This is a vascular reaction of the skin characterized by the transient appearance of elevated patches which are redder of paler than the surrounding skin and often attended by itching. In Ayurveda this is called Shita pitta.
Allergens, taking cold bath immediately after exercise, when the body is hot , and mental excitement are the most important factors for the causation of this disease .Intestinal worms and exposure to the cold wind often cause Urticaria .These patches appear all over the body suddenly or gradually. There may be severe itching .The patient is usually constipated. They may get attacks of cold, cough, bronchitis and stomach disorder.
Haridra is one of the popular household remedies. This is normally used in curry. A little excessive use of this in vegetables both prevent and cures Urticaria. in the form of paste by triturating its powder with water, it is given to the patient in a dose of two teaspoonfuls three times a day .it has a slightly bitter taste . So it could be given by mixing with milk and sugar. A palatable preparation of Haridra is known as Haridra Khanda. It is available in the form of granules and can be given to the patient in a dose of two teaspoonful three times a day followed by a cup of warm water.
Gairika(red ochre) is also popularly used in this condition. After processing, it is given in a dose of one teaspoonful three times a day mixed with honey. Kamadudha Rasa which contains Gairika in a significantly large quantity is also given to the patient in a dose of 0.5 gm four times a day with honey.
During an acute attack of this disease, suta , shekhara rasa and arogya vardhini rasa can be given to the patient. Both these medicines either individually or in a compound form are given in a dose of 0.5 gm three times a day, mixed with honey.
If the patient is constipated he may be given the power of haritaki in dose of two teaspoonfuls at bedtime with hot water.
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