Hyperhidrosis is a condition of excessive sweating, most commonly of the armpits, hands, and feet. Sweating is the body's method of cooling off to keep the internal body temperature where it should be. In some people, the sweating is extreme and can cause embarrassment, making the problem even worse. Many sufferers have tried everything from surgery to remove their sweat glands, which often creates sympathetic sweating in other regions of the body, to taking drugs that put them in a zombie-like state.
Causes of hyperhidrosis
Our bodies are designed to sweat when we get hot. The moisture meets the air and evaporates, which helps cool the skin. Other sweating can begin with the nerves. When people become anxious or scared, their sweat glands might go into overdrive, releasing more sweat than needed. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for more than five million sweat glands, and two-thirds of them are in the hands. For many people, this condition is genetic. Other causes of hyperhidrosis are menopause, obesity, thyroid imbalance, drugs and alcohol.
You can try a variety of natural treatments for hyperhidrosis. They include drinking apple cider vinegar, drinking tomato juice, applying talcum powder or cornstarch to the effected area, massage, acupuncture and biofeedback. Not all hyperhidrosis sufferers have the same experiences with the treatments, so trial and error is advised to find the best solution.
Apple cider vinegar solution
There are two ways to use apple cider vinegar for hyperhidrosis---orally and topically. To take it orally, mix 12 ml (2 tsp) of vinegar and 12 ml (2 tsp) of honey, and drink it three times per day on an empty stomach. Wait half an hour before eating or sleeping for the best results. For the topical application, apply apple cider vinegar directly on the armpits, hands and feet. Allow it to dry before touching anything.
Other methods of treating hyperhidrosis
There are other treatments that many sufferers of hyperhidrosis can try. Clinical-strength antiperspirants have helped many people, but they are filled with chemicals that might be of concern. Electrical stimulation is a procedure that delivers mild electric currents. The effected area is placed in water, with current passing through. This causes a tingle, and the treatment can be effective for up to six weeks. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that can help many ailments. For hyperhidrosis, it stimulates certain points of the body with needles to help keep the nerves from being stimulated, preventing excessive sweating. Stress management using yoga and meditation can help some people. A small number of hyperhidrosis sufferers benefit from psychotherapy, but this works only if the cause is psychological.