Pristine Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Noemi Quintanar
Naturopathic Physician located in Tucson, AZ
According to the American Thyroid Association, around 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. On top of that, many more people may live with symptoms of undiagnosed subclinical thyroid function. At Pristine Naturopathic Medicine in Tucson, Arizona, Noemi Quintanar, ND, RM, MT, provides comprehensive thyroid testing and naturopathic therapies to improve your thyroid function and overall health and wellness. To learn more, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
Thyroid Q & A
What is my thyroid?
Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland that rests at the front of your throat. It’s a critical part of your endocrine system, producing hormones that influence every cell in your body.
Your thyroid regulates your metabolic rate, as well as your heart and digestive function. It contributes to muscle control, brain and bone development, and your mood.
What are the signs of a thyroid disorder?
Thyroid disorders cause either hyperactivity or hypoactivity. Hypothyroidism occurs when your body doesn’t produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormones, and you develop symptoms including:
- Low energy levels and fatigue
- Increase sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin
- Weight gain and a puffy face
- High cholesterol levels
- Heavy, irregular periods
- Thin hair
- Depression symptoms
- Memory problems
However, your thyroid may become hyperactive and produce too many hormones, leading to symptoms such as:
- Unintentional weight loss
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Anxiety and irritability
- Excessive sweating
- Increased hunger
These symptoms could be due to a wide range of potential health problems, so it’s essential that you schedule an appointment with a physician such as Dr. Quintanar at Pristine Naturopathic Medicine for testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Dr. Quintanar listens to you carefully and takes your concerns seriously. She will never brush off your worries.
How are thyroid disorders diagnosed?
Dr. Quintanar specializes in thyroid disorders and also has personally overcome a rare thyroid cancer that’s led to her having intensive knowledge of both conventional and naturopathic medical testing and treatments.
She uses Thyroflex brachioradialis reflexometry in addition to blood tests and a physical exam to diagnose a thyroid disorder. Brachioradialis reflexometry provides a much more accurate measurement of your thyroid hormones and their effect on your health and well-being.
How are thyroid disorders treated?
Dr. Quintanar takes a customized naturopathic approach to treating thyroid function to improve your health. While some patients benefit from hormone supplementation, it doesn’t address the underlying cause of your thyroid malfunction. Dr. Quintanar often combines conventional hormone supplementation with nutrition advice, supplements, herbs, and other therapies to reduce the inflammation that triggers the autoimmune response that contributes to many thyroid problems.
You can count on highly personalized treatments to not only regulate your thyroid function, but also to address the underlying conditions that lead to abnormal thyroid function. Call Pristine Naturopathic Medicine or make an appointment online today.