Perspiration (or sweating) is the production and excretion of sweat from the sweat glands.
The primary purpose is to allow for the cooling of the skin (the body’s largest organ) by evaporation.
Most profuse sweating, for the purpose of cooling, takes place at the forehead, neck and chest. This is why we see a typical exercise outfit consisting of a headband and “sweatshirt” which will display these familiar patterns as the cotton material becomes soaked.
Related to its primary purpose, the sweat glands respond to increasing temperatures by releasing sweat. This is usually in hot weather but may also be brought on by exercise, even in cold conditions, or by a fever.
Sweating also occurs as an autonomic response to psychological stress, or fear.
Signs & Symptoms
Body odor is not, in fact, directly due to sweat but indirectly once bacteria act upon it.
This is a well-known problem in adults, the apocrine glands in the areas with pubic hair (armpits and groin) only develop at puberty. These glands produce cellular material as well as sweat and open into a hair follicle before reaching the surface of the skin.
The other form of sweat gland, eccrine glands, cover the rest of the body although they are more numerous over the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. They open directly to the skin’s surface. Eccrine sweat is 99% water plus some electrolytes, chiefly salt (sodium chloride).
Perspiration - (Exercise)
Structure & Function:
Multi Vitamin/Multi Mineral Formulas &
Mineral Electrolytes, typically:
*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.
Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.
Cool foods, quite literally, help to reduce the core body temperature, while hot, spicy foods can promote heavy, almost feverish sweating, when desired.
Description Remedy Hyperhidrosis Sulphur Sudoresis (feet): Psorinum Sulphur
Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).
This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.
Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.
Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.
Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.
Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.
If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.
Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.
Murphy, R. : Lotus Materia Medica. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1995.
Pert, J.C.: Homeopathy for the Family. The Homoeopathic Development Foundation, London. 1985 edition.
Kali Sulf. balances perspiration;
Suppressed i.e. lack of perspiration.
Excessive i.e. excess perspiration (German Commission E)
Walnut leaf (see under Black walnut)
Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.
Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.
Aromatherapy - Essential Oils
Odorous sweat, as in TB, can be treated with Thyme Essence.
Profuse sweating from the forehead can be treated with Sage Essence.
"Sweaty feet" are almost a condition, in themselves. Cypress Essence, or Pine Essence are recommended.
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