Holy cannelloni! Why did I ever think I wanted to take on a subject this big? So many people have asked about it, that in fairness I feel like now is the time to tackle it. It may be the case that as I write I must partition this a little and flirt some the material onto it’s own post. Let’s see how I go:
Natural remedies for hyperhidrosis range from traditional Chinese medicines to standard herbal medicines and from hypnosis to acupuncture. Trying to separate the wheat from the chaff is a tough one as many natural remedies for hyperhidrosis, genuinely effective or not, actually show signs of effectiveness through a thing called ‘the placebo effect‘. Placebo being an odd but highly proven medical ‘trick’ that makes people believe they are cured of something and therefore see a reduction or loss of a medical symptom, just through the power of their own mind. For example a headache sufferer could be given a sugar pill but told that they being given a powerful new headache cure. Just the belief alone that they are being given a powerful cure is enough in many cases to reduce or effectively get rid of the headache. Placebo’s have even been proven to work when the subject is told that they are receiving a placebo as opposed to actual treatment. Crazy but actually very true!
When you think about natural remedies for hyperhidrosis you’re probably immediately drawn to traditional Chinese medicines, and quite right too as there are multitude of traditional medicines out there that claim to cure or at least alleviate sweating – of different origin and body parts. I certainly can’t claim to be an expert on these matters but can an entire race of people be wrong? I doubt it although as with anything the medicines change and the results vary from person to person. Trying to dig through this massive area of medicine is tough to say the least. A good starting point would probably be the Shen Nong website that gives an excellent overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine views on the development of excessive sweating.
Having a look at patents in this are it would seem there are plenty of new developments or at least concoctions within Chinese medicine that are aimed at hyperhidrosis and sweating. A mixture I’ve been particularly interested in includes, but is not restricted to, ingredients like fructus gleditsiae abnormalis (Zhu Ya Zao or Chinese Honeylocust Abnormal Fruit), rhizoma alismatis (Ze Xie or Oriental Waterplantain Rhizome), agkistrodon (Qi Shi or dried Long-nosed Pit Viper) and nux prinsepiae (Rui Ren or Hedge Prinsepia Nut). Absolute respect to anyone who fancies taking concoctions like this. In fairness this particular concoction is in a shower gel form and is claimed to have an effective rate of 92.5-95%, is low in toxins and side effects
Hypnosis is another of the common recognised natural remedies for hyperhidrosis or ‘alternative’ treatments. You would think this is pretty self explanatory really – the idea is that the person undergoes hypnosis treatment to get rid of their sweating problem.
However it’s not a simple as that really. This type of treatment is probably more useful for ‘secondary hyperhidrosis’, which is sweating caused by a secondary issue, such as obesity or nervous and anxious sweating. In this case the hypnotherapy targets the root cause – the anxiety or overeating.
It’s my humble opinion (and many actual professionals) that hypnosis can’t cure primary hyperhidrosis issues, as there is an underlying medical condition as opposed to something the person can influence externally.
Acupuncture, is often over looked by western medicine for any illness, and so it’s also overlooked as one of the natural remedies for hyperhidrosis. In my opinion it may be worth pursuing before attempting surgery or prescriptions. Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. All of those fantastic Chinese people just can’t be wrong.
The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques; it stimulates points directly related to excessive sweating. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.
Relatively few complications from the use of hyperhydrosis acupuncture have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. Still, complications have resulted from inadequate sterilization of needles and from improper delivery of treatments. When not delivered properly, acupuncture can cause serious adverse effects, including infections and punctured organs.
Health care practitioners can be a resource for referral to acupuncturists for hyperhydrosis. More medical doctors, including neurologists, anesthesiologists, and specialists in physical medicine, are becoming trained in hyperhidrosis acupuncture, TCM, and other CAM therapies.
An acupuncture practitioner specializing in excessive sweating, who is licensed with credentials may provide better care than one who is not. About 40 states have established training standards for acupuncture certification, but states have varied requirements for obtaining a license to practice acupuncture.
Homeopathic Medications for Excessive Sweating
This still needs to be included within natural remedies for hyperhidrosis. My own opinion of homeopathic medications however, are those that follow the science – there is no plausible evidence to show that any form of homeopathy actually works. However, I also follow the science of the placebo, and I’m absolutely sure that if someone believes that their homeopathic medicine is definitely going to cure them, there’s every chance that it will, or at least show signs of improvement. The placebo in my opinion is THE only reason that homeopathic medicine could ever work. That said, below I’ve listed a few common homeopathic treatments for sweating below.
Silicea: Silicea is generally used for clammy and sweaty feet.
Acidum hydrofluoricum : This homeopathic remedy is used for curing excessive sweating in the palms and is meant for those, who have a sour odour sweat.
Calcarea : Calcarea treats those patients, who suffer from excessive sweating due to obesity.
Botulinum : This homeopathic remedy cures excessive underarm sweating.
As we can see there are lots of natural remedies for hyperhidrosis and these remedies should extend into our way of life. To ensure you’re at a datum point for sweating then you can follow these tips to recuse sweating:
If you have anything to add or you have experiences of natural remedies for hyperhidrosis to share, please add a comment below.