Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which an individual sweats profusely than the body requires. Hyperhidrosis affects mainly the armpits, hands (palms) and feet. The key cause of excessive sweating is overactive sweat glands that elicit the body to perspire more than it is needed.
Though there are traditional treatments for hyperhidrosis they are known to pose some side-effects to many. To reduce the side-effects cause by the traditional methods and to reduce sweating at the same time, holistic medicines for hyperhidrosis with natural treatment approach is an alternative.
This holistic approach includes-
Herbal treatments- Herbal treatments are safe alternative holistic treatments for excessive sweating. Some of the herbs are known to cool down your nerves and produce a cooling effect on the body thereby, preventing the sweat glands from producing more sweat. These herbs include-
- Lemon balm- Lemon balm is herb belonging to a mint family. They have a calming effect on the nerves and reduce body sweating in excess. Lemon balm tea can be prepared and drink.
- Sage- Sage is an effective herb that reduces sweating. Steep 3 spoons of dried sage leaves with lukewarm water and leave for 24 hours. Rub this mixture on the affected areas to reduce sweating. You can also make sage tea and drink it 2-3 times a day. The astringent effect of sage is known to dry the skin.
- Witch hazel leaves- Witch hazel leaves contain astringent agent called tannins which produces cooling effect on the body. Steep witch hazel leaves in lukewarm water for 24 hours and apply this infused mixture on the affected skin surface.
- Black tea- Black tea has tannins (astringent) which when applied on the skin causes superficial closure of the pores thus, reducing excessive sweating. Brew some black tea, cool and soak a washcloth in the tea and then apply it on the skin once a day.
These are some of the effective holistic medicines for hyperhidrosis.
Yoga and meditation- Yoga is another holistic medicines for hyperhidrosis treatment. Yoga has different forms including proper body positioning, body relaxing and deep breathing techniques. Yoga focuses on your body and mind to provide ultimate body and mind relaxation. Whenever you are stressed out or is under tension, practice or turn onto yoga meditation. It will de-stress your tired nerves and offer a calming effect.
Nutrition and diet- Diet has a lot to do with hyperhidrosis. Some foods help in reducing sweating while others stimulates the sweat glands. These stimulants will get you into the flight or fight mode. Foods that stimulate your adrenaline levels include sugary foods (juices), caffeinated foods and drinks (coffee, tea and chocolates), spicy foods and foods containing monosodium glutamate. Foods that cools the body and reduces sweating include fresh whole fruits, vegetables and grains, vitamins, magnesium, calcium, nuts, peas, eggs and fruits that contains plenty of water in them such as watermelon, avocados, kiwi, sweet potatoes and bananas etc.
Manual scrubbing- Scrubbing of the affected area under running water to unblock the sweat pores is a new method of reducing sweating. Underarm or facial scrubbing works to unclog the pores by exfoliating the skin and removing the toxins.
Acupuncture- This is one of the holistic medicines for hyperhidrosis which works by relaxing the overactive glands to stop excessive seating.