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Sheetapitta - Causes, Symptoms & Ayurvedic View On It!

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Dr. Harshita Sethi 92% (211 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurveda, Noida  •  21 years experience
Sheetapitta - Causes, Symptoms & Ayurvedic View On It!

Urticaria, commonly known as hives, usually occurs due to an allergic reaction. Sheetapitta is a similar condition in Ayurveda, as the symptoms are similar. Sheetapitta is comprised of two words- ‘sheeta’ (cold) and ‘pitta’ (warm). The condition occurs due to dominance of cold (existing in kapha and vata dosha) over pitta dosha.

Causes of Sheetapitta/urticaria-
Ayurveda believes, sheetapitta is caused due to the following reasons-

  1. Excess intake of pungent (katu) and salty (lavana) food, mustard
  2. Over consumption of sour gruels
  3. Sleeping during the day
  4. Contact with cold substances
  5. Exposure to cold wind
  6. Improper emesis (vomiting)
  7. Insect bite (keeta damsha)
  8. Coming in contact with poisonous bugs and insects (krimi samsarga)
  9. Effect of seasonal changes on the body

Due to the factors mentioned above, especially because of exposure to cold wind, kapha and vata doshas become aggravated, and inevitably combine with pitta dosha. These spread all over the body and produce rashes on the surface of your skin.

A person having sheetapitta/urticaria will encounter these symptoms-

  • Itching/pricking sensation
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Tastelessness (aruchi)
  • Thirst (pipasa)
  • Lethargy
  • Reddish discoloration of the eyes (rakta lochanata)
  • Fever

Ayurvedic approach to cure Sheetapitta-

Ayurveda focuses on eradicating the doshas and purifying of the body toxins with Ayurvedic medicines & Panchkarma procedures. This is the essential part of Ayurvedic approach to cure urticaria. Abhyanga (massage), svedana (fomentation), vaman (induced vomiting) and virechen (induced lose motion) are very effective in treating Urticaria.

Ayurvedic treatment for Urticaria (Sheetapitta)-
Ayurvedic treatment for urticaria involves body purification therapy like Samshodhana, and oral medications. Some popular, effective techniques used in the treatment are-

  • Applying mustard oil all over the body
  • Applying mustard oil mixed with Saindhava lavana and Yavakshara
  • Use of a herbal powder named Eladi choornam that contains natural ingredients like elaichi
  • Applying medicated paste prepared from Haridra and Doorva, Kushta and Ghee over the rashes
  • Apart from these, herbs such as Guduchi, Yashtimadhu, Amalaki are recommended in the treatment of sheetapitta

Although urticaria is not a fatal condition, it can seriously affect one’s quality of life. Many people suffer from urticaria for several months or years. Continual intake of conventional medicines reduces body’s immunity. Moreover, the incidence of recurrence of this condition is often found. Thus, Ayurveda has an upper hand in treating hives, as it offers a comprehensive and permanent solution for this problem.

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