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Thyroid Health

Mainstream medical methods predominantly focus on treating and evaluating patients' thyroid health through Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels, which mainly indicate thyroid functionality. However, the thyroid produces two essential hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). In Integrative medicine, we also observe thyroxine (T4) levels, but also monitoring triiodothyronine (T3) levels due to its role as the active hormone released by the thyroid gland. T3 is notably more potent than T4, and it exerts a significant impact on a wide array of health factors, encompassing heart rate, digestion, brain function, and muscle strength.

Common symptoms of Hypothyroidism include:

1) Fatigue

2) Lower than normal body temperature

3) Cold Sensitivity

4) Depression and mood swings

5) Weight gain

6) Dry skin

7) Headaches

8) High cholesterol

The traditional approach often involves prescribing synthetic thyroid medications, like Synthroid, which consists mainly of T4 (thyroxine.) However, T4 may not convert effectively into the essential T3(triiodothyronine) the body requires for optimal well-being.  Consequently, not all the symptoms of hypothyroidism may be fully alleviated. At Symphony Health, we offer patients compounded or desiccated thyroid medications, combining both T4 and T3.

Naturally sourced thyroid, containing a blend of T4 and T3, stands as the ideal replacement as it closely mirrors the natural thyroid hormones produced by the body. Many patients experience enhanced responses and improved well-being with this regimen. Research indicates that adopting natural thyroid and optimizing T3 levels leads to more effective symptom relief and increased patient satisfaction.