Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid Disorders

A Functional Medicine Approach to Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland is a small, but absolutely essential gland located in the lower portion of the front of the neck. The main functions of the thyroid gland are to regulate metabolism, body energy, the body’s utilization of other hormones and in younger persons, growth of bones and sexual development.

Thyroid dysfunction can occur in two ways: the more common is having an under-active thyroid gland and the less common (relatively rare, affecting approximately 1-2% of persons ), is over-activity of the thyroid gland, This dysfunction is defined by levels of thyroid hormones found in blood tests, however, optimal levels of thryoid function aren’t reflected with the currrent guideline ranges which can lead to many people feeling unwell, but blood tests showing they are in the guideline range.

The function of this gland is to produce thyroid hormone as we have receptors cells in every cell in the body and with excessive or inadequate amounts of this vital hormone, it can affect every major organ in the body leading to a number of different symptoms.

Typical problems of the thyroid are much more commonly found in women than in men.

Causes (Hypothyroidism)

Hypothyroidism symptoms are caused by either under-production of thyroid hormones, or compromised availability of thyroid hormones that have been already been produced.

A common cause of Hypothyroidism is Hashimotos thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the thyroid tissue and interferes with the thyroids ability to produce sufficient hormones. Other causes of Hypothyroidism are.

Pituitary Dysfunction caused by high cortisol/ Under Conversion of T4 to T3 / Elevation of Thyroid-binding globulin (TBG) / Low levels of TBG caused by high testosterone / Medications, including those used to treat hyperthyroidism, can result in low thyroid function/ Leaky Gut / Iodine Defiency/Gut Infections/Liver Dysfunction

HypoThyroid Symptoms.

Hyper Thyroid Symptoms.

Treatment Approach

Functional medicine approaches to thyroid testing provide a more comprehensive method of assessing thyroid health. Rather than relying on traditional laboratory tests to diagnose thyroid conditions, functional medicine practitioners utilize a variety of tests to gain a more complete picture of the patient’s thyroid function. These tests can include measuring hormones such as TSH, free T4, and free T3, as well as testing the levels of antibodies to the thyroid gland. Functional medicine tests may also include evaluating food sensitivities, which can be a trigger for autoimmune reactions impacting the thyroid. By taking a holistic approach to thyroid testing, functional medicine practitioners can gain a better understanding of how to effectively and safely treat thyroid conditions. With this approach, the focus is on identifying and treating the underlying root causes of the condition, rather than merely suppressing symptoms. Ultimately, this approach can help patients to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Our Approach to Healing Thyroid Issues

Our Pesonalised Nutrition Approach

We can offer guidance on tailored diets for both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, incorporating specific vitamins and minerals crucial for maintaining optimal thyroid hormone production.


Exploring nutritional supplements remedies may provide an alternative to relying solely on conventional medications. They can be used independently or in conjunction with traditional medicines, potentially allowing for reduced conventional medication dosages while effectively managing hypothyroidism symptoms.


Regrettably, standard blood tests for thyroid function may lack sufficient detail. Our extensive private blood testing goes beyond TSH levels, encompassing measurements of T3, reverse T3, T4, and Free T4. This ensures a thorough assessment, preventing the oversight of any potential imbalances.

Why Choose the Dublin Centre for Functional Medicine?


Once you start the process, we will guide our collaborative process with a practitioner, We will gather the required information we through detailed intake forms so we can understand you better and help support and motivate you through the process.


Our practitioners have years of experience dealing with multiple conditions. The functional medicine approach focuses on the route cause and addresses the imbalance.

Personalized Approach

Every one of us is unique and has a set of circumstances. Everything about you including symptoms, lifestyle, diet, genetics and capacity to heal is different and will require a personalized approach.

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