Is Traditional Chinese medicine effective for reducing hyperthyroidism?

J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Nov;16(11):1217-20. doi: 10.1089/acm.2010.0114.


Background: Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that can affect a few patients with hyperthyroidism. In this case report, we demonstrated that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was effective for the patient with hyperthyroidism induced by Graves' disease. The patient also remained in the euthyroid state for several years after the treatment. SUBJECT AND SETTING: A 33-year-old woman had palpitations, fatigability, and weight loss and was diagnosed as having Graves' disease. Urticaria and itching skin appeared after she took an antithyroid drug. Therefore, she sought treatment with TCM.

Results: After regular therapy with Jia Wei Xiao Yao San in addition to Xia Ku Cao, Bei Mu, and oyster shell, her symptoms subsided and the thyroid function level returned to normal range with 3 years' treatment. She still remained in the euthyroid state for 3 years after discontinuing the TCM treatment up to the present. Neither complications nor side-effects were noted during the TCM treatment.

Conclusions: This case demonstrates that TCM is an effective and alternative option for hyperthyroidism induced by Graves' disease, especially for patients who have an allergic reaction caused by thioamides.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Graves Disease / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Ostreidae*
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal