I just started taking the herbs for my adrenal fatigue (ashwaghanda, nettle leaf, yucca, watercress, rosehips and bee pollen), am taking bitters for the liver and kefir and prebiotics for candida.
I have Hashimoto's and am currently on 90 mg of Armour. My goal is to go completely off the Armour over time. As my thyroid is strengthened by healing the adrenals and also supplementing with selenium, I'm assuming my T3 and T4 will rise and I can lower my medication. My plan is to lower it 5 mg every 2-3 weeks and monitor my basal body tempature during this. Please let me know your thoughts on this and any other ideas.
Keep a close eye on your symptoms. If you get worse suddenly you are going off of the medication too quick and need to go back to your last level a little longer. The longer you have been on the medication the slower you should come off of it.
You are getting some iodine in the nettle leaf and watercress, but you may also add a seaweed for a little extra iodine.
The amino acid tyrosine also helps as it is a building block for thyroid hormones. This needs to be taken at least 30 minutes before meals.
Also, are there any other herbs you recommend for going off the meds?
You previously recommended zizyphus, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Any idea where I can find it?
You are going to have a hard finding this unless you have a China town. And you want the seed, not the fruit. Otherwise you can use coleus forskohlii, which is a great substitute. It is not the easiest to find either, but is easier to locate than zizyphus. I use both in my Thyroid Tonic along with the tyrosine and a few other things you are taking if you ever want to try that.
Another question, I got the bee pollen, but am not sure how to take it as it's not a powder.
You can just chew the granules up. They are soft and do not taste bad.
When mixing the ashwaghanda, nettle leaf, yucca, watercress and rosehips and taking together, do I mix one part of each or more of one or the other?
Yucca is always going to be a little lower in amount to prevent a laxative effect. In your case I recommend mixing by weight 5 parts each of the ashwagandha and nettle leaf, three parts watercress, tow parts rosehips and 1 part yucca root.
Also, I am not sleeping well. Will any of the above herbs help me sleep if taken at night? If not, Kava has worked for me in the past, I may try that.
Ashwagandha is calming. You can also take some calcium citrate or malate before bedtime to help calm the mind. Other good herbs include scullcap, passion flower, catnip or wood betony.
Is it okay to be taking herbs with iodine with the Hashimoto's or should I wait until that's under control? I had taken iodine supplements a few months ago, and while it raised my t3 and t4 and kept my tsh level, it increased my antibodies. Will the amount of nettle leaf and watercress I'm taking now have a large effect on my Hashi's or is the amount of iodine small enough? I also thought Tyrosine had a negative effect of on autoimmune diseases. Just want to clarify before I add those in.
Larger amounts of iodine is contradicted in Hashimoto's since it will aggravate the condition in some people. But low levels found in many herbs and plants consumed as food do not cause this problem It is a matter of balance. Kind of like a person with kidney failure may require a restriction of water intake but you cannot restrict it 100%. You cannot restrict iodine 100% either, but you do need to watch your intake. The only herb you would have to be careful with is the seaweed for two reasons. One is it is higher in iodine and many seaweeds are rich in immune stimulating polysaccharides. These polysaccharides are not good for any autoimmune condition. Atlantic kelp is low in the polysaccharides though and small doses will not overdo the iodine.
You can always leave out the seaweed altogether for now and rely more on the adrenal herbs, which is what needs to be built up for autoimmune conditions anyway. The adrenals produce the body's corticosteroids, which help to modulate the immune response. When the adrenals are weak not enough corticosteroids are produced, which can lead to the overproduction of nonspecific low affinity antibodies, also known as autoantibodies.
Also, what do you recommend to reduce pms symptoms? I'm hoping by healing the adrenals and liver that those will diminish but wondering if I can take anything for it in the meantime.
PMS is caused from elevated progesterone. So you need to keep your progesterone levels under control, which includes avoiding progesterone creams and cleansing the liver with bitters. Eating more plant based floods will also help due to their phytoestrogen and flavonoid content.. Licorice root is also a good choice to help keep progesterone under control.
If you have cramping as well you can use magnesium malate to reduce it. The magnesium works by antagonizing calcium, which causes muscle contractions.