A natural approach to treating an under-active thyroid, or hypothyroidism, may include naturally-derived hormone replacements, supplements, changing the diet, exercise and traditional Chinese medicine. Dried and powdered pig thyroids can be used in place of synthetically created replacement hormones, according to WebMD. Dr. Oz recommends eating plenty of foods that are high in iodine, which the thyroid needs to function properly, such as milk, eggs, low-fat cheese, seaweed and shellfish.
Dr. Oz also recommends avoiding foods that hinder the thyroid's ability to produce hormones, such as almonds, cauliflower, pears, turnips, Brussels sprouts, corn, cabbage, mustard, kale, peaches, peanuts, spinach and soy. Exercising for 40 minutes at least three times per week is optimal for proper thyroid function, according to Dr.Oz.
Daily multivitamin and mineral supplements should be taken to maximize thyroid function, states Dr. Oz, especially those with high doses of iodine, selenium, zinc, and vitamin B, D, E and C. Another supplement which may be beneficial is guggulsterone.
Dr. Weil adds that the yoga pose called the shoulder stand, or sarvangasana, boosts the thyroid by increasing circulation to the gland. He recommends holding it for up to five minutes per day.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine may also help the thyroid, according to Dr. Marcelle Pick.