Definition of diaphoretic
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Diaphoretic (adjective) is a descriptive term that means of, relating to, pertaining to, or causing perspiration. In pharmacology and medicine, diaphoretic (noun, plural: diaphoretics) is an agent inducing or promoting insensible perspiration, similar to sudorific. However, sudorifics, in particular, are agents (could be pharmacological or plant-derived) that induce or promote sensible perspiration, i.e. profuse sweating.
What is diaphoresis in medical terms
In medicine, the condition characterized by an increased perspiration is termed diaphoresis. It may occur naturally. The body sweats during a strenuous physical activity or when the ambient temperature is high. It can be induced. A pharmacological drug or a plant-based agent promoting such a condition is called diaphoretic.
Diaphoretics vs. sudorifics
Diaphoretics are also sometimes referred to as sudorifics. However, diaphoretics are, in stricter sense, more associated with the insensible-type of perspiration in contrast to sudorifics that are more associated with the sensible-type. Diaphoretics promote insensible perspiration. This means the individual is usually unaware because the sweating is not profuse or intensely felt. Sudorifics, in contrast, are def promoters of sensible perspiration. The sweating is so profuse that sweat drops run down across the body surface. Hence, the individual is much more aware of such excessive sweating caused by sudorifics. Ref.1)
Examples of diaphoretics
Some of the plant-based (herb) diaphoretics are as follows: (Ref.2) Pleurisy root, Horehound herb, Hyssop herb, Sage leaves, Bergamont leaves, Blessed Thistle, Lemon Balm, Burdock root, Tansy, Chamomile, Anise seed, Elder flowers, Yarrow, and Pennyroyal herb.
The term diaphoresis came from the Latin diaphorēticus, from Greek diaphorētikós, meaning “promoting perspiration”.
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- Insensible perspiration
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