Top 12 Herbs for Aquagenic Urticaria (Water Allergy)

Do you know some people have a rare condition in which they are allergic to water! Water allergy or aquagenic urticaria is a condition in which an individual develops red, itchy hives on getting exposed to water. The rashes develop on the chest, abdomen, pelvis, back, and arms when they are exposed to water. These rashes or hives can remain for about 30 minutes to 2 hours before fading away. In normal conditions symptoms are hives, redness, itchiness, and swelling but in severe cases there can be difficulty in breathing and wheezing. 

The allergic reaction can occur due to exposure of skin to water and not with the internal use of water. But the good news is that with the implementation of Ayurvedic concepts newer and rarest of diseases can also be cured. Read the article to know more about herbs for aquagenic urticaria. Herbs for water allergy are a safe and effective option for this strange condition. 

Causes of Water allergy

The exact cause of water allergy is unknown but it is thought that the immune system observes water as an allergen and starts an allergic reaction in the form of hives, redness, and swelling after coming in contact with water. 

Symptoms of Water Allergy

The symptoms of water allergy include:

  • Scratchy stinging rash
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Hives or rashes
  • Swollen lips, and rashes around the mouth
  • Sometimes anaphylaxis that includes difficulty in breathing, and swallowing difficulty.

Top 12 Herbs for Aquagenic Urticaria

Ayurveda emphasizes on restoring the balance and equilibrium within the elemental energies or doshas, and certain herbs for water allergy work on the immune system to reduce the allergic response. 

1. Shirish (Albizia lebbeck)

In Ayurvedic texts, shirish is regarded as an effective anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic herb and can be useful in managing various skin-related conditions including urticaria. The herb is suitable for both external and internal use as it reduces swelling and soothes skin irritations. 

2. Padmaka (Prunus cerasoides)

Padmak is an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic herb which helps to manage skin-related symptoms by reducing swelling and skin irritation. It helps to support the natural response to allergic conditions and skin issues. 

3. Khadira (Acacia catechu)

Khadira has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that manage skin reactions due to water exposure. It can be applied in the form of paste and soothe skin irritation and reduces redness and itching of water allergy. Using khadira as a part of ayurvedic treatments can help in balancing the body’s response to allergens and promotes skin health. 

4. Daruharidra (Berberis Aristata)

Daruharidra is an ayurvedic herb with potent anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties. The herb has excellent results in treating urticaria-like symptoms including redness, itching, inflammation, and hives. 

5. Manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia)

Manjistha helps in blood purification and also supports skin health. It is an excellent herb that treats the skin-related symptoms of redness, itching, and inflammation and treats the condition effectively.

6. Kutki (Picorrhiza kurroa)

Kutki is an ayurvedic herb that supports the immune system and helps in the management of allergic reactions. Kutki also maintains the liver functions which helps in better assimilation of the medicines. 

7.  Chirayata (Swertia chirayata)

Chirayata has potent anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties and can help to alleviate skin reactions that occur due to water exposure. It helps to treat the symptoms of redness, ithing, and inflammation and also when used either topically or internally support the body’s response to water allergies. 

8. Neem (Azadirachta Indica)

Neem is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial herb and it is used to support skin health.

9. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

Aloe vera is soothing and cooling and is beneficial to reduce the skin discomfort by alleviating redness, swelling, and itching. 

10. Chandan (Santalum album)

Chandan is a renowned herb that has cooling and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used topically for skin-related issues like redness, swelling, itching, and rashes. 

11. Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

Shatavari helps in stress management and also strengthens the immune system to subside the allergic reaction. 

12. Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)

Ashwagandha is an effective herd that supports the overall wellbeing and also boosts the activity of the immune system and combat the allergic reaction that occurs due to hypersensitivity of the immune system. 


Herbs for aquagenic urticaria help to fight against the allergic response of the body due to hypersensitivity for water. These herbs work best when they are taken with suitable “anupan” which means the method of intake of medicine like whether the herb should be mixed with honey or need to be taken with lukewarm water. Contact us to know more about these herbs and management of water allergy.

About Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda.

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