Natural Treatments for Human Papillomavirus
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. In fact, it's so widespread that over three quarters of sexually active men and women contract it at least once in their lifetime. Left untreated, the virus can lead to extreme discomfort or even serious health issues. We reveal how to safely and naturally treat this common condition.
There exist numerous types of HPV, with over a hundred different strains classified. They can affect the skin and the moist membranes lining the body with areas at risk including: the cervix, anus, mouth, penis and throat. Some strains are classified as high risk, which, when left untreated, are among the biggest causes of cervical cancer and can lead to cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus.
However, the majority of strains are classified as lower-risk and their chief symptom is genital warts. These warts appear as small bumps in the genital area and can be easily diagnosed by your healthcare provider. While not dangerous, the warts can be exceptionally uncomfortable and very itchy. They are also easily transmitted to a sexual partner and can bleed during intercourse.
Since genital warts are the most common symptom of the virus, let’s look at ways in which you can relieve the discomfort and bolster your immune system to provide the best natural defense against HPV.
Castor oil has been employed for various medicinal purposes for centuries. The oil is extracted from the castor bean and then heat treated to remove the toxins that reside in the seeds. Although renowned for its pungency, castor oil has proven useful for removing genital warts. It contains ricinoleic acid which has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
How to apply castor oil (two different methods):
- Apply castor oil to a cotton ball, gently cover the surface of the wart with oil and then cover with a bandage.
- Mix the oil with baking soda to form a paste. Apply the paste to the wart. Cover the wart and let the oil penetrate.
Remember that the results won’t be instantaneous; the oil should be used every day for at least a week before the results are assessed.
Garlic has a strong odor, but because of its effectiveness, you’d be wise to consider garlic as a possible genital warts treatment. This versatile bulb is completely natural and possesses many qualities which render it advantageous outside of the kitchen. Garlic has antibacterial, antifungal, and most notably antiviral properties, which effectively fight off viral infections including HPV.
How to apply garlic to warts:
- Crush a clove of garlic and spread it over the wart
- Apply a bandage or plaster to hold the garlic against the wart
- Repeat the process twice a day for four weeks and be patient when waiting for results
There’s more to this eastern cuisine staple than you may realize. Akin to garlic, the shiitake mushroom has antiviral properties which treat warts in much the same way. Patients have reported that their lesions have cleared up completely after applying an extract of the mushroom to the wart.
The advantages don’t stop there. In a recent study conducted by the Society for Integrative Oncology, ten women were given an extract of the mushroom daily to consume orally. After three months, three of the women were successfully cured of the virus and an additional two women experienced declining levels of HPV.
To supplement all of this, the mushrooms contain beta-glucan which provides a fantastic boost for the immune system by activating macrophages and natural killer cell function. This means they facilitate a quicker and stronger natural biological defense against HPV.
What Should I Do?
Ultimately the best treatment approach is to carefully experiment after consulting with a medical professional. People react in different ways to different treatments. It is also important for women aged between 21 and 65 to have regular Pap screening. This catches potentially high-risk strains of HPV early and greatly reduces the likelihood of the virus developing into cervical cancer.
As with the majority of home remedies, patience is key. If your aim is to stay away from potentially harmful chemicals, you may need to be prepared to wait a little longer for results. Hopefully, though, we’ve armed you with enough information to successfully treat yourself in a natural and healthy manner.