Now officially incorporated into the Centers for Disease Control STD Treatment Guidelines, the topical application of phytonutrients from green tea on external genital warts results in an astounding 100% clearance in more than half the patients tested–a testament to the power of plants.
Treating Genital Warts With Green Tea,
There’s a new treatment for genital warts. It has a fancy brand name for marketing purposes, but it’s basically just green tea in ointment form. It was tried on a thousand men and women and complete clearance of all external genital warts was obtained in more than half the patients with a 10 or 15% green tea phytonutrient ointment. Such astounding results it's been officially incorporated into the latest STD treatment guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.
I bring this up primarily to show you the potential power of plants—like the tea plant—even when just smeared on our skin! As a physician, though, I care less about the strains of HPV that cause warts and more about the HPV that causes, death. We know green tea consumption is associated with lower risk of other gynecological cancers—ovarian, endometrial, but what about the HPV-related cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers?
Well, a recent in vitro study looking at two different lines of cervical cancer cells found that green tea phytonutrients appear to open cans of cancer, whoopass, but in terms of diet, what's important is that the phytonutrients in green tea appear protective both applied topically to cervical lesions, and orally, suggesting that high consumption of green tea could either reduce the incidence of cervical cancer or delay the progression of pre-cancerous lesions to cervical cancer.
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This is the final video of a four-part series about the latest discoveries on tea. See Antimutagenic Activity of Green Versus White Tea, Is Caffeinated Tea Dehydrating?, and Treating Gorlin Syndrome With Green Tea for parts 1-3. This reminds me of the experiment that involved rubbing what is perhaps the Biggest Nutrition Bang for Your Buck, broccoli sprouts, on the skin. For more on cervical cancer, see Poultry and Penis Cancer, Amla Versus Cancer Cell Growth, and Cancer Fighting Berries. For more on wart viruses, see Wart Cancer Viruses in Food and Pets & Human Lymphoma. That will probably close out my tea review until next year's batch of articles—I can't wait to see what's next! Until then, there are hundreds of other videos to keep you busy on more than a thousand subjects.
For more context, check out my associated blog post, Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?.