Goiter is a medical condition that is characterized by an abnormal swelling of the thyroid gland. The most common cause of goiter worldwide is a lack of iodine in the diet. Most goiters are usually painless, but a large goiter can cause a cough and make it difficult for you to breathe or swallow. Hoarseness in the voice is another symptoms.
A goiter can result due to over- or underproduction of the thyroid hormones or nodules that develop within the gland itself. However, there are certain simple yet effective home remedies that can help reduce the size of your goiter and also provide relief from the symptoms. Here’s how you can use garlic, sorrel leaves, pineapple and dandelion to manage it.
Dandelion: Dandelion is rich in antioxidants that protect against oxidative stress and circulatory disorders. The leaves of this herb can reduce inflammation and neck swelling. Take two to three leaves of dandelion and heat in a pan with ½ tsp clarified butter (ghee). Apply these leaves over the goiter to shrink it.
Pineapple: Pineapple is a rich source of iodine. Drinking a glass of pineapple juice every day can prove effective in improving iodine levels in the body and thus shrink the goiter.
Neck Stretches: Neck stretches can help loosen the muscles close to the thyroid gland and improve blood circulation, reducing any swelling. Stretch your neck from side to side every two hours to find relief from the swelling.
Garlic: Garlic increases the production of glutathione, a molecule that helps maintain healthy levels of the thyroid hormone. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of garlic can help reduce swelling of the thyroid. Crush two garlic cloves and take them with warm water every night before going to bed.
Sorrel Leaves: Sorrel leaves (spinach dock) are rich in iodine and can help prevent a goiter. Prepare a fine paste by grinding four to five sorrel leaves with a little olive oil. Apply this mixture over the affected area to alleviate swelling. You can also add sorrel leaves to salads, soups or sauces.
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