Hyperactive thyroid can cause a host of systemic issues. If untreated it typically does not get better but with treatment a patient can get a lot of relief and in some cases remain asymptomatic.
Something has set your body off into this autoimmune response. Finding that cause is the trick. Treatment with acupuncture and Chinese medicine is effective in treating this disorder. Find a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in this type of treatment, remain compliant to the treatment protocol that they recommend and you can treat this naturally.
Yes, it's worth trying acupuncture for a hyperactive thyroid.
In the treatment to thyroid problems, acupuncture can be used to restore hormonal balance, regulate energy levels, smooth emotions and help manage sleep, emotions and menstrual problems. There are several powerful acupuncture points on the ear and the body that can be used to regulate the production of thyroid hormones. Treatments take all of your symptoms into account and are aimed at balancing the energy within the body to optimize health.
When it comes to lifestyle changes, a diet rich in protein, calcium and magnesium helps support thyroid function while certain foods known as goitrogens may interfere with thyroid hormone production and should be limited. These include cruciferous vegetables (such as cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts), peanuts, and soy. Stress reducing exercises can also be beneficial.
Find a licensed acupuncturist in your area (not just a DC or MD who "does acupuncture but a fully licensed L.Ac.) and good luck to you.
If you decide to try acupuncture, make sure you start with a fully trained acupuncturist (not an MD or Chiropractor that did minimal hours of training to get a license).
If your doctor has diagnosed you with hyperactive thyroid, then you must be taking some prescription medicine and/or getting treatments. Has your doctor advised you to go see an acupuncturist? You may want to bring it up to see what your doctor says. Acupuncture do have herbal medicine that can help.
There are a lot of variables in play: how long have you been experiencing this issue? Do you have a conventional diagnosis (in other words: do you know what's causing the issue from a hormonal perspective)? Are you currently using pharmaceuticals to manage the condition?
I'd suggest acupuncture with a few caveats: you want someone who has worked with thyroid issues before. It's probably going to take somewhere in the neighborhood of 7-9 treatments before you're going to know whether and how well acupuncture is working. You may need to be open to either herbal therapy, food therapy or both to really get things moving in a healthy direction. You may also need to use conventional pharmaceuticals as a stop gap until the Chinese medicine starts to bring things under control.
In a case like this, perhaps more than any other time, it's critical that you see an NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist who can accurately diagnose the issue in terms of Chinese medicine. I'd start with the "Find a Practitioner" page at NCCAOM.org. Call a few folks local to you, ask whether they've been successful with this issue before and, if they haven't, if there's someone they'd recommend.