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Natural Diaphoretic herbs to reduce fever, promote circulation

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Diaphoretic Herbs

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Diaphoretic Herbs

Diaphoretic herbs help the body dispel fever and chills, cool the skin and eliminate toxins, similar to sudorific. Diaphoretic herbs induce involuntary perspiration that helps to reduce fever, promote circulation, relieve muscle tension, aching joints, and inflammatory skin conditions. These herbs are used to relieve diarrhea, dysentery, kidneys, liver, urinary, and gall bladder. Additionally, they are useful in fevers, colds, and detoxification formulations.

Sweating is an essential function that helps the body stay cool and aids in managing fever. The amount of sweat that is released by the body is determined by the number of sweat glands and is commonly found under the arms, on the feet, and on the palms of the hands.

Mercury is well known for its use as a diaphoretic, and was widely used in the 19th and early 20th century by physicians to "purge" the body of an illness. However, due to the high toxicity of mercury, secondary symptoms would manifest which were erroneously attributed to the former disease which was being treated with mercurials.

Diaphoretic herbs causes many people to sweat profusely and this type of sweating can be beneficial to one's health by forcing toxins to leave the body. These herbs increase blood flow throughout the body by dilating superficial capiliaries & blood vessels. People with a rapid pulse usually need a relaxing diaphoretic and diaphoretics should not be used with cathartics because this could cause the body to lose too much of its fluids.

Although quite useful, Diaphoretic herbs do not have the same qualities as a prescription medication and you should contact your health-care professional immediately if you have a fever above 101 degrees F or if you experience extreme dizziness, confusion or difficulty breathing.

Diaphoretic herbs may also be useful for genitourinary disease (herpes), edema, painful, difficult or burning urination or infections.
Examples of herbal diaphoretics include:

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