Itch is a feeling that make us want to scratch certain area at our body. Although said to be the same as pain sensation, but it is somewhat different condition. The sensation of pai n and itch maybe come from the same area of the skin, however it is two different system of information conveyed to the brain.
We usually feel itch at certain small areas of the skin, such as on neck or groin. But the itch sensation also can happen at whole area of the body. Skin area that feel itchy may be look no different with any other skin area, but it is also perform same appearance like redness, bumps, blisters, dry, cracked skin, or leathery texture of the skin. Itchy feeling can last in short time and also can last in long time. The intensity of the itch also can be mild or severe.2
The cause of itch can be simple but also can be serious. The cause of itchy sensation are :
a. Skin condition :
dry skin, eczema, contact dermatitis, urticaria, lichen planus, psoriasis, dandruff, folliculitis, and prurigo
b. Allergies reaction :
cosmetic ingredients, certain metals, textiles , foods, medicine, and sunburn
c. Parasites and insects :
the scabies mite, head lice, threadworms, and trichomonas vaginalis
d. Infections :
Chickenpox, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and vaginal thrush
Related Acupuncture Points :
Quchi and Xuehai
Acupuncture Treatment For Itching
Itching is a common problem. The way acupuncture treat itching depend on the disease pattern. The 4 patterns including its treatment are as follow :
A. Wind-Heat Syndrome
Treated by clear heat, cooling blood, eliminate wind and stop itching. The acupoints used for this treatment are LI11, LI4, SJ5, GB20, and SP10
B. Wind-Cold invasion
Treatment principle : Tonify qi and blood, Harmonize ying & wei, and stop itching.
Acupoints used : LI4, GB20, LI11, Tai yang, DU14, UB11, UB12, and UB13
C. Damp-Heat accumulation
Treatment principle : Clear heat, reducing toxicity, drain dampness and stop itching.
Acupoints used : LI4, GB41, GB34, SP9, SP6, and LI11.
D. Blood deficiency with hyperactivity of the Liver yang
Treatment principle : Nourishes the blood, moderate the Liver, moisten dryness and stop itching.
Acupoints used : LI4, Liv3, Liv8, SP10, PC6, and UB17.
- Itch – Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itch
- Symptoms and causes – Itchy skin (pruritus) – Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/itchy-skin/symptoms-causes/dxc-20262871
- Itching – Causes, http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Itching/Pages/Causes.aspx
- Skin Itching Syndrome Treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Medicine By Dr. Liu, H.W. (Henry) & Dr. Yang, X.J. (Suzanne) Ph.D.; L.Ac.; M.D. (China). https://www.scribd.com/document/92789316/Skin-Itching-Treated-With-Acupuncture