Dry Mouth, Excessive Hunger, Excessive Thirst, Excessive Sweating
On this page you can find a brief discussion about dry mouth, excessive hunger/thirst, and excessive sweating according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.
Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
- Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
- Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
- Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
- Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
- Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
- Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
- Meridian – another term for energy channel.
Dry mouth, excessive thirst, excessive hunger, and excessive sweat presented here are results of constitutional imbalances and not from deprivation of food or fluid intake. These conditions are common due to long term illness, diabetes, chemo/radiation treatment, childbirth, excessive loss of blood, medications, or any activities that consume the yin such as heavy alcohol consumption and smoking - all of which can create these imbalances:
- Stomach yin deficiency with heat (excessive hunger)
- Lung yin deficiency with heat (excessive thirst)
- Heart yin deficiency with heat (excessive sweating nighttime, dry mouth)
- Qi deficiency of heart, spleen, lung (excessive sweating daytime)
- Body fluid deficiency (dry mouth)
In treating dry mouth, excessive hunger/thirst, and excessive sweating we use acupuncture and herbs to achieve these healing effects:
- Nourish yin.
- Drain heat.
- Tonify qi.
- Replenish body fluid.
The course of treatment constitutes six weekly sessions and followed by a long term herbal maintenance program. These conditions rely heavily on herbs to rebuild yin and qi, therefore herbal therapy takes the primary role and acupuncture secondary.
An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.