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Warts - Superficial Growths on the Skin, Warts Alternative Remedies, Remedies for Warts, Warts Alternative Treatment

Warts refer to hard growths on the skin. They are common both in children and adults. Warts are capable of spreading, but they are usually harmless. They often disappear spontaneously.

Causes and Symptoms of Warts

Warts come in various shapes and sizes and usually appear as rough elevations on the skin. These elevations appear more frequently on the fingers, elbows, knees, face, and scalp. Those that appear on the soles of the feet are called plantar warts. They are very painful and the sufferer is not able to walk properly.

The main cause of warts is a virus infection of the skin. Plantar warts on the soles are usually contracted in swimming pools. Constitutional factors, however, appear to be at the root of the trouble. These factors lead to some defects in the proper development of the skin surface in certain areas.

Herbal Remedies for Warts

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Castor Oil:
The use of castor oil is one of the most important home remedies for warts. This oil should be applied generously over the affected parts every night The treatment should be continued for several months.

The milky juice of fresh figs is another valuable remedy. This juice should be extracted from the fresh, barely-ripe fruits and applied on the warts several times a day. The treatment should be continued for two weeks.

Raw potatoes are beneficial in the treatment of warts. They should be cut and rubbed on the affected area several times daily, for at least two weeks. This will bring about good results.

Onions are also valuable in warts. They are irritating to the skin and stimulate the circulation of the blood. Warts sometimes disappear when rubbed with cut onions.

Indian Squill:
The herb Indian squill is useful in removing warts. A powder of the bulb of this herb should be applied locally over the affected area for beneficial results.

The herb dandelion is another valuable remedy for warts. The milk from the cut end of dandelion should be applied over the affected area two or three times daily.

Marigold is another herb found beneficial in the treatment of warts. The juice of the leaves of this plant can be applied beneficially over warts. The sap from the stern has also been found beneficial in the removal of warts.

Cashewnut Oil:
The oil extracted from the shell. of the cashew nut is useful in warts as it is a strong irritant to the skin. It should be applied externally over the affected area in treating this condition.

Other Remedies:
Certain other external applications over the affected parts have also proved beneficial in the treatment of warts. These include juices of papaya and pineapple, and chalk powder mixed with water.

Dietary Considerations

Simultaneous with home remedies, dietary measures can help in the treatment of warts. The patient should be kept on an all­ fruit diet for about five days. During this period, he should take three meals a day of juicy fruits such as grapes, oranges, 'apples, pineapples, mangoes, pears, and papayas at five-hourly intervals. Thereafter he may adopt a well-balanced diet of natural foods consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, fruits, and vegetables. Further short periods of an all-fruit diet may be necessary at monthly intervals until the skin condition improves.

Other Measures

A warm-water enema may be taken to cleanse the bowels during menstruation.



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