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Acupuncture for Plantar Warts

One of the easiest ways to catch the virus that causes plantar warts is to walk barefoot along swimming pools in the summer. Plantar warts manifest as a cauliflower-like shape under the skin and are caused by the HPV virus or the human papilloma virus. These warts usually develop under the ball or heel of the foot and this makes walking difficult. There are herbal preparations that can help resolve plantar warts but it is important to talk with your doctor first before using them because these herbs can come with certain side effects.

Herbal Supplements

Several types of herbal supplements can be used to remove plantar warts, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. They may include Ganoderma lucidum or reishi mushroom extract that have antiviral properties and can be taken twice to thrice a day (150 mg – 300 mg doses). Olea europaea or olive leaf extract possess antiviral properties and is oftentimes taken daily in 20 mg thrice a day. Another herb with anitivral quality is Uncaria tomentosa or Cat’s claw. It is also taken in 20 mg doses thrice a day.

Wormwood Leaf

Wormwood Leaf is a type of Chinese herb used in moxibustion to treat plantar warts. Moxibustion is the process of burning wormwood (Artemisia argyi ) leaves or moxa leaves. Moxibustion is done along with acupuncture therapy to treat plantar warts. The moxa or wormwood leaf is attached on the upper tip of an acupuncture needle. The needle is inserted directly into the wart and the acupuncturist then burns the leaf after the needle’s insertion. Several areas of the wart are treated all at once using acupuncture and moxibustion. These procedures should only be done by a certified or licensed acupuncturist.

Banana Peel

A salicylic acid preparation is one the most popular over-the-counter remedy for plantar warts. Banana peels has sufficient amounts of salicylic acid in them and they are also rich in potassium. These attributes make them an ideal treatment for plantar warts for a lot of people. You can cut a small piece out of a banana skin and use it as a patch to fit over the wart according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The patch can be secured in place with a piece of hypoallergenic medical tape and worn at night.

Castor Oil and Garlic

The Bastyr Center for Natural Health states that garlic can be a useful plant for the removal of plantar warts. Garlic possesses strong antiviral attributes. The center did a study showing that applying the fat-soluble lipid extracted from garlic two times a day resulted in the entire cure of the warts after 20 days. Adding a smidge of castor oil over the wart and taping a thin slice of garlic over the wart can also lead to the removal of the wart according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.


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