Diaphoretic Health Dictionary

Diaphoretic: From 4 Different Sources

A drug which induces perspiration
Health Source: Herbal Medical
Author: Health Dictionary
A substance that increases perspiration, either by (1) dilating the peripheral blood vessels (Capsicum), (2) directly stimulating by drug action the nerves that affect the sweat glands (Asclepias tuberosa), or by (3) introducing a volatile oil into the bloodstream that performs both tasks (Asarum canadensis).
Health Source: Medicinal Plants Glossary
Author: Health Dictionary
(sudorific) n. a drug that causes an increase in sweating. *Antipyretic drugs have diaphoretic activity, which helps reduce the body temperature in fevers.
Health Source: Oxford | Concise Colour Medical Dictionary
Author: Jonathan Law, Elizabeth Martin


Herbs that induce increased perspiration. Diaphoresis is regarded as a process of internal cleansing. Toxic wastes are eliminated via the pores of the skin thus assisting kidney function. Widely used in feverish conditions to reduce a high temperature and to equalise the circulation. Of this large group, commonly used are: Balm (relaxing), Bayberry (mild), Boneset, Catnep (relaxing), Cayenne, Elderflowers, Ephedra, Galangal, Garlic, Ginger, Golden Rod, Hemlock Spruce, Holy Thistle, Lime flowers, Hyssop, Marigold, Peppermint, Pleurisy root, Prickly Ash bark, Queen’s Delight, Rosemary, Senega, Thyme, Vervain, Yarrow.

For a more profuse abundant sweating Sudorifics are employed: Red Sage, Boneset, Ginger, Angelica root, Virginia Snakeroot, Cayenne, Crawley root. ... diaphoretics

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