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Treating Genital Warts With Green Tea

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.

July 12, 2012 |
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Image thanks to Dharam M. Ramnani, M.D. and gkdavie

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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.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Serena

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

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 posts, Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?, Foods That May Block Cancer Formation, and Why Do Vegan Women Have Fewer Female Cancers?

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    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 hundreds of other videos to keep you busy on more than a thousand subjects.

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      I can only imagine the look on my patients faces when they ask, “Doc what can I do about my Genital warts?” and I reach into my pocket and pull out a teabag. . . of Green tea of course.

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      Every medical professional should be required to watch Michael Greger, M.D.’s new DVD “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death.”

      Informative, Intelligent and Highly entertaining it should be required viewing before entering any establishment that sells food.

      The information contained on this DVD (If used) Can and will Save Your Life!

      Support the man who supports Mankind!        (All procedes to charity)

      • SJ M.D.

        Yes – the DVD is absolutely great and presented with great humor. Lots of important information in one hour.

  • GSH

    A new addition to my morning smoothy! Green tea leaves.

  • Rckamen2

    Thanks so much for this! I have to drink decaf green tea because I have lone afib which by the way is much less frequent when my diet is more filled with fresh veges! I am vegan and have been for years now, enjoying your videos and inspirations!
    Is decaf as effective as regular green tea? I hope!

    • Veguyan

      Your decaffeinated green tea may have less
      antioxidant polyphenol catechins than regular green tea.

      Researchers at UCLA measured the antioxidant
      capacity and polyphenol content of 18 teas.

      They found that decaffeinated tea had around half
      the antioxidant capacity of regular green tea.

      However, this loss of antioxidant capacity apparently is related to the decaffeination process. The company Triple Leaf Tea advertises that their decaffeination process retains more of the antioxidant power:

      Advertisement:

      Now you can enjoy the benefits of green tea without
      the caffeine! Drink Triple Leaf Decaf Green Tea as often as you like anytime of
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      dioxide process that maintains green tea’s beneficial antioxidants.* 

  • Scott Harer

    Dr. Greger, Please teke a few minutes to LOOK at and READ the information on my web-site, and SEE how it can benefit YOUR practice.
    Please contact me , if you have any questions .
    contact info  is on web-site…..Thank you, Scott 

  • SJ M.D.

    Plants rules !

  • Scott Harer

    Dr. Greger, forgive me, I failed to include my web-site….
    http://www.KangenWater4BetterHealth.com 

    Scott Harer

  • MiMi McGee

    What about HPV positive throat cancers? Any chance green tea might be a good thing to start drinking to prevent/help cure one of those? I have just had a friend with that diagnosis.

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      Why wait!  Start drinking the Green stuff now and worry about the research as an afterthought because it can’t hurt.  And there is too much evidence showing that is stops cancer in its cradle.

      Go GREEEN!!!!!

      • SJ M.D.

        No doubt that green tea has health benefits, but there are single rapports of hepatotoxic (liver) side effects, if consuming large amounts for a long period of time.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21241631

        • HemoDynamic, M.D.

          Maybe it was just because they’re Danish!!  You know how those Danish people are.  ;-)

          Just kidding SJ.  Very interesting for sure but any confounding variables?  I will have to check that out.  I would love to see the original study!
          Thanks!!!!

          • SJ M.D.

            You are a true poet!

            Just a case rapport, so the science is “not strong”. There are ref. to other articles though – not read them yet.

        • HemoDynamic, M.D.

          Hey SJ how did you know (or guess) I grew up in San Diego?  You never answered my reply before and I am curious if we may know some of the same people in Denmark.

          • SJ M.D.

            Dr D,
            Lucky punch! You know my name, I dont know yours. Once in a while I search the internet to look for “Plant Strong” or vegan doctors. Even tried to find you! Googling “HemoDynamic” does not help :-) In Denmark they are hard to find! As I recall it, I saw the name of some “vegan doctors” in California, and I wondered if one of them were you. I am going to a congress in San Diego later this year, so I just figured if you work in S.D. I would have visited you!

          • HemoDynamic, M.D.

            My name is Jim Bennie, I grew up in San Diego and it was beautiful back then but it is too crowded, too expensive and has too much gang activity to raise a family.  I live in Northern Cal now about 900 miles away from SD.  It would be great to meet up with you someday for sure.  There are so few Vegan Docs that we need to stick together like pressed garlic!

          • SJ M.D.

            One day we will meet and share a carrot!

          • SJ M.D.

            Connect via Linkedin? I have send an invitation.

          • HemoDynamic, M.D.

            Stephen,  I am connected via linked in but it wouldn’t let me connect with you.  I will leave this post up until I get a reply and then I will remove it.  My email is jamesbennie65@hotmail.com I think that is the one that linkin is registered to but I am not sure.

          • SJ M.D.

            I have send an e-mail to hotmail and tried via linkedin again.

  • Rick

    Is there any concern about taking green tea extract soft gels orally?  I have 100 mg Blue Bonnet soft gels.   

  • Sebastian Tristan

    I use a vinegar/tea solution for my dermatitis. It doesn’t cure it, but it keeps it at bay.