Hashimoto’s Disease, also known as Chronic Thyroiditis often leads to an under-active thyroid gland. Many clinical trials, along with the Laser Therapy Treatment for Hypothyroidism that we are continually developing at our Therapeutic Laser Clinic in London, repeatedly indicate Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) as a natural solution for hypothyroidism.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland, which damages it and makes it swell. As the thyroid is negatively impacted over time, it is unable to produce enough thyroid hormone, which leads to tiredness, brain-fog and weight gain.
Many patients at Laser Medicine, London are able to reduce Levothyroxine (LT4) or other hormone replacement therapy such as Armour, which are used to treat hypothyroidism, after receiving a course of laser therapy treatments for hypothyroidism. Laser Medicine patients report relief from the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, such as tiredness, brain-fog, weight gain and dry skin. They report significant improvements in their thyroid function, and in some cases have stopped taking levothyroxine completely (supervised by a prescribing doctor).
Treatment plan for hypothyroidism
Food nutrition for hypothyroidism
Patients who experience the most benefit from laser therapy treatment for hypothyroidism, do so in conjunction with maintaining a food nutrition plan recommended for Hashimoto’s Disease and regular exercise. We also fully support the maintenance of an alcohol-free and smoking-free lifestyle.
At Laser Medicine we place a significant emphasis on nutrition and personally follow a whole food diet that leaves out sugar, processed food and chemically farmed produce. We believe that organic vegetables, grass fed meat, wild fish and good fats all combine to reduce inflammation in the body, whereas sugar, flour, processed foods and microwave meals have an inflammatory effect.
A good diet supports good health, and never more so than in the case of Hashimoto’s Disease. Many foods can trigger Hashimoto’s low thyroid flares as well as cause fatigue, rashes, joint pain, digestive issues, headaches, anxiety, depression, and more. Many people with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism react to gluten, dairy, different grains, eggs, nuts, or nightshades. Sugar, sweeteners, and sweet fruits can also trigger autoimmune thyroid flares.
We therefore highly recommend that patients seeking a natural cure for hypothyroidism are mindful of their diet, and carry out the necessary research as to what works best for them. This article is a good place to start.
Laser Therapy Treatment for Hypothyroidism
Laser Therapy or Photobiomodulation presents a natural cure for hypothyroidism because of the profound effect that certain light wavelengths have when administered at a particular power. This triggers a biological process known as Photobiomodulation, which is similar to the process of photosynthesis in plants. It increases the efficacy of cellular function in cell mitochondria, increases the production of ATP (cellular energy) along with many other upstream and downstream cellular processes.
At Laser Medicine we have developed Photobiomodulation protocols to treat Hypothyroidism in partnership with our patients over several years. We apply Infrared (IR) and Near Infrared (NIR) light at wavelengths between 600-1,000 nm, at a low power intensity (500mW), through the lymphatic system and appropriate doses applied to the thyroid gland in line with Clinical Trials for this condition.
Treatment Plan Summary
- The total length of this treatment plan is over a 3-month period.
- Blood tests and ultrasound (optional) are taken before LLLT to assess current levels of TSH. FT4, FT3, Vitamin D, Iron (Fe), antiTPO and antiTG.
- LLLT is then applied during the first 3-4 weeks (6 sessions in total).
- LT4 or other thyroid hormone replacement therapy is continued as normal during the 3-4 weeks of LLLT treatment and for a further 6 weeks after the last LLLT session.
- Bloods are taken at 6 weeks after the last LLLT treatment to observe decreased TSH.
- LT4 is reduced to 25mcg at this time.
- Bloods are taken after a further 6 weeks to assess levels and inform further adjustments to hormone replacement therapy.
- Dietary and supplementary guidelines should be followed for the entire 3-months.
- Patients commit to a gluten-free, sugar-free diet for the 3-month duration.
- Patients commit to no alcohol consumption or smoking for the 3-month duration.
- Patients take 200mg of Selenium per day.
- Patients take Vitamin D and Iron appropriate to blood test.
- Blood tests are taken at the beginning, middle and end of 3-month period to establish TSH, FT4, FT3, antiTPO, antiATG antibodies, Vitamin D and Iron.
- Ultrasound may be taken before treatment to establish size, inflammation, and potential nodules.
- Patients are available for 1 LLLT session twice a week for 3-4 consecutive weeks / 6 treatments over a 3–4-week period.
- Treatments are between 3-6 days apart so that 6 sessions are applied during a 3- or 4-week period.
- 3-4 days between treatments over 3 weeks is optimum.
- Adjustments to thyroid hormone supplements:
Adjustments to thyroid hormone supplements:
- Patients continue to take their normal dose of LT4 or other, during the LLLT treatments and for 6 weeks thereafter.
- At 6 weeks from end of LLLT treatment, bloods are taken and a decrease in TSH is observed.
- LT4 or equivalent is then reduced to 25mcg daily for 6 weeks.
- Final bloods taken to observe levels after reducing LT4 for 6 weeks.
- Please note that changes to medication are carried in conjunction with the patient’s prescribing physician.
An initial consultation is £225.
A course of 6 treatments over a period 3 weeks is £1,250.