You just met your boss’ wife, shook her hand, and left her with a strained expression on her face. Excessive sweating can make a handshake embarassing, wearing shoes without socks unthinkable and changing bed sheets in the middle of the night an everyday thing.
While sweating is natural and healthy, excessive perspiration, also known as hyperhidrosis, happens to over three percent of the population and can cause great distress.
What is exactly is Hyperhidrosis and what causes it?
Hyperhidrosis is defined as the production of perspiration beyond what is necessary to cool the body. When it is primary hyperhidrosis, the cause is unknown. The problem has been linked to an overreaction of the sweat glands to both changes in temperatures and to physical and emotional stress. Hyperhidrosis can affect the feet, palms, underarms or the whole body. And certainly one’s life. Secondary hyperhidrosis can be caused by an 0ver-active thyroid gland, spinal cord injury, panic attack or anxiety disorder, some cancers, obesity, and Menopause.
Before acupuncture can begin, it is necessary to correctly diagnose the disease. Sweating is a symptom for many different patterns of disharmony within the body. Acupuncture treats each individual uniquely depending on their pattern and symptoms.
We will ask questions about how, what, where and when you perspire, sleep, eat, drink and exercise, to name a few. We may also feel your pulse and observing your tongue. This interview and physical examination will help create a clear picture on which we can create a treatment plan specifically for you. Acupuncture is extremely successful in the treatment of sweating. In fact, how one sweats is a major way to identify disharmony within the body. Sweat is considered a fundamental substance and is studied in-depth. While sweating disorders can be treated with surgery and drugs, it is very good to know that there is an alternative to invasive and often risky procedures and medications. Acupuncture!
There also some helpful hints for you to do on your own to help reduce sweating and body odor…some may be obvious, but we hope you will find them helpful.
Bathe daily. Regular bathing helps keep the number of bacteria on your skin in check.
Try relaxation techniques. Consider relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or biofeedback. These can help you learn to control the stress that triggers perspiration.
Change your diet. If foods or beverages cause you to sweat more than usual or your perspiration to smell, consider eliminating caffeinated drinks from your diet as well as foods with strong odors, such as garlic and onions.
Choose natural-fiber clothing. Wear natural fabrics, such as cotton, wool and silk, which allow your skin to breathe. When you exercise, you might prefer high-tech fabrics that keeps moisture away from your skin.
Apply antiperspirants nightly. At bedtime, apply antiperspirants to sweaty palms or soles of the feet. Try perfume-free antiperspirants.
Dry your feet thoroughly after you bathe. Microorganisms thrive in the damp spaces between your toes. Use OTC foot powders to help absorb sweat.
Choose shoes and socks made of natural materials. Shoes made of natural materials, such as leather, can help prevent sweaty feet by allowing your feet to breathe.
Rotate your shoes. Shoes won’t completely dry overnight, so try not to wear the same pair two days in a row if you have trouble with sweaty feet.
Wear the right socks. Cotton and wool socks help keep your feet dry because they absorb moisture. When you’re active, moisture-wicking athletic socks are a good choice.
Change your socks often. Change socks or hose once or twice a day, drying your feet thoroughly each time. Women may try pantyhose with cotton soles.
Air your feet. Go barefoot when you can, or at least slip out of your shoes now and then.
Everybody sweats…sometimes. But if it gets out of control, consider acupuncture! We want you to be happy, healthy and comfortable.
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Author: Andrée Lambertson