A ‘natural’ thyroid therapy still finds favour with patients

But is it safe?

An older, ‘natural’ thyroid treatment still finds favour with some patients, but is it safe?


I am old enough to recall when natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) extract was used routinely to treat patients with hypothyroidism, and I well remember when that changed to the new, pure T4 preparations, some patients insisted that they didn't feel as well as they had on the old treatment.

Within a short time, T4 preparations were the only treatment used, but there remained a subgroup of patients who continued to want to use the natural extract.

There are still many