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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses what it means to have symptoms, such as night sweats. Is it ever normal for you to have a symptom? The answer is NO. Symptoms are an indication you have an imbalance in your body and the systems that regulate the symptom have been corrupted.
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Night sweats have many potential causes, however what follows are the basic mechanics. Lack of Kidney/Adrenal System function can lead to inadequate raw materials necessary for the production of hormones, thus leading to night sweats. Two basic aspects of the Kidney/Adrenal System are "yin" and "yang." Yin is cool, moist and nourishing. On the other hand, yang is hot, invigorating and moving (an example of yang gone "awry" would be one experiencing night sweats). Hormones can have more yin or more yang properties. For example, estrogen (which helps to prepare the body for and maintain pregnancy) may have more yang properties and progesterone (which helps prepare the uterus for receiving and nourishing a fertilized egg) may have more yin properties. Hormone balance (therefore Kidney yin and yang balance) is critical for normal body temperature.
When such hormones slip out of balance, many symptoms, including night sweats, may result. The yin may become deficient, causing the yang to "rise" to the surface of the body at night (the most yin time of the day), causing an intense sensation of heat and possibly perspiration.
As you can see with this particular health imbalance, there is an underlying cause. The key to success in treating these problems lies in addressing the underlying issue described above to eliminate the problem over the long term. To speed up results, it is recommended that one minimally reduce or eliminate the intake of caffeine, deep-fried foods, dairy, sugar, preservatives in food, chemicals in food and municipal tap water (which most often contains chlorine and fluoride, considered by many as dangerous chemicals). It would also be necessary to supplement your diet with the necessary whole food building blocks to address the deficiencies that form the basis of this imbalance. Night sweats are very common in society today, but that doesn't mean it is normal nor does it mean it is something you have to suffer through.
Your Medical Doctor will ultimately offer you medication as this is the only answer they have. Many forward thinking Medical Doctors may recommend some of the more popular natural remedies like Black Cohosh, Evening Primrose or even Adrenal supplements. If results are not to your satisfaction, they will recommend Hormone Therapy.
Taking artificial hormones prescribed by your medical doctor is NOT the best way to deal with this imbalance. Artificial hormones have been associated with an increase in cancer in your reproductive organs and having your organs removed is not the ideal way to address this natural process of menopause. Transitioning from being fertile and of child bearing age to being post menopausal and continuing to lead an active and energetic life is a natural process of aging. Buying into the notion that it is normal to have hormonal imbalances and you need to be on medication for this imbalance is not rational and if you address the underlying imbalance, it is also not necessary.
Medicines Two Choices for You
Working with a Holistic Chiropractor is the best choice to getting a handle on your hormones. If you feel you have a hormonal imbalance because you experience night sweats, and you would like to look at the underlying cause, we can help you. Coming in for an evaluation to determine the balance/imbalance within your Kidney/Adrenal System would be prudent. Helping you to discover the necessary ingredients to your imbalance and supplementing them with the necessary whole food ingredients for you is the best course of action you can take.
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