Thyroid Therapy Specialist


Aesthetics & Regenerative Medicine Specialists & Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapists located in Portland, OR

The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate everything from metabolism to muscle control and digestion. When your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, you can experience a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including weight gain and fatigue. At Rise2Health in Portland, Oregon, Joshua David, ND, provides natural thyroid therapy treatments to improve your thyroid function. To learn more about thyroid therapy, call Dr. David at Rise2Health, or book an appointment online.

Thyroid Therapy Q & A

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located near the front of the neck. It produces hormones that regulate your metabolic rate, muscle control, digestion, mood, bone density, muscle control, and brain function.

Your thyroid produces a variety of vital hormones, including thyroxine and triiodothyronine. When these hormones are unbalanced, it can lead to uncomfortable symptoms, like depression, weight gain, and fatigue.

What happens when the thyroid isn’t functioning properly?

There are two main ways the thyroid can disrupt your hormones:


If the thyroid gland is overactive, hyperthyroidism can occur. Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid is producing too many hormones. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Brittle nails
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Shaking
  • Thin skin
  • Insomnia
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dry hair
  • Irritability

Hyperthyroidism affects approximately one percent of women and is far less common than hypothyroidism.


Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid isn’t producing enough of its hormones. Its most common cause is Hashimoto’s disease — an autoimmune disease that impacts thyroid function. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dry skin
  • Slow heart rate
  • Poor memory function
  • Sensitivity to cold temperatures
  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)

In rare cases, untreated hypothyroidism can lead to coma, so it’s important to seek medical attention right away if you experience any of the above symptoms for longer than a couple of weeks.

What is thyroid therapy?

Thyroid therapy increases your thyroid hormone levels with man-made hormones if you suffer from hypothyroidism. It is most commonly recommended if your thyroid is underactive and not producing enough of the hormones you need.

At Rise2Health, Dr. David recommends Nature-Throid® medications to reduce thyroid deficiencies and improve the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as low energy and weight gain. This oral supplement is easy to take and contains ingredients like desiccated porcine thyroid, lactose monohydrate, colloidal silicon dioxide, dicalcium phosphate, and magnesium stearate.

Nature-Throid is available in 13 different strengths, so Dr. David can tailor the medication to your individual needs. Dr. David runs blood tests to determine how well your thyroid is functioning before making supplement recommendations.

Thyroid therapy can help boost your energy levels, promote weight loss, prevent hair loss, and more. If you think your thyroid may not be functioning properly, call Dr. David at Rise2Health or schedule an appointment online today.