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Warts are skin growths on different parts of the body that are most commonly caused by the Human papilloma virus (HPV). It is a common sexually transmitted infection and most people experience the symptoms at some point in their lives. However, there are nearly 60 types of HPV, out of which only a few cause warts on the skin. This is because the HPV virus could cause multiple growth of cells in the outer layer of the skin. Most commonly, these warts appear on the patient s hands, feet, back, wrist and knees and they are called flat warts. Some strains of HPV also cause genital warts. In fact, there are four different types of warts that can be caused by the HPV virus.
Dealing with these warts can be painful and also directly affect one s self esteem as it is clearly visible. A flat wart in appearance is smooth and flattened and usually tan or flesh coloured. The worst part is, it can appear in huge clusters. If these warts don t disappear on their own and keep recurring despite treatment, doctors advise laser treatment or minor surgery where the base of the wart is destroyed with an electric needle or deep freezing other than topical ointments.
However, if you re looking for an effective home remedy to get rid of these flat warts on your hands and feet, Indian researchers have found that changeri or the leaves of the Indian Sorrel can be used . The Indian Sorrel is a common annual weed that you might have seen growing around your building premises especially during monsoon. The leaves are commonly used in Ayurveda to treat a wide range of ailments as it has anti-fungal, anti-microbial, astringent and wound healing properties.
These changeri leaves contain tartaric, citrus acid and Vitamin C. If you have tasted it, the leaves have a bitter-sweet taste because they also contain carotene, calcium and high levels of oxalates. If you also suffer from arthritis, gout or any related ailments, avoid using the leaves of Indian Sorrel.
How to use it
Collect a few leaves of the Indian Sorrel depending on how many areas of your body is affected by flat warts. Make a paste of the leaves with a grinding stone and add a few drops of water for getting the right consistency. Once it is ready, rub the changeri leaves paste on the affected areas for a few minutes. You could add some more paste and continue rubbing. Repeat this process twice a day. Remember to continue rubbing this paste on the warts until they start falling off on their own. You could also mix ghee and grounded pepper to the leaves paste for better results. Other than this, the extracts of Japanese mushrooms could also be effective in treating HPV.
Sekhar Namburi UR, Omprakash, Babu G. A review on management of warts in Ayurveda. Ayu. 2011;32(1):100-102. doi:10.4103/0974-8520.85739.
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