WIDE ITCHING Effective Natural Care

Feeling of itching is response to a wide variety of stimuli. We will see below natural cures for widespread itching, its causes and official treatments with drugs.

Itching stimuli, like a light touch, vibration or contact with wool fibers, act on skin's free nerve receptors (unmyelinated C fibers: the same ones that transmit pain, but at a lower frequency). Several chemical messengers carry this feeling. Histamine is one of most significant mediators, but also others such as kallikrein, PAF (platelet aggregation factors) and endopeptidases. These messengers are synthesized and stored in skin mast cells and released in response to various stimuli. These mediators are released in unregulated and chaotic way by mast cells themselves, when mast cells metabolism is damaged. Causes are manifold: stress, lack of organic substances, free radicals. However, natural remedies for itching can reduce excess of biochemical mediators without side effects.

Itching can be localized in limited or widespread areas. It's often consequence of a dermatological disease. In absence of skin lesions, itching can also originate from general diseases, such as neoplasms, kidney, haematological, hepatic and allergic pathologies. In other cases, itching remains the only symptom: in these cases we speak of itching "sine materia". This category includes types of local itching such as that of external genital areas (vulvar, scrotal, perianal itching) or widespread itching such as senile itching (a type of widespread itch very frequent among people over 65 years of age).

Another form of widespread itching is that present in people with kidney failure (uremic itching). Current itch therapy uses drugs (antihistamines, moisturizers ...) to be chosen based on cause, but results are disappointing.

However, natural cures for itching are possible thanks to properties of natural substances like Calendula Officinalis and Rhodiola rosea which have an anti-inflammatory, soothing, anti-free radical action, normalizing blood microcirculation. Other natural substances, such as flavoproteins and coenzymes, contribute in a harmless way to restoration of mast cell membranes. There is, then, return to normal production and release of biochemical mediators of itch from mast cells and a natural cure for itching.