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.
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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