An Israeli research team has found that acupuncture may be able to help clear persistent warts by creating an anti-inflammatory immune response. Eighteen patients with persistent human papilloma virus-caused warts received either verum acupuncture or placebo treatment. Verum acupuncture was performed at Sanyinjiao SP-6, Zhangmen LIV-13, Kongzui LU-6, Zusanli ST-36, Shousanli L.I.-10, Yaoyangguan DU-3 and Zhongwan REN-12. Placebo treatment was performed with non-insertive needling at seven points on the back. Both groups received four treatment sessions, given at one-week intervals. Clinical success was defined as total clearance of all wart lesions with no recurrence for three months. In the treatment group, the clinical success rate was found to be 36.6 per cent, compared with zero per cent in the placebo group. Measurement of cytokine levels in participants’ blood suggested that acupuncture may cause a shift to a Th1–cell-mediated immune response, leading to an anti-inflammatory effect in the immunological microenvironment of the wart lesions, which promotes their resolution.
Immune Modulation and Treatment of Human Papilloma Virus-Related Warts with Energetics of Living Systems Acupuncture. Med Acupunct. 2017 Jun 1;29(3):145-154.