Does Chamomile Affect Thyroid?
Is CBD a thyroid supplement? That is a question that many people ask when they are first experiencing the affects of a prescription medication for hypothyroidism, and for good reason. For one thing, the effects of chamomile can be felt almost immediately as an energizing tea or tincture is drank. Additionally, some people report an almost instant response to the tea’s effects upon drinking it.
But does chamomile have an effect on the thyroid? Some researchers theorize that the herb alters thyroid metabolism in ways similar to some medications used to treat thyroid disorders. It has been hypothesized that CBD may act like iodine, altering the thyroid’s ability to metabolize iodine. While this hypothesis is not scientifically proven, it is important to remember that the thyroid gland and its regulation are an area of very strong debate in mainstream medicine. Even so, we have learned of some positive results from CBD use in conditions such as depression.
In patients with hypothyroidism, chamomile has been reported to help alleviate depression symptoms and promote general mood improvement. And since mood is one of the major symptoms of hypothyroidism, some people find that they can actually enjoy some of the positive benefits of chamomile without experiencing adverse reactions. Unfortunately, despite the fact that chamomile can be helpful with treating hypothyroidism and improving mood, it does have some potential side effects. These effects may include:
Colic – Some people do describe feeling colicky at times when they take chamomile. This can happen in people who take the herb for the first time and in those who have a problem with allergies. Again, though, this may simply be the placebo effect taking place. After all, if you are allergic to a certain substance, you may expect to get sick when you ingest it. Chamomile allergy symptoms usually present themselves with flu-like symptoms such as swollen sinuses or cough.
Infections – A rare but possible complication of taking chamomile is an infection from the thyroid. This can only occur when the herb is taken in conjunction with another herbal remedy. In most cases, this will only occur if the combination of chamomile and thyroid medication is used for an extended period of time, such as on an ongoing basis. If this does happen, then it is important to contact a doctor as quickly as possible. The infection may require treatment by a physician in order to be treated successfully.
Muscle weakness or a tingling feeling in the arms, legs, or feet may be experienced. These effects may last for several days in some cases and could be due to a build up of fluid under the skin which is caused by the body’s own secretions. For this reason, chamomile is not advised for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Some women may experience nausea or vomiting during the course of using chamomile. This is usually temporary and will subside once the cause of the nausea has been eliminated. If your symptoms do not abate, it may be a good idea to contact your doctor to find out the cause.
Fertility issues – Some medical studies have found that chamomile may be helpful in helping with infertility. Women who have problems ovulating may find that their menstrual cycles become longer when they consume chamomile tea on a regular basis. This may be due to the chamomile having an effect on the hormones that are responsible for ovulation. The hormone estradiol, which is related to the menstrual cycle, is affected by chamomile and this can help to regulate the process in many cases. Some physicians are not aware of any possible link between chamomile and infertility and this information needs to be researched in order for these issues to be resolved.
Nausea and vomiting – Some individuals may experience side effects from chamomile. These may include excessive gas, bloating or difficulty urinating. Chamomile may also cause a sensation of nausea or even sickness when consumed in large quantities