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Night Sweats - Another Approach to this Common HCV Symptom


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Hepatitis C (HCV) is the most prevalent liver disease in the world. Currently, it’s estimated there are up to 300 million people worldwide infected with HCV. In the near future, chronic HCV is predicted to become a major burden on the health care system as patients who are currently asymptomatic with relatively mild disease progress to end-stage liver disease and develop liver cancer. For those patients who do exhibit symptoms of the disease, some of the most common include dizziness, fatigue, nausea, itching, and night sweats. Although Western medicine does not currently have a cure for night sweating, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) does have ways of addressing the uncomfortable symptom.

The degree to which our bodies perspire is dependent upon certain factors, including temperature and emotional status. When someone awakens in the middle of the night with sheets wet from perspiration, infectious diseases (such as Hepatitis C), menopause and humid environments are among some of the potential causes.

Despite Western medicine not currently having a definite solution for night sweats, there are practical ways to manage them, such as avoiding spicy foods, caffeine and sugar, all of which can raise your body temperature. Keeping your bedroom cool is another way to alleviate night sweating.

Traditional Chinese Medicine also offers a different approach to managing night sweats. According to TCM, night sweats are a result of an imbalance in the body’s yin. The Chinese medical theory aims to fortify yin by restoring the body’s fluids and nutrients. In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbs, certain foods can also help strengthen yin, including kidney beans, eggs, walnuts, peas, apples, watermelon, and many more.

Click here to read this article in its entirety and learn more practical tips on managing night sweats, as well as the detailed role Traditional Chinese Medicine can potentially play in addressing them.

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