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Bromhidrosis (Dourgandhya)

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Bromhidrosis: Symptoms, Causes, Types, Do's, Don'ts, Yoga, Ayurvedic Reference and Treatment : Complete Ayurveda Details

Bromhidrosis is one of the most common body odor related condition. It is foul smelling of body associated with sweat. Normally perspiration do not cause any foul odor. Sweat, when combines with bacteria on the skin, it may produce a bad odor. Bromhidrosis can be prevented or treated by adopting better hygienic measures as well as by the intake of Ayurvedic medicines. Even though primarily it may cause only perceptional difficulties, if left untreated, it may lead to many complications like skin allergies, erythema etc.


Bromhidrosis can be taken as “Dourgandhya” according to Ayurveda. It is a condition caused by the aggravation of Pitta dosha. Pitta dosha in turn is aggravated by the use of hot and slimy food items, excessive anger, hot weather conditions etc. Ayurveda teachers have mentioned various treatment measures which can reduce Pitta dosha and thereby get rid of the condition “Dourgandhya”. 


 IAFA have also developed various medications to treat Bromhidrosis. Based on Ayurveda samhithas (classical textbooks), we have developed natural friendly soaps and shampoos which can help in improving this condition.

Causes of Bromhidrosis - Dourgandhya

  • Non-hygienic lifestyle
  • Anomalies in the function of sweat glands
  • Other systemic diseases and
  • Stress

Ayurvedic reference of Bromhidrosis - Dourgandhya

Types of Bromhidrosis - Dourgandhya

It is mainly 2 types

  • Due to lifestyle
  • Due to errors in sweat gland function

In the body we have mainly 2 types of sweat glands. 1- Apocrine sweat glands and 2- Eccrine sweat glands. 


The above mentioned types of sweat glands can lead to abnormal body odor, apocrine gland is predominantly responsible for bromhidrosis. Apocrine glands are located mainly under the arms as well as in the breast and groin areas. When apocrine gland releases sweat, it is colorless and odorless.           Bacterias in the body break down dried sweat to give the  foul smell and will lead to this condition. Eccrine glands are present all over the body and the same mechanism occurs when bacterias affects the released sweat from the eccrine glands.

Symptoms of Bromhidrosis - Dourgandhya

  • Foul body odor
  • Excessive sweating
  • Sweating associated with itching
  • Discoloration in sweat

Diagnosis of Bromhidrosis - Dourgandhya

Bromhidrosis is diagnosed on the basis of symptoms. It is easy to diagnose the condition based on the body odor. 


Bromhidrosis, as mentioned earlier, is one of the commonest conditions occurring to the  people living in hot weather environments. Foul body odor can lead to mental irritability as well as discomfort. The treatment aspects of the condition is based on severity. In some cases preventive measures itself are enough to get rid of the condition.

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Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist 

CEO & Founder of IAFAⓇ

Diet Management in Bromhidrosis - Dourgandhya

Do's (Pathya) in Bromhidrosis

  • Maintaining hygiene
  • Food having room temperature ( not extremely hot or not extremely cold) 
  • Hearing melodies
  • Spending time in nature
  • Doing Yoga

Don'ts (Apathya) in Bromhidrosis

  • Unhygienic lifestyle
  • Anger and stress
  • Hot food items
  • Spicy foods

Yoga procedures for the management of Bromhidrosis - Dourgandhya

The expert physicians from IAFA have also discovered the utility of Yoga procedures in the ailments of  Bromhidrosis. By doing Pranayama and asanas like

  • Swasthikasana, 
  • Padmasana and 
  • Vajrasana on a daily basis, we can control Pitta as well as Sveda dushya which in turn benefits in this condition.


Ayurvedic Management of Bromhidrosis - Dourgandhya

The main treatment protocol for the alleviation of bromhidrosis condition is reduction of Pitta dosha as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle. IAFA have also additionally developed numerous methods based on the knowledge provided by the Acharyas in samhithas like Ashtanga Hrudayam and Charaka Samhitha.

The treatment procedures includes

  • Purgation with milk and grape juice
  • Cleansing with Triphala 
  • Applying Ksheerabala oil on head.

Ayurveda medicines for Bromhidrosis - Dourgandhya

  • Chandanadi taila
  • Yashti Triphala churna
  • Chandanasava
  • Sarivadyasava
  • Chandrakala rasa
  • Nisosheeradi kashaya
  • Saptamrit loha
  • Sarivadi vati
  • Padmakadi kashayam
  • Usheerasava

Single medicinal herbs used for Bromhidrosis - Dourgandhya

  • Yashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra )
  • Amla (Emblica officinalis)
  • Hareetaki (Terminalia chebula)


  1. Shloka No. 13, Chapter 11 Doshadivijnaniya, Ashtanga Hrudayam Sutrasthana by Acharaya Vagbhatacharya.
  2. Shloka No. 26, Chapter 11 Dhoshadivijnaniya, Ashtanga Hrdayam Sutra Sthana by Vagbhatacharya.
  3. Tripathi B, Charak Samhita, Chaukhambha Surbharati Academy Publication, Varanasi, edition – reprint 2009, p. 243.
  4. Chunekar K, Bhavprakash Nighantu, Chaukhambha Bharati Academy Publication, Varanasi, edition – reprint 2009, p. 296.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Can Ayurveda treatment help in Bromhidrosis?

Answer: Yes, Ayurveda helps in the successful management of bromhidrosis.

Question: Is there any treatment in Ayurveda for Bromhidrosis?

Answer: Ayurveda has internal as well as external treatments including Panchakarma for the successful management of bromhidrosis.

Question: Does Ayurveda have single herbs for the management of bromhidrosis?

Answer: Ayurveda has single herbs as well as classical herbal combinations for the management of bromhidrosis.

Question: What is bromhidrosis according to Ayurveda?

Answer: In Ayurveda, bromhidrosis can be compared to Dourgandhya which is caused due to the aggravation of Pitta dosha. It is caused due to the aggravation of sveda dhatu (sweat producing mechanism).

Question: What is the treatment of Bromhidrosis in Ayurveda?

Answer: Bromhidrosis can be easily and safely treated with numerous effective Ayurvedic remedies. 

Question: How Ayurveda treats Bromhidrosis?

Answer: Ayurveda treats bromhidrosis by alleviating Pitta dosha as well as focusing on maintaining healthy lifestyle.

Question: What does bromhidrosis smell like?

Answer: Bromhidrosis is a foul-smelling body odour related to sweat. Perspiration itself actually has no odour. It’s only the sweat that encounters bacteria on the skin that a smell can emerge.

Question: How to prevent bromhidrosis?

Answer: Take daily bath with anti-bacterial herbal medicated soap. Focus on the areas that sweat the most like armpits or groin area.

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