Specific herbs are used in advanced botanic medicines to reduce sweating by balancing the hormones and anti-hydrosis herbs. It is not for menopausal sweating or flashes or flushes
Excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis or diaphoresis, is a condition of profuse sweating not brought on by the usual and natural response to heat, exercise, strong emotions, or fever.
Excessive sweating occurs when the sympathetic nervous system, that is, the part of the nervous system that is not under conscious control, responds in an exaggerated manner to environmental or emotional conditions. It can occur when the chemical balance of the nervous system is upset by hypoglycemia, hyperthyroidism, menopause, and withdrawal from alcohol or addictive drugs. Other possible causes are reactions to or over use of many common household products, including dipilatories, eye drops, insecticides, mouthwash, and pain relievers. Any person (especially a child) who experiences profuse sweating and any other symptoms of intoxication – especially shortness of breath, unusually rapid or slow heart beat, fainting, or chest pain, or severe headache – after contact with these substances should contact the nearest poison control centre.
To treat this with herbal medicine there are very few or no side effects but must be used consistently to control the condition. This is the way Herbactive’s SweatLess Tonic must be used for best results.
Some recommendations to help reduce sweating:
You are recommended to avoid the following herbs: cinnamon, ephedra, green tea (except decaffeinated), Japanese mind (schizonepeta), juniper berries, kudzu, ledebouriella, lobelia, mate, red cedar, sassafras, and yohimbe.
To control body odour, bathe with a soap containing tea tree oil and/or sage.
Replace lost fluids by drinking water.
Take zinc daily to replace zinc lost in sweat – use our ABC Daily Herbal Powder, see below.
Avoid coffee, tea, and other stimulants. These increase the activity of apocrine sweat glands, special glands in hairy parts of the body that produce strong-smelling, musky secretions.
Avoid highly spiced foods, especially if you live in a warm climate. Peppers act on the nervous system to increase sweating at high air temperatures (but not at low temperatures).
Avoid MSG (monosodium glutamate). This common flavouring ingredient can cause profuse sweating with nausea and vomiting in susceptible individuals.
Avoid loud music, interruptions at work, stress-related conditions, etc as these can trigger the sympathetic nervous system into an alarm response causing excessive sweating.