THE HORMONAL CONNECTION: HYPOTHYROIDISM TREATMENT - SUPPLEMENTAL THYROID HORMONE
Some holistically oriented physicians give patients a natural form of thyroid hormone replacement therapy using Armour thyroid (porcine or pig thyroid). They consider this a natural and effective way to replace some of the thyroid hormone that which contains T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone. T4 must be converted to T3 before the body can utilize it, and many people with thyroid problems are unable to do that properly or fully. For some people, therefore, taking Synthroid will have little effect on improving thyroid health.
Other physicians rely less on hormone therapy because they feel that replacement therapy fails to address the true causes of thyroid disease itself. They prefer to address diet, stress relief, detoxification, and psychological issues, feeling that, in time, energy, mental health, and correct rate of metabolism will all return.