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Warts and Green Tea


 I quite frequently receive questions about the availability of natural remedies for warts and the human papilloma virus.  For information purposes, there is an FDA approved cream for treatment of genital and perianal warts that has an active ingredient of green tea extract.

 

Green tea has long been described as a good health beverage to help with a great many ailments from weight loss to skin conditions.  Green tea is produced from the leaves, buds, and stems of the Camellia sinensi plant.  Other teas also come from this plant but the leaves are fermented partially or completely when making the other teas.  Green tea is not fermented at all.  Green tea is steamed.  Because of this, green tea is high in polyphenols, in particular catechins, that have antiviral, antioxidant, and immune boosting effects.

 

Bradley Pharmaceuticals used green tea extract to make Veregen, a cream for genital and perianal warts.  Veregen received FDA approval in 2006 and has gotten good reviews with proper use.  Veregen is the first botanical drug approved for prescriptions in the United States.

 

Genital warts are considered one of the fastest growing sexually transmitted diseases.  It affects approximately 1% of sexually active adults each year.  Veregen ointment in 15% and 10% provides an effective treatment that most people dealing with genital warts can easily use.

 

 

 

References:

1.  http://www.drugs.com/history/veregen.html
2.  http://www.veregen.com/genital-warts/about-catechins.html
3.  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/960.html
4.  http://depts.washington.edu/hmcderma/GreenTea_genital_warts.pdf
5.  http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/781735-differential