These bumpy small mounds of overgrown skin usually appear on ﬁngers, hands, knees, elbows, or toes. Warts are usually brown or ﬂeshy colored and have rough, dry surfaces.
Although anyone at any age can develop warts, they seem to strike more often dur- ing childhood and adolescence. They tend to recur and spread.
Warts are caused by a host of viruses and can be spread to other parts of the body or other people through direct contact. Experts have identiﬁed at least seventy differ- ent types of the human papilloma virus (HPV) that are known to infect the skin and leave warts.
Warts are usually identif ied by their location. A few of the more dominant ones are
• Common warts: This type tends to surface on the skin of the hands and the ﬁn- gers. These warts usually don’t hurt and are caused by HPV types 2 and 4.
• Plantar warts: This type usually appears on the soles of the feet and tends to grow down into the skin, instead of creating mounds. Caused by HPV type 1, plantar warts are painful and attack blood vessels that are embedded deeply in the skin.
• Plane warts: These are small, ﬂat, and ﬂesh-colored warts that grow in clusters.
• Venereal warts: This type (known medically as condyloma acuminata or genital warts) affects the genital and anus areas. These moist, ﬂeshy mounds of skin feature surfaces that resemble cauliﬂower. At least four different types of HPV cause this type of wart, which is spread through sexual contact.
Children’s and many adult cases of warts often disappear over time without treat- ment.
The conventional treatment for warts is a topically applied acid (salicylic acid) to slowly peel away the skin. Also, cryosurgery involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, which destroys the wart cells. The last resort is to surgically remove a wart. This may be done for stubborn plantar warts that cause foot pain while one is walk- ing or standing.
Natural therapy generally focuses on enhancing immune function to eradicate or suppress the virus that causes wart development.
Note: Venereal warts need to be treated by a doctor.
The following tests help assess possible reasons for warts: Immune system imbalance or disease—blood
Vitamin and mineral analysis—blood
Food and environmental allergies/sensitivities—blood, electrodermal
Eat a variety of whole, nutritious foods for optimal immune health.
Food to Avoid
Avoid simple sugars, which can reduce the effectiveness of the immune system against the virus that causes the warts.
Super Seven Prescriptions—Wart
Super Prescription #1 Homeopathy
Pick the remedy that matches your warts in the Homeopathy section. We ﬁnd that homeopathy is the most effective treatment, but it requires an individualized rem- edy to be effective.
Super Prescription #2 Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
Apply one drop of Thuja oil to the wart(s) twice daily for four weeks. Thuja has a caustic effect on the wart and also has antiviral properties.
Super Prescription #3 Olive leaf extract (Olea europa) Take 500 mg twice daily. Olive leaf has antiviral properties.
Super Prescription #4 Garlic (Allium sativum) oil
Apply one drop of garlic oil to the wart(s) twice daily for 4 weeks. Garlic oil has antiviral properties.
Super Prescription #5 Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
Take 2 ml or 300 mg twice daily. Echinacea enhances immune function and has antiviral properties.
Super Prescription #6 Selenium
Take 200 mcg daily. A selenium deﬁciency makes it easier for viruses to replicate.
Super Prescription #7 Vitamin E
Take 400 IU daily. Vitamin E is important for immune function and to combat viral infections.
Take a high-potency multivitamin for general immune support. Take as directed on the container.
Pick the remedy that best matches your symptoms in this section. Take a 6x, 12x, 6C,
12C, or 30C potency twice daily for two weeks to see if there are any positive results. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Con- sultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised.
Antimonium Crudum is speciﬁc for hard, ﬂat warts that are often located on the tips of the ﬁngers or the toes (plantar warts) and under or around the nails.
Causticum should be used for large, ﬂeshy, and soft warts that bleed easily. They are often located on the hands, the arms, and the face.
Dulcamara is indicated for large, smooth warts found on the back of the hand or on the palm.
Nitric Acid is a good choice for cauliflower-looking warts that bleed easily and are painful. They are often found on or near the genital area, the mouth, and the anus.
Thuja (Thuja occidentalis) is used for extensive crops of warts (usually large) that tend to come back after being burned off or surgically removed. It is also used for warts that have formed after one has a vaccination.
Place 1 drop of lemon and 1 drop of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil on a Q-tip and dab onto the wart(s). Cover with a band-aid. Repeat daily for two to three weeks.
Other Bodywork Recommendations
Tape a new piece of banana peel to the wart with adhesive tape every day (plantar’s wart) for two to four weeks. It contains a substance that kills warts.
Visualization and Hypnosis
Visualize your warts falling off. Some studies have shown this technique to be effective.
Tne six-week controlled trial found that hypnosis sessions twice weekly resulted in greater wart disap- pearance than did medication, placebo, or no treatment.
Hypnosis is another alternative treatment that is successful for some people with warts. The emerging ﬁeld of psychoneuroimmunology demonstrates the powerful con- nection between the mind, the nervous system, and the immune system. The immune system can eradicate the virus that causes warts when it is working properly.