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Complementary integrative approach for treating pruritus
Article first published online: 3 APR 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Issue: Understanding and Treating Itch
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 149–156, March/April 2013
How to Cite
Pfab, F., Schalock, P. C., Napadow, V., Athanasiadis, G. I., Yosipovitch, G. and Ring, J. (2013), Complementary integrative approach for treating pruritus. Dermatologic Therapy, 26: 149–156. doi: 10.1111/dth.12031
- Issue published online: 3 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 3 APR 2013
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a conservative and increasingly popular approach to treat pruritus for both patients and medical providers. CAM includes natural products, mind–body medicine, and manipulative and body-based practices. In this overview, we summarize current evidence, possible mechanisms and clinical approaches for treating pruritus with CAM techniques. We focus on pruritus associated with atopic dermatitis, herpes zoster, chronic urticaria, burns, and postoperative contexts where the evidence for CAM approaches is promising.