Are you tired or have you been taking treatment for low thyroid function and still are tired? If so then desiccated thyroid extract may be something for you to explore!
Desiccated thyroid Extract was the first ever treatment prescribed for patients with low thyroid functions (Hypothyroidism). Published studies of its established success in treating patients with hypothyroidism are available as early as 1920. It remained almost an exclusive treatment for Hypothyroidism till early 1960s when it began to be replaced by Levothyroxine or T4, or by combinations of T4 and T3. Cultural fashion and marketing played a major role in this change over.
Desiccated Thyroid Extract is described as the cleaned, dried, and powdered thyroid gland previously deprived of connective tissue and fat… obtained from domesticated animals that are used for food by man (USP XVI). The extract is formulated as pills as well as powder with addition of some fillers and binders in varying quantities. The potency of the Extract is calculated by measuring the iodine contents as well as the presence of actual hormones in the extract. It is known by various names such as Natural Thyroid, Natural Thyroid Hormone, Thyroid USP or Thyroid BP. Commercial brands include Armour, Naturethroid & Westhroid by RLC Labs which is the oldest one.
Desiccated thyroid is preferred by a growing body of patients and doctors who claim better and almost dramatic relief of symptoms such as fatigue and depressed mood in patients diagnosed with low thyroid function. Better response to the Desiccated Thyroid Extract is attributed to its natural and balanced constituents which include not only T3 and T4 but also T1, T2 and calcitonine.
It is particularly true in cases where the conventional treatment (T4) has been taken for long term without any or little success in ameliorating the symptoms of low thyroid function. Such patients are termed as resistant low thyroid function and it is very tiring and exhausting for most of the patients.
The usual daily dose of Thyroid Extract may vary from 30-60 mg. It is monitored by clinical symptoms along with usual laboratory tests.
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