Excessive sweating is medically termed as hyperhidrosis. It is a condition where you sweat profusely more than normal, even without exercise and in normal temperature.
Hyperhidrosis can cause you social embarrassment and may disrupt your normal day to day activities.
Primary hyperhidrosis though is a medical condition, it is not a sign of disease. It affects a particular part of the body like underarms, groin, head, face, hands or feet. This type of hyperhidrosis is possibly a result of a minor problem in the nervous system or it may be hereditary.
Secondary hyperhidrosis causes the whole body to sweat and it is a sign of disease. The causes are high fever, menopause, pregnancy, alcoholism, thyroid problems, obesity, infectious diseases, anxiety, fear and certain medications.
Home Remedies for Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
You may try the following home remedies for beneficial results:
- Drink 1 cup tomato juice everyday, it is rich in antioxidants and also helps to regulate sweat.
- Take bath daily, dry yourself completely after bath and use talcum powder.
- Avoid using closed shoes. Prefer open sandals. If it’s mandatory to wear shoes, rotate your shoes by using 2-3 pairs alternatively.
- Use talcum powder before wearing socks. Change the socks daily.
- Wear cotton cloths.
- Manage your stress and anxiety by meditation and yoga.
- Wheatgrass juice or the water extract from young wheat grass is very effective home remedy for excessive sweating. It helps in neutralising acids and toxins in the blood and is also a very good source of protein, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, folic acid and vitamin B-6.
- Sage is an astringent herb having lots of thiamine and magnesium to soothe the sweat gland and calm down the nerves. It also has rosmarinic acid,which inhibits excessive production of sweat. Sage tea can be prepared by simmering 10-15 fresh sage leaves in a cup of water for 3-4 minutes. Drink when it is cool.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of white sandalwood powder with enough rose water into a thin paste and add few drops of lemon. Apply this paste to your palms and feet after bath and allow it to dry, then rinse it off with warm water. Follow this treatment once daily until the excessive sweating reduces.
- Drink half glass of aloe vera juice daily with a pinch of turmeric powder.
- Coconut oil mixed with powdered camphor can be used for body massage.
In Ayurveda, vitiation of pitta dosha and medho dhatu (adipose/ fat tissue) is responsible for excessive sweating. Hence, follow pitta balancing diet Balance pitta dosha and reduce your body fat by adopting healthy diet and doing physical exercise regularly.