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The skin is one of the largest organs of the human body: in fact, if stretched out completely it can reach 2 square metres and in terms of weight it makes up 16% of the total body weight. Its main function is to protect organs and internal tissues from aggressions of the “world outside” and therefore constitutes a physical barrier covering the entire body surface. It plays a fundamental role in protecting the body from heat and cold (thermoregulatory function), from injuries and from aggressions of external pathogenic agents. Last but not least, it is seat of nerve endings of the sense of touch.
The surface of the skin is not uniform: it has a very complex design that varies due to the presence of parallel patterns along its surface that determine, particularly on the fingertips, typical figurations (called “fingerprints”) that vary from individual to individual. The skin is formed by two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. In the human species, skin colour depends on many variables (thickness of the corneous layer, level of blood perfusion, presence and optical absorption of melanin, vitamin A dimer, hemoglobin). For this reason, colour varies not only according to the ethnical group but also with individuals and, even though in small nuances, it also changes in different body regions of the same individual.
The epidermis is the outer part of the skin, formed by several layers of cells, of which the most external ones are basically dead but resistant to external agents. The principal functions of this layer of skin are: to form a physical barrier against external agents; prevent dehydration of the body; prevent penetration of bacteria or other pathogenic agents; protect the body from sunburns by means of special cells called melanocytes, which produce a protein called melanin, responsible for skin coloration; rapidly repair the skin in case of injuries.
The dermis is the layer right under the epidermis. Its principal function is to support and nourish the skin. In fact, it contains blood vessels carrying nutrients to the skin itself, as well as the sebaceous and sweat glands, in charge of regulating the body temperature; nerve endings that receive impulses coming through the epidermis; hair roots.
The skin is a very delicate organ that can incur several problems, either injuries or irritations. The most frequent are pressure sores, ulcerations, burns, injuries, bruises, erythema, abrasions, cuts, etc. The skin undoubtedly performs essential functions for the health and well-being of the entire organism: it is therefore important to maintain its integrity and functionality adopting correct hygiene habits that include specific cleaners and, in case of pathologic events, using appropriate natural remedies.
Warts were first mentioned around 30 BC, when Aulus Cornelius Celsus wrote about “growths” on the skin, which seem to refer to what today are commonly referred to as warts. Towards the Fifties, papilloma virus, responsible for the formation of warts, was isolated and identified as a virus with a double stranded DNA belonging to the Papovavirus family.
Warts are viral infections recognizable by the fleshy, hard outgrowths of benign nature appearing on the skin. Today, thanks to new technologies available in molecular biology, over 50 subtypes of papilloma virus (HPV) have been identified, but only few of them can actually produce skin lesions. In particular, HPV1 are associated with palmoplantar warts, HPV2 to common warts and HPV3 to flat warts. HPV6,8,11,16,18 cause genital warts (condylomas). The mechanism by which the virus manages to invade the host cell is still little known; what is certain, however, is that once it is introduced into the body, it uses the cell’s resources in order to replicate itself.
The problem of warts affects over 7% of the population and its favourite sites are mainly hands and feet. Transmission of the virus takes place directly, i.e. through contact, and the ideal condition for this to happen involves non integrity of the skin (skin abrasion). For the sake of clarity, it must be added that contagion can also occur through contact with wart scales falling off in damp areas. This is the reason why it is necessary to adopt particular caution in using swimming pools, saunas and also when sharing towels.
Regarding genital warts, so-called condylomas, are a problem related to sexually transmitted diseases: contagion, in fact, occurs via venereal contact. Favourable conditions are: poor hygiene, genital secretions or infections such as gonorrhea. Around 60% of subjects who have sexual intercourse with virus carriers get infected as well.
First signs of the infection appear as small, pink papules, expanding and increasing in number more or less quickly, reaching considerable dimensions at times. As the warts grow, they tend to form cauliflower-like clusters. Condylomas can be found in any area of male or female genitalia but prefer mucous areas; in men in particular, on the preputial internal layer and on the glans; in women, in the fossa navicularis and vagina walls. In 20% of cases, warts spread in the perineum and in the perianal region, where they sometimes reach considerable dimensions. Condylomas can also be found in the oral mucosa.
The role of the immune system
The most important aspect to be underlined regarding chances of contracting HPV infection,whether common warts or genital warts, is that this certainly depends on how “virulent” the virus is, but most of all it is related to the efficiency of the immune system. In fact, not all subjects that come into contact with the virus develop warts!
Some people are protected against the HPV type of virus, whereas others, whose immune system is fragile, are more exposed to contracting the infection. When the virus penetrates the body, it triggers a reaction in the immune system which is capable of reacting and defending itself so as to avoid the infection, provided it is in good condition, of course. It has been proven that both insurgence and development of the infection is strictly related to the subject’s immune condition. For instance, children suffering from atopic dermatitis are more susceptible to contracting warts.
In “conventional” medicine, which totally disregards the fundamental role of a balanced immune system, a general cure or therapy is not yet available; therefore, the only possible solution taken into consideration is to physically destroy warts using chemical substances (salicylic acid, lactic acid, etc.) or different tools (electrocoagulation, cryotherapy, lasertherapy).
Besides specific contraindications for each of these methods, not mentioned here, the most significant aspect to be borne in mind is that since this is an autoinoculating virus (the body can be inoculated through traumas in closeby areas), chances of relapses occurring after some time are fairly high.
Treatment of common warts and genital warts using conventional medicine.
Treatment of warts is still a problem today for “conventional medicine”: results obtained are not consistent in time and more often than not they are not for good, all kinds of treatment frequently entail relapses.
Different methods are available, ranging from surgical removal, cryotherapy, application of keratolytic preparations, intralesional injections of interferone (that should kill the virus), or laser burning: all these approaches involve “chemical” solutions or destructive tools that due to their nature and action can lead to recurring relapses, therefore failing to be truly effective.
This is why it is vital to have natural alternatives available, capable of containing the proliferation of the virus and eradicating it on site, so as to solve the problem of warts.
Nature can help you definitely eliminate common warts and genital warts.
A natural and effective approach
Definitely solving the problem , whether common warts or genital warts, is not an easy task at all. What’s needed is a truly valid approach that should be effective, non traumatic, while associating specific plant active constituents with the extraordinary antimicrobial properties of Grapefruit Seed Extract.
GSE and warts
Grapefruit Seed Extract has broad spectrum antimicrobial efficacy: in fact, it has been proven by Laboratories and Institutes worldwide that GSE is active against virus strains, showing very encouraging results. Further studies are, however, necessary, in order to better pinpoint all its potential.
At any rate, empirical data reassure us on the efficacy of GSE extract against HPV (papilloma virus), responsible for the insurgence of common warts and genital warts. Studies effected by Dr Shannon at the Department of Microbiology and Virology of the Southern Research Institute, prove GSE’s powerful antiviral property, as it is capable of inactivating HSV-1 (type 1 herps simplex virus), after a 10 minute exposure to a dilution of 1:256. Such concentration has proven to be equally effective against flu caused by viruses such as AS/Aichi/2/68. The efficacy of GSE against certain types of animal viruses (Foot and Mouth Disease, African Swine Fever, Swine Vesicular Disease, Avian Influenza) has been highlighted by the Department of Agriculture in the United States.
GSE therefore represents an extremely valid remedy against common warts and genital warts. GSE is absolutely safe, since its broad spectrum action is accompanied by its selectivity, a unique quality of its kind: in fact, GSE is active against pathogens while it does not significantly affect microbial flora of the mucosa, thereby preserving the organism’s natural defenses. Use of GSE, moreover, does not lead to the development of bacterial resistance.
Given the above considerations, GSE therefore represents the cornerstone of an extraordinarily effective approach against warts of whichever kind. Its association with specific plant extracts enables to devise a remedy that through a specific mechanism of action can provide for the following actions:
- cleansing of areas affected by warts and of other delicate body parts;
- non traumatic, local elimination of warts;
- general (internal) stimulating action towards the immune system.
This approach, combined with a healthy lifestyle (in terms of diet, but not only), includes the use of natural remedies that are well known in folk tradition and the efficacy of which in providing an opportunity to reach a solution has been confirmed by recent studies.
1 - For cleansing of areas affected by warts and of other delicate body parts
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Grapefruit Seed Extract: with its bactericide property and antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic activity, it carries out not only a protective and preventive action on particularly delicate areas of the skin, against aggressive external agents, but can also be considered as a valid support in the treatment of several skin pathologies.
Its extraordinary antifungal activity against 100 strains of yeasts and moulds must be emphasized, including Candida albicans, responsible for mucosal infections and systemic disorders (pneumopathies, kidney disorders, etc.) in immune compromised individuals.
Studies carried out by Dr Leo Galland in New York on chronic Candidiasis (both intestinal and systemic) have reached interesting and significant results: success in 99% of treatments effected (only two failures out of 297 cases), without cases of resistance nor side-effects.
Rice bran oil: obtained through pressing of fresh rice bran, it is characterized by the high level of tocopherols and tocotrienols, as well as for its high oxidative stability. Main substances contained are: proteins, starches, amylopectins, essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, gamma oryzanol, inositol; it has refreshing, nourishing, emollient, antiseptic and astringent properties.
Icelandic lichen extract: lichens are twofold organisms. In fact, they represent a plant body consisting in the symbiotic association of a fungus and an algae. In Icelandic lichen, starches, mucilages and a series of acids called lichen acids have been isolated. The plant surely has specific, marked antimicrobial properties, principally due to the presence of a particular substance, namely a furan derivative called usnic acid. This ingredient has proven to exert interesting antibiotic activity towards several groups of germs.
Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate: this is an extremely delicate cleansing agent (a surfactant), an irreplaceable element, ideal to cleanse delicate areas of the skin (face, nipples, etc.), particularly sensitive skin or skin affected by pathologies, i.e. cases requiring special attention for the skin’s hydrolipidic film and physiology.
The ideal means to convey these elements is an extremely delicate cleanser, enabling targeted use on delicate areas such as the face, underarms and nipples. Daily use is recommended also as a preventive measure.
2. For non traumatic (local) elimination of warts
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Grapefruit Seed Extract: results obtained regarding the antiviral efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), together with its harmlessness, once again confirm GSE as the ideal remedy also for common warts and genital warts. GSE is safe to use because its broad spectrum action is accompanied by its selectivity, a unique quality of its kind: in fact, GSE is active against pathogens but does not have a significant impact on microbial flora in the mucosae, thereby preserving the organism’s natural defences.
Podophyllin: podophyillin is extracted from the roots and rhizomes of Podophyllum (Podophillum peltatum L., belonging to the Barberidaceae family), a plant native to the Eastern regions of North America. Podophylllin is a plant active constituent capable of destroying condylomas and warts. This substance makes cellular replication impossible, which accelerates in infected cells, thereby eradicating infections.
Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia): an Australian evergreen tree, known as Tea Tree, with a typical bark. It grows up to 6 metres in height and is characterized by white flowers blossoming from Spring until Summer. An oil (Tea Tree Oil) is extracted from its mature leaves and has extraordinary health properties. Up to 200 tons of leaves a day can be used to obtain 2000 Kg of Tea Tree Oil. The production process is organized to respect the environment. Tea tree essential oil is a powerful natural antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral: as such, it is successfully used in the treatment of common and genital warts.
Black Poplar extract, Wheat germ oil and Olive oil: its anti-inflammatory, soothing and re-epithelising properties contribute to make action on warts non traumatic, so as to avoid the insurgence of relapses.
The best means to convey these elements is an anhydrous ointment allowing targed used and good absorption. Available in a 30 ml tube.
3 - For general (internal) action with stimulating activity on the immune system
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Grapefruit Seed Extract: the importance of strengthening our natural defense system has already been underlined. The complex of beneficial bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract represents the first line of the organism’s defense towards external aggressions.
There are several factors causing a diminution of beneficial colonies (unhealthy diet, intoxication, allergies, stress, etc.); if, as is often the case, this adds up to a therapy based on antibiotics, beneficial bacteria are destroyed, giving way to pathogenic microorganisms.
Once the first line of defence has been overcome, the enemy bacteria finds an immune system that, if under massive attack owing to the lack of a “filter”, gives way to the onset of diseases. With its selective bactericide action, GSE can be useful as a preventive measure, since it acts as a “garbage collector” in the intestinal tract. In fact, eliminating of pathogenic microorganisms encourages the development of physiological bacterial flora, thus improving the body’s natural defenses.
Echinacea: capable of slowing down the spread of pathogenic germs, triggering a defensive mechanism against such germs, while simultaneously activating a regenerative activity of tissues. For this reason, Echinacea preparations are considered effective in the treatment of septic conditions and in infectious pathologies.
Rhodiola rosea: it has the ability to increase resistance of the organism to toxins; it increases the level of enzymes, of RNA and of proteins and is therefore capable of reducing recovery times resulting from fatigue or prolonged illnesses.
Uncaria: it stimulates the immune system and is capable of repairing both single and double stranded DNA, stimulating the proliferation of lymphocites and increasing the number of white blood cells.
Tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia): with amply demonstrated antiviral properties, it is also effective against bacteria and fungi, as well as being a powerful stimulant of the immune system.
The ideal form for intake of such ingredients is represented by a food supplement in swallowable tablets. In the case of children, the drinkable version is recommended, featuring the same ingredients contained in the tablets.
The association of the above-described ingredients, essential to ensure a definitive approach to solve the problem of warts, can be further supported by specific remedies indicated in order to carry out the following actions:
- Rebalancing the intestinal flora while strengthening the organism’s natural defences: for adults, single use vials with patented measuring cap, based on probiotics (B. bifidum, L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus), fructo-oligosaccharides, GSE, Uncaria and Morinda citrifolia (Noni); for children, sachets containing probiotics (B. infantis, B. longum, L. Rhamnosus), galacto-oligosaccharides, fructo-oligosaccharides, GSE, Astragalus and Uncaria and Morinda citrifolia (Noni), to be dissolved in water or juice.