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Pruritus

Using homoeopathy to relieve pruritus

Pruritus is an intense sensation of itching that affects the skin or semi-mucous membranes. Generally it is accompanied by a skin rash, although it sometimes occurs without any particular sign.

Overview of pruritus

Pruritus is a skin affection that can be located anywhere on the body. Because of the itching sensations it leads to, pruritus can disrupt sleep and cause great discomfort that may prevent the affected person from working. Even worse, suicidal ideas may even cross that person’s mind. When the condition is accompanied by a skin rash, it is usually due to other diseases such as jaundice, smallpox, chickenpox, allergies or blood circulation disorders. But it may also be caused by an insect bite, a hormonal deficiency or a fungal infection.

However, pruritus may also occur without any apparent skin lesion, in which case the causes may be related to pregnancy, dry skin, metabolic diseases or psychosomatic disorders.

Symptoms of pruritus

Widespread itching sensations that appear with or without skin lesion are the most common symptom of pruritus. It may affect any part of the body including the scalp, skin folds, between the fingers, and on the forearms and hands. Most of the time, itching occurs on excessively dry skin, although it may also appear on wound that is in the process of healing or on a wider part of the skin. In addition, pruritus may also manifest itself by a nervous or allergic reaction or constipation. The private parts are unfortunately not spared by pruritus. Thus, the anus and genitals are sometimes prone to pruritus. In all circumstances, homoeopathy is effective in the treatment of pruritus.

Homoeopathic treatments

In case of widespread itching with or without skin lesions, it is advisable to use Arsenicum album 5 CH, Radium bromatum 5 CH, Mezereum 5 CH and Phenobarbital 9 CH. When the itch is located in the scalp, it is advisable to take Clementis erecta 4 CH and Urtica urens 4 CH. Pruritus that is located in the skin folds requires intakes of Sepia 5 CH, while itching between the fingers can be treated by taking Selenium 5 CH. Furthermore, when the itching sensations appear on the forearms and hands, the treatment is carried out by using Piper methysticum 3 CH. Moreover, taking Graphites 5 CH and Fluoricum acidum 5 CH to relieve itching localized on a scar proves to be very effective. In case the itching occurs on dry skin, it is recommended to take Ambra grisea or Baryta Carbonica 5 CH.

Itching sensations that affect the genital area can also be treated by resorting to homoeopathy. Thus, to relieve pruritus ani, it is advisable to take Aloe soccotrina 4 CH, Hydrastis D2 compound, Dolicho pruriens 4 CH and Fluoricum acidum. And in the case of pruritus affecting the genital area, the indicated homoeopathic remedies are Petroleum 5 CH, Cronton tiglium 4 CH, Saponaria, Nitricum acidum 5 CH and Cinnabaris 4 CH.

To treat allergic pruritus, it is indicated to take Hydratis D2 compound and Phenobarbital 9 CH. In addition, Ignatia CH 5, Cina, Ambra grisea, Staphysagria, Nux vomica and Chamomilla are homoeopathic remedies of proven effectiveness when it comes to relieving nervous pruritus.  Finally, if the condition is the result of constipation, it should be cured with Indigo 5 CH and Nux vomica 5 CH.

When should you consult a doctor?

It is recommended to consult a specialist if the pruritus is insensitive to the various indicated remedies and especially if one realizes that the itching sensations become contagious, and are thus potentially dangerous to the circle of acquaintances. Thus, the doctor may make a diagnosis and prescribe other remedies to end puritus-related symptoms such as itching sensations.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “pruritus”

Associated treatments

  • Anacardium Orientalis
  • Apis Mellifica
  • Caladium Seguinum
  • Causticum
  • Coffea Cmuda
  • Croton Tiglium
  • Dolichos Pruriens
  • Fagopyrum Esculentum
  • Fluoricum Acidum
  • Graphites
  • Mezereum
  • Lung histamine
  • Radium Bromatum
  • Rumex Crispus
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Teucrium Marum
  • Urtica Urens

Good to know: Indeed, there are numerous drugs that may be taken to treat pruritus. However, homoeopathic remedies are faster and much more effective when it comes to treating itching sensations. Thus, thanks to homoeopathy, several remedies may be taken, depending on the ailment’s location.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.