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Goitre is an enlargement of the thyroid gland due to a lower production of thyroid hormone, which leads to  swelling of the neck, or larynx.  Women are more prone to this disease than men. In British English, it is spelled as Goitre and in American English, it is spelled as Goiter, which can cause a bit of confusion.

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Symptoms of Goitre

The most common symptom of Goitre is a swelling in the neck, this swelling could be slight or considerable. This may cause a feeling of tightness in the throat and  lead to uneasiness in swallowing and breathing.
Other common goitre symptoms  are loss of power of concentration, irritability, and depression. The thyroid gland may swell but this has no relation to the severity of the ailment.

Causes of Goitre

Goitre disease is caused commonly due to deficiency of iodine in the diet. The thyroid gland makes use of organic iodine in its secretion and a diet deficient in organic iodine. Your risk of developing Goitre increase if you are under physical and emotional stress . Goitre disease gradually affects those who habitually live on foods like peanuts, tofu, spinach, soybean etc. Other causes include, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Thyroid Cyst, Nodular growth on the thyroid gland, or even thyroid cancer.

Treatment Of Goitre

Goitre treatment using Iodine:
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Iodine is, undoubtedly, most helpful in many cases, but it should be given in its organic form. All foods containing iodine should be taken liberally. These are lettuce, turnips, carrots, garlic, onions, oats, pineapples, whole rice, tomatoes, watercress, strawberries, guavas, citrus fruits, egg yolks, and sea foods.

Goitre treatment using Watercress:
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Goitre can be treated with Watercress which is one of the best sources of the element iodine. It is valuable in correcting the functioning of the thyroid gland. Its regular use, therefore, is highly beneficial in the prevention and treatment of goitre. A paste made of this vegetable can also be applied beneficially over the affected parts. It helps to reduce swelling.

Goitre treatment using Swamp Cabbage:
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Expothalmic goitre can be treated using the leaves of swamp cabbage. A teaspoon of the juice with tea almonds should be given once or twice daily as a medicine. The leaves are also useful in myxodema, a condition that result\'s from lack of thyroid hormones

Goitre treatment using Kachnar:
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Kachnar, botanically known as Bauhinia variegata, has been used as a folk medicine for treatment of goitre in India. About 30 ml of the decoction of the bark should be given twice a day in the morning on an empty stomach.

Goitre treatment using Dandelion:
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Dandelion has been found valuable in treating goitre. The leaves of this salad vegetable should be smeared with ghee, warmed and bandaged over the swollen parts for about two weeks. Any existing discomfort will be relieved by this remedy.

Goitre treatment using Flex:
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The seeds of flex are also useful in reducing swellings in goitre. The seeds should be ground in water, heated and applied over the affected parts. The leaves of the tree should then be bandaged over them.

Diet for Goitre

As a result of this ailment, all the natural body processes may be hastened with a consequent need for more nutrients in the diet. It follows that all the foods should be as fresh as possible to maximise the vitamin and mineral content. Organically grown foods are considered best because of the non-exposure to harmful chemical sprays.
All foods that are rich in vitamins B should be included in the diet. They include almonds, sardines, liver, sprouts and green vegetables as well as wholemeal and wholegrain bread and cereal foods and brewer's yeast. If weight loss has been serious, extra protein can be added in the form of legumes (beans, peas, lentils etc), fortified milk (add 2-3 tablespoons skim milk powder to each glass of milk) and supplements such as Sustagen or Ensure. Coffee and tea, which contain caffeine, should be avoided as this can increase the metabolic rate.

Other effective Remedies for Goitre

Rest and bowel cleansing with lukewarm water

For the first five days of the treatment the bowels should be cleansed daily with lukewarm water. The patient should take plenty of rest and spend a day in bed every week for the first two months of the treatment. More and more physical exercise should be taken after the symptoms subside.

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