What Herbs Help Thyroid Cancer
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What Herbs Help Thyroid Cancer

What Herbs Help Thyroid Cancer. As someone who healed her thyroid cancer naturally, you can’t tell me that plants aren’t potent enough to move the needle when it comes to health and disease.

Today we are talking herbs, which I define as small plants with a green stem. They have leaves, seeds, maybe even flowers- and are multi-use. Could be for flavors, could be for food, could be for…. Medicine.

Ah yes, herbs for medicine. As many who heal with herbs believe, it is all about treating the root cause, which is what you are going to see as we discuss the thyroid and cancer and herbs that are supportive in that area.

As much as I love my vegetables and fruits on my plate, I am very big into getting enough herbs into my diet as I know how much they can support thyroid health.

Some of these herbs are western and some of them are Chinese Herbs. I very much like the way Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the thyroid.

I’d like to share this excerpt from The Stram Center For Integrative Medicine: “A strength of Chinese herbal medicine is that it treats the root of the thyroid condition to more effectively balance the whole physiological system. In western biomedicine thyroid function is measured in terms of TSH, T3 and T4 levels. In Chinese medicine we observe the patient’s pulse qualities, tongue, and take into account the patient’s symptoms to establish a Chinese medical diagnosis. By this, we look at the thyroid imbalance from an angle that points to the root cause of the imbalance leading to thyroid disease.”

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, they believe thyroid problems stem from things like a low nutritional diet that then impacts the spleen, too much phlegm in the body or fluids that can cause nodules, and too much negative emotion including stress and anger… this can impact the liver which is tied to the thyroid as it can cause fluids to rise to the thyroid/neck.

I wanted to give that quick blurb because when we talk about herbs, the root cause is always what we look at when it comes to healing.

Here are the herbs (both Western and Eastern) I personally recommend and why.

Herbs that help thyroid cancer and support thyroid health

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Infographics What Herbs Help Thyroid Cancer


Chamomile tea has been linked as being able to help decrease benign and malignant thyroid disease. There was one study I found incredibly interesting. It was published in 2015 and it stated that intaking 2-6 cups of chamomile (and similar teas like sage) per week was associated with a reduction in risk for thyroid disease. But why? This, they have yet to figure out. (Source)


Curcumin is the active compound in the herb, Turmeric. This herb is anticancer, anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative. (Source)

The Teggatz Functional Medicine Clinic has this to say about Curcumin and turmeric when it comes to the thyroid: “Curcumin shows tumor inhibiting activity in thyroid cancer [and] curcumin was protective against the genetic damage and side effects induced by radioactive iodine that is sometimes used to treat Graves’ disease.”

Turmeric/Curcumin has been around and used medicinally for thousands of years. I recommend getting it in your food, capsule form, or in beverages like golden milk!



I consider Ashwagandha to be one of the best of the best herbs to try for thyroid support. It is a nightshade plant (so don’t take if you have nightshade sensitivities- I don’t) and it has been used in Ayurveda practice and as traditional medicine for thousands of years.

The amazing thing about Ashwagandha is that it’s been studied and proved to reduce thyroid hormone irregularity– especially for those with a hypothyroid. 600mg daily is what was recommended in these studies. (Source)

Some of the best ways to use ashwagandha is in teas, coffees, smoothies, or baking. I am definitely one to mix in superfood powders into my baking, I highly recommend it, because you can cover a lot of ground!

Ashwagandha is also adaptogenic, so it can help your body respond to stress. This in turn is also good for the endocrine system… which of course, tied to the thyroid! Isn’t it incredible how every part of our body is connected? God’s divine creation!


This herb is a real powerhouse when it comes to thyroid health and also total-body health! Eleuthero is also known as Siberian Ginseng and it is also adaptogenic- so it will help with stress. Low stress = a better functioning thyroid. This is one of the first reasons I recommend Eleuthero alone, because in order to have a healthy thyroud we need to be doing things like getting into a parasympathetic system often, and giving support to our adrenals. Eleuthero does just that.

Another thing that is active in Eleuthero is its flavinoids. Flavinoids are important for the thyroid because, as this analysis from ScienceDirect says, “Flavonoids show important antithyroid effects, affecting biosynthesis, metabolism and transport of thyroid hormones in vivo and in vitro.”

This herb can also help with energy, which people dealing with thyroid cancer can always use the support there.


I just love ginger. It is such a warming spice. It instantly heats up the body and helps spark a digestive fire! It has been used for thousands of years medicinally. And while ginger is a popular flavor- actually drinking or eating it with intention and regularly is what is going to help support your thyroid gland!

Why does it help the thyroid, though? It’s the active within ginger, this knotted earthy root that has anti-inflammatory properties to it. These can help keep thyroid hormones in check and really helps protect those who also have Hashimotos. (Source)

If I had to choose one reason why I incorporate ginger as a thyroid cancer thriver, it is because of the anti-inflammatory effects. As a whole we aren’t doing enough to keep inflammation down on a day to day basis, and this can wreak havoc on the thyroid. Consistent doses of ginger will help keep the inflammation down- not just in the thyroid, but everywhere! Which is nice, because “everywhere” is tied to the thyroid. 😉


Guggle is a powerful herb, that is really a “gum resin” that comes from different kinds of Eastern plants. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is “tapped” from certain plants much like maple syrup is tapped from a maple tree.

Calming inflammation is so important if we have thyroid issues, and Guggul does just that. (Source)

There are some animal studies (here and here) that show that Guggul can support hypothyroidism by increasing iodine uptake and also improving enzymatic activity that the thyroid produces.

Lastly, another positive benefit from regularly taking Guggle, can be improvement in the areas of fatigue and weakness, which many people who are hypo deal with.


Nettles is a Herbalist’s go-to for many reasons. Often called “Stinging Neddle”, this herb can help a lot of fatigue- even with people who have anemia (aka extremely fatigued) so it is a good “pick me up” for people with thyroid issues, when tiredness is a big symptom.

Those with Hashimoto’s can benefit from taking Nettles as it has been shown to be helpful for those with autoimmune disorders.

Definitely one of the best reasons to use Nettles on a daily basis (tea is great) is because it can help so much with inflammation, which can be a chronic issue if we are dealing with bladder problems.


So technically Bladderwrack is a brown seaweed but many herbalists recognize it and will include it into their herbal tinctures.

Bladderwrack is usually best for goiters and hypothyroid. Yes, even WebMD says it!

It’s also a great source of iodine, which is NEEDED for massive thyroid support! Work a specialist when it comes to iodine, but know that Bladderwrack can definitely help when you have a deficiency.

Bladderwrack is also though to be great for Hashimotos. And often people who have Hashimoto’s also have hypothyroid. So this is a win win food to add in!

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is a beloved herb. Often used in tinctures for overall wellness and mood.

Lemon Balm is thought to help TSH levels circulate and looks out for antibodies that could be harmful. It also helps with autoimmune diseases that deal with the thyroid (like Graves Disease.)

Herbal Element says this about Lemon Balm, “Lemon Balm may be useful for regulating an overactive thyroid, including cases of hyperthyroidism or Graves Disease. It appears to block hormone receptors, which prevents TSH from binding to thyroid tissue and antibodies from attaching to the thyroid.It would be best to avoid taking Lemon Balm if you have an underactive thyroid”

Herbalists also use Lemon Balm to support hyperthyroidism. It’s great for helping you calm down.

What is your experience with healing herbs? Would love to hear from you and learn how it has worked for you. You may also enjoy reading my ebook “A Guide to My Top Medicinal Herbs, Roots, and Spices” I assure you… You will love it!


  1. Alejandra on November 25, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Yo tengo carcer de cervix y hice un cambio de nutricion muy grande y voy a incorporar muchas de estas hierbas tengo hipotiroidismo muchas gracias karen

    • Linda on August 13, 2023 at 9:55 pm

      There’s a concern with iodine in papillary thyroid cancer. I would consider not using any herbs with iodine, unless directed by your physician. I agree with some of the herbs that are more gentle like chamomile, but I’d stay away from bladderwrack and others until certain that they are ok, since iodine seems to be a problem. Calcium also is an issue. Dairy and supplementation seem to be a problem . I am more interested in things like Epicor by Healthy Origins and Maitake d fraction by Mushroom Wisdom. I personally have had good results with both of these. Maitake d fraction was used to shrink a cyst on my kidney and worked well. I also used it on a dog we adopted, who developed a large tumor on her side close to her right back leg and with amazing results. Within 30 days the dog was like a puppy even though she was around 8 years old the tumor completely vanished it was amazing to witness as it shrunk down over those 30 days till it was gone. Both of these products are immune modulators, they do not boost the immune system, but instead balance it out. I don’t believe in boosting the immune system, especially when cancer is a concern. I can also say that a friend of ours who had bladder cancer and kidney cancer one after the other then developed lymphoma, started chemo for each cancer then started taking Epicor by Healthy Origins and has been cancer-free ever since. Epicor has an amazing story if you read about it online. So, I basically am saying all this, to say that there are other options like the two that I mention here. I believe the body has the ability to heal itself but sometimes just needs a little help. Always use caution and do your research before trying anything new. I’ll also add that most doctors have no idea about the two alternatives I mention here, but studies have been done on both which can be looked up if you look up studies attached to the product names. Best wishes to you all!

  2. Tikra Quhshi on January 1, 2023 at 9:15 am

    I have papillary thyroid carcinoma, and it spread to my lymph nodes. Do you think I can cure it with these herbs? My surgery is soon approaching and I really don’t want to do it.

    • Karen Berrios on June 2, 2023 at 3:36 pm

      Good morning, these herbs are going to help you cure cancer naturally, but this depends on many factors, such as whether the cancer is at an early stage, if so, you should start including these herbs in your diet, however, all this must go always accompanied by the supervision of your doctor since it does not completely replace the treatment against cancer and even more so if it is in an advanced stage. I hope our blog has helped you and you are not alone, we give you all the courage and strength to face this operation. I know that if you put your faith in God and take care of your health with a healthy diet based on these plants, everything will be fine. I leave you prayers for these moments. https://www.karenberrios.com/category/healing-prayers/

    • Linda on August 13, 2023 at 10:07 pm

      Tikra, I’m sorry to hear about cancer, I personally just joined the conversation on this site. I mention two different products I have used myself. One is Maitake d fraction by Mushroom Wisdom and the other is Epicor by Healthy Origins. Both are immune modulators which means they “do not boost” your immune system, but instead balance it out. The most important thing is a healthy immune system that’s how cancer is usually fought in our bodies. These are alternatives that doctors don’t even give much thought to, if any at all. Most doctors don’t even know about this or have only seen studies. If you decide to use either one of these products, be sure to be consistent and go by the instructions on the bottle. Otherwise they will be useless. By the way, I am not associated or get paid in any way with either of these products. I am only bringing them to your attention because I have personally used them myself, along with a friend of ours who had cancer and also had great results. I think they are worth the try. I’m not sure if you have had your surgery already or not. I wish I had seen this site sooner and would have been able to share this with you before your surgery. Best wishes! Linda

  3. Lucille on June 27, 2023 at 6:42 am

    beautiful and encouring to read this page, I believe so much in herbs and recently found out my beloved aunt has just had surgery for thyroid cancer, all of it was removed however, I have been telling her daughter to get some herb mixture and tinctures to assist with the healing process and reinvigorating my aunts body. I will suggest this page. Please do you know of any herbalists or good stores in florida or orlando? Once again keep up the very much needed and beautiful work.

    • Karen Berrios on July 3, 2023 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you very much for your words, I wish you all the best for you and your family that your aunt heals once and for all from this disease and always our plants and the natural help to prevent cancer from returning and also opens the doors to a new and healthy life, we can give you a more personalized help you can call us and contact us at this number +1 888-855-2041. Blessings

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