Alternate Therapies for Thyroid Disorders

Did you know that physical and energy imbalances within your body can not only disrupt your health but can often be one of the root causes of thyroid disorders? 

Dr Andrea Maxim, a leading naturopath from Ontario, Canada and founder of the Maxim Movement realised early in her career, that the value of mastering the foundations of good health involves removing the triggers that lead to poor health. Triggers include stress, food sensitivities, acid/alkaline imbalances, poor nutrition, heavy metals and environmental toxins.

Here is some valuable insight gathered from Dr Maxim’s research and work with alternative treatments for thyroid disorders.

Alternative Therapies for Thyroid Disorders

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that our bodies are not only physical, but mental, emotional and spiritual as well, and by balancing both the physical and the energetic sides of our systems, it is possible to get long lasting results when it comes to our health.

Energy medicine which includes Homeopathy and Acupuncture are natural ways of tapping into the energy of our bodies and helping them to become more balanced. These various methods of healing are both safe and effective in the holistic approach to treatment. 

Since our thyroid governs energy, metabolism, mood and our ability to enjoy restful sleep it’s not difficult to grasp how an imbalance between the physical and energetic sides can lead to most thyroid issues.


Acupuncture, the use of very thin and painless needles, has been around for about 3000 years as part of traditional Chinese medicine, which along with Chinese herbs, is also used to promote energy flow or ‘chi’, in the body.  There are around 400 different acupuncture points throughout our bodies but for most protocols, there is generally a small collection of points that are used more frequently, as they are really powerful at moving energy and creating balance. 

The ‘liver three’ point, located in the dorsum of the foot, is one of the points targeted for thyroid patients in that this point best assists with detoxification. From an energy and adrenal perspective, this point also helps to relieve stress-induced imbalances by getting the energy flowing.

As every protocol for acupuncture and the frequency of treatments depends heavily on the thyroid symptoms of the patient – hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, goitre, thyrotoxicosis, thyroid flare etc. – the needles will be placed at the appropriate points in the body, which can also include the neck, legs and ankles.


Homoeopathy is a gentle and effective way to rebalance health by essentially taking the energy from plants, minerals and animals. The physical properties are however removed, through a process called succussing or vigorous shaking. Because only the energy portion is required for Homeopathic treatments, this not only makes the medicines safe for infants, pregnant women, children and adults but there is also no need to worry about the remedies interacting with any other medication or herbal support. 

For hypo and hyperthyroid disorders, homoeopathic iodum is often prescribed as it gently gives the body extra iodine without the worry of overdose. Thyroidinum is used for treating goitre and hyperthyroidism and is excellent for balancing the thyroid. The herb bladderwrack is rich in iodine and works best for hypothyroidism whereas the herb Lycopus, helps to calm the thyroid. 

Ultimately, when it comes to any thyroid treatment, the homoeopathic remedy prescribed should always be that which best matches the ‘symptom picture’ of each person. 

Finding a holistic approach to healing is what Dr Alain Sanua does best. As a Doctor of Naturopathy and Homoeopathy, Dr Sanua can help you find the most suited alternative treatment for your thyroid issues. Talk to him today.


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