|Posted on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 12:27: |
I am an acupuncturist in Del Mar, Ca. I am going to be treating a 16 yr.old, avid athlete with hyperhidrosis. When I last saw her she showed no signs of severe imbalance. I am wondering what your experience is in treating hyperhidrosis, or if you have some suggestions of where to look for info. other than the classical points for excessive sweating.
Thank you in advance!
Jennifer Gunnarsson, L.Ac
|Posted on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 12:58: |
In many occasions people who suffer from hyperhidrosis do not show classical signs of a major imbalance. Sometimes though, there are signs (or symptoms) of Yin deficiency, mostly due to massive Yin-fluid loss through perspiration or an aparent Yang condition. I understand from your post that the perspiration is not limited to the palms or feet or the axilla. In such a case the treatment need to be a comprehensive one and not limited to one area or the other - which is not the case with most hyperhidrosis patients. Thus, point combinations such as Li-4 and K-7 or H-6 and B-15 are very helpful along with points that regulate the heart meridian, being the organ associated with sweat.
In addition, you may run a search on my database page at:
for words such as excessive perspiration, sweat etc. and "fish" points that have these indications in the database.
Point combinations that have an influence on the skin, Wei Qi, lung system etc. usually prove helpful in many instances. Thus, the combination of tonifying Li-4/L-7/B-12/B-13 and dispersing K-7/Sp-9 may be utilized. Sometimes, the contrary works... Firming kidney Qi by B-23/Ren-4/Ren-6 has a restraining effect on the heart and also an astringent effect over the lung and the skin pores. You need to be very meticulous in finding small hints that will tell you what is really the weakest spot in your patient's physique and then apply the proper combination of points and manipulation. If you have further questions, please post them under this string.
|Posted on Friday, May 27, 2005 - 07:07: |
Dear Dr Halevi,
Is there a reason why most of time you perscribe Acupuncture rather then herbs ?
I read somewhere the in Ch. Med. 80% is herbs and only 20% is Acupuncture.
|Posted on Friday, May 27, 2005 - 12:14: |
Chinese medicine is whatever it takes to heal, Ron...
It is true that prescribing herbs is a much quicker procedure thus enabling the practitioner to see many more patients a day than treating by acupuncture. This fact is very significant in places bursting with population such as China. In many instances, especially where pain is involved, acupuncture brings extremely fast and significant results, surpassing by large those of herbal medicine. Besides, Jennifer is an acupuncturist, as you can see, and she was asking an advice on acupuncture...
|Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 14:28: |
My boyfriend had an opperation 12 years ago for hand and armpit HH the opperation was 100% succesful but 5 years later it reappeared on his chest and back. He lived with this for a few years as it was only really bad in hot weather but each year it has got worse. He has tried botox which didn't help and rubinal tablets but suffered with the side effects and was expencive. At the moment he is trying accupuncture, we have heard that this can be effective he has had 8 sessions now and the symptoms have worsened. He is now feeling hotter and uncomfortable even in quite mild conditions. We have been told that this is part of the healing process. But is this normal? will accupuncture improve the HH? how many sessions does this normally take? he is now worried that it wont improve and will now remain as it is, more uncomfortable than when he started accupuncture!
|Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 14:39: |
This is usually NOT a part of the healing process but an unexpected reaction to the treatment. It may also be a gradual worsening of the problem without any connection to the treatment he is taking. Acupuncture may be effective for HH before an operation had been performed. It is less effective, or has unexpected results, after an operation has been done.