A virus that has over one hundred different strains, HPV, or human papilloma virus, affects the mucous membranes and the skin. The virus is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact and quite commonly by sexual transmission. About 40 percent of the strains are attributed to sexual contact. The most common symptom is the appearance of warts at the site where infection was first contracted. Papilloma in this context refers to benign tumors or warts caused by the virus. Treatment for HPV is usually medical but many people look to a natural-based alternative.
HPV may be asymptomatic in most people. A common activation for the viruses is stress or a compromised immune system. This dormant infection can then manifest as genital or plantar warts. Pre-cancerous lesions or dysplasia can occur in mucous membranes and may develop into cancer. Sexual transmission of the virus is the most usual, hence genital infection the most common and warts the most usual external symptom.
Western medical approaches for addressing warts focus on disrupting the development of the virus cells. For external genital warts, there are topical remedies that can be administered at home. Office treatments are able to treat external and internal warts with a gel or a mild acid-based therapy. More severe cases require an outpatient surgical treatment, which include removal, freezing, or use of laser. Treatments can have side effects and many need repeat applications. A vaccine is on the market but to be effective, it must be administered before ever having exposure to the virus.
Natural-based treatments look to other cultures and techniques to treat the pains and discomfort caused by disease and illness. Common practices include homeopathic, traditional Chinese medicine, and Indian Ayurvedic therapies. Using plant extracts, mediation, massage, and other techniques, the whole body is treated. Balancing the entire body is the general idea of bringing health to the person.
The idea of like curing like is the basis of the homeopathy. It is thought that a substance that will produce symptoms of an illness in a healthy person should be able to cure that same illness in a sick person. Hence, the substance is diluted and prescribed to a sick person to alleviate his or her illness.
With a history dating back thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, uses a combination of techniques to promote health. Focus is to get the functions of the body in balance and good flow. Using proper diet, herbal treatments, massage, and other techniques, it is thought when the functions are in good order the entire body will be healthy. Some of the techniques are accepted as an alternative by Western medical doctors.
The traditional treatment in India and South Asia is through the Ayurvedic medicine. Basic thought of this treatment is that natural urges should be expressed but not in excess. Hygiene and meditation are also incorporated. Medicine is mostly plant-based, but also included oils, and animal products.
Search online for alternative or homeopathic treatment for HPV. There are many practices that approach health and treatments of illness as a whole body experience. Many do note on their sites that they do not suggest these treatments are to done instead of common Western medicine. It is suggested that treatments be used in conjunction with your doctor’s recommendations.