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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Itching - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Itching - Basics

Itching is a tingling sensation that invokes the desire to scratch the irritated area. It can be the symptom of several conditions or irritants including insect bites, parasites, allergic reaction, skin disease (such as chicken pox or eczema), dry skin and other factors.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for itching.



Itching - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating itching. For a complete list from our store with more details see our itching formula section.


Itching - Questions

Need treatment options for itching and not finding the information you need?

Using our forums our staff and our community may offer guidance with regards to the treatment of itching.



Itching - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (1) acupuncture point may be useful for itching. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



Itching - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (6) chinese herbs may be useful for itching. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.



The following (3) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Itching

Ba Wei Dai Xia Fang

  • Eight Herb Powder for Vaginal Discharge
    • Clearing damp heat in the lower warmer, particularly with underlying blood deficiency - vaginal disharge, vaginal itching, vaginal inflammation along with constipation, possibly anemia, low back pain, and/or abdominal pain. ¬†Leukorrhea may be yellow, white or red.
    • Gonorrhea, syphilis.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Damp-Heat

Fu Fang Qing Dai Wan

  • Indigo Combo Pills
    • Itching, rashes, general skin irritation especially of the type that moves around or is intermittent.
    • Insect bites, allergic contact dermatitis, poison ivy/oak/sumac, sun burn.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From The Nutritive Level and Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
    • Do not use for damp heat skin conditions such as boils or carbuncle.

Xiao Feng Wan

  • Clear Wind Pill
    • Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.
    • Topical allergic response, dermatitis -poison ivy, oak, sumac.
    • Acute [allergic] edema in the limbs.

     

  • Expel Wind
  • Release Wind from the Skin and Channels
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients that present with yin and or blood deficiency.



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