Healing with Homeopathy: A Case of Hypothyroidism After Pregnancy

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For most physicians, a case of hypothyroidism has only one therapy. They believe it is necessary to replace the missing hormone, using either synthetic or natural sources for years or for life, with little hope of ever restoring thyroid function. Even naturally-oriented physicians are prone to this approach if providing the precursors of thyroxine, iodine and tyrosine, or glandular tissue therapy does not increase hormone production. Some will even give thyroid replacement when there is a subclinical hypothyroidism indicated by basal body temperature and some hypothyroid symptoms with normal levels of thyroid hormone in the blood. There has been a great deal of controversy about whether this is useful or not. There has not, however, been much information about the effectiveness of homeopathic medicine as single therapy in the treatment of hypothyroidsm. The present case, although still in progress, has produced a dramatic enough reversal of symptoms and blood values that we thought it was well worth sharing as an example of the treatment of hypothyroidism by homeopathy without replacement therapy of any kind.

Sarah is a 28 year-old mother of two children who brought her three month-old son in for an ear infection. During the visit she complained of feeling very tired, which is not unusual following pregnancy and during nursing, but it seemed that her condition was more severe than that. Her son had not been sleeping through the night due to colic and the recent ear infection, and she also had an active two year-old girl as well. Before the pregnancy and birth of her son, she had been quite physically active and weighed only 110 pounds. Now she was 25 pounds overweight and feeling very sluggish, even though she had not been overeating. Exercise was very difficult for her, and the least exertion left her exhausted. She had noticed that it was difficult for her to focus her vision and that her speech had become more slurred. Sarah also felt that her mind had become fuzzy and slow.

She complained of indigestion with flatulence after eating, especially when she ate onions, apples or peanut butter. This had become much worse since her pregnancy. She was feeling very chilly and it was hard for her to get warm, even though it was May. She was desiring to take hot showers which she didn't like to do before.

Sarah had also developed a new soreness in her neck and knees. The knee pain was worse from climbing stairs. Her hair was falling out a little and her skin had become dry and rough. Her sex desire had disappeared, which distressed her. She described herself as apathetic and even though she had cried easily throughout her life, lately she had not been crying even though her colicky baby was giving her a lot of stress. For a few days prior to the visit she had had vomiting and diarrhea which she attributed to food poisoning. Usually her bowel movements were soft, once or twice daily. She had no particular food cravings and her appetite was quite low.

Laboratory testing indicated that Sarah was indeed hypothyroid as her symptom picture strongly suggested. Her T4 was less than 2.5 (normal is 4.5-12.5 mcg/dl), and her T3 uptake was 0.84 (low normal). Her TSH was 266.6 (normal is 0.4-6.0 MIU/ml). It was clear that she had a primary hypothyroidism.

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By Robert Ullman and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman

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