Q: Can Accupuncture help in excess sweating of face and scalp
A: We have been asked this question before, and the response we gave was
Q: I suffer from severe hyperhydrosis, (severe excessive sweating), specifically of the head, face and neck. This condition is very distressing and frankly is ruining my life. Please can you tell me if acupuncture is an appropriate therapy for this condition?
A: We replied:
We always stress in cases such as yours that the different way of looking at the body and its functions in Chinese medicine can sometimes offer additional possibilities for treatment. Although, as we said, there is not a great deal of research evidence accepted in the West, in China nearly every condition has been researched at some stage, including hyperhydrosis. Results are often slightly equivocal - the question becomes not 'does it work?' but 'how much does it work and how sustainable is the improvement?' - but this reflects life; some people improve after treatment, others don't.
We can say with certainty that treatment at the hands of a properly trained and qualified practitioner will not do you any harm, and the practitioner may, by assessing your problem in the light of what else is happening in your system, be able to offer some help. The best advice, as always, is to contact a BAcC member local to you and ask their advice face to face.
We would also add now that there are a number of specific syndromes recognised in Chinese medicine where sweating is a central symptom, and if there were other confirming evidence of this syndrome the practitioner could say with some confidence that they could offer some hope through treatment. Even where the symptom stands alone, the essence of Chinese medicine is to treat the person, not the condition, and the older systems were premised on the simple belief that if everything was functioning as it should then symptoms of whatever nature would resolve.