5 Natural Remedies for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (That you can do at home)

5 Natural Remedies for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (That don’t require a doctor)

Why Treat Hashimoto's?

Do you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis?

If so, are you interested in learning how to manage your condition without the use of drugs or thyroid medication?

It might surprise you that this is a possibility for some people who have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. 

Today I am going to walk you through 5 natural treatment options that are available to those people who have this autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland. 

But before we get into those you should probably understand one important aspect of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and why you would want to treat it (besides the obvious reason). 

Why is that?

Because you CANNOT count on your doctor to help you with the management of this condition. 

Whenever I say this, I often get surprised reactions from patients but it is the truth. 

Why?

Because your doctor doesn't believe that the diagnosis of Hashimoto's changes the management of your condition

Remember:

Hashimoto's causes hypothyroidism or a sluggish thyroid and it is THIS condition that is treated with thyroid medication. 

Hashimoto's, as an autoimmune disease, does not have a treatment as far as doctors are concerned. 

Doctors only care about Hashimoto's insofar as it is a condition that causes low thyroid function. 

But that is a big problem for patients. 

Why?

Because Hashimoto's is both a THYROID DISEASE and an IMMUNE disease (it is, after all, an autoimmune disease). 

And there are therapies that YOU can do to manage both of these components naturally. 

Wouldn't you want to improve your thyroid without the use of thyroid medication, if possible?

Wouldn't you want to reduce the attack of your own immune system on your thyroid gland, if possible? 

You would and that is no doubt why you are here. 

So let's jump in: 

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Natural Treatments and Remedies for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Treatments, when it comes to the thyroid gland, are really only helpful if they are available to you. 

What I mean is that I can talk about what type and what dose of thyroid medication you should be taking but it doesn't really matter if your doctor isn't willing to prescribe that medication to you. 

And this is why the therapies we are about to talk about are so valuable. 

They do NOT require the prescription of a doctor to utilize! 

These therapies are considered natural in the sense that they are available over the counter, they are available to you right now, and they do not require a doctor's prescription pad. 

Does this mean you should do them without doctor supervision?

Well, no, it's always better to get your doctor on board to help guide you if possible. 

But if that isn't an option, or if your doctor isn't willing to work with you, then these therapies should be considered!

#1. Diet (3 easy dietary guidelines to start with)

First on the list of any natural treatment guide should be diet. 

And I'm not talking about diet in the sense that you should reduce your calories and go on a diet. 

I'm talking about a set of healthy guidelines that you use on a day to day basis which help dictate which types of foods that you consume and which types of foods that you avoid. 

Why does this matter?

Because the food that you eat can heavily influence both your immune system AND thyroid function

t turns out that there are several types of foods which can actually make Hashimoto's worse. 

There are even some studies that suggest that certain foods stimulate immune dysfunction in the body (as well as inflammation) and may even be the triggering event for some people. 

If you haven't already, be sure to read my guide on what actually causes or triggers Hashimoto's so you can ensure that you are on the right treatment!

But back to foods for a second...

The foods that you eat have an impact on your overall health. 

And for our purposes, I am going to talk about 3 separate types of diets that can be used and have been shown to be helpful to OTHER people with Hashimoto's. 

What diets am I talking about?

These 3:

  • #1. The gluten-free and dairy-free diet
  • #2. The elimination diet. 
  • #3. The AIP diet.

All three of these diets have the potential to help improve your Hashimoto's and I have them listed here in order of difficulty (from least to most difficult). 

If you don't know anything about dieting for Hashimoto's then your first diet should be the gluten-free and dairy-free diet

MANY people with Hashimoto's do poorly on both of these food groups and we have medical studies showing that gluten and dairy can both potentially cause inflammation n the gut and body. 

In addition, we also have studies that show that eliminating dairy (especially milk) in patients with Hashimoto's can NATURALLY improve thyroid function (1). 

I am personally gluten-free and have been for 5 years and I have put many people on this diet with great success. 

If you opt to do the gluten-free and dairy-free diet then you need to commit to it 100% for at least 2 months (maybe longer)!

Going gluten-free for 2 weeks and saying it didn't help you is not going to cut it. 

The next diet you may want to try is known as the elimination diet. 

The elimination diet helps you remove all foods which are people commonly react to and it includes much more than just gluten and dairy. 

The elimination diet is slightly more difficult to follow compared to the gluten-free and dairy-free diet which means it is also potentially more effective. 

If you've failed on the gluten-free diet or if you felt somewhat better (but not all the way) then it may be time to up your game and try the elimination diet. 

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Like the gluten-free diet, you need to make sure that you do it correctly including the re-introduction phase of certain foods. 

Lastly, if you are still having trouble after using both the gluten-free diet and the elimination diet, then it might be time to try the AIP diet. 

The AIP diet stands for the autoimmune paleo diet or the autoimmune protocol diet and it is the strictest diet available to Hashimoto's patients (aside from the carnivore diet). 

I'm not a huge fan of the AIP diet but I do realize that it has a place in the treatment of Hashimoto's and I have recommended it and used it with great success in certain patients

One of the downsides to this diet is that it is hard to follow long-term and while it does help it may cause tolerance to certain foods if you use it for too long. 

The AIP diet is ideal for those people with multiple autoimmune conditions and in those who are having a really tough time getting their antibodies under control. 

#2. Pine bark extract (Pycnogenol). 

Next on the list is something known as pycnogenol or pine bark extract (both terms for the same herbal ingredient). 

What exactly is pycnogenol?

It's an herbal extract made of pine bark and it has some very unique properties when taken orally by humans. 

What we care about here is that it can both help reduce inflammation and balance your immune system (2). 

Also, it's available over the counter as an oral supplement which means that you can use it with other therapies (including diet) quite easily! 

How does pine bark extract work? 

It's a powerful and potent anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce inflammation in the body. 

Inflammation is at the heart of autoimmune disease so anything that reduces inflammation may help reduce the attack of thyroid antibodies on your thyroid gland. 

There have been some studies that show that pine bark extract works by inhibiting something known as NF-KB which is a trigger of immune flare-ups in the body

By downregulating this factor it helps to bring balance to your immune system. 

Pine bark extract works well for pretty much any inflammatory condition and many autoimmune conditions but it seems to work particularly well for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. 

I've recommended and used it in many patients with great success and have even seen it have antibody lowering effects. 

If you want to use pycnogenol you will want to use between 100mg to 200mg per day (a high dose) for at least 3-6 months. 

Make sure you use a high-quality brand like this one

#3. Vitamin D3 (NOT D2). 

Another over the counter supplement you should consider using if you have Hashimoto's is Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is probably closer to a hormone as opposed to a vitamin but regardless of what you call it, it has the potential to help. 

Vitamin D plays an important role in regulating immune function (3) and people with low vitamin D levels have a high risk of developing autoimmune disease (4) of all types. 

We also know that people with Vitamin D deficiency tend to have higher rates of depression, fatigue, and even an increased risk of certain cancers. 

To make matters worse it's not like vitamin D deficiency is rare. 

On the contrary, there are billions of people in the world who suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. 

In my own experience in testing hundreds and hundreds of people I rarely ever see a "normal" vitamin D level unless someone is already supplementing with D3. 

Ideally, you should test your Vitamin D level tested prior to supplementing. 

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It's really easy to get tested and you can just ask your doctor to check your vitamin D level during your next set of routine labs. 

If you are low (or even low-normal) and you have Hashimoto's then you will want to supplement. 

Using 1,000 to 2,000 IU's per day should help bring your level up but you will also want to try and increase your vitamin D naturally with sunlight as well. 

So make sure you do both of these things. 

Use a high-potency micellized Vitamin D supplement such as this one for absorption.  

#4. CBD oil & CBD supplements. 

A newcomer to the scene of Hashimoto's treatment is CBD oil. 

CBD oil is relatively new and is now available in MOST states in the US. 

I can't speak for other countries because I am not aware of their laws but you can purchase CBD oil over the counter in most states in the US. 

CBD stands for cannabidiol and is not the same thing as THC (another cannabinoid found in marijuana). 

CBD can be isolated and concentrated in oil/capsules which provide certain benefits via its effects on the endocannabinoid system in your body. 

You don't need to know all of that but what you should be aware of is that it can help to reduce inflammation and balance your immune system. 

And this is why it is effective at treating and managing Hashimoto's

I've been very impressed with the results of using CBD and I compare it in quality and effectiveness to prescription medications (provided you can find a high-quality product). 

CBD can be combined with the other therapies listed here and it can also be used in conjunction with thyroid medication. 

This makes CBD oil a great addition to any regimen aimed at treating Hashimoto's thyroiditis. 

I recommend using a supplement such as this one here to ensure that you are getting the right blend of CBD. 

#5. DHEA. 

Lastly, we have something referred to as DHEA. 

DHEA is actually a hormone (an androgen) created predominately by your adrenal glands. 

DHEA has some very unique abilities on its own but it's also a precursor hormone to testosterone and estrogen in the cholesterol-hormone metabolism pathway. 

DHEA stands for Dehydroepiandrosterone which is why I usually refer to it as DHEA!

As I mentioned previously, DHEA is an androgen which means it stimulates androgen receptors (the same receptors that testosterone triggers) in the body. 

We know that people with low testosterone levels have a higher risk of developing autoimmune disease compared to those with normal testosterone levels. 

This is why women get more autoimmune diseases compared to men (They have lower testosterone levels)! 

DHEA is also considered a "youthful" hormone meaning that it is thought to be responsible for helping you maintain a youthful appearance (both physically and physiologically). 

So why would you want to use DHEA?

Well, first off, you wouldn't want to use DHEA unless you are for sure that you have low DHEA levels. 

And you can check your blood levels for serum DHEA-S.

If you find that you are low AND if you have Hashimoto's THEN you may want to consider supplementing with this hormone. 

Note: be sure to also check testosterone (you don't want to use DHEA if your testosterone is high). 

DHEA, much like testosterone, may help balance the immune system and reduce thyroid gland damage. 

It's not a universal cure but it can and does help certain individuals who have low levels of androgens in their body. 

DHEA also helps to improve metabolism and youthful levels of DHEA are probably one of the reasons why younger people don't have issues with weight (like older people). 

Using DHEA may not only help your Hashimoto's and thyroid but may also help with your weight! 

You need to be careful using DHEA, though, because it can be converted into either estrogen or testosterone (5). 

Which is why you really don't want to use it if your testosterone or DHEA levels are already high. 

This problem can be avoided if you use a low dose of DHEA (don't overdose on DHEA!). 

I recommend using between 5 and 10 mg per day at most. 

You can use a supplement such as this one

Start with 1 capsule per day (5mg) and increase to two if necessary. 

Your Next Steps: 

Okay, after reading this, what sort of things should you be doing?

My recommendation is that you start with at least ONE of these therapies listed above. 

And that first step should always be diet (if you haven't already). 

If you've managed your diet then your next steps should be the easy to get over the counter supplements. 

Don't be afraid to use more than one of these therapies all at once. 

And, before you ask, yes they can be used with your thyroid medication (just don't take them at the same time as your medication). 

If possible, it would be a good idea for you to check your thyroid antibodies BEFORE you start these therapies. 

Why?

Because then you can check your antibodies after a few months to see what kind of improvement you were able to get with these therapies. 

And remember:

These are only a fraction of the total available therapies to treat Hashimoto's. 

I just wanted to provide you with some easy therapies that can be used over the counter but we didn't include ANY of the prescription medication options that exist such as thyroid medication and LDN

But now I want to hear from you:

Are you currently suffering from Hashimoto's thyroiditis?

Have you tried ANY of these therapies in the past?

Did they work for you? If so, leave your experience below!

If not, tell me which one you will be trying next!

Keep the conversation going and leave your questions or comments below! 

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Dr. Westin Childs

Dr. Westin Childs is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He provides well-researched actionable information about hormone-related disorders and formulates supplements to treat these disorders. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine. His focus is on managing thyroid disorders, weight loss resistance, and other sex hormone imbalances. You can read more about his own personal journey here.

23 thoughts on “5 Natural Remedies for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (That don’t require a doctor)”

  1. I have Graves Disease and am curious if the advice in this article would apply to me as well. I already do a gluten-free and dairy-free diet and take a variety of supplements, including Vitamin D3 (I was severely low in that when I was diagnosed 2.5 years ago). My levels got into the normal range using this approach, but not yet optimal; in fact, my TSH recently started going below normal again. Since I’m the opposite of Hashi, would any of the suggested treatments be a problem?

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  2. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s about 14 months ago. I am still titrating up on levoxyl dose to optimize levels. I had asked my pcp to get full thyroid panel rather than the TSH and free T4 only without success. I just saw an endocrinologist who finally ordered at least a free T3 but not anything more. My antibodies are both high and recent lab results are TSH 1.7 free T4 1.09 free T3 2.0. She increased my levoxyl now to 112mcg….should I consider a T3 like cytomel rather than T4 medication alone? Also I am going to follow first line diet gluten and dairy free but when I asked her about following antibodies, she said that she does not do this. I would like to decrease my antibodies as clearly they are still attacking my gland. I am very frustrated with the lack of insight to all of this here in my community.

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  3. Diagnosis: Hashi/Thyro, Sjogren’s, osteoarth and hemochromatosis. in other words told difficult to treat. No gluten, dairy, can, package, processed, and lost almost 40lbs, then couldn’t get NaturThroid so went with Armour (same dosage), progress stopped and put on 15lbs. Now trying Dr. Joel Walik program. Told have to watch for heme and non-heme which can be in conflict with Hashi protocols. Also trying to treat effects of Sjogren’s which is another thing. Doctors seem too specialized to deal with multi-issues. I’m a female 79, and now what?

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  4. I have a TSH suppressed at .020, T4 .8, Reverse T3 18.9, T3total if 136. I’m currently on Armour 120. My doctor wants to lower my dose because of suppressed TSH. The problem with that is I go back to having symptoms when lowered. Still have some symptoms on this. What’s going on?

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    • Hi Diane,

      I’m not quite sure I understand the question. If you are asking why your TSH is low it’s because of your medication. If you are asking why you still have symptoms despite having a low TSH that is simply because the TSH is a poor marker of cellular thyroid function.

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  5. I am looking to find a good naturopath doctor in the Chandler AZ area. I have Hashi and can not find a doctor who really understands it. Do you have a reference or source to find a good doctor?

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  6. Hello Dr Childs,

    What is your opinion on using LDN for lowering antibodies? Do you feel it is ok to use long term and have you seen success with this therapy?

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  7. Hello,

    I from Estonia, it’ s a little country in Estonia 🙂 Here we have same issues as you do in USA- treated only by TSH and not getting properly tested, nobody cares, most endos keep you sick..if you want to get well, you need edjucate yourself and find an endo who is working with you. I found mine after 2 years and 5 endos searching. We are like hashimotos students both 😀 learning together..i have sent her a lot of information from Westin Child’ s page 🙂
    Thanks to all this information that I have found from internet, I have edjucated myself a lot. I have also shared this page in Estonian Hashimotos facebook gruop and this has helped here a lot of people!
    I am already eating mostly paleo..100% GF…but now I’ m thinking to try to be 100% dairy free also …with gluten free diet and real food eating, I have got my antibodies from 600 to 293 (with 9 months) My 12y daughter has dairy intolerance (after years of atopic dermatities we tested with cytotoxic test, all allergies were negative and now she is feeling good and no more skin problems) Maybe is dairy a problem for me as her mother too.
    I have also corrected all my vitamin and mineral levels, including ferritin levels- that made a huge difference..my conversation t4 to t3 is working quite well now.
    I want to know about this pycocenol more. Is there also something good in Iherb? I dont’ know if I can oder from Amazone, I have ordered from Iherb only. Is pycocenol making calm or active? I tried ashwaghanda but this made me anxious not calm at all. So I quit. When I should take pycocenol if I take my t4 at bedtime?
    I also want to know is this common that I have had a lot of anxiety in this last 9 months, when I am actually being/ eating healthier than ever and my antibodies are lowering? Can it be possible that this healing process causes me anxiety? I have never had anxiety or other mental issues before. Everything else is better than ever, no joint pain, brainfog, more energy and my levels are also optimal. I test myself every 4-6 weeks.

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  8. I am so thankful to have you as a resource. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s about a year ago by my integrative and functional medicine physician. I have also had some success with low dose naltrexone. But I guess I had a flare in late December and I haven’t been able to get out of bed very much and my depression got so bad I had to go to the emergency room. I saw my functional med doctor yesterday and will be starting a 6-month program to get my health back on track. I DO take a DHEA supplement and also get estrogen and testosterone pellets inserted every three months (I’m post menopausal). And I’m on D3 (5000 IU). Both my therapist and functional med doctor recommend CBD, which I’ve used intermittently but maybe haven’t tried it regularly enough to notice a difference. I watched your videos and read your articles and we need more doctors like you in every city so people can have answers and help with Hashimoto’s. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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  9. Dr Childs,
    I am a 75 yr old female that three years ago was told that my thyroid was not functioning well.
    I requested my regular doctor to take Armour Thyroid, he was very reluctant to prescribe it. He said let me call you tonight and
    give you my opinion. Well, he did call back and was very reluctant
    since it is made out of porcine thyroid.
    I told him that I was aware and that was the medication that I wanted. So he did prescribe it at 30mg, once a day.
    I have a regular blood exam every four months, it includes TSH and T4, T4free as well as T3 and T3free. As I said, I have been on
    Armour Thyroid for three years, and the doctor is very surprise of my blood exams. He says that my thyroid is under control, but I have gain weight and it is difficult for me to lose it.
    I do take half of iodine pill every day, plus COQ10, Vit D, do take Brazil nuts(3) half of banana every day and some other fruit for breakfast. My biggest meal is at noon. Dinner is always very light.
    I take Armour Th. First thing in the morning and an hour later I do have my breakfast.
    Now, I have been losing hair and my nails are weak. Overall, I do have energy and seem to function okay, but my concern is loosing
    hair and not being able to loose weight.
    I do have hypertension, 138/78, 140/80 it varies. I do NOT take any B/P medication. But I do take chocolate 92% cacao, garlic pill twice a day. Cinnamon pill, herbal B/P pill. Drink pomegranate juice 1/2 cup. I do drink kefir with breakfast.
    Reading your recommendations above, you are suggesting to stay
    away from milk products. I do not drink milk, but I do like cheese.
    I have not being told that I have Hashimoto’s, but it might be that
    My doctor does not know (?) he said I do not have Hashimoto’s.
    My height is about 5’1 and weight about 175.
    I take no medications, but just the natural Armour Thyroid 30mg.
    I live in Orange County and would like to know more about your
    practice and if you can guide me more, since I am the one that has
    to tell my doctor what I want.
    I do go for exercise every day for 5 days a week for about 50minutes. Try to do breathing exercises and try to attend lectures. My husband is always very supportive and also eats greens like me, but I do eat chicken, beef maybe once a week and
    try to vary fruits everyday.
    Would you be able to guide me?
    Waiting for your reply please.
    GAMZ

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  10. I’m very confused about my most recent lab report… TSI 5.28, FREE T3 3.2, FEEE T4 1.2, T3TOTAL 109, REVERSE T3 9, THYROGLOBULIN 3, TPO 108, TSI 185
    Diagnosed with Graves in 2014, but now I don’t know what autoimmune I have. My TSH usually is around 2, and my thyroid numbers have consistently been in optimal range for 3 years. Not on any medications, just supplements, diet, exercise, lifestyle, etc. I’m thinking these numbers are all about increased stress. Possible? DR wants to refer me to an endocrinologist, but I have no confidence in their knowledge. Would really like to get the antibodies down. Not sure what to do. Any suggestions?

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    • Hi Joanna,

      If your antibodies are high then these strategies will work to bring them down regardless of how those antibodies impact your thyroid. Both Hashimoto’s and Graves’ are almost identical from an immune perspective.

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  11. Hello Dr. Westin Child’s! You have answered a lot of questions that I have about my Hashimoto’s and why I have not been able to loose any weight in the last 2 months since I started counting calories, cutting gluten and dairy, and working out an hour a day, cardio and weights. I was diagnosed in Dec 1019. I’m only about 15lbs over my ideal weight, but I want to take the bull by the horns before it gets worse. My doctor has checked my hormone level (TSH 2.38) and she said that at this time there is no need for Hormone meds and my T4 is normal,(1.1) however, my IGE was 222.6. I’m not sure why my T3 was not checked. I have been experiencing severe swelling if my feet and knees in the later part of the day and face blisters. The only recommendation that my endocrinologist has given me are things to treat the symptoms, however I want to get down to the root of what’s happening instead of just treating the symptoms. She recommended that I wear compression socks, lower the amount of salt that I ingest, and elevate my feet. The other level that concerned me was my Gamma Globulin which us a 1.9. The dermatonogist says that my face blisters are due to stress. I’m frustrated with my Endo and hoping to see a Functional Med end of April…if its not cancelled due to covid 19. Anything u recommend? I’m so new to all of this!! Other than the things that I have mentioned, I also have increased anxiety and I wake up with my heart racing…which is ussually my cue to get up and do my daily jog!

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  12. I was a little unclear about the DHEA. I can take a low dose (5mg) regardless of Blood test OR get the blood test first and THEN take it ONLY if I am low. Thank you

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  13. Awesome info. I just got my lab work back. I have been gluten free for several months now. My antibodies were going down but this last test the Thyroglobulin went from 123 to 622!!!!!!!! I’m a little concerned. Going to go to an intergrative functional doctor to try and sort it all out.

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