Diaphoretics are herbs that promote perspiration and are best used to remove external pernicious influences such as wind, cold and dampness for example, colds, fevers, headache, stiff neck, flue like conditions. Contradictions are if someone is already perspiring heavily. Western herbology recognizes two classes of diaphoretics 1) stimulating/warming- increasing blood flow and 2) relaxing/cooling-relaxing pores. The major difference between the two is that warming diaphoretics are used to stimulate circulation and produce sweating, while relaxing diaphoretics help to break surface tension allowing perspiration. Knowing which one to use is the herbalists task.

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