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Even Medical Doctors Now Practice Acupuncture for the Treatment of Hyperhidrosis

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If you constantly suffer from profuse and excessive sweating, then you may have a condition known as hyperhidrosis. This condition is difficult to control and heavy deodorants and other remedies such as Iontophoresis may not be enough to protect you from this potentially embarrassing disorder. If that is the case, then acupuncture for hyperhidrosis treatment may be what you need.

Acupuncture for the treatment of hyperhidrosis begun in Asia. This extremely effective therapy is often overlooked by a lot of medical physicians who have been trained to solely dispense products coming from pharmaceutical companies. Holistic medicine is often overlooked, and worse, belittled by Western Medicine. The sad fact is, holistic medicine such as Eastern Medicine is oftentimes more effective and safer than Western medicine.

Some sufferers of hyperhidrosis have tried acupuncture for two months and a lot of them have verified the efficacy of this procedure. They are able to control their sweating and do not perspire as much as before.

There have been studies done dealing with the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating hyperhidrosis. Acupuncture is a procedure that stimulates acupuncture points across the body and it usually involves the use of needles. Most people have a basic idea what acupuncture is all about.

The needles used for hyperhidrosis treatment are as thin as a strand of hair on your scalp. Under the hands of a qualified and licensed acupuncturist, the insertion of the needle in the skin does not cause pain. For the treatment of hyperhidorsis, more than one needle may be needed. The needle does not really penetrate deep into the skin, just deep enough to penetrate the skin’s top layer.

Most of acupuncture patients feel a tingling but mild sensation when the needles penetrate the skin. Others have reported soreness or discomfort a day after the treatment.

Because of the growing popularity of acupuncture, a number of medical doctors have integrated it into their practice. These days, you can now find doctors who have been trained and are licensed to practice acupuncture for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Others doctors who are not acupuncturists usually refer their patients to a reputable practitioner if the need for them arises.

Western medicine’s explanation of how acupuncture works in the treatment of hyperhidrosis goes like this.

Just underneath the acupuncture points, the points in the body where the needles are inserted lie nerves known as dermatomes. When the needles hit a dermatome, it causes an effect on the nervous system.

Acupuncture treatment for hyperhidrosis usually needle points where dermatomes corresponding to stress and anxiety are located. The studies that observed the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating hyperhidrosis showed that a person’s emotions were responsible for triggering the profuse sweating.

The dermatomes involved in hyperhidrosis were also associated with internal body temperature.

Acupuncture treatment for hyperhidrosis may depend on the location and severity of the symptoms. For example, a person suffering from plantar or palmar hyperhidrosis may need to undergo treatment on the feet and hands and on the sympathetic dermatome nerves located in the ribcage or chest.

Some acupuncturists may select a more generalized approach. The treatment is really decided by the acupuncturist although he/she will base it on the severity of the symptoms and the part of the body where symptoms manifest. Acupuncture for the treatment of hyperhidrosis may produce results on the first treatment but a total of two to three weeks may be needed for the therapy to produce optimal results.

Emily Farish is a licensed acupuncturist in Spokane, WA., practicing acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Western medical pathology. She is also the founder of Emily Farish Acupuncture.

Written by Valerie

February 10th, 2015 at 1:03 am

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