alternative medicine for wartsAlternative medicine and Home remedies for warts

Alternative medicine and Home remedies for warts, are becoming more popular as many people do not like to visit the doctor. They find current methods of treatment sterile or counterproductive. They do not like to apply chemicals to their body. They see the current medications as invasive or unnecessary.

Many also believe the cost is too great. They find this true in both physical and monetary terms.
Rather than go through a medical procedure or rely on synthetic and/or intrusive cures, they seek more natural solutions. Many individuals turn to alternative ways to remove their warts. They prefer to rely on old home remedies, homeopathic methods or natural solutions.

The following pages will consider the so-called alternative approaches to treating your ugly warts. It will look at both old home remedies and modern adaptations. These are generally simple, inexpensive and non-invasive solutions. The ingredients are usually found in your garden or your super market.

As is the case with traditional medications and procedures, you need to know what type of wart you have. You also need to understand what the “cure” or treatment entails. Be very aware of such things as food and skin allergies. Be informed as to the components of the treatment. Follow directions carefully.

Non-traditional means of curing warts may take longer than the conventional means. Some may be less effective or ineffective. Some may actually work better. Some doctors state the folk cures are based on inexact science and are no better than witchcraft. Others say the warts only disappear because it is part of their pattern. They note the length of time the cure takes may just coincide with the cycle or growth pattern of the wart.

Since little study has been conducted on the various home, folk or alternative remedies, it is judgmental on the part of both detractors and supporters to say they are right. It remains in the future to verify or negate the treatment as viable.

The following pages will provide you with various alternative means of treating your wart or warts. It will neither support nor condemn the treatments. This is a purely informational chapter. It starts with an alternative treatment method that has received some support from scientific research. This is Duct Tape Occlusion therapy.

DUCT TAPE OCCLUSION THERAPY

Duct Tape Occlusion Therapy is referred to as DTOT.

DTOT has been the subject of several recent studies. The findings vary. In a particularly ground-breaking study,
DTOT was compared to cryotherapy. The study indicated using duct tape was as effective as employing freezing. In fact, in a 2002 study, duct tape was preferred by children and was even significantly more effective in many instances.

Since then, studies have both refuted and supported these findings. In fact, there appears there will be more research on the subject before a definitive decision can be made.
Overall, however, DTOT is a simple approach to treating and removing warts. It can be applied to all the different types of the HPV. The method is also basic.

• You take a piece of duct tape. You cover over or occlude the wart completely.
• Keep the wart covered for 6 days.
• Uncover and soak in water.
• After soaking, file the dead parts of the wart with an emery board or pumice stone.
• Continue to tape the wart at night for up to 2 months.

DTOT causes no pain or problems from infection. There may be a slight irritation to your skin. Before you use the Duct tape, be sure you do not have a skin allergy to it. If you have any doubts, substitute another type of opaque tape for the duct tape. If the skin becomes very irritated, stop for a few nights. Another problem or downside is the length of time the treatment takes. This, coupled with the tendency of the tape to slip off may be the cause of several problems.
There is no specific reason why the treatment works. Some believe it is the lack of light and air that inhibit the growth of the wart. Others believe the irritation by the duct tape triggers an immune reaction. Whatever the mechanism, duct tape is currently used on children. In some instances, the effectiveness is increased by applying salicylic acid.

NATURAL SALICYLIC ACID TREATMENT

Salicylic acid is usually synthetically produced. It is also, however, a natural forming substance. It is found in the inner bark of the willow tree. The preferred tree bark comes from the white willow.
Before you attempt this natural remedy, make sure the patient is not sensitive to salicylic acid.

Once this is ascertained, obtain pieces of white willow bark. It must be from the inner bark. You can frequently purchase white willow bark at health and natural food stores. Sometimes it comes in a powder-like substance.
Before applying the bark, you need to clean the area around the wart. After doing this, moisten the bark. Next, place it over the wart using tape to keep it firmly in place. Do not remove it for 24 hours.
Every day, you will need to repeat this practice.

Make sure the area around the wart is clean. If the wart begins to crumble, file off the dead sections. Continue to change the bandage and the willow bark for a week or until the wart vanishes.
If you cannot find a willow tree or do not know what it looks like, purchase willow bark tea. You can then brew a strong solution. Apply this to the wart. Follow the rest of the instructions.
Other trees do contain salicylic acid. The birch tree is one of them. If you wish, you can apply fresh birch bark in a fashion identical to the willow cure. The method is identical. This also applies to substituting birch for willow tea.

OTHER TREE SOLUTIONS TO WARTS

While cedar is the most popular bark to apply, there are other trees that are used to help cure warts. One of the most common is yellow cedar. Instead of tea or bark, however, the active ingredient is applied in a tincture. This is a concentrated form of the substance.
Oil of yellow cedar contains antiviral compounds. This makes it a potential combatant of the HPV. Practitioners of this method suggest you paint the wart with the oil several times a day. You can do so once in the morning and once before bed. Continue the practice for several weeks. It is more effective on small wart growths than on the larger ones.
While actually a bush, Witch Hazel is another “tree” treatment. This substance is well documented as a soothing lotion. It owes its medicinal properties to the levels of the astringents – tannin. It is regularly applied to skin problems.
While used to reduce the swelling and irritations of insect bites and haemorrhoids, witch hazel is also effective in treating warts. You simply apply it with a Q-tip. Let it dry. Continue to do so twice daily for a period of 2 weeks or more.

DIET

Diet is said to play a large part in ensuring you have a healthy immune system. Warts are more frequently found in those with compromised, weak or developing immune systems. Therefore, watching your diet can be an effective tool in both prevention and cure. Your treatment can involve increasing certain immune building foods.
There are a variety of foods related to increasing your immune system and banishing warts. One theory suggests the lack of potassium in your body permits warts. If you eat food high in potassium you deter and eradicate warts. Some people utilise apple cider vinegar in their diet for this reason.
Other foods eaten to drive away warts include raw cabbage.

This is a common ingredient of coleslaw. A traditional Chinese cure involves a diet of soy beans. You cook in water the sprouts of yellow soybeans. Eat them without any type of seasoning 3 times a day for 3 days. Warts are said to disappear after this treatment.
Bananas, grapes, potatoes, tomatoes and watermelon are also popular foods high in vitamin C and potassium. Adding more garlic is also another means of achieving your goal of a wart-free life. However, if eating such food does not appeal to you, try increasing your dosage of multiple vitamins. You can also ingest garlic pills.
Interesting enough, food and vitamins plat another role in removing warts. There are various full plants as well as their juices or oils utilized in a variety of ways. All have their supporters and detractors. Naturally, what works for one individual may not be successful for another. As most are harmless, it is possible to safely indulge in applying one or the other method.

POTATO CURE

Potatoes are used by many people to remove warts. They can be utilized in 2 separate but related methods. They appeal for their inexpensive and simple approach. Potatoes are easy to obtain. They are reasonable in price.
Method 1 has you take the potato and cut it in 2 pieces. You apply 1 piece to your wart. You rub the piece 2 times a day for the next 1 or 2 weeks. Bury the extra piece of each potato you use in your garden. If you wish, mutter a prayer or say a spell.

This would be in keeping with the older traditions of wishing warts away. It also means nothing goes to waste. You may get either good compost or a crop of potatoes.
In the second method, you use only the peel of the potato. You peel the potato with great care extracting very thin slices. You then rub the potato flesh side on your skin. This is done 2 times a day for the next 2 weeks.

THE GARLIC TREATMENT

Garlic is another plant-based cure. It, like the potato cure, can be applied in different fashions. Unlike Potatoes, however, there seems to be a scientific basis for its effectiveness. Garlic does possess antiviral properties. Garlic can increase the efficiency of or stimulate your immune system.

• Take a piece of garlic and break it into cloves.
• Crush the cloves or mince and mash them thoroughly. The garlic should be juicy.
• Rub them onto the wart.
• Cover the wart with an adhesive bandage.
• Repeat the process several times a day. Be sure to replace the garlic with fresh minced cloves and always use a clean bandage.

An alternative is to use garlic juice instead. Dab this onto the wound before following the same procedure. You can also combine garlic with equal parts of Aloe, salt and vinegar. This you mix into a paste.
Apply a portion of the paste unto the wart. Cover it with a small piece of cotton. Fix it securely with a bandage or use a self adhesive cotton strip. Duplicate the process once every 6 hours during a 36-hour period. Afterwards, leave wrapped in a bandage without the paste for 18 hours straight. Remove and let dry in the open air.

THE PINEAPPLE TREATMENT

Like Garlic, you can use either the fruit or the juice of the pineapple to combat your unsightly warts. In the first instance you directly attach a slice of fruit to your warty skin. Affix this with a bandage. In the case of fruit juice, you apply it generously to the affected area. You apply it continuously throughout the day. If you can, leave it on overnight. Wash it off in the morning. Continue to use until the wart disappears.

THE BANANA TREATMENT

Using a banana is a common method of treating warts. A small piece of banana peel is selected. You place the inner or meat side of the skin on the wart. You carefully attach it with tape or an opaque bandage. You leave it on several days, replacing it with a fresh peel and new tape whenever necessary. Wearing a glove or a sock may also help keep the banana peel in place.
Some people rub the peel on the wart first. They attach another piece to the skin at night. When possible they walk about with it attached to the wart. An alternative is to scrape the banana peel for the material. You can then attach the stuff more easily to your skin with a bandage or apply as a poultice.
This treatment may be long. It can last from several days to 2 to 3 weeks. Be sure you know what warts you have. It appears not to be effective or as effective against Planters Warts.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AS A CURE FOR WARTS

Apple Cider Vinegar Therapy (ACVT) has always been a popular cure for warts. There are various internet sites extolling it as an effective treatment against the HPV causing these ugly and even painful growths. Like many other alternative methods, this one is simple in design and application. It involves dedication to detail and patience.
• Soak a small piece of cotton in the apple cider vinegar (ACV). You can use cotton balls, the heads of Q-tips or even make-up removal pads.
• Wash the affected area and place Vaseline or petroleum jelly around the adjacent areas of the wart.
• Place the cotton on the wart.
• Tape it securely.
• Leave it on overnight. Make it part of your pre-bed ritual.
• Alternatively, leave it on 12 hours a day or night.
Some prefer to soak the wart in the ACV prior to wrapping it in the ACV-soaked cotton. They may do so for up to 30 minutes. In either case, the use of ACV does include some discomfort. Some find the sting of vinegar very painful. This does not dissipate over the time frame required to remove the wart. Some continue the treatment for as long as a month.

CELANDINE

Celandine is a weed found growing in wild places. Greater celandine is a herb used in various traditional cures. In the past, celandine has been used to help with liver and kidney problems. It was also applied to itches and various leg sores.
Today, it is sometimes utilized as a wart removal. You take the plant. Cut the stem. Apply the reddish or yellow sap to the wart. Cover or not with a bandage. Continue treating until the wart disappears. Be sure before you apply, however, the individual does not have any skin allergies. The sap of Greater Celandine can irritate the skin.

MILKWEED

Through the centuries, the common milkweed has been called upon to perform many different roles. When boiled 3 times, the young pods act as survivor food. During WWII, the sap of the plant was tested as a substitute for rubber. In some countries, the down was collected and stuffed into pillows or used as an insulating material. People grow milkweed to attract the Monarch and other butterflies. Milkweed is also a common folk remedy for wart removal.
It is the sap of this plant that supplies the main ingredient for this cure. The sticky milky-white sap contains a latex-like substance. You extract the sap and apply it directly on the wart. It helps if you occlude the wart. This prevents staining of the bed clothes by the sap.
Leave the milkweed sap on overnight. You can also apply several times daily. The milkweed sap should whiten the wart. It may be effective because the plant contains proteolytic enzymes. These are effective against warts.

DANDELION

The dandelion plant is another humble weed with multiple uses. You can eat the leaves in a salad. You can use them in a fry up. Dandelion root is a purgative and dandelion wine can be divine. The milky white, sticky sap is also applied as a wart removal.
Like milkweed, the dandelion has a latex-type sap. You have 2 ways of applying it. One option is to cut the root and rub it over the wart. Another way is to take the stems and leaves. Cut them and allow the sap to ooze over the wart. In both instances, it is important to cover the wart completely with the sap.
Smear the sap on the wart anywhere from 1 to 3 times daily. Repeat this treatment for a period of 5 to 7 days. The wart will slowly detach. You can then remove it safely.
There are other latex-type sap plants you can use instead of dandelion or milkweed. One substitute is the spurge plant. The sap acts as an irritant. This process may actually encourage the immune system to engage and reject the warts. Be careful, the person being treated does not have an allergy to the plant’s sap.