Alternative Treatments for Hyperhidrosis

Whether it’s due to vigorous exercise, a stifling humid environment, or plain old stress, what undoubtedly follows is normal trickles, or buckets of sweat pouring down the body.

From cool drops forming on the foreheads to wet trails on underarms, back and chest, the development of perspiration spots as a result of workouts, warm weather, or anxiety is bound to occur. However, there are cases where some individuals have to deal with abnormally high volumes of sweat.

Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which a person abnormally excessively sweats. This condition has no known cause. There are two types of hyperhidrosis: Primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis. The former is due to a hereditary or genetic link and usually marked by too much sweating of some parts of the body, including armpits, groin, under breasts, hands, and feet. The latter is a condition in which the cause of the excessive sweating is associated with another disorder such as menopause or hyperthyroidism.

Assistant professor at the University of Toronto and a cosmetic dermatologist from Toronto, Dr. Nowell Solish, said that you may have hyperhidrosis if your sweating is such that it basically affects the daily activities of your life. When you suffer from this condition, you sweat all the time even where you’re sitting comfortably watching TV or during winter doing nothing at all.

Hyperhidrosis sufferers may need to repeatedly change their clothes in a single day. They may have to avoid shaking people’s hands, or refrain from raising their arms in public due to the sweat marks in their armpits, Solish noted. He added that the condition might be due to a dysfunction of the brain. The glands may be working right but they’re being instructed by the brain to sweat when they don’t need to be.

He said that hyperhidrosis may be due to the oversensitivity of the glands to the signal that is causing the person to sweat more than he/she needs to maintain water control and normal temperature.

Alternative treatments are available for this condition. Naturopaths treat patients with general detoxification. They use a concoction of various herbs that are diluted that patients can mix with water and drink during the day. Naturopathic practitioners believe that this cleanses deep lymphatic tissues. Lots of patients have been treated with this modality and most of them have seen improvements.

Another alternative treatment for hyperhidrosis is acupuncture. This non-invasive procedure not just addresses the signs and symptoms of sweating, but also its underlying cause.

Stress and other strong emotional issues can trigger anxiety which directly corresponds to secondary hyperhidrosis. Occasionally, secondary hyperhidrosis may be due to an autoimmune condition. Acupuncture can resolve not just the symptom of excessive sweating, but address the root cause of the condition, which in these cases, are strong emotional issues and an autoimmune condition.

But before patients try out acupuncture, practitioners in Louisville will advise them to get a diagnosis first from their doctor. Blood tests may be needed to rule out certain underlying problems such as a thyroid hormone problem.

Acupuncture can be very beneficial for hyperhidrosis sufferers. The treatment can help balance over-stimulated nerves and prevent them from being over-stimulated again. This will lessen the sweating and help the body stabilize temperature.

The number of acupuncture treatments for hyperhidrosis is usually eight to 10 sessions that is combined with the taking of herbal teas, granular herbs, or herbal pills taken once a day. The herbs augment the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment bringing balance in the body in a much faster way.

And as if the unsightly effect of hyperhidrosis isn’t problematic enough, some sufferers still have to contend with the smelly odor of their perspiration. This malodor is due to the buildup of bacteria in the sweat.

For people who want to keep out the bacteria and the bad smell in their sweat, they should consider using an herbal astringent. Chinese medicine practitioners may recommend placing two drops of essential oil into a spray bottle with filtered water. The mixture can serve as a body splash after a bath or shower. Calendula flower extract, tea tree oils and rosemary possess antibacterial and antifungal properties which can keep you drier and fresher throughout the day.

The Advantages of Using Acupuncture for the Treatment of Hyperhidrosis

In the United States, hyperhidrosis is experienced by about 3% of the population.  Those with the condition are likely to perspire even when they are resting, or not playing or working. They can also perspire profusely even during cold weather.  Unfortunately, their dilemma becomes a source of social distress and embarrassment causing them to lose self-esteem. Hyperhidrosis can begin early in childhood or adolescence. The sweating may only be confined to specific areas in the body (i.e, in the groin, scalp, underarm, face, sole, and palm area) or it may be a generalized condition in which the entire body sweats massively.

Certain factors that cause hyperhidrosis include obesity, substance addiction, bone marrow or blood cell disorder, Parkinson’s disease, infections such as tuberculosis or HIV, GRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone), drugs such as tamoxifen and certain antidepressants, alcohol or drug withdrawal, overactive thyroid glands, menopause, genetic mutation and issues related to the sympathetic nervous system.

It has been discovered by practitioners in the US some years ago that acupuncture has the ability to treat hyperhidrosis though it may have been known long time ago by ancient practitioners who have used this powerful modality for thousands of years. Acupuncture basically works through its ability to stimulate the flow of Qi (the life force of our body). The flow courses through energy channels known as meridians that distribute Qi to all parts of the body.

Treating hyperhidrosis with acupuncture and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments are pretty unorthodox ways of treating this condition for the reason that they are often underestimated or simply ignored by Western medicine. This sadly has forced sufferers to stick to medications or try out surgery for this relatively mild condition. Acupuncture originated in China where it was and still practiced for thousands of years. It is an enduring form of healing procedure that has no equal in the world today in terms of usefulness and versatility.

Acupuncture treatment of hyperhidrosis goes through the following procedures:

During the first visit to the acupuncturist, the patient will be asked a number of questions by the practitioner to determine where, when, how the patient perspires. The acupuncturist/practitioner then asks about the lifestyle habits of the patient including his/her drinking, eating, and sleeping habits among others.

Next the patient is physically examined to determine what type of treatment he/she needs.

The next step is the treatment itself. It involves the piercing of needles into certain pressure points that are associated with the symptoms and underlying cause of hyperhidrosis. Pressure points usually selected for a hyperhidrosis condition include points Kd 3, Ki 7, St 36, Lu 9, and Sp 9 among a few others.  When they are stimulated, these points can help boost the flow of stagnant blood and Qi that is responsible for the condition.

Most patients get completely cured after 8 – 10 treatment sessions. To boost the potency of the treatment Chinese herbs are integrated into the treatment.

Hyperhidrosis acupuncture treatment differs from patient to patient. The type of treatment needed is based on the severity of the symptoms and the body part affected.  This means that for:

-Hyperhidrosis related to kidney and heart conditions, pressure points kidney 7 and/or heart 6 are treated.
-Hyperhidrosis generated by abdomen and spleen problems, the points Bladder 20 or 21 is treated.
– Night time hyperhidrosis, spleen-3 is needled.
-Individuals suffering from foot and palm hyperhidrosis, acupoints on the feet and hands are selected. The ribcage and chest has sympathetic dermatome nerves that can be subjected to needles to cure plantar or palmar hyperhidrosis.

Acupuncture hyperhidrosis treatment has certain advantages. These include:

-Helping the body and mind to relieve stress through its ability to balancing the energy in the body
-Helping make surgery irrelevant for curing hyperhidrosis
-No side effects
-No need to take drugs and chemicals that have adverse side effects.

Precautions related to acupuncture treatment:

Before going for acupuncture treatment, health consultations and a full physical are a must
One needs to make sure that hyperhidrosis is not due to some type of disease before they undergo acupuncture

Tui Na, a Chinese massage therapy can be used in combination with acupuncture to address damp heat leading to a significant decrease in the perspiration.

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