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                                                           Hyperthyroidism In Cats
                                                                     By L Johnson

   Veterinarians tell us that hyperthyroidism is very common type of hormonal disorder seen in older
cats, and even some middle aged cats. This occurs when the thyroid glands began producing large
amounts of thyroid hormones. Often this happens as a result of a benign thyroid tumor (adenoma);
however, vets do not know what causes the tumor to develop in cats.

For informational purposes, thyroid glands are paired glands located in the neck and they secrete
thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is important because it controls metabolic rate of an animal. Cats
with hyperthyroidism have an increased metabolic rate, and thus they tend to use up excessive
amounts of energy within their bodies. This means that your cat may be eating more and always
hungry, but still seems to be losing weight. This is one of the most common clinical signs of
hyperthyroidism. Some other signs may include a patchy hair coat and hyperactivity. The onset of this
disease is usually very slow, and signs are usually not recognized until they are severe. Sometimes,
the hyperthyroid state can exist for months to years before becoming severe enough for the owner to
recognize the clinical signs.

Many times, a veterinarian can feel a nodule in your cat's neck where the thyroid gland is located. This
is usually indicates your cat has hyperthyroidism. The diagnosis can be confirmed by testing the T4
(thyroid hormone) levels in your cat's blood.

If your cat is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, there are a few treatment options: There is medical
treatment, surgical removal of the thyroid, or radioactive iodine treatments.

With medical management, this consists of the administration of anti-thyroid hormone drugs. However,
this will not cure the disease but will provide for long term control of the disorder. These drugs will
probably have to be administered twice daily for the rest of your cat's life.

With surgical thyroidectomy, this involves the removal of the affected parts of the thyroid glands, and
this can result in a permanent cure--but there can be complications. As with any surgery, there is
always a risk with anesthesia. Hyperthyroidism can recur if some of the remaining thyroid tissue
becomes hyperactive. A common secondary complication of surgery is accidental removal of part or all
of the parathyroid glands which are small glands sitting next to the thyroid glands; and this results in a
hypoparathyroid state. This can result in transient hypocalcemia that may need to be treated for a few
weeks or months.

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Radioactive iodine is the last treatment option. This works because the thyroid gland takes up the
iodine whereas no other body tissue does this; and the iodine kills all of the affected thyroid tissue. All
other body tissues are spared and this can be a cure as it does not have any major side effects for the
cat. Not, however, this must be performed in a facility licensed to handle radioactive substances. A
university teaching hospital is a common place to perform this. Also, an extended hospital stay for your
cat is usually required. Most of the excess radioactive iodine is eliminated in the cat's urine. The cat is
kept in isolation until most of the radioactivity has been eliminated.

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          Herbal Cures, Remedies And Treatment For Hyperthyroidism And Graves' Disease
                                                        By Svetla Bankova

Hyperthyroidism is a result of excess thyroid hormone production, causing an overactive metabolism
and increased speed of all the body's processes.

 Thyroid hormone generally controls the pace of all of the processes in the body. This pace is called
your metabolism. If there is too much thyroid hormone, every function of the body tends to speed up.
The thyroid gland regulates the body temperature by secreting two hormones that control how quickly
the body burns calories and energy. If the thyroid produces too much hormone, the condition is called
hyperthyroidism, but if too little is produced the result is hypothyroidism.

 Treating Graves' Disease or Hyperthyroidism will involve not only psychological and physical efforts,
but also it is very important to monitor what you eat and drink. Besides the 3 popular options for
treating Hyperthyroidism- anti-thyroid drugs, RAI treatment and surgery, there are many herbs that can
dramatically improve your condition.

One of the most safety herbs that is used to treat Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease is Lemon

 Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is frequently used also as an attractive edible garnish, and it can be
made into a tea. The leaves give off a delightful lemony aroma when they are crushed or torn before
the flowers appear, but the taste and odor are altered after flowering.

 Lemon balm has been historically used for treating anxiety and heart palpitations, which are some of
the most debilitating symptoms of Hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease.

 Lemon balm lowers TSH levels and has been used to treat Hyperthyroidism and Graves disease.
Rosmarinic acid in Lemon Balm apparently binds to thyrotropin (TSH) and keeps it from connecting
with the gland. This action is relatively weak, but I guarantee you that it will calm you down, will help
your insomnia and reduce your stress levels which is extremely important when treating
Hyperthyroidism or Grave's Disease.

Lemon Balm is used also as a remedy for insomnia or for digestive discomfort and gas.

 Lemon Balm is taken internally (usually as a tea) primarily for relaxation. Thus, The PDR for Herbal
Medicines declares it is used for "nervous agitation, sleeping problems, and functional gastrointestinal
complaints. "Functional" problems are those attributed in part to psychological factors such as stress.

 The tea is made by pouring 1 cup of hot water over 2 g (about 2 teaspoons) of dried leaf, steeping five
to ten minutes, and straining. Two to three cups daily are usually consumed, and there is no limit on
the duration of treatment.

 Another herb that is very useful for treating Graves’’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism is Bugleweed
(Lycopus). Bugleweed has a considerable folk history for treating thyroid conditions, and modern
research supports this use. This herb inhibits iodine metabolism and reduces the amount of hormone
that's produced by thyroid cells.

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 Leaf extracts are more active than root extracts. The recommended oral preparation is a tincture
(alcohol extract) rather than a tea.

 Verbena (Verbena, various species). Often called vervain, verbena seems to have similar properties
as Bugleweed and Lemon Balm. Extracts have been shown to suppress thyroid hormone production
by influencing levels of TSH in the body.

 A combination of the Verbena, Lemon Balm and Bugleweed can help tremendously people suffering
from Hyperthyroidism or Graves’ Disease. No side effects or symptoms of toxicity have been reported
with none of them, but these herbs are not recommended to be used by pregnant or breast-feeding
women. In all cases - consult a herbalist before taking any of them.

Svetla Bankova is a former Graves’ Disease patient and the author of "Life Manual for Graves' Disease
and Hyperthyroidism" and "Thyroid Eye Disease and Its Healing" books. For more alternative methods,
natural cures and herbal remedies visit

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