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Botox may break a sweat-filled summer

Arizona’s scorching summer temperatures make it inevitable to break a sweat. Releasing sweat is a body’s natural method of detoxifying, but how much is too much sweating? A small percentage of the population is seeking the popular noninvasive cosmetic procedure used to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles on the face, Botox, to eliminate excessive perspiration.

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating is a medical issue leading many to shed up to $900 to $1,000 per treatment. Botox injections are not currently being used to eliminate sweating from every region of the body, though the Food and Drug Administration has solely approved the specific treatment of hyperhidrosis in the auxiliary glands, or armpits.

Dr. Babak Nafe, a Naturopathic Physician who specializes in general and aesthetic medicine at Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics is seeing more patients turn to Botox to relieve profuse armpit sweating rather than simply using prescribed medicated aluminum-based deodorants.

“The way it works is the same way it works in any other part of the body,” Nafe said. “It temporarily blocks the chemical signals that stimulate the nerves that are connected to the sweat glands.”

According to Dr. Nafe, a recent study demonstrated that 84 out 100 patients treated with Botox achieved greater than a 50 percent reduction in sweating.

Although Botox injections to eliminate excessive auxiliary sweating are not as common as using the treatment to diminish facial wrinkles, a small percentage of the population does face this problem. Prescription based deodorants do not always work on all patients leaving many individuals to suffer with the embarrassment of profuse sweating to the point where individuals become self-conscious.

“If they’re finding out that they have to constantly change their shirts, especially in the summer when it’s so hot to the point that they’re ruining their shirts or need to bring extra,” Dr. Nafe said. “Those kind of people would definitely be candidates to try it.”

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for the treatment. Individuals who suffer from diseases that may affect their muscles or nerves would not be eligible for this type of cosmetic procedure.

Each treatment consists of an iodine test to locate a patient’s sweat glands, followed by 15 to 20 injections in each armpit. The procedure usually takes about 20 minutes or less and the results will generally last about six to seven months. There is no recovery time necessary and patients will notice results 24 to 48 hours after their treatment.

As typical with any sort of cosmetic treatment, Botox injections come with side effects, such as allergic reactions, migraine beaches or rashes. Much like many cosmetic procedures, Botox used for this specific reason is not covered by medical insurance.

If excessive auxiliary perspiration is negatively impacting your life, Botox might be the ideal solution for you.

Naturopathic Medicine - Scottsdale Living July-August 2011

More People Turn To Naturopathic Medicine, Homeopathy To Relieve Ailments

More people are turning to naturopathic medicine and homeopathy to relieve ailments

Some may be skeptical that plant- and mineral-based remedies can relieve the symptoms of headaches, ADHD and everything in between.

But for a 9-year-old girl who developed insomnia and permanent blinking ticks due to taking Ritalin for just one week, homeopathic treatment helped dramatically when conventional medicine and treatment had failed.

Her ADHD symptoms were reduced by 75 percent, and her ticks are almost gone after just two months of treatment via homeopathic remedies.

Homeopathy takes a holistic, non-toxic, natural approach to increasing health and wellness, whether you’re looking to cure the flu, relieve a headache or cure an ear infection.

The remedies’ main ingredients are comprised of plants and minerals, and they’re FDA approved — homeopathic medicine being the only system of natural medicine regulated by the FDA.

The remedies are so safe women can treat severe nausea during their pregnancies without having to worry because of the natural ingredients.

Women can also treat PMS, menopause and other menstrual irregularities.

Homeopathy takes a “like-cures-, like” approach. This means that what a medicine can cause in a healthy person, it can cure in someone who’s sick.

Jamie Oskins, a naturopathic physician at the Arizona Natural Health Center, explains it further by using red onions as an example.

“We’ve all cut an onion and got the burning eyes or the burning nasal discharge,” Oskins says. “If somebody has symptoms that match the red onion, there’s a homeopathic remedy to treat things like hay fever or the common cold with the same symptoms.”

This natural form of medicine helps stimulate the body so it can heal.

“Sometimes your body gets off track, and homeopathy stimulates your body to get back on course,” Oskins says. Homeopathic treatment also is individualized to each patient’s symptoms, with a level of detail somewhat irrelevant to a conventional doctor, Oskins says.

Homeopathy is a type of treatment, under naturopathic medicine, that concentrates on healing and treating a patient’s entire being.

“Naturopathic physicians really treat the root cause of the problem and not just the symptoms,” says Marianne Marchese, naturopathic physician and adjunct clinical faculty at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe. “Instead of just giving them a drug or herb for the headache, I actually figure out why they are having headaches.”

While homeopathy is the most common alternative medicine used in the world, according to Oskins, interest and awareness in naturopathic medicine and homeopathic treatment has increased. In fact, it has trended over the past four years in the Valley and business has doubled, according to Marchese.

“People are definitely looking for alternative and conventional medicine instead of just drugs,” Marchese says. “For example, people are really looking to increase their knowledge to improve their health on their own, or they look for natural medicines instead of medication to treat or prevent their own conditions.”

For more information about homeopathy, visit www.aznaturalhealth.com or call (480) 456-0402. If you’d like more information about naturopathic medicine, call the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine at (480) 970-0000.