The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland located at the base of the neck. It secretes hormones that are responsible for regulating many processes in the body including the rate at which we burn calories (or metabolism). The thyroid gland can become underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism).
Some of the symptoms experienced when the thyroid is under-functioning are lethargy, weight gain, thinning of hair, feelings of chilliness even in warm weather and constipation. Symptoms experienced when the thyroid is overactive include weight loss, anxiety, palpitations and heat intolerance.
Some naturopathic treatment approaches to thyroid conditions include: dietary adjustments, supplements including vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, or natural enzyme preparations and hydrotherapy.