Holistic approach to treatment of intractable central neuropathic itch

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 May;64(5):955-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.02.023. Epub 2011 Feb 3.


Central neuropathic itch can be a lifelong debilitating condition and treatment challenge. We report a patient with a traumatic brain injury with severe intractable pruritus who failed extensive pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment but responded to a holistic approach using healing touch. We discuss the complexity of this type of neuropathic itch and present a holistic approach as an adjunct to therapy in reducing itch intensity. This case presentation along with the literature discussed suggests a therapeutic strategy for the management of complicated central neuropathic itch.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Injuries / complications
  • Brain Injuries / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Holistic Health*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Pruritus / etiology
  • Pruritus / physiopathology
  • Pruritus / therapy*
  • Therapeutic Touch*