Warts are small tumors on the skin that appear unexpectedly anywhere. They are mostly hard growths round in shape and can exfoliate. They appear primarily on the hands and feet. Most warts are harmless and heal with time automatically. If removed forcefully they can appear again.
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There are many different types of warts depending on the places they appear. Common warts appear on the hands and feet and the surface of the skin looks upraised. Flat warts appear on the face and are flat and similar in color to the face. Plantar warts are painful and appear in the soles of the feet. Filiform warts appear near the eyelids or lips appearing like a finger or thread. Mosaic warts are clusters of plantar warts. Genital warts are those that grow in the genital areas.
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Ayurveda and Warts
From the Ayurvedic perspective, warts are caused by the aggravation of Kapha dosha representing water and wart. They are due to the presence of too much phlegm in the system and it is considered as wet, cold, and heavy. For people of Kapha constitution, and who are in the Kapha period in life (early adolescence), this tendency of the sweet taste to produce imbalances is higher.
Any of the three doshas can cause warts and it depends on where the wart appears on the body. In Ayurveda the tastes act as pointers to the body and mind and the body constitution. Ayurveda suggests many safe ways to heal warts permanently.
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Symptoms of Warts
The skin looks and feels elevated at the spots where warts are present.
Causes Of Warts
Warts are generally caused by a viral infection on the skin
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Herbal Remedies for treating Warts
1. The juice of the marigold leaves is applied to the affected surface.
2. The Indian herb squill is also commonly used for warts removal. A powder of the bulb of this herb is applied over the affected area to remove warts.
3. Crushed clove of garlic should be applied to the affected area in the morning and at night for 5 to 6 days. Garlic juice can also be applied to the wart twice a day for a week.
A paste made of the euphorbia plant is applied to the warty skin. The milky juice of this plant works well in the treatment of warts.
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Home remedies for warts
1. The oil extracted from the shell of the cashew nut is applied externally over the affected area. This is highly effective in treating warts.
2. The juice of fresh figs should be applied to the warts several times a day for two weeks to remove warts. Rubbing a banana peel on warts every day for about 1 or 2 weeks is also a common remedy for warts.
A cut raw potato should be rubbed on the affected area several times daily, for two weeks to treat warts.
3. Cut onions can be rubbed on the affected area to get rid of warts.
4. Applying castor oil over the affected skin every night for several months can cure warts.
5. Apply the juice of cauliflower on warts daily as it can make warts disappear.
6. The milky sap of the banyan tree is also a good remedy for warts.
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Advice For Wart Affected Patients
Have a well-balanced diet consisting of fresh fruits such as grapes, oranges, pears, mangoes, and papaya.