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Self Hypnosis For Hyperhidrosis

Updated on November 4, 2007
One way to stop excessive sweating is through visualization.
One way to stop excessive sweating is through visualization.

Please do not use this article in place of a qualified doctor's advice.

Hyperhidrosis is a mysterious condition where you sweat buckets for no known reason at all. No matter what your age, sex, race or how hot it is outside, you just spontaneously start sweating from your scalp, armpits, palms and/or soles. This leaves your clothes constantly moist, stained and smelly. This is an embarrassing condition that affects about one in one hundred people. One of the treatments for hyperhidrosis is hypnosis from a liscened hypnotherapist or self-hypnosis.

See Your Doctor

There are two kinds of hyperhydrosis - primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhydrosis is when you sweat unpredictably because of a reaction to a drug or an illness. You cannot really treat secondary hyperhidrosis with hypnosis. But you can treat primary hyperhidrosis with hypnosis, self-hypnosis and your conventional doctor.

Primary hyperhydrosis tends to start at puberty and continue for life. But no matter when you start suddenly sweating for no reason at all, you should go to see your doctor to be sure of a correct diagnosis. Hyperhydrosis also can be a symptom for more serious diseases like nerve damage or polycystic ovarian disorder.

Why Hypnosis?

Why does hyperhidrosis sometimes respond to hypnosis? We really don't know for sure, but there are some theories. We don't even know why people get primary hyperhidrosis. But sweating is an unconscious process controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. Often in healthy people, a trigger for sweating is stress. Stress may also play a role in hyperhydrosis. Hypnosis has been proven to help people handle their stress, so if you can handle your stress better, you may control one of the major reasons why you sweat so much.

You can go to a licensed hypnotherapist or you can try self hypnosis, through the use of self-hypnosis CDs or tapes. Some people prefer letting a professional hypnotherapist guide their imagery and plant subliminal suggestions in their minds. All they have to do is show up and relax. Your doctor or dermatologist should be able to help you find a licensed hypnotherapist. Check with your health insurance to see if treating hyperhidrosis with hypnosis is covered by your plan. You will probably need several sessions, but each patient is different.

What Hypnosis Does

In treating hyperhydrosis with hypnosis, the patient is put into a very relaxed state - the state your brain goes into before you fall asleep. This is when the subconscious mind is most open to suggestion. Here the hypnotherapist or yourself can suggest an affirmation like "I feel great" or "I feel cold". Another suggestion can be to, whenever you go out in public, imagine yourself constantly inside a swirl of cool air. Imagine it so strongly that you can taste the cold. This strong imagination is called visulaization.

So, when you are about to do an activity that you know will make you sweat, your subconscious will call up your affirmations or visualizations to help you relax.

There has not been much scientific study on the effects of treating hyperhidrosis with hypnosis, so the results vary from patient to patient. But when even surgical removal of your sweat glands is only a 50/50 chance of getting rid of hyperhidrosis, you want to try every natural treatment possible to reduce the need for being cut open.

Although I do not have hyperhidrosis, I have worked with several employees that do. I have never been appalled at the sweating. In fact, I was impressed by their ability to still do a day's work even when they sweat.

So, if have hyperhidrosis and think is everyone is staring at you, we're not. We have problems of our own that we think everyone is staring at us for! This visualization of being accepted even though you sweat may also help you to relax and help any medical treatments you may be on to work better.

Use self hypnosis in conjunction with doctor's treatment for hyperhidrosis.


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  • Michele Engholm profile image

    Michele Engholm 9 years ago from Hutchinson

    Excellent hub Rena!

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    RenaSherwood 9 years ago

    Ahh, you make me blush :-)

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    howardboon 9 years ago


    This is a great hub. I agree that methods enabling sufferers to manage anxiety and stress will help to reduce the severity of their condition.

    Definitely worth a try.


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    Hypnotherapist-uk 9 years ago from London, England

    Great hub. I have heard of this condition before but didn't have a name for it. I think hypnosis has hope for sufferers.

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    jennifer 8 years ago

    hey people , i came across a site that looks promising for my condition. the guy who made the site is a sufferer of hyperhidrosis, im thinking about getting the system do you think it helps? would be well worth it if it works

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    gunalindia 8 years ago

    how to stop excess sweating in palm.

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    Covert Hypnosis 1 8 years ago

    Geez, I've never seen such an intense case of hyperhidrosis as in that video! Yeah, hypnosis can help in those cases.

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    hypnosislearn 8 years ago

    Great article

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    Hyperhidrosis stop 8 years ago

    Hyperhidrosis can be stoped naturally. thanks for sharing.

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    HypnotizeYourself 7 years ago

    I hadn't even realized how challenging that condition was/is. Thanks for taking the time to share the info.

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    Tamarind 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this information. Great Hub.

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    mr.unknown 7 years ago

    this palmar hyperhidrosis really sucks...

    very confidential prob.

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    mel22 7 years ago from ,

    I HAD this condition until the age of 30, and as bad as the video shows. Visualizations are all i had and were slightly helpful until I found the real reason why. I've written a hub on the topic and the answer is.....(potassium) read the hub! You'll be amazxed how easy this is to cure with one small turn in the diet.

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    Barister 7 years ago

    how to stop excess sweating in palm.

    Please help me. I am very upset of my this problem

    My E.mail. skinsole1@yahoo.cp.

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    Curing Excessive Sweating 6 years ago

    Yes, I too think that hypnosis can be one of the most effective ways to reduce excessive sweating. For sweaty hands, iontophoresis is also an alternative, but it must be repeated all the time and can be quite discomfortable to some people.

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    ALan 5 years ago

    Thank you for whoever wrote this because you helped me cure my problem, it took a couple of months, almost a year but I can finaly go to school and be dry, like seriously thank you very much

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    questioning 4 years ago


    I have done a fair amount of research into hyperhidrosis over the years because I suffer from it. After viewing the video from the Heart & Lung Institute I felt it was rather biased. I have seen statics of suffers of this disease to be estimate more at 1-5%. As well the Dr. seemed to convey a negative tone and facial expressions when explaining the treatments, except for the sympathectomy. The iontophoresis that was mentioned did not give a clear picture at all for treatment times and seemed to skew the amount necessary to a very high number. Any way, it seemed her agenda was to push the surgery. Please do much research before deciding on the surgery and find out about all of the side affects. I have even seen where the surgery has been banned because of the high incidence of side affects. This may have a high success rate but it seems to come with a high cost and at times a trade off to compensatory sweating that some find just as intolerable as their original condition.

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