Hypothyroid Tonic

Increase thyroid hormone production

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This tincture contains a blend of herbs specifically formulated to treat an underactive thyroid. The herbs are naturally rich in Iodine, which feeds the thyroid gland to improve function. Astragalus and alfalfa contain selenium, which is involved in the conversion of thyroid hormones. Black cohosh is especially used for treating menstrual problems associated with hypothyroidism.

Alfalfa Medicago sativa, Astragalus Astragalus membranaceus, Black Cohosh Caulophyllum thalictrides, Bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosus

Traditional Indications 

  • Hypothyroid
  • Functional hypothyroid
  • Hashimotos thyroiditis

Alfalfa Medicago sativa - Alfalfa is anodyne, antibacterial, antiscorbutic, aperient, diuretic, emetic, febrifuge, haemostatic, nutritive, stimulant, and tonic, Alfalfa is high in protein and contains vitamins A, B1, B63 B 12, C, E and K, along with the minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc and importantly in relation to thyroid health, selenium. Alfalfa leaves, either fresh or dried, have traditionally been used as a nutritive tonic to stimulate the appetite and promote weight gain. The plant has an oestrogenic action and could prove useful in treating problems related to menstruation and the menopause. The plant is antiscorbutic, aperient, diuretic, oxytocic, haemostatic, nutritive, stimulant and tonic. The expressed juice is emetic and is also anodyne in the treatment of gravel. The plant is taken internally for debility in convalescence or anaemia, haemorrhage, menopausal complaints, pre-menstrual tension, fibroids etc. A poultice of the heated leaves has been applied to the ear in the treatment of earache. The leaves can be used fresh or dried. The leaves are rich in vitamin K which is used medicinally to encourage the clotting of blood. This is valuable in the treatment of jaundice. The plant is grown commercially as a source of chlorophyll and carotene, both of which have proven health benefits. The leaves also contain the anti-oxidant tricin.

Astragalus / Huang Qi Astragalus membranaceus - Astragalus is an adaptogen, antibacterial, anti-cancer, cardiotonic, diuretic, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, hypotensive, hepatic, kidney strengthening and ophthalmic, pectoral, tonic, uterine tonic and vasodilator. Huang Qi is commonly used in China. The root is a sweet tonic herb that stimulates the immune system and many organs of the body, whilst lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It is particularly suited to young, physically active people, increasing stamina and endurance and improving resistance to the cold. Huang Qi is used especially for treatment of the kidneys and also to avoid senility. It is used in the treatment of cancer, prolapse of the uterus or anus, abscesses and chronic ulcers, chronic nephritis with oedema and proteinuria. Huang Qi/Astragalus is used for treating the common cold and upper respiratory infections; to strengthen and regulate the immune system; and to increase the production of blood cells particularly in individuals with chronic degenerative disease or in individuals with cancer undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Recent research in the West has shown that the root can increase the production of interferon and macrophages and thus help restore normal immune function in cancer patients. Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy recover faster and live longer if given Huang Qi concurrently. It increases the production of blood cells. In TCM, astragalus is said to tonify spleen & lung Qi, raises spleen & stomach Qi and is used to treat prolapse, tonifies the Wei Qi to boost the immune system, tonify Qi & blood due to loss of blood to treat postpartum fever. Astragalus is used orally as an antibacterial and antiviral; a tonic; liver protectant; anti-inflammatory; antioxidant; and as a diuretic, vasodilator or hypotensive agent. Astragalus is specific for chronic cough. In TCM, Astragalus can be combined with Dang gui to treat exhaustion from blood loss. The lifting quality of the astragalus can help to neutralise the downward draining property of Dang Gui, helping to prevent diarrhoea. Astragalus contains selenium which is involved in the conversion of thyroid hormones. Selenium is necessary to form glutathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductase (two of our bodies own natural anti-oxidants) thus its important contribution to the prevention of the twentieth-century plagues, cancer and cardiovascular disease and three known deiodinase enzymes (which convert one thyroid hormone to another). Low soil levels of selenium are associated with higher cancer rates and HIV. People in Keshan, China use Astragalus, which accumulates selenium from the soil, to treat Keshan disease, a type of heart disease associated with selenium deficiency.

Bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosus - Bladderwrack is antihypothyroid and antirheumatic. The main use of bladder wrack in herbal medicine is as a source of iodine, an essential nutrient for the thyroid gland. Bladder wrack is useful in the treatment of underactive thyroid glands (hypothyroidism) and goitre. It helps relieve rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatic conditions such as gout. A chemical constituent of bladder wrack called alginic acid swells upon contact with water, forms a type of "seal" at the top of the stomach, and for this reason is used in several over-the-counter preparations for heartburn. Bladder wrack should not be used in cases of hyperthyroidism or cardiac problems, during pregnancy and lactation or acne. Black cohosh Cimicifuga racemosa - Black cohosh is an alterative, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, birthing aid, cardiotonic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypnotic, hypoglycaemic, sedative, tonic, and vasodilator. Black cohosh is a traditional remedy of the North American Indians where it was used mainly to treat women's problems, especially painful periods and problems associated with the menopause. Black cohosh is the trophorestorative of the female reproductive system. Research has shown that the root has oestrogenic activity and is thought to reduce levels of pituitary luteinizing hormone, thereby decreasing the ovaries production of progesterone. It maybe used beneficially in cases of painful or delayed menstruation. Ovarian cramps or cramping pain in the womb will be relieved by Black cohosh. It is very active in the treatment of rheumatic pains, but also in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, in muscular and neurological pain. It finds use in sciatica and neuralgia, associated with the third trimester of pregnancy. Black cohosh is especially specific for treating menstrual problems associated with hypothyroidism. It's a popular treatment for peri-menopausal women, treats symptoms of PMS and may help with infertility.

Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures

Not all herbal tinctures are equal. Our Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures are 1:1 where possible or 1:2 strength only where 1:1 strength is unavailable, This means they are 1 part herb in 1 part liquid or 2 parts liquid respectively, as opposed to other herbs on the Irish and UK market which are either 1:3 or 1:5 which is 1 part herb to 3 parts liquid or 5 parts liquid respectively. This means Carahealth tinctures at least 3-5 times greater in strength therefore effectiveness.

All tinctures are supplied in a one month supply only consisting of 2 x 200 ml bottles (400 ml total). Again your purchase will last one month when taken at the therapeutic dose of 7 1/2 ml 2 x day or if preferred 5 ml 3 x day in a little water before meals (or after meals if you have a sensitive stomach).

Quality Control

The herbs prescribed are organic, biodynamic or wild crafted where humanly possible. Endangered species are not used.

Our herbs comply with current Good manufacturing Practice (cGMP). At various stages during the process, manufacturing and distribution, samples are taken for validation and verification in the manufacturer’s laboratory to ensure standard levels of active constituents are present in every batch. These tests involve standard pharmacopoeia testing, such as:

  • Analytical chromatography including Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Herbs are also tested for

  • Microbial levels
  • Foreign matter
  • Total and acid insoluble ash
  • Loss on drying
  • Ethanol soluble extractive and insoluble residues
  • Water soluble extractive
  • Alcohol estimation
  • Swelling index
  • Large number of other specialist Pharmacopoeia monograph assays and tests
  • Pesticides/heavy metals

Ethanol used in production of Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures

The ethanol high grade (pharmaceutical quality) ethanol distilled from French sugar beet, is guaranteed gluten free and complies with the full requirements of the British and European Pharmacopoeia for residue levels.

Water used in manufacture

Public mains water is not used. Only highly filtered water which is piped from deep underground, or pharmaceutical grade purified water is used. Every single batch of every product leaving us is tested for conformity to European Pharmacopoeia microbiological limits.

Drug/herb interactions

The Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tincture range has been formulated to have no negative drug/herb interactions. If you are on medication, pregnant or breastfeeding, Carahealth recommend getting expert naturopathic advice on herbal contraindications and drug/herb interactions by booking a Skype consult.

Carahealth accept no responsibility if you self-prescribe my herbs whilst taking medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding (although Carahealth Partus Prep and Carahealth Birth Aid can be self-prescribed as they are specific for pregnancy).

Expectations

The general rule is for every year you have had a condition, a month of treatment is required. If you are on the correct prescription you should notice an improvement within the first 2 weeks and then expect slow and steady improvement the longer you are on the herbs.

Carahealth Dispensary

Herbs are dispensed in HDPE plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are used to prevent breakages and reduce weight for postage. HDPE is number 2 in the triangle and considered to be a stable, non leaching and hence safe plastic. The bottles are widely recyclable. Carahealth Herbal Tinctures are mixed personally and professionally by our triple degree qualified CAM practitioner with 19 years clinical experience, Carina Harkin.

Special orders

For children's doses, for a tailor-made remedy or if you would like to mix and match your 2 bottle order contact our Naturopathic Consultant Carahealth can supply virtually any herbal tincture you require. Carina can make a herbal tincture specifically for you that is safe in pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you are on medication. Or perhaps you are not on medication but would like to book a Skype Consult to ensure your self-prescription is correct and would like advice on diet, lifestyle and supplements.

Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.

Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.

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