Acupuncture for Hives (Urticaria)

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Hives, also known as urticaria, is a skin condition that is triggered by an allergen causing the skin to rise, turn red, and become itchy. In some cases, the symptoms can be hard to manage and need treatment right away.

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Acupuncture for Hives (Urticaria)
Acupuncture for Hives (Urticaria)

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Hives Information

This condition was found by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology that hives (urticaria) affect 20 percent of people some time in their life [1]. Medication can help but in some cases, it does not work. There is one treatment that is effective in treating urticaria. You should try acupuncture for hives.

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Types Of Hives

Urticaria (hives) can be categorized into two types:


Acute urticaria is the most common cause of hives and symptoms usually lasts under 6 weeks. Symptoms of acute urticaria affect mostly the face, neck, fingers, toes, and for males, their genitals.


Chronic urticaria is hives symptoms that last more than 6 weeks. Chronic urticaria is a rarer case and has only been found to affect about 1 out of 1000 people.


There is one condition that may occur with your hives symptoms called Angioedema. It is very similar to hives, but it’s a condition that affects the deeper layers of the skin

Using Acupuncture To Treat Hives (Urticaria)

Acupuncture for urticaria is a treatment under traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which believes an imbalance of the body’s energy called qi causes problems in the body. With acupuncture, it involves using thin needles to target points in the body called acupoints to influence the body’s qi. Targeting these points stimulates the flow of qi which helps in restoring the balance of qi. By balancing the flow of qi, it promotes the body’s natural healing and helps alleviate the hives and return the body to its healthy state.

Struggling with your acute or chronic hives (urticaria)? Visit our office, Irvine Meridian Acupuncture Health Center, and meet the best acupuncturists in Irvine. They can help you treat your hives (urticaria) symptoms with acupuncture for hives. Call us now to get a complimentary consultation. 

Acupuncture For Hives (Urticaria)
Acupuncture For Hives (Urticaria)
Acupuncture For Hives (Urticaria)

What Does Research Suggest About Acupuncture For Hives?

Acupuncture is being seen by the scientific community to be the next alternative treatment for urticaria (hives). In a study published in the JAMA Dermatology called Acupuncture Treatment of Urticaria, they found that acupuncture or acupuncture-like techniques may provide an effective alternative for the treatment of patients with urticaria, particularly those who are resistant to medication therapy [2]. For many other health professionals, they will say that acupuncture is a reasonable treatment.

Interested in acupuncture for urticaria (hives)? Irvine Meridian Acupuncture Health Center provides a complimentary consultation just for questions you may have.

Additional Info

Hive symptoms are associated with welts, also known as wheals, that can be:

  • Reddish
  • Itchy ranging from mild to intense
  • Round, oval or worm-shaped
  • Can be as small as a pea and as big as a dinner plate

Extreme Symptoms Of Hives

In some cases, your hives can worsen and can experience some extreme symptoms. If you experience these symptoms, find medical attention as soon as possible:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Swelling causing difficulty breathing
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Faintness or lightheadedness
  • An unexpected abrupt feeling of intense anxiety

Hives, or urticaria, can be triggered by allergens or from certain chemicals that contact your skin. Here are some things that can cause hives to break out:

  • Medications: Some medication can cause an allergic reaction such as some antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin and ACE inhibitors
  • Specific foods: You may be allergic to certain foods such as nuts, shellfish, food additives, eggs, and wheat products.
  • Infections: Certain infections can cause you to break out such as influenza, the common cold, glandular fever, hepatitis B, urinary tract infections, and strep throat
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Extreme temperatures or changes in temperature
  • High body temperature
  • Pet dander from animals like cats and dogs
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches and cockroach waste
  • Latex
  • Pollen
  • Certain plants: Plants like nettles, poison ivy, and poison oak can cause you to break out into hives
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Some chemicals
  • Chronic illness: Illness like thyroid disease or lupus can come with hives.
  • Sunlight exposure
  • Water on the skin
  • Scratching
  • Exercise

There are some cases where you can not find the cause of your hives. Also, for chronic hives, it may be caused by an autoimmune response. However, for the most part, the cause of chronic hives is unclear.

Hives is a common skin condition. But, there are more people who are at risk of experiencing hives:

  • Had hives before
  • Have other allergic reactions
  • Genetics, people with a family history of hives

Urticaria or hives might be an issue but there are some ways you can help manage and deal with your hive symptoms. Here are some tips and home remedies you can do to help with your urticaria:

  • Wearing loose, light clothes
  • Wear protective clothing and apply sunblock to avoid exposure to sunlight
  • Use soaps for sensitive skin
  • Use things like your shower, fan, cold water, lotion, or cool compresses to soothe the affected area
  • Know your triggers
  • Have a diary or keep track of your symptoms: This can help your doctor determine what is the cause of your hives symptoms
  • Bathe and change your clothes: You might have contacted an allergen like pollen that can cause you to break out.

When it comes to your hives, there are some things you should avoid so you won’t break out. Here are some things to be careful of:

  • Avoid stress: It was found that emotional stress is connected with experiencing urticaria
  • Reduce or stop drinking alcohol
  • Avoiding certain medications that cause you to break out
  • Certain food you are allergic or could be allergic to
  • Avoid temperature that you know you can experience hives
  • Avoid scratching or rubbing areas breaking out into hives

[1] “Hives (Urticaria).” ACAAI Public Website, 23 Aug. 2019,

[2] Chen C, Yu H. Acupuncture Treatment of UrticariaArch Dermatol. 1998;134(11):1397–1399. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.11.1397

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