This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
This is an enlargement of the thyroid gland, an organ that if it performs any functions at all, does so only in foetal life. It generally commences by moderate increase of the gland, or thickening of the neck, and advances gradually until a portion or the whole gland becomes enormously swollen. It causes dyspnoea, and sometimes obstructs circulation to the brain, when the tumor acquires considerable magnitude. It is more common to females than males, and generally occurs before puberty. The species of idiocy sometimes associated with goitre is called Cretinism.
TREATMENT. -- Alteratives and discutients. The alteratives, such as stillingia, rock-rose, etc., are to be preferred, and externally iodine may be applied. Those who may desire my counsel in this disease are referred to page 390.