Category Archives: Thyroid Problems

Foods that make thyroid swell?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have trouble with my thyroid, which I take medication for. When I eat a member of the cabbage family and some other foods like peaches, pears, and soy, they make my thyroid swell. What can I do to correct this problem and enjoy these foods? A: Some of the foods…

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Acupuncture help hypothyroid problem?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can acupuncture help my hypothyroid problem? A: Hypothyroid conditions require thyroid hormone replacement therapies because the thyroid is unable to produce the essential hormones needed by the body. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbal formulations can be helpful in alleviating and addressing the various symptoms of hypothyroidism. In some cases,…

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Treating hypothyroidism naturally?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, This week I visited an endocrinologist who found that my thyroid was enlarged and also that I have a low thyroid function. He said that there was no natural cure and he recommended that I start taking medication. Is there a way hypothyroidism could be treated by traditional Chinese medicine? A:…

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Natural care after a removed thyroid?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have had my thyroid removed. I have been taking Levoxyn for my condition, which has a lot of undesirable side effects. Is there a way I can get off the drugs and naturally care for my condition? A: Your thyroid produces thyroxine, a very important hormone for metabolism, hormonal balance,…

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Causes and cure for hypothyroidism?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you tell me what causes hypothyroidism and what I can do about it? A: Hypothyroidism has many etiologies, including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, treatment for Hyperthyroidism, thyroidectomy, or antiarrhythmic agents (such as amiodarone). I am assuming you have had the proper thyroid function tests, including serum TSH, and T4 index tests to…

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