Urticaria (Shitpitta)

Urticaria (Hives) are red, itchy, raised areas of the skin that appear in varying shapes and sizes. They range in size, from a few millimeters to several inches in diameter. Hives can be round, or they can form rings or large patches. They can occur anywhere on the body, such as the trunk, arms and legs. They are produced by histamine (the substance that plays a major role in many allergic reactions). Histamine dilates blood vessels and makes the vessel walls abnormally permeable. It also causes fluid to leak from the local blood vessels, leading to swelling in the skin.

When a person comes in contact with cold air often, it causes aggravation of Kapha  and Vata . It assimilates with aggravation of Pitta Dosha  and spreads into the Rakta Dhatu . This leads to Sthan Sanshrya  in the skin, eventually causing Shitpitta or Urticaria.

The line of Ayurvedic treatment consists of purification of the body of toxins with herbal preparations. Administration of digestive herbs restores the digestive fire and oils may be applied to nourish and tone the skin. Relaxation of the mind is also an important part of the treatment. Panchakarma treatment therapies such as abhyanga (massage), svedana (fomentation), vaman (induced vomiting) and virechen (induced lose motion) are known to be effective in treating Urticaria.

    • Raised itchy bumps, either red or skin-colored
    • “Blanching” (when pressed, the center of a red urticaria turns white)
    • Congestion of eyes.
    • Sometimes headache


Shitpitta Combination of cold and heat, contact with excessive cold and heat, allergens in food, intestinal worms, suppressing the urge of vomiting, improper handling of Panchakarma (Vaman, especially Asamyakvaman), eating incompatible foods, insect bite, contact with herbs such as Bhilawa (Semicarpus Anacardium) or KONCH (Mucuna Pruriens), arsenic usage in medicines, including certain painkillers, antibiotics, ANTI-HYPERTENSIVE, codeine can cause URTICARIA.

Diet & Lifestyle:
  • Avoid all sweets including sugar, JAGGERY, and alcohol.
  • Avoid incompatible foods, sour foods and heavy foods that are difficult to digest.
  • Eat cooked split gram (split legumes), bitter gourd vegetable, freshly prepared, easily digestible foods and pomegranate.
  • Use honey rather than sugar.
  • Avoid suppressing the urge to vomit.
  • Avoid exposure to wind, sleeping in the daytime, sunbathing, and excessive indulgence in sex.

Home Remedy:
  • Take 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with a glass of milk or water two to three times a day. It is an excellent treatment to increase the body’s immunity.

Note: Medicine should be taken according to vaidya/docter

Treatment with Remedies