Remove Warts with Brucea Fruit (Ya Dan Zi 苦參子) Herbal Plaster & Acupuncture

The slightly toxic Brucea Fruit/Seed (Ya Dan Zi 苦參子) seed can be used externally to treat a variety of mashed Ya Dan Ziwarts and corns.

For one application, take 5-8 seeds and carefully remove the black seed coating.  This can be done with a mortar & pestle – just be careful not to crack the seed with too much force or the inner medicine will become smashed intermingling with the black seed coat.

Once you have obtained enough of only the white inner portion, mash for a few minutes to forms a paste.  If you are using particularly oily seeds, the mixture may seem slightly sticky and ready to apply to the skin.  If the paste seems a little dry, mix in a few drops of sesame oil.

Brucea Seeds

Brucea Seeds


Place the paste thickly over the wart.  Cover with a bandaid and leave over night.  Repeat this procedure for 1-3 more nights until you detect a change in the wart.  Sometimes the wart turns brown or black and then the outer coating comes off.  This is a good sign.  If this happens, take a break from the remedy and watch to see if the wart continues to diminish over the next week.



Surrounding the Wart with Acupuncture

In addition to the ‘Ya Dan Zi’ herbal plaster, acupuncture needling can be done surrounding the wart to further aid in its removal.  Acupuncture brings fresh new energy to the site and helps to strengthen the healthy qi in the area being treated.  Typically between 3-7 needles can be used to surround the wart.  Needling should be done along the border of the healthy tissue and the wart.  The needles should actually enter transversely into the healthy tissue, each one pointing toward the center of the wart.  The best method involves lots of stimulation, vigorously twirling each needle in an ‘even’ manner for about 5 minutes total.  The goal is that upon removal of the needles, there would be a drop of blood at each location.  This helps to create a little blood stagnation underneath the wart which will eventually cut off the blood supply to the wart and cause it to die.  The results are quite amazing!

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  1. Lana, Can this same treatment be used on other types of nodules like a cyst? Jodi

    Comment by Jodi Host — July 12, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

  2. No, we don’t use ‘Ya Dan Zi’ for cysts.

    Comment by Lana Farson — July 12, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

  3. So, you can stop using the herbal remedy once you see any change in the wart and it will continue to die and fall off? Also, is Ya Dan Zi only toxic when ingested?

    Comment by Kim O'Berry — August 7, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

  4. Nice! Many thanks

    Comment by scars removal cream — February 22, 2014 @ 6:50 am

  5. Can a powder form be used or must we start with the raw seed?

    Comment by Laura — July 27, 2015 @ 3:51 pm

  6. The clearness is simply great.

    Thank you a million and please carry on the rewarding work.

    Comment by cavity wall insulation — August 3, 2015 @ 4:29 pm

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    Comment by home projects — August 4, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

  8. I take the raw seed, remove the black outer husk and then smash the inner white part. Since good quality seeds are quite oily, it doesn’t really make a powder but more of how it might look if you smashed some pumpkin seeds.

    Comment by Lana — November 7, 2015 @ 8:29 am

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