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Herbal Treatment for Pityriasis Rosea

By Martin Hughes ; Updated August 14, 2017

Pityriasis rosea is a skin rash that manifests in young adults. Pityriasis rosea, notes PubMed Health, is believed to be caused by a virus, and it is most commonly experienced in the spring and fall. It is believed that this condition does not spread between people, although several individuals in a household may develop this condition at the same time. Certain herbal remedies may be helpful in treating your pityriasis rosea. However, avoid using herbs until you have talked with your health care provider.

Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea-related rash may look similar to other skin conditions, including eczema, ringworm, syphilis and psoriasis. According to, this condition typically lasts for one to three months, although pityriasis rosea-related itching may last for more than 3 months in some individuals. The skin rash associated with this condition may be pink or pale red in color, oval in shape and may be both scaly and itchy. In most cases, this condition will disappear after three months and will not come back.

Common Herbal Treatments

Common herbal treatments for pityriasis rosea help soothe inflammation and reduce itching. Examples of herbal remedies that may help soothe inflammation and relieve or prevent itching, especially when used as a salve, notes Ed Smith, an herbalist and author of "Therapeutic Herb Manual," include comfrey root, St. John's wort, calendula flower, chickweed, plantain leaf and mullein. Herbs that possess antihistamine action may also be helpful and include pleurisy root, coleus, reishi, chaparral and chamomile. Not all herbs used for this condition have been studied using contemporary scientific testing methods.

A Useful Remedy

Chamomile is an herbal remedy that may be useful in treating pityriasis rosea. Chamomile, notes nutrition researcher Phyllis A. Balch, author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," helps decrease inflammation and relieves stress, insomnia and anxiety. Chamomile has been used in treating a broad range of health problems, including pityriasis rosea, menstrual cramps, diverticulosis and pain. The flowers of the chamomile plant contain many nutrients and phytochemicals and are often incorporated into herbal medicines and preparations.


Herbal remedies, though largely effective and safe, may contain medicinal ingredients that exert a profound effect on your physiological functioning. Herbs should always be used conservatively and under the care and guidance of a health care professional trained in botanical medicines and their various uses. Discuss proper dosage, methods of ingestion and treatment duration with your health care provider. Not all herbs may be appropriate for you and your specific health complaint.

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