Hashimoto Disease, also known as Chronic Thyroiditis often leads to an under-active thyroid gland. Clinical trials carried out at the University of Sao Paulo Brazil show the efficacy of improving thyroid function with Low Level Laser Therapy. The results showed a significant difference in the mean levothyroxine dose required to treat the hypothyroidism after receiving a course of treatments in Low Level Laser Therapy.

Laser Medicine patients also experience relief of symptoms associated with this condition such as tiredness, weight gain and dry skin. They have also reported a significant improvement in the function of their thyroid gland. In some cases patients have been able to stop taking levothyroxine completely (supervised by their prescribing doctor).

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland, which damages it and makes it swell. The condition is more prevalent in women than men. It may also be more prevalent within particular families. As the thyroid is negatively impacted over time, it is unable to produce enough thyroid hormone, which leads to tiredness and weight gain. it may also cause a goitre to to form in the throat (NHS UK).

It is considered with the field of traditional medicine that there is no cure for Hashimoto Disease and that improving thyroid function can only be managed with levothyroxine or similar medication. The findings of the clinical trial in Brazil call this into question.

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