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Warts and all.

Warts ostensibly arise because of cellular aberrations caused by a viral infection of the squamous epithelium. There are nearly a dozen distinct morphological varieties of warts, all of which, according to orthodox medical science, are associated with a number of different forms of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They occur commonly on the hands, feet or genitals but can occur anywhere on epidermal surfaces.

Orthodox medical measures against warts include topical salicylic acid, laser therapy, cryotherapy and surgical excision. Responses to these therapies are mixed but they all have one common feature--in a large number of cases the warts grow back. When viewed from the traditional naturopathic and homeopathic perspective the reason for this re-growth is obvious: warts are the outcome of an internal process and simply removing the outcome does not stop the process. There are various levels at which this internal process or disruption to the vital force can be corrected.

The best and most sustained response will be produced by the homeopathic similimum--the homeopathic remedy with the proving picture that best matches the symptoms exhibited by the sufferer at the time, given at the correct dose and potency. If the similimum proves to be elusive, or the circumstances don't allow for determining it, there is a number of remedies that may be useful at a "clinical" level, which, while not as effective as the similimum, may still provide a reasonable level of relief. Thuja is often thought of as the universal panacea for warts and while it may deserve part of that reputation, it's far from the only answer. What follows are some of the more notable homeopathic medicines that have found favour with prominent authorities in this area (1, 2 3 4 5 6 7).

ANTOMONIUM CRUDUM

The person requiring Ant crude may appear to have a somewhat irritable nature and will often exhibit plantar warts, or warts that are hard, calloused and have a horny surface. They're typically found under or near the ends of nails, soles or palms and are sensitive to pressure. There may be associated digestive symptoms such as dyspepsia, a thick white coating of the tongue or stomach cramps.

CALCAREA CARBONICA

Anxiety and forgetfulness may be noticeable here, as may a propensity to glandular swelling.

Warts may appear as crops of small, inflamed, flat, horny or pedunculated lesions that may sting, ulcerate, bleed easily or exude moisture. They may occur on the back of the head, chin, face or hands. This author has successfully used Calc carb on a number of occasions with patients exhibiting Molluscum Contagiosum.

CAUSTICUM

Sufferers may be burdened with a combination of anxiety and rheumatic afflictions here and warts may present with a hard, horny, keratinised, torn, jagged or tattered appearance. The warts may be sensitive to touch, pedunculated, have a soft base or a hollowed-out centre and may also split and bleed easily. They may occur as crops of small warts or crops of larger warts under or near the fingernails, on the end of the nose, on the face, lips or peri-anal area.

DULCAMARA

The characteristics indicating a need for Dulcamara include rheumatic disorders associated with cold or dampness, and mucus membrane disorders. Warts associated with the remedy are those that appear flat, fleshy, translucent, soft, brownish and looking as if they may contain water. They commonly occur on the face, backs of the hands, the back, palms or fingers.

KALI MURIATICUM

While not commonly thought of for this issue, Kali Mur has a particular affinity with those with greyish warts on the hands or warts containing a thick white fluid that arise after vaccination. A white or grey coating of the base of the tongue may be seen here as it's something of a keynote symptom for Kali mur.

LYCOPODIUM

Those needing Lycopodium will often have had a history of depression, digestive or urinary problems, particularly where symptoms are predominantly right sided or symptoms have progressed from the right to the left. An offensive perspiration may be noted. The warts seen here are predominantly fig warts that itch violently and occur on or about the genitals.

MEDORRHINUM

Chronic rheumatic disorders and a generalised tremor may indicate a need for this remedy. The warts associated with Medorrhinum will usually be soft and fleshy, and commonly occur on the thighs, knees or on or about the genitals.

NATRUM CARBONICUM

A history of complaints from heat, such as headaches or debility, may be seen here. Warts that may respond to Nat Carb are commonly ulcerated, sensitive to touch and may weep. They are more likely to be found on the fingertips, knuckles or toes.

NATRUM MURIATICUM

Keynote symptoms that highlight the applicability of Nat Mur include great weariness, dryness of mucus membranes and a general feeling of coldness. Warts here don't have a characteristic appearance but occur predominantly on the palms.

NATRUM SULPHURICUM

While they may not have a direct bearing on the waxing or waning of warts apart from increasing their sensitivity, ailments that are affected by a change in the weather may point to a need for Nat Sulph. Those whose symptoms correspond to this remedy may exhibit morphologically non-specific warts on the scalp, eyelids, breasts or genitals.

NITRUM ACIDUM

Complaints that occur at the vermilion border, the border separating the skin and mucous membranes, are often a feature of the Nit Ac picture. In cases of warts that may respond to this remedy, they're often of a large, jagged, hard or calloused appearance, or of a pedunculated or cauliflower-like appearance, and often have a yellow tinge. They may crack or bleed easily, be moist or ooze fluid and be painful, exhibiting a feeling similar to having been pierced by a splinter. Common locations for these warts are the vermilion borders in areas such as the upper lip.

RUTA GRAVEOLENS

Weakness, a feeling of despair, general restlessness and a bruised feeling in affected parts may be seen here. The warts that may respond to this remedy are often found on the palms, may have a flat, smooth appearance, and may itch. Where indicated, plantar warts often respond well to this remedy.

SABINA

Sabina is often useful for those afflicted with fig warts that bleed easily, itch intolerably or have an associated burning pain. Warts corresponding to Sabina often occur on or around the ano-genital area.

SEPIA

Those who are likely to respond to Sepia may exhibit large hard warts of a black or brown colour which may itch and are often found on or around the genital area, but may be found anywhere on the body. In instances where they itch, the itch is unlikely to be improved by scratching

STAPHYSAGRIA

Staphys should be considered for very sensitive individuals producing dry, cauliflower-like, pedunculated fig warts that are sensitive or itchy, even after the slightest touch. Historically, these warts may have arisen after exposure to mercury.

SULPHUR

The keynote symptoms that often indicate a need for Sulphur include dry, unhealthy skin, symptoms that feature itching and burning, red orifices and complaints that relapse. The warts themselves are characteristically hard, painful, itchy (particularly when in a moist, warm environment), and may arise after the use of topical medications.

THUJA

Often the default remedy that everyone turns to for warts, and used externally as well as internally, Thuja is associated with exhaustion, emaciation, and ailments from vaccination. In fact the warts related to Thuja may arise after vaccination or the use of medicines generally. In appearance the warts are large, fleshy, cauliflower-like or flat, black or brown, possibly pedunculated. The warts may bleed easily and may ooze a substance with a fishy odour or an odour resembling old cheese. The warts may be located anywhere on the skin but commonly arise on the back of the head, the chin or the ano-genital area.

REFERENCES

(1.) Das RBB, Select Your Remedy, 14th Edition, May 1992, B Jain, New Delhi, India.

(2.) Clarke JH, A Clinical Repertory to the Dictionary of the Materia Medica, Health Sciences Press, England, 1979. ISBN 0 85032 061 5.

(3.) Dewey WA, Practical Homoeopathic Therapeutics, 2nd Edition, B Jain, New Delhi, 1991.

(4.) Bouko Levy M, Homeopathic and Drainage Repertory, Editions Similia, France, 1992. ISBN-2-904928-70-7.

(5.) Raue CG, Special Pathology and Diagnostics with Therapeutic Hints, 4th Edition, 1896, B Jain, New Delhi.

(6.) Kalvin KB, Repertory of Hering's Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medica. 1997, B Jain, New Delhi. ISBN 81-7021241-3.

(7.) Lilienthal S, Homoeopathic Therapeutics, 3rd edition, 1890, Indian Books and Periodicals. ISBN 81-7021-000-3.

Robert Medhurst, B.Nat., D.Hom.
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