Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Excessive Sweating


Sweating is a normal body function. It can help to cool down the body, moisten the skin and excrete metabolic wastes. Sweating normally occurs when a person becomes too hot or in reaction to emotions such as nervousness, anxiety, fear and anger. However, some people sweat a lot without being hot, nervous or anxious. The sweating usually occurs on the hands, feet, armpits and the head. This is medically known as hyperhidrosis which may be very uncomfortable and embarrassing.

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, perspiration is transformed by yang qi evaporating body fluids especially the blood, then it emerges out of the body through the sweat pores. Excessive sweating occurs when the production of perspiration beyond what is necessary to cool down the body. The problem is related to an overreaction of the sweat glands to both changes in temperatures and to physical and emotional stress.

Chinese Herbs for Excessive Sweating

1) Yu Ping Feng Wan, also known as Astragalus and Siler Formula or Jade Screen Pill. It is used to invigorate the vital energy to strengthen the body surface resistance and to stop perspiration.

Where to buy: Yu Ping Feng Wan

How to use: Yu Ping Feng Wan can be used in the forms of powder and capsules.

2) Huang Qi (Astragalus root) is a traditional Chinese herb long used to treat excessive sweating.

Where to buy: Astragalus Root

How to use: Astragalus root is available in many different forms including extract, powder and capsules.

Acupuncture Treatment for Excessive Sweating

Acupuncture is helpful in the treatment of excessive sweating. It can be beneficial by helping to balance overstimulated nerves which trigger the sweat glands, and prevent them from being overactive. TCM practitioners often offer acupuncture treatment combined with herbal formula. Treating hyperhidrosis with Chinese medicine is a long term process. You should not expect a quick result. Before treatment begins, acupuncturist will do an interview with the patient in order to diagnose the illness correctly. There are different forms of excessive sweating in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture can treat not only the hyperhidrosis symptoms, but the root cause of the illness.

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