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What herbs to avoid

Anyone Have a list of herbal supplements someone with thyroid disease should avoid?
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649848 tn?1534633700
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I just did a quick search and found an article that contained a list of herbs one should avoid with hypothyroidism:
Astragalus - can contain potentially toxic levels of selenium and can interfere with medications that suppress the immune system, blood sugar and blood pressure--which may be fatal.

Bladderwrack - Prolonged use of bladderwrack has been shown to cause goiter and increase the risk of getting thyroid cancer. Bladderwrack, being a seaweed, is also prone to high levels of toxins such as heavy metals like arsenic found in ocean water.

Echinacea - many thyroid conditions and cancers can worsen with the use of antioxidants

Garlic -  one of the adverse reactions of garlic intake is the onset of hypothyroidism.  (my note: this refers to taking garlic as a daily supplement; it doesn't mean you can't use garlic as an ingredient in cooking occasionally).

https://www.livestrong.com/article/440613-herbs-to-avoid-with-hypothyroidism/

You should also be very careful taking supplements that contain iodine, such as Kelp or other seaweed products, if you have Hashimoto's as iodine can make autoimmune attacks greater.
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Please talk to your doctor before taking any supplement to determine whether or not there might be an interaction with any medication you're taking.

Just because something is natural, doesn't mean it's safe.
It's a supplement for pain and I avoided it because it has some weird stuff in the ingredients and yes I have a list but Stupid me should have taken a photo of ingredients on the box. I think one of the ingredients was Ashalwega (probably spelt wrong).
Do you mean Ashwaganda?

I didn't realize you had specific supplement in mind.  If you know the brand name of the supplement all you have to do is Google it to get the ingredient list then we'll be able to give you better information.
1756321 tn?1547095325
Herbs used to help with hyperthyroid symptoms include:

Bugleweed
Lemon balm
Motherwort
Gromwell
Rosemary
Sage

Herbs to help with hypothyroid symptoms include:

Gotu Kola
Ashwagandha
Coleus Forskohlii

Herb used for both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism:

Bladder wrack
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Red star....its on your list ashwagandha. Is this safe? I cant find article that had a list of herbs that are dangerous.
I'm going have to take photo of box.

Thanks
Ashwagandha is generally well tolerated. Mild to moderate side effects such as headache, sleepiness, and stomach upset have been reported in studies however.
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