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The thyroid is a gland in the front of the neck. It is shaped like a butterfly. It makes hormones that control the pace of the things your body does. Hyperthyroidism is when it makes too much. This can cause your body to speed up. You may have problems like a racing heart, sweating, shaking, problems sleeping, and muscle weakness.

Treatment depends on what is causing the problem. You will need medicines. Untreated hyperthyroidism may lead to problems with your heart, bones, muscles, and fertility. Some people may need surgery to remove the thyroid if medicines don’t help.

Natural Therapies

May Be Effective

  • —may provide benefit
  • —may lower recurrence rates
  • —may improve short term control of Graves’ hyperthyroidism when used with standard care
  • —may improve thyroid function when used with standard care

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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about all herbs or pills you are taking. Some may get in the way of your treatment or other health problems you may have.