You can deal with warts - here's how Posted on 3 May 19:04

What are warts?

Warts are actually benign tumors of the epidermis caused by a virus. The virus responsible is the human papillomavirus (HPV), a double-stranded DNA virus. The virus resides in the bottom layer of the epidermis and replicates into almost normal-looking skin. Different sub-types of HPV cause different types of warts. Some human papilloma-virus subtypes also cause cervical cancer and other more obscure types of wart-related cancers.

Contrary to popular belief, warts do not have "roots". They only grow in the top layer of skin, the epidermis. When they grow down, they displace the second layer of skin, the dermis. They do not grow into the dermis. The underside of a wart is actually smooth.

Warts normally grow out of the skin in cylindrical columns. These columns do not fuse when the wart grows on thin skin such as the face. On thicker skin, the columns fuse and are packed tightly together giving the surface the typical mosaic pattern. Black dots can sometimes be seen in a wart. These are actually blood vessels that have grown rapidly and irregularly into the wart and have thrombosed or clotted off.

Warts are passed by direct contact and usually run their course in anywhere from a couple of weeks to a number of years. They are seen mostly in children and young adults. The length of time it takes to get rid of them or how bad the "infestation" seems to relate to one's immune system. An important issue given the amount of "over-drugging" and stress from our environment.

Most traditional medical ways to get rid of warts just don't do well. They may remove one wart, but often they will re-occur, so it is best to treat the immune system as it deals with the virus at a deeper level.

Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathy can be great to treat warts, especially as they can be treated at home. Maybe you just do not want to go to any doctor to treat your ailments. This can usually be avoided with some ailments that do not affect your overall health, and do not get worse with or without your home treatments.

My preferred method is to use Thuja tincture 1-2 drops twice a day alongside the 6c tablet twice daily. When using the tincture you can choose either to apply it to the skin and cover with a plaster or left directly to be absorbed onto the skin.

The below remedies can be taken one dose every 12 hours for up to 6 weeks or more if needed. All are in the 6c potency.

Thuja 6C - Soft, fleshy cauliflower like warts which may ooze or bleed easily.chiefly on the back of the head

Causticum 6C - Many warts, especially face, neck, fingers, and eyelids. Any painful warts.

Nitric ac. 6c - Cauliflower-like warts which itch and sting, and sometimes ooze and bleed, or become large and jagged-edged, upper lip most affected

Calc Carb 6c - Many small, hard warts which itch, sting, weep, and bleed

Antimonium 6c - Hard warts associated with a callus

Dulcamara 6c - Hard, smooth, fleshy warts, chiefly on back of hands

Kali mur. 6c - Warts on hands

Natrum carb. 6c - Weeping, ulcerated warts on tips of toes

Natrum mur. 6c - Warts on palms of hands, tendency to sweaty palms

Sepia 6c - Large black warts with hairs in them

Sulphur 6c - Hard warts which burn and throb

 

There is also a copmbination remedy made up of the following in equal amounts. Nitric Acid 6C, Causticum 6C and Natrum Mur 6C. Take 10 drops every 12 hours and also drip a couple of drops onto the wart (s) a few times per day.

Herbal Treatment

Herbal treatment can include the following:

Garlic applied topically has also been shown to help. Nutritional supplements in the form of zinc have also been shown to benefit. In a double-blind study, supplementation with oral zinc, in the form of zinc sulfate, for two months resulted in complete disappearance of warts in 87% of people treated, whereas none of those receiving a placebo improved. The amount of zinc used was based on body weight, with a maximum of 135 mg per day. These large amounts of zinc should be used under the supervision of a doctor. Side effects included nausea, vomiting, and mild abdominal pain.

Colloidal silver: The use of colloidal silver against viruses of all kinds has proved very successful. It should be topically applied to the wart, but can be taken internally to promote functioning of the immune system, and thus prevent warts from occurring.

If you have access to fresh herbs there are some suggested herbs that can help dissolve the common wart.  Fresh organic chickweed is rich in saponins, which assist in dissolving the wart.  Apply the juice of chickweed and cover with a bandage.  Fresh organic dandelion flower stalks and leaves produce a white sap that also helps.  Apply the fresh sap directly to the wart while taking care not to get any on the surrounding skin the cover the wart with a bandage.