Treatment of Nodular Prurigo with Ayurveda


Nodular prurigo is a skin condition characterized by the formation of hard, itchy nodules (lumps or lesions) on the skin, particularly on the arms or legs. The itchiness on the affected skin is generally quite severe and can lead to excessive scratching. It can also sometimes cause a secondary infection. Nodular prurigo is a difficult-to-treat skin disorder. Nonetheless, it can be effectively managed in a natural manner with the help of some beneficial herbal products offered by Planet Ayurveda herbal manufacturing company.

Nodular prurigo: Overview

Nodular prurigo – also known as Prurigo Nodularis (PN) – is an intensely itchy skin disorder marked by the appearance of hard, red bumps (lesions or nodules) on different parts of the body. The skin areas commonly affected by Nodular prurigo include the sides of the arms and legs. However, the condition can affect some other parts as well, including the shoulders, neck, chest, back, and buttocks.

The bumps or nodules characterizing Nodular prurigo are usually 1-3 cm in diameter. The bumps have a rough and thick surface, and sometimes also have a crust, scab or scratch mark on top. The bumps can cause intense itching (pruritus), which can become worse because of sweating, high temperature, or irritation from clothes. Due to intense itching, people affected by Nodular prurigo can scratch the skin to the extent that it can cause pain or bleeding. Moreover, scratching can also result in the appearance of more bumps and can cause physical and psychological distress to affected individuals.

Nodular prurigo generally affects adults aged between 20-60 years of age. The condition can affect both men and women, with the risk being fairly high for older women.

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Nodular prurigo: Causes

The exact cause of the occurrence of Nodular prurigo is not known. Nevertheless, the condition is commonly linked to the following factors/conditions:

  • Family history of eczema (Atopic dermatitis)
  • History of allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Liver disease
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Gluten enteropathy
  • HIV infection
  • Lymphoma
  • Autoimmune blistering disease like Linear IgA disease.

Nodular prurigo: Symptoms

The common signs and symptoms of Nodular prurigo are:

  • The appearance of firm, hyperpigmented, generally symmetric bumps
  • Burning sensation or stinging in bumps
  • Intensely itchy skin
  • Excessive scratching of the skin
  • Pain and bleeding due to scratching
  • Scarring of the skin.

Nodular prurigo: Treatment

The Treatment of Nodular prurigo may often require a combination of several methods because of the intensity of skin itching. The treatments for the condition are aimed at providing relief from the itch and other discomforting symptoms. The common treatments include corticosteroid creams, oral medications immunosuppressants, and ointments containing menthol or phenol. In some cases, patients may require procedures like cryotherapy or photochemotherapy.

Nodular prurigo can be managed naturally with Ayurvedic products which can be extremely effective in controlling the symptoms of the condition. Planet Ayurveda offers the following herbal products:


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1. Radiant Skin Hair Nails Formula

The preparation of these capsules involves a combination of potent herbs with properties to enhance the health of the skin, hair, and nails. The herbs include Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Chirata (Swertia chiretta), Grit kumari (Aloe Barbadensis), and Pit Papda (Fumaria Officinalis).

The use of these capsules can benefit the patients suffering from Nodular prurigo because of the ability of the herbal ingredients to manage skin disorders, support healthy skin, relieve itchy skin rashes, and keep the skin moist and smooth.

Dosage: 1 capsule, twice a day after meals with plain water.

2. Neem capsules

For preparing these capsules, pure extracts of ‘Neem’ herb (Azadirachta indica) are used. The herb is an excellent antioxidant and blood purifier and is widely used in herbal formulations because of its antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

People affected by Nodular prurigo can benefit from the use of these capsules because the Neem herb can treat several skin diseases, including dermatitis, warts, itching, skin rashes, acne, eczema, dry skin, psoriasis, cold sores, and boils. The herb can also enhance the immune system, purify the blood, and balance Vata and Pitta doshas.

Dosage: 1 capsule, twice a day after meals with plain water.

3. Gandhak Rasayan

These tablets are prepared from a blend of several useful natural components that can treat skin ailments because of their proven antibacterial, antipruritic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The components include Shuddh Gandhak, Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia Billerica), Patra (Cinnamomum Tamala), Nagakeshara (Mesua ferrea), Ginger(Zingiber officinale), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), and Bhringaraja (Eclipta alba).

The use of these tablets can be beneficial in managing Nodular prurigo because the herbal components can synergistically treat skin problems, provide relief in burning sensation on the skin, purify the blood, relieve the itchiness of the skin, treat fungal infections, and balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas.

Dosage: 2 tablets, twice a day after meals with plain water.

4. Manjistha capsules

A standardized extract of ‘Manjistha’ herb (Rubia cordifolia) is used for preparing these capsules. The herb is widely known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, astringent, and blood-purifying actions.

The use of these capsules is beneficial for patients suffering from Nodular prurigo because of the ability of Manjistha herb to manage skin disorders, eliminate toxins from the body, treat blood disorders, and pacify Pitta dosha.

Dosage: 1 capsule, twice a day after meals with plain water.

5. Kaishore Guggul

These tablets are prepared from a combination of herbs which include Guggul (Commiphora Mukul), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia Bellerica), Pippali (Piper longum), Black pepper (Piper nigrum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia), Indian Jaap (Ipomoea Turpethum), Vidanga (Embelia Ribes), and Red physic nut (Baliospermum Montanum.
These tablets are useful in managing the symptoms of Nodular prurigo because of the combined ability of the herbal ingredients to treat skin problems, reduce inflammation and pain, remove toxins from the blood, maintain healthy skin, and purify the blood.

Dosage: 2 tablets, twice a day after meals with plain water.

6. Neem Oil

Neem oil, on the other hand, is prepared from the seeds of the highly potent ‘Neem’ herb (Azadirachta indica) which has immense medicinal value. The herb is widely known for its antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral actions.
The use of the oil is beneficial for patients suffering from Nodular prurigo because Neem herb has the ability to treat a number of skin problems, manage the bumps and lesions, nourish and moisturize the skin, and relieve skin irritation and itching.

Usage: External application on the affected skin.


Planet Ayurveda’s herbal products for Natural Management of Nodular prurigo are prepared from 100% pure herbs and other natural ingredients. The products do not contain any chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors, starch, fillers, binders or additives. However, it is recommended that people affected by Nodular prurigo should use the herbal products under the guidance of an expert Ayurveda practitioner.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.