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Q: Can acupuncture help with hyperhidrosis?
I have excess sweating under my arms and on the palms of my hands.?

A: Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine will rarely treat the symptom of sweating directly. Usually your practitioner will try to find out what is causing the hyperhidrosis (For example, anxiety).There are, however, a few “symptomatic points” that are often used in combination for sweating.  While I would not recommend using acupuncture needles on yourself, you may want to put adhesive magnets on the points.

  • LI-4 (Hegu), K-7(Fuliu)- For spontaneous sweating. Would be used in combination to regulate energy (Qi) throughout the body, clear dampness and calm the nervous system.

  • SI-3 (Houxi) – For night sweats.

Your acupuncturist will have to look at the the specific signs and symptoms of your condition as well as the state of your overall health to determine if Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you.  Each case is unique and it would be difficult to determine your Chinese medical diagnosis or treatment plan without a full assessment.  Please contact several licensed acupuncturists in your area for a consultation to find the best practitioner for you.

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