What are Warts?
The iconic image of a witch on Halloween always features a large wart on her nose. This witch and the many millions of others with warts are suffering from a common condition of the skin that is caused by the human papilloma virus. Warts can occur on the face, limbs, and soles of the feet, but are most commonly found on the hands and knees. One has an increased risk for getting warts when their immune system is compromised through HIV/AIDS, autoimmune conditions, excessive alcohol use, smoking, and poor hygiene from unclean environments. Warts are, for the most part, just an aesthetic obstacle, given that they are typically a harmless and painless condition.
How can I treat Warts?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers warts to be the result of a weak immune system that has enabled pathogens to invade the body. Treatment focuses on boosting the immune function through the lung and spleen networks, which is accomplished through herbal therapy and a well-balanced diet of whole grains, nuts, seeds, organic proteins, cold-water fish, and fresh vegetables. Other remedies for warts include applying the juice of a calendula plant to the wart three to four times a day, applying aloe gel directly to the wart, and consuming an immunity broth of broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, and miso. It is also recommended to practice qi gong for promoting circulation of both qi, or vital energy, and blood.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Warts?
When treating warts, it is important to avoid processed foods, dairy products, animal and other saturated fats, soft drinks and other simple sugars, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and public facilities including communal pools, baths, and showers.
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