Several conditions can cause sweat issues, whether it be a lack of sweat or excessive sweating. Night sweats and hot flashes are common symptoms of menopause, causing a sudden sensation of heat in one area or on the entire body. Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which the body overproduces sweat, even in cool environments. Excessive sweating that occurs on the feet, armpits, or hands and has no clear cause is termed primary hyperhidrosis. Secondary Hyperhidrosis occurs as a symptom of another medical issue and can affect other parts of the body. Some medical conditions linked to hyperhidrosis include hyperthyroidism, cancer, heart disease and anxiety disorders, to name a few.
Anhidrosis occurs when the body does not produce sweat, even when in extreme situations. This is problematic because when the body does not sweat, it can become overheated. Factors such as dehydration, burns, the use of certain medicines and certain genetic disorders can cause anhidrosis.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for sweat problems.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
The following (5) chinese herbs may be useful for sweat problems. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.