Sweaty Palms

sweaty palmsWhether your palms are mildly moist, or if you suffer from the more extreme condition of palmar hyperhidrosis, a chirologist will know that you experience life in terms of feelings. You have enormous emotional sensitivity to moods and vibes, and you need a loving, kind environment where there is co-operation, not conflict. Crudeness and vulgarity are loathed, discord hurts you, your ideals are strong, and you are more than likely caring and considerate about how others are feeling.

When you arrive for a Chirology reading we shake hands, and from this initial touch I determine your skin texture. A distinction is made between those who present with a temporary or slight moistness of the palmar surface, and those who suffer from palmar hyperhidrosis, a disorder characterised by excessive sweating of the hands. I may ask “are your hands often, or always moist?” Sometimes sweaty palms signify a temporary emotional crisis (for example, a recent shock, or divorce, or substance withdrawal) and in time, with the integration and healing of the impact of the situation, the perspiring stops.

Moist palms aspect the water skin type. Some descriptions that define this skin type are: moist, soft, fleshy, podgy, pale and mostly warm, although some water skin feels cold and clammy. When running the fingertips over the palmar surface, we notice that, besides the moisture, the skin ridges cannot be felt, and that the pores are fine and almost invisible.

Rules of conduct in society define a firm, dry handshake as signifying a trustworthy and confident type, and a moist, damp or clammy handshake to generally indicate anxiety, nervousness, vulnerability and stress. Much of your success in life depends on how other people perceive you, and the negative effects of a condition over which you have no control inhibits both social and professional aspects of life. Sweaty hands are interpreted as a sign of insecurity and lack of self-confidence. This can prove disastrous in business, for example, when shaking results in literally wetting the other person’s hands and is embarrassing. Sweaty palms also affect intimate relationships and increase the tendency to withdraw.

Sweating often occurs spontaneously, without there necessarily being any outside stimulus such as emotional distress, although the condition is aggravated by stress. There may be a constant need to wipe your hands, and this interferes with grasping of objects. Writing, putting on makeup, handling documents or money, typing etc are stressful, which aggravates the situation further.

Certain medical treatments may eliminate palmar hyperhidrosis. Oral medications, astringent ointments and antiperspirants may help to dry the sweat glands. A treatment of electrical stimulation, called iontopheresis, which requires the hands to be placed in water though which an electrical current is passed, “stuns” the sweat glands. This treatment can decrease the secretion of sweat for temporary periods.