system support comes from antioxidants. Antioxidants are best taken by diet, rather than supplementation. A diet high in dark, colorful fruits and vegetables will provide alternative medicine for Graves disease and other ailments through nutritional support. When using supplementation, be sure the supplements are from whole food sources and in liquid or easy absorbency form whenever possible.
Please Note: The author is not a licensed medical professional. This article is not intended to replace professional medical advice
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