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Get Rid of Itching with Natural Homeopathic Medicines

Itching, medically termed as pruritis, is an irritating, unpleasant sensation on the skin that makes a person rub or scratch it. Itching can affect some specific body part (localized itching) or it may be widespread over the body (generalized itching). Itching can occur without any eruptions or, there may be a rash or eruption. The skin may become rough, dry, cracked, or leathery and may look red. Following scratching, bleeding spots appear on the skin. With intense scratching, the chances of skin injuries and infection also increase. Itching, both recent or chronic, respond well to homeopathic treatment.

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Natural homeopathic medicines for itching

Homeopathic Treatment of Itching

There is great scope in homeopathy to treat cases of itching that arises from various reasons. Homeopathic medicines treat the root cause of itching and provide long-term relief. These medicines are suitable for people of all age groups and treat itching naturally without any side effects.

Top Homeopathic Medicines For Itching

The homeopathic medicines that are used most frequently to treat skin itching are – Sulphur, Graphites, Arsenic Album, Psorinum, Apis Mellifica, Fagopyrum and Dolichos.

1. Sulphur – Top-Grade Medicine To Treat Itching

Sulphur leads the list of homeopathic medicines to treat cases of skin itching. This medicine is highly suitable for itching on skin either with or without eruptions. The skin is dry and scaly. Eruptions may include pimples or pustules. Itching may keep shifting from one area to another. In most cases needing it, itching worsens at night disturbing sleep and from the warmth of bed. Itching may also get worse from washing and also in damp weather. On scratching, a burning sensation is felt and intense scratching may cause bleeding spots. The affected areas on the skin may be sore and painful. Pain may remain for a long time after scratching. Stitching and pricking sensation in the skin is also marked.

When and How to use Sulphur?

Sulphur can be used as a first remedy in case of itching either with or without eruptions. It soothes itching magnificently along with healing any rash and eruptions. It is most commonly used in 30C potency. This medicine can be used in 30C potency once a day. Do not take it more than once in a day. If there is no relief, its higher potencies may be considered after consulting a homeopathic doctor.

2. Graphites – For Itching With Dry, Rough Skin

Graphites is a highly effective medicine to help cases of itching along with marked dryness and roughness of skinCracks on skin may also be present. Itching is intense and attended with burning. It is also the best medicine to deal with cases of itchy eruptions that ooze a sticky fluid. Graphites is also prominently indicated for managing cases of eczema with marked itching. It works well for controlling itching in dry eczema as well as wet eczema where watery, transparent sticky, gluey discharge is present.

When and How to use Graphites?

Someone who is experiencing itching along with dry rough skin can take this medicine for good relief. This medicine is usually taken in 3X potency in tablet form. In mild itching, one to two tablets of Graphites 3X once a day is enough. To control moderate to severe itching, one to two tablet of Graphites 3X can be taken in the morning and in the evening. Some cases may need 30C potency, but it should be administered only after consulting a homeopathic doctor.

3. Arsenic Album – For Skin Itching and Burning

Arsenic Album is highly beneficial to manage itching and burning on skin. The skin is dry and scratching the skin causes pain. Cold tends to worsen the complaint. Skin may also be oversensitive. This medicine is also highly effective to treat psoriasis with rough patches on skin covered with scales attended with marked itching.

When and How to use Arsenic Album?

This medicine can be used to control skin itching and burning and also for itchy rough patches on skin covered with scales. Though it can be used in different potencies like 30C, 200C, 1M, it is advised to begin with 30C potency once a day. If there is no reprieve, you may switch to higher potencies with a homeopath’s advice.

4. Psorinum – For Itching With Scratching Till Skin Bleeds

Psorinum is well indicated for cases in which itching is intense and the sufferer scratches skin till it bleeds. Small eruptions may also arise after rubbing the skin. Itching is worse when body becomes warm and also during night. The skin may be rough or greasy. It is also well indicated when there is itching in flexures of the body like elbow bend, back of knee, etc. Skin eruptions that get better in summer and worse in winter are also treated with Psorinum. It is used for various skin complaints including acne, eczema, psoriasis, scabies, herpetic eruptions, and hives.

When and How to use Psorinum?

This medicine can be used in cases where there is intense itching and the sufferer keeps scratching till it begins to bleed. It can also be given for itching particularly in bends of knee and elbow bend. This medicine falls in the category of strong homeopathic medications, therefore, infrequent doses are suggested. The recommended potencies include 200C, 1M and even higher potencies. It should not be used in potencies lower than 200C. It is advised to wait for about 10 to 15 days before repeating it. Do not take higher than 200C potency without the physician’s advice.

5. Apis Mellifica – For Skin Itching With Stinging, Prickling Sensation

Apis Mellifica is a wonderful medicine to manage skin itching attended withstinging, prickling sensation. The itching often becomes intolerable and leads to harsh rubbing. Rashes form on the skin and the skin is red and feels hot. Itching gets better in open air. The skin feels sore and is sensitive to the slightest touch. Apis Mellifica is also an excellent medicine for hives (bumps on skin)attended with marked itching and stinging sensation. Apis Mellifica is also used to treat allergic dermatitis and prickly heat.

When and How to use Apis Mellifica?

Apis Mellifica can be used in cases where along with itching, the sufferer experiences stinging and prickling sensation. It can be used in low (30C) as well high potencies (like 200C, 1M). In 30C potency, it can be taken two to three times a day, while in 200C potency, dose should be limited to once a day only. Do not take its 1M potency without the guidance of a homeopathic doctor.

6. Fagopyrum – For Itching In Elderly People

Fagopyrum is a natural treatment for managing itching in older adults. It gets worse from scratching. Bathing in cold water brings relief. Though itching can occur on any body part, it is worse on the arms, legs, hands, elbows, knees and hairy parts. The itching gets worse towards the evening.

When and How to use Fagopyrum?

This medicine should be considered to manage skin itching in elderly people. Fagopyrum is usually used in low potencies. To begin with, its 30C can be used once or twice a day.

7. Dolichos – For Itching Without Any Skin Eruptions / Rash

Dolichos is a very suitable medicine for cases in which skin itching occurs without any rash/eruptions. In cases requiring it, itching worsens at night. Burning sensation also attends. Like Fagopyrum, this medicine is also indicated to manage skin itching in elderly persons.

When and How to use Dolichos?

It should be the first choice of remedy for skin itching without any rash or eruptions. Dolichos 30C can be taken once a day if itching is mild and for moderate intensity itching, it can be taken twice a day.

Causes Of Itching

Itching is a symptom of many health conditions. The causes are highly variable as summed below:

 A). Skin conditions

1. Dry skin: It mostly happens when there is dry air in the atmosphere, and also in winters. Along with skin dryness, cracks or scales appear on the skin.

2. Eczema/Atopic dermatitis: It is a very common condition especially in children in which inflammation of skin occurs along with dryness and itching. In some cases, eruptions (bumps) appear that may ooze fluid followed by crust formation and thickening of skin.

3. Scabies: It is a skin complaint caused by mite, sarcoptes scabiei. A highly contagious disease, an extremely itchy skin rash appears on the skin that tends to worsen at night.

4. Fungal infections on skin: For example ringworm on skin

5. Psoriasis: It is an autoimmune skin condition characterized by inflammatory patches on skin covered with silvery-white scales. Itching may occur in these patches. At times burning sensation can also attend.

6.Prickly heat: It is also called ‘heat rash’ in which small fluid-filled blisters form on the skin from trapped sweat. This rash is quite itchy along with pricking sensation, hence the name ‘prickly heat’.

7. Hives: A skin rash with raised bumps on skin called wheals that usually arise from an allergic reaction. It is attended with itching and stinging sensation.

8. Lichen Planus: An autoimmune skin condition characterized by purple-colored bumps on skin that tend to be itchy.

9. Bacterial infections like folliculitis (a skin condition in which hair follicles get inflamed from bacterial infection), impetigo (skin infection caused by bacteria mainly staphylococcus bacteria), etc.

B). Skin allergy

1. Contact dermatitis: Skin rash that arises from direct contact with substances like nickel in jewellery, hair dyes, detergents or from an allergic reaction to it.

2. Certain foods like milk, eggs, peanuts, fish

3. Certain soaps, wool, cosmetics

C). Nerve-related disorders

1. Shingles: A painful rash with fluid-filled blisters caused by varicella zoster virus. It can be attended with itching, tingling and burning sensation.

2. Multiple sclerosis: An autoimmune disorder in which our immune cells damage protective covering of nerves.

3. Nerve damage

D). Psychological causes

These include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (a psychological disorder with constant repetitive thoughts in mind that leads to certain repetitive behavior), depression and anxiety.

E). Systemic medical conditions

Itching can occur in some systemic medical conditions like thyroid disease, diabetes and among these, few serious ones too including kidney failure, liver disease, lymphoma (cancer of lymphatic system), multiple myeloma (cancer of plasma cells).

F). Use of some medicines

Certain medications, like drugs for high blood pressure, allopurinol for gout and narcotic painkillers may also cause itching.

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  1. John Tomburo says:

    Dr Sharma,
    I’m 87 years old I get itchy spots on ankles, legs, and arms. Drives me crazy. What can I do ?

  2. sudershan singal says:

    Dear Dr Sharma

    I am 60 years old and having itching n prickling all over the Body. I am diabetic .The itching n prickling starts every 3 or 6 months Due to this I am unable to sleep at night.

    Please suggest homeo medicine to stop itching.

  3. Bharati Rao says:

    Dear Dr Sharma,I am a 54 year old female I have been diagnosed with Notalgia Paresthetica,I have itchy patches of skin on my shoulder(left side )and mid back( right side).
    I have taken Hypericum 200 three times a day for a week but there is no relief.I am diabetic and also having hypertension.
    Please suggest homeo medicine to stop itching.
    Thank you.

    • Lalit singh says:

      प्रिय डॉ. शर्मा जी namaste 🙏
      मेरे हाथ में खुजली और दाने निकल कर खुजली और पानी आना खून आना.
      चमड़ी मजबूत नहीं हो रही फटना. कभी कभी तो दूसरे जगह पर बड़ी खुजली होना. औषधि लगाकर ठीक होकर फिर हो जाता है कभी सिर में फोड़ा कभी पाव में होता है दाग सा भी है. दवा आयुर्वेदिक भी ली और परहेज भी किया मगर अब कुछ भी नहीं सूझता है. उचित राय अवश्य दीजिएगा. धन्यवाद
      क्या करूं कृपया मार्गदर्शन करें.

    • Lalit singh says:

      प्रिय डॉ. शर्मा जी namaste 🙏
      मेरे हाथ में खुजली और दाने निकल कर खुजली और पानी आना खून आना.
      चमड़ी मजबूत नहीं हो रही फटना. उम्र 38 साल है मेरी लगभग
      कभी कभी तो दूसरे जगह पर बड़ी खुजली होना. औषधि लगाकर ठीक होकर फिर हो जाता है कभी सिर में फोड़ा कभी पाव में होता है दाग सा भी है. दवा आयुर्वेदिक भी ली और परहेज भी किया मगर अब कुछ भी नहीं सूझता है. उचित राय अवश्य दीजिएगा. धन्यवाद
      क्या करूं कृपया मार्गदर्शन करें.

  4. Kirti Tandon says:

    I have itching wordly due to dryness becoz of harmonal treatment. It get worse in nighy or it get worse after bathing. My age 48.
    Which homeopathy medicyi take.

  5. Onkar Sharna says:

    I am having itching on my back , severely in night. I am diabetic. Please suggest medicine.

  6. Patrice McCutcheon says:

    Hi can I use human homeopathy on my cat

  7. I have a situation where there is intense itching in the area of my scalp – mostly the back lower area from hairline on up for about an inch. Occasionally there is itching on the top/back of my head. My husband sees no dandruff or dry skin just redness from my scratching. It is more intense during the night. I’m thinking of using sulphur at 30c.
    I have tried multiple shampoos to see if different- no avail. I’m using my same old feather pillow.. could it have become too old? I replace pillowcase and protector regularly.
    Do these extra details help your opinion?
    I am 68, is sulphur still my choice or should I use fagopyrum?
    Thank you sincerely for your time. I have found so much good information on your website over the years!

  8. Hi Dr.
    My Mrs. has been suffering from itching since last month. She says I feel dryness of the skin and itching worses when the body get warm like during the bed (using blanket) mostly the lower parts (legs) are attacked. Burning sensation on scratching.
    Should we use Sulphur?

  9. Shahid Ali says:

    You are great full dr have written everything in detail.

  10. Dr Rajkumar Prasad Singh says:

    Hi Dr Sharma,
    My age is 76 yrs. My itching problem starts every year when cold season starts and vanishes in summer.
    Skin in lower leg around ankle is rough, scaly and blackish all the time with dryness and some itching all the time but in cold weather it is in back and legs also.
    Please suggest suitable remedy.

  11. Renee Griffin says:

    Hello Dr. Sharma
    My son is experiencing intense itching in varying places all over his body. He has been very stressed with school and the itching seems to get worse when he’s struggling with school work. He had small red bumps all over his stomach and back for about a week but now it is just the itching without bumps. It also seems to be worse at night.
    He is also struggling with insomnia.
    Is there anything you could suggest that could help him?
    Thank you so much

    • Hi Dr Sharma,
      A week ago, after gardening outside, fully clothed with boots, a (which may or may not be connected), the next day I had a small, very itchy spot on the outer edge of my belly button, then some small inflamed, itchy spots on one collarbone, which has spread several inches on upper chest, then the other collarbone, and a few small red, itchy spots in other various places, ie on upper arm, abdomen, back, wrist. A few new small spots show up each day. Some are flat and some slightly raised, red. They don’t seem to have any fluid inside.. The itching is intense. Difficult to sleep. Cold applications help, but only as long as applied, I’ve taken 2 doses of Apis 30 C, so far, but no improvement.
      Relief from itching would be greatly appreciated,

  12. Hello Dr Sharma,
    I am looking for a remedy for a Kaphic type individual who has Lupus and tx that with diet and exercise – no meds. One sx particularly distracting is generalized prickling sensation made worse by sun exposure or heat in the home during winter months. I have treated it with Aloe gel and some essential oils which do give some relief, but he is wondering about a homeopathic remedy. Has tried Apis and Histaminim in the past with no relief. What would you suggest?
    Thank you in advance.

  13. Md.Toiab Ali says:

    Very useful writing for the novice

  14. M.H.Adil says:

    Hello Dr.Sharma!
    I am M.H.Adil from Calcutta,Aged 66 years suffering from diabetic itching in groin areas for the last 05 years.
    The itching condition worsens when I go to sleep at night and that compels me scratch intensely in groin areas with heat.At present I am using moisturizer MNF Cream without any permanent relief.
    I would request you to kindly prescribe me a proper medicine for its permanent cure.
    For this act of your kindness I shall ever remain grateful to you. With Thanks and Highest Regards! M.H.Adil

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