Missy writes: My mom has an under active thyroid. I have purchased ashwagandha, brahmi, and bladderwrack in powdered form. I’m looking for advice on dosages, & any other suggestions. She is not currently on any other medications. Thanks for your question. An under-active thyroid is not uncommon in post menopausal women; however, I am not sure how you’ve determined that her thyroid is under-active nor what symptoms she might be experiencing thus making your question difficult to answer. If she has not been seen by her doctor this is where I would start. They should recommend that she have a complete blood panel done as many factors can influence the thyroid and cause secondary hypothyroidism. Her doctor will also check to see if there is a lack of iodine in her diet and do a physical exam to see if she may have a goiter. Some hypothyroidism is due to an autoimmune issues, so it’s very important that she consult her doctor to find the root cause. Next I would ask if she is under a stress. Stress can definitely affect all aspects of the body and could indirectly affect the thyroid. Herbs known as adaptogens might be helpful in this case. This would include (as you mentioned), but not limited to ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), a/k/a tulsi. There are two wonderful books on adaptogens which I’ve listed below. (1) Weight gain can be a function of an underachieve thyroid. She should make sure that she eats a nutritious diet and gets daily exercise if possible. Again, I have listed several helpful books. (2) Good luck. (1) Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism by Donald Yance (2) The Thyroid Diet Revolution by Mary J. Shomon Menopausal Years, the Wise Woman Way, by Susan S. Weed Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat? by Sanford Siegal, DO, MD Jayne Tamburello has a master’s degree in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) and is the founder of Invibe Herbal, THE one-stop shop for healthy, organic herbal tea blends. Please visit our website at: www.invibeherbal.com. Jayne is also a licensed nutritionist (LDN), a certified nutritionist specialist (CNS) and a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, RH(AHG). She can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
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