noun, plural: diaphoretics

(pharmacology) An agent inducing or promoting insensible perspiration


(physiology) Of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or relating to causing perspiration


Diaphoresis is a condition in which an individual experience intense perspiration and the term diaphoretic pertains to any agent that promotes such condition. To some people, diaphoretic agents are also referred to as sudorific agents. However, to others, diaphoretics are different from sudorifics. A more stringent definition of diaphoretics would be is that diaphoretics cause perspiration but they are not as palpable as sudorifics. Diaphoretics are agents that induce insensible perspiration in that regard. They increase sweat secretion but only slightly that the sweat from the skin would not run down in drops.2

Examples of diaphoretic agents are herbs such as the following:1

  • Pleurisy root
  • Horehound herb
  • Hyssop herb
  • Sage leaves
  • Bergamont leaves
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Lemon Balm
  • Burdock root
  • Tansy
  • Chamomile
  • Anise seed
  • Elder flowers
  • Yarrow
  • Pennyroyal herb

Word origin: Latin diaphorēticus, from Greek diaphorētikós (promoting perspiration)


  • sudorific (pharmacology)

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1 "Diaphoretics &sudorifics." diaphoretics &sudorifics Flashcards. N.p., n.d. Web. Link.
2 "A Text-Book Of Pharmacology, Therapeutics And Materia Medica | by T. Lauder Brunton." A Text-Book Of Pharmacology, Therapeutics And Materia Medica | by T. Lauder Brunton. N.p., n.d. Link.

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