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AAD: Common Flower Extract May Treat Plantar Warts

Marigold Therapy reduced warts in HIV-positive patients in whom other treatments had failed

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Extracts from marigolds, a common garden flower, have shown promise in eradicating plantar warts, even among HIV-positive patients, in whom warts are usually harder to treat, according to research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology's 66th Annual Meeting this week in San Antonio, Texas.

Tracey Vlahovic, a podiatrist and assistant professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine with an interest in phytotherapy -- the medicinal use of plants -- reported on her clinical experience with Marigold Therapy, a line of creams, ointments, tinctures and oils containing extracts from several types of marigold plants.

Vlahovic used the marigold extract-containing products on warts of three HIV-positive patients in whom other treatments had failed, and found that after only four to six sessions, the warts had either cleared or were greatly reduced in number and size.

"Mainstream treatments are sometimes not an option for HIV-positive patients because they have weakened immune systems and invasive procedures can further compromise them," comments Vlahovic.

Marigold Therapy is developed and patented by chiropodist M. Taufig Khan, and manufactured through Marigold Footcare, Ltd. in London.

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