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Hyperhidrosis and Natural Remedies
Many individuals have requested opinions on the use of natural remedies for treating excessive sweating. These include sage teas, apple cider vinegar and honey, magnesium supplements, sea salt, and baking soda solutions to name a few. Some people may find that natural remedies help. But most trials seem unsuccessful.
There are several problems associated with using natural remedies in trying to nutralize excessive sweating. For one, nobody knows how they work. Treating a sweating condition with natural remedies is a little like shooting in the dark - you do not know if they are going to work. They may be effective in some, and if so, most likely in those with milder cases of hyperhidrosis.
Natural remedies tend to connote a misguided sense of safety in many individuals. I always go into a state of shock when people mention that natural remedies and homeopathic preparations are totally safe because they are natural or nuturally derived. To name a few, drug compounds such as atropine, morphine, digitalis, paclitaxel, cyclosporin, and warfarin are all derived from natural sources (browsing 'poisonous plants' will give you a whole new perspective on the term 'natural' ). Truth is, these are extremely dangerous if over consumed.
Sure, if your natural remedy happens to be something like honey, there is no need to worry. But given that natural remedies have a tendency to be abused, some of these have the potential of becoming health risks. For example, the abuse of magnesium supplements can lead to elevated levels in the body. This condition, medically referred to as hypermagnesemia, can lead to very serious problems.
The biggest problem with recommending natural preparations for hyperhidrosis is their lack of clinical data. In other words, there are no studies to support their use or to show that they are effective in treating excessive sweating conditions. All positive opinions are anecdotal or based on user experiences.
In summary, natural remedies are unproven. However, a trial may be worthwhile as long as their consumption is not abused, particularly remedies that can lead to possible adverse events. Whether they are effective in the treatment of excessive sweating is likely a matter condition severity and of individual trial.