Welts and Worries? Find Relief from Hives with Ayurveda (Urticaria)

Welts and Worries? Find Relief from Hives with Ayurveda (Urticaria)

Hives, also known as urticaria, are a frustrating and uncomfortable skin condition characterized by raised, itchy welts. These red, inflamed patches can appear suddenly and disappear within hours or persist for days or even weeks. While conventional medicine offers treatment options, Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, provides a natural approach to manage hives and improve your quality of life.

Understanding Hives:

Hives can be triggered by various factors, including:

  • Food Allergies: Certain foods, like nuts, shellfish, or dairy, can trigger allergic reactions causing hives.
  • Medications: Some medications can have hives as a side effect.
  • Insect Bites or Stings: Insect bites or stings can lead to localized hives at the bite site.
  • Viral Infections: Viral infections can sometimes trigger hives.
  • Autoimmune Disorders: In rare cases, hives can be a symptom of an underlying autoimmune disorder.

Symptoms of Hives:

Hives can manifest in various ways, including:

  • Red, Itchy Welts: The hallmark symptom of hives is raised, red, itchy welts that may appear anywhere on the body.
  • Burning or Stinging: The affected areas may feel burning or stinging.
  • Swelling: In some cases, swelling of the lips, eyelids, or tongue can occur.
  • Nausea, Vomiting, or Fever: These symptoms may accompany severe cases of hives.

Ayurvedic View of Hives:

In Ayurveda, hives are known as "Sheeta-Pitta," which translates to "cold fire." It's believed to arise from an imbalance of doshas, particularly Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (earth and water).

  • Pitta Imbalance: Inflammation, redness, and burning are linked to Pitta dosha.
  • Kapha Imbalance: Retention of toxins and fluids associated with Kapha can contribute to swelling and congestion.

Ayurvedic Management of Hives:

Ayurveda offers a two-pronged approach to manage hives:

  • Shodhana (Purification): This aims to cleanse the body and eliminate accumulated toxins that may be triggering the hives outbreak. Panchakarma therapies like Vamana (therapeutic vomiting) or Virechana (purgation) may be recommended by an Ayurvedic practitioner in some cases. However, it's crucial to consult a qualified professional before undergoing these procedures.
  • Shamana (Pacification): This focuses on pacifying the imbalanced doshas and promoting healing. It may involve:
    • Oral Medications: An Ayurvedic doctor might prescribe Kashayam (herbal decoctions), Gulika (herbal pills), or Churna (herbal powders) to manage inflammation, reduce itching, and address any underlying digestive issues.
    • External Applications: Soothing oils (Taila) can be applied topically to the affected areas to reduce itching and inflammation.

Disclaimer: Consulting with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner is essential for proper diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan for your hives. They can recommend the most suitable Ayurvedic interventions based on your specific triggers and condition. By integrating these practices with conventional treatment plans if needed, you can find lasting relief and manage your hives effectively.

Dr Sudhindra Kulkarni
Chief Ayurveda Consultant | Ayur Jaala, BTM layout
Ph: 9148403168 | www.ayurjaala.com
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