The Effect of Acupuncture and Foot Reflexotherapy on Palmar Hyperhidrosis in a Young girl: A Case Report
Introduction: Palmar hyperhidrosis is the excessive and unpredictable sweating on the palms, which results in severe distress in occupational and social life of the sufferer. Pharmacological and surgical interventions, which are the mainstay of treatment, are invasive or associated with multiple side effects. Furthermore, efficacy of therapy is not guaranteed. Alternative techniques may have positive effects on palmar hyperhidrosis. However, there is severe lack of data on the application alternative therapy on palmar hyperhidrosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of acupuncture and foot reflexotherapy in a young girl with palmar hyperhidrosis.
Case: The subject of the present study was a 19-year female University student diagnosed with palmar hyperhidrosis. She was treated with acupuncture and foot reflexotherapy 4 times, once each week (i.e. 4 weeks of treatment sessions). Palmar sweating significantly improved with therapy and by the fifth-sixth week from treatment onset, the patient reported no palmar perspiration.
Conclusion: Acupuncture and foot reflexotherapy may be safe and effective alternative therapeutic techniques that can decrease the intensity of sweating in palmar hyperhidrosis to acceptable degree.