Hives can come on sudden or have a gradual onset of blister or welt-like bumps on the skin. Hives may last from a few hours to several weeks. They usually only involve the top layer of the skin which is superficial and usually doesn’t affect deeper organs. It is thought to be a release of toxins to the surface of the body. Hives may also come as an allergic reaction and a release of histamine from mast cells. They are often itchy or painful.
The causes of hives most commonly known is from allergies to foods, chemicals plants, or medications. The most common medicine to bring on hives is antibiotics. A more serious form of hives involves deeper skin layers and can be seen in the mouth and may stop a person’s breathing, or become anaphylactic shock.
Modern medicine uses testing to determine that more serious problems are not involved. They often prescribe antihistamines or steroids such as prednisone to treat hives. Mostly, they wait for the hives to go away on their own. Note that all medications, over-the-counter and prescribed, stress the liver and cause varying amounts of toxicity.
Natural perspective on hives recognizes that there is an underlying problem of one or more organs. When a person produces hives, it is a visible sign that either the liver or the kidneys are not functioning optimally. This is not well known but is highly effective to treat the correct organ.
Hives mostly denote stress of the liver, especially since there are so many toxins in our environment. The liver is implicated especially when a person id grumpy, irritable, or angry. If you suspect the kidneys, you can expect abnormal urination patterns and fear or absent-mindedness.
Good results can be quite quick but the liver or kidneys take time (a few days to weeks) to become quite healthy.
One of the best ways to reduce the occurrence of hives is to eliminate tobacco, alcohol, fast foods, coffee, black tea, sodas, and dairy foods. This is also a good way to prevent hives.
There are a number of supplements to help avoid or prevent hives:
Quercetin taken on a regular basis will strengthen mast cells and reduce allergic reactions.
NAC (n-acetyl-cysteine) supports the liver and reduces mucus.
B-Complex supports the adrenals and nervous system.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoid supports the cellular cleansing and allergic reactions.
Herbs for Hives
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Dandelion leaf is good kidney tonic and can sooth kidney hives. Kidney hives are usually round with clear borders.
Dandelion root is very good for soothing the liver.
Licorice in small amounts help with histamine (allergic) reactions.
Nettles to calm histamine (allergic) reactions; very effective for hives.
If you are not sure, use a combination of the above herbs for a broad spectrum effort.
Cell Salts to Help with Hives
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#3 Calc sulph 6X – itching, burning, biting hives; better from heat, worse cold; yellow hives
#9 Nat mur 6X – itching, burning, whole body, large red blotches; worse from sun exposure and heat; clear hives
#12 Silicea 6X – rose colored blotches; itching day and night; better from warmth, worse cold
Hives Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Apis mellifica – acute allergic reactions; swells, puffiness especially in eyes; eyes swell shut; throat swells and starts to suffocate; moves around, comes and goes; severe itching, stinging, burning; allergic reactions to bee stings with redness, heat, throat swelling, eyes swelling or the whole body mimics histamine release; kidney edema; asthmatic hives; acute remedy of Natrum muriaticum.
Arsenicum album – burning hives better heat, warm bath; itching swelling.
Histaminum – for histamine reactions, a good general remedy.
Natrum mur –hives if Apis sooths but hives are chronic or from emotional upset; worse heat; burning, stinging, swelling, kidney edema, toxemia, pregnancy. Chronic remedy of Apis
Pulsatilla – hives from a digestive origin from fatty foods, worse greasy fatty fried foods, pork; indigestion or hives; swelling itching better cool applications; no thirst; Apis has more burning itching and stinging.
Rhus tox – rash with swelling and hives with burning, similar to Urtica urens; bound up tight feeling of skin; worse wet cold weather; restlessness.
Sulphur – hives itch, worse in heat of bed or bathing, sticks feed out of covers; worse warmth.
Urtica urens – hives and skin rashes due to allergies; skin rashes after shellfish; welts burning and stinging; nettle rash; if Apis doesn’t work.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes