Excessive sweating, clinically known as hyperhidrosis, is characterized by profuse sweating of the face, feet, underarms or, most commonly, the palms. Aside from discomfort, this condition can have significant emotional and social impact for some people. In severe cases, treatment typically consists of thoracic sympathectomy, which involves the removal or resecting of sympathetic nerves. However, mild cases may respond to therapy with sage extract. Explore all of your treatment options with your doctor, though, and note that this herb is not suitable to use during pregnancy or lactation.
According to the “Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines,” the active compounds in the volatile oils obtained from the leaves and aerial parts of the sage plant consist of a 20 to 60 percent concentration of alpha-thujone and beta-thujone, and lesser amounts of 1,8-cineole, linalool, rosmarinic acid and several other phytochemicals. Collectively, these agents exert astringent, antibacterial, antifungal and antihydrotic effects, the latter meaning to inhibit perspiration. Using sage to treat excessive sweating due to various causes, including clinical hyperhidrosis, is a traditional remedy with a long history. Today, the German Commission E, the European equivalent of the U.S. Federal Drug Administration, approves the use of sage extracts to treat excessive sweating.