Genital Warts (Human Papilloma Virus)
Genital warts, also known as human papilloma virus (HPV), are estimated to affect between 40 to 80 percent of the adult population in the United States. HPV is extremely difficult to detect and may often be present without symptoms, making it one of the most challenging sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
One of the reasons genital warts are so difficult to treat is that they are also difficult to detect, since the vast majority of people affected by them show no noticeable symptoms. Less than five percent of people affected with genital warts have warts that are visible, and only another three percent of those affected have warts that are visible without magnification.
When symptoms do manifest, they include burning, itching, and reddening of the skin in and around the affected areas. While flat warts are not visible to the naked eye, non-flat genital warts appear as small, raised, soft, and moist bumps that are red or pink in color, and which resemble tiny cauliflowers. In men, genital warts primarily are found on the penis, scrotum, the opening to the urethra, and around the anus and rectum. In women, they can occur in the vulva, vaginal wall, cervix, and around the anus.
Detecting Genital Warts
If you suspect you have genital warts, you can verify this by applying white vinegar on the suspected area and then inspecting it with a magnifying glass. Spots that turn white are often a positive indicator of warts. For the most accurate results, seek the assistance of a physician.
Caution: Flat genital warts can pose serious danger to women due to how the HPV virus causes changes in the cervical cells. Left untreated, these changes can progress to more serious cell abnormalities known as dysplasia, and can even result in cancer.
Note: Typically, there are no symptoms to alert the woman of a problem. This is why an annual Pap smear, the most effective screening tool for detecting abnormalities in the genital area, is vital for women.
As with all sexually transmitted diseases, the most effective response to genital warts is prevention. To avoid genital warts, do the following:
- Be careful about choosing a sex partner and find out about his or her health and sexual history before engaging a sexual relationship. Have sex only if the person has no apparent signs of infection and is willing to assure your protection during sexual intimacy. Be prepared to talk and inquire about past experiences. Be direct and persistent. Make conversations about health a natural part of the sexual relationship.
- Limit the number of people you have sex with. The risk of contracting an STD rises exponentially in direct relation to how many sexual partners you have.
- Avoid sex altogether if your partner exhibits signs of genital warts on his or her body.
- Always practice safe sex. Men should always use a latex condom, especially when engaging in sex with someone new. As an alternative, women can consider the use of a latex female condom. When engaging in oral sex, use a latex dental dam. Long-term, monogamous sexual partners should also use some form of protective contraceptive unless planning a pregnancy.
- Avoid swallowing semen, as it acts as an immune suppressant and thus can increase the risk of STDs caused by infectious microorgamisms.
- Avoid anal sex, especially without protection.
- Urinate after you have sexual intercourse in order to help clean the urethra and prevent infection. This applies to both men and women.
- Have an annual checkup to be screened for STDs that you may not know you have.
- If you know that you have a sexually transmitted disease, be responsible. Inform your partner and insist that he or she be examined and treated as well. Follow the treatment regimen that your physician prescribes as completely as possible, and always use protection whenever you engage in sex.
Genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV can be transmitted during unprotected sex (oral, genital, and anal), and can also be contracted from materials contaminated with HPV, including underwear and other clothing, medical equipment, sex aids or devices, tanning salon beds, and toilet seats.
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Avoid alcohol and coffee
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Avoid sugar and wheat.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Emphasize fresh, organic whole foods, with plenty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
- Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes), and vegetables (such as squash and bell pepper).
- Eat complex carbohydrates, free-range, organic meats and poultry and wild-caught fish.
- Drink plenty of pure filtered water daily.
- In addition, have yourself screened for potential food allergies and sensitivities and avoid those foods for which you test positive.
- For the complete whole foods eating plan we recommend to heal and eliminate all imbalances and disease, connect to the full article: Whole Foods Diet. In many cases, a raw food eating plan can be extremely beneficial. To learn more, read Raw Food Diet.
- Take Fivelac probiotic to build up your immune system – one packet three times a day.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take Alli-C (super powerful antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal garlic capsules) – 4 capsules three times a day should be taken. 1 capsule is the equivalent to 40 cloves of garlic (without the breath to go with it!!).
- Also take vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B-complex, folic acid, and zinc.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Stress compromises the immune system so it is important to keep your stress levels in check. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
- Meditation: Meditation has been scientifically shown to relieve stress, as well as to improve overall health and immune function, and to reduce the pain and suffering caused by chronic disease. In fact, in 1984, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended meditation as the more appropriate and effective choice for treating mild cases of high blood pressure, instead of commonly prescribed blood pressure medications. Meditation can offer new insights and improved coping strategies, better enabling you to meet the challenges of the day. Some types of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), have even been shown to produce deeper states of physical relaxation than ordinary sleep.Although there are many types of meditation practices to choose from, all of them have one thing in common: focused attention on the breath. If you are new to meditation, you can begin by sitting up straight yet comfortably and closing your eyes. Place your attention on your breathing as you inhale and exhale. Each time you find your attention starting to wander, simply refocus on your breath. Though doing so may seem difficult initially, with practice it will become easier and easier, and you will easily spend 20 to 30 minutes meditating in this manner. The key is to be gentle with yourself and not force. At first, you may find yourself unable to sit still for more than a few minutes. If that is the case, don’t continue. Instead, each day seek to add to the length of your meditation practice until you reach your goal of 20 to 30 minutes per session.
Ayurveda works on treating the root cause of the problem while strengthening the immune system to prevent future attacks. As always, the fastest more effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
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The application of Kaseesadi Taila oil.
The application of cashew nut oil.
Aloe vera to sooth and heal.
The milk extracted from papaya fruit as a topical treatment.
The application of clove oil.
Amalaki or Indian gooseberry extract juice applied to the warts.
Rubbing onion on the warts frequently.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Chinese medicine warts are called thousand day sores, and are believed to be caused by Liver BloodDeficiency. To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest TCM practitioners here
Here are some of the things they may recommend:
Thuja ointment topical treatment, applied directly to the warts three times per day.
The green tea plant, camellia sinensis, has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years due to it’s high level of antioxidants. 250 mg to 500 mg of the tea extract per day is the recommended dosage.
Reishi mushrooms have powerful anti-viral properties and support the immune system. 150 mg to 300 mg, taken two to three times per day is the recommended dosage.
Acupuncture – to help stimulate your immune system.
When essential oils are used correctly, they can help treat many skin ailments, including genital warts. The oils cannot cure the warts completely but they can help calm symptoms and reduce lessen their occurrence.
Tea tree oil – for it potent anti-microbial properties is one of the best oils to use when treating genital warts. The oil is very strong so should be diluted before applying directly to the problem area. Other oils that can be directly applied on the warts are castor oil – for its anti-inflammatory properties and lavender oil – for its anti-viral action.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ –ie something that in a large dose creates the symptoms of a disease will, in a smaller dose in fact cure it. Remedies are prescribed very much on an individual basis taking the whole person into account. To find a tailored remedy you should visit your local licensed practitioner. Find you closest homeopath practitioner here
Here are some important homeopathic medicines that may be considered when dealing with your specific case-
- Antim crud
- Salicylic acid
- Kali Mur
- Nitric Acid
- Magnesia Sulph
- Nat. Carb
Aloe is a great remedy for treating viruses. Apply the fresh juice directly on the warts.
Astragalus to boost the immune system so it can fight the HPV infection.
Echinacea: This herb can strengthen the immune system, helping it to fight the virus.
Milkweed is effective for soothing irritation, apply the sap directly to genital warts.
Lemon grass, green tea and chamomile – all contain clearing and soothing properties. The tea can be drank or placed directly onto the warts by soaking the liquid in a cotton ball.
Tinctures of lomatium and thuja can also be taken orally on a daily basis to fight infection and build the immune system.
Cumin has antiviral properties to act against genital warts
The Bach Flower Remedy Crabapple aids in cleansing and detoxification. It is the most popular flower remedy in treating skin conditions. It can be taken orally, with 3 drops added to water 3 times a day.
Smoking and exposure to second hand cigarette smoke can aggravate symptoms and impair immune function, thereby increasing your risk of contracting genital warts and other STDs.
Exercise is important for a strong immune system. According to NASA the best thing you can do for your body is rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline) see the article ‘Jump for Joy’ in the article section to find out about the health benefits of this form of exercise.
Further Information (links and books)
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.