Unilateral Perspirationaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Sweating Disorders

What is Unilateral Perspiration?

Unilateral perspiration, also known as asymmetrical sweating, is a condition where an individual experiences sweating on only one side of the body. This unusual pattern of sweating can affect various parts of the body, including the face, torso, or limbs, and may indicate an underlying issue with the body's autonomic nervous system or other health conditions. Unlike generalized sweating, which is often related to temperature regulation or physical exertion, unilateral perspiration can occur without a clear trigger and may be persistent or episodic.

How Does TCM View Unilateral Perspiration?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), unilateral perspiration is understood through the lens of the body's internal balance and energy flow, or Qi. TCM practitioners believe that symptoms like unilateral sweating arise from disharmony within the body's systems, particularly involving the channels and collaterals that transport Qi and Blood.

Identifying the specific pattern of disharmony is essential for effective treatment. Various patterns such as Qi Stagnation, or imbalances in the body's meridians, can lead to unilateral perspiration, highlighting the importance of a tailored approach to diagnosis and therapy.

Acupoints for Unilateral Perspiration

To address unilateral perspiration, TCM practitioners often employ acupuncture, targeting specific acupoints to restore balance and proper energy flow. One key acupoint in the Bladder Channel is Shenmai BL-62. Located in the depression directly below the lateral malleolus tip, Shenmai BL-62 has several important actions. It helps remove obstructions from the channel, easing pain and benefiting the eyes.

Additionally, it regulates the Yang Stepping Vessel and pacifies Interior Wind while expelling Exterior Wind. These actions contribute to restoring balance and addressing the underlying causes of unilateral perspiration.

See more details below about Shenmai BL-62, an acupoint used to address unilateral perspiration.

  • By Meridian
  • Bladder Channel
Shenmai BL-62

Shenmai BL-62

In the depression directly below the lateral malleolus tip.