Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Itching

What Is Itching?


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.

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Ba Wei Dai Xia Fang (Eight Herb Powder for Vaginal Discharge)

Clinical Usages

  • 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.

    Clinical Categorization

    Dan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction)

    Clinical Usages

    • Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood deficiency - eczema (particularly dry and flaky), hives  (urticaria), neurodermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin, itchy skin that is generally worse at night.
    • Anemia generally, particularly when associated with related skin issues.
    • Alopecia.


      Clinical Categorization


        • Avoid alcohol and spicy, greasy, fried, and/or fatty foods while taking.

          Fu Fang Qing Dai Wan (Indigo Combo Pills)

          Clinical Usages

          • 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.

            Clinical Categorization


              • Do not use for damp heat skin conditions such as boils or carbuncle.

                Gui Zhi Tang Wan (Cinnamon Twig Decoction)

                Clinical Usages

                • Gan Mao (wind-cold) - Common cold or flu (or related illnesses, asthma, rhinitis, etc.) presenting with fever and chills (unrelieved by sweating), headache, aversion to wind, no desire for fluids, dry cough, sore throat.
                • Frostbite.
                • Pain from cold - may manifest in the joints, sciatic pain, neuralgia.
                • Some skin conditions that are worse with cold and tend to be dry and itchy.
                • Potentially useful post-partum (for colds or fevers) to strengthen the exterior (wei qi).

                  Clinical Categorization

                  Xiao Feng Wan (Clear Wind Pill)

                  Clinical Usages

                  • 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.


                    Clinical Categorization


                      • Use with caution with patients that present with yin and or blood deficiency.

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