Hypothyroidism is the medical term for an underactive thyroid. Underactive thyroids do not produce sufficient amount of certain hormones. According to MayoClinic.com, women over the age of 50 are more likely to develop this condition. If left untreated, hypothyroidism may lead to joint pain, obesity, heart disease and possible infertility. Herbal teas may help soothe some symptoms associated with this condition. Talk with your health-care provider before using herbs to treat this or any other health condition.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can take years to develop. Symptoms may include constipation, fatigue, muscle aches or tenderness, depression, sensitivity to cold and pain and stiffness in the joints. In addition, hypothyroidism may also lead to heavy menstrual periods. Children suffering from hypothyroidism may also experience delayed puberty, poor growth and poor mental development.
Chamomile has been used for many years to treat digestive disorders such as constipation. Chamomile helps stimulate the flow of bile, which in turn enhances digestion. In addition, chamomile contains calming and relaxing properties that may help relax and soothe muscle aches and joint pain. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, chamomile is available in the form of dried flower heads, extracts, tea and capsules. To make a soothing chamomile tea, add up to 4 g of dried chamomile herb to 1 cup of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes and drink up to four times per day between meals.
St. John's Wort Tea
St. John’s wort is a perennial herb and a member of the Hypericaceae family. St. John’s wort has been used since ancient times to treat depression, restlessness, nervousness and insomnia. St. John’s wort may also help ease pain felt in muscles and joints as well as decrease feelings of fatigue. According to Medicinal Herb Info, 1 tsp. of St. John’s wort herb can be steeped in 1/2 cup of hot water for five minutes and drunk once before breakfast and once before bedtime.
Speak with your physician before using herbs to treat any type of ailments to determine if herbs are a safe alternative treatment as well as to determine the proper dosage for your symptoms. Women who may be pregnant or breastfeeding should not use herbs. Herbs should not be administered to children without speaking to a pediatrician first.