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Yaws: cause, symptoms and treatment


What is Yaws?

A tropical disease that is caused by a type of bacteria known as Treponema1. It belongs to a group of diseases known as Treponematoses, along with Syphilis and Pinta. The disease has been present for over a million years2. In the recent days, there were 500 Thousand reported cases in 1995, and about 14 affected countries in 2012. With global efforts, the disease is soon to be eradicated completely by the year 20203.

What is the cause of Yaws?

The disease is caused by a type of bacteria known as Treponema Pertenue. The bacteria is transmitted from human to human through the interaction with an infected person, but the bacteria only enters the body if there is a cut or break on the person’s skin2.

The condition is most common in areas where there is poor hygiene and lack of water access. It is called Yaws as the Caribbean origin of the word “yaya” meaning sore.

What are the signs and symptoms of Yaws?

An incubation period of 1-3 months is expected. The primary stage begins when the first nodule begins to appear on the skin, known as the “mother yaw”, which is usually painless. This nodule enlarges gradually and becomes warty in appearance. Daughter nodules begin to appear later, and this stage resolves completely within 6 months5.

After a few months or years, the secondary stage begins. Multiple lesions occur all over the body, with “crab yaws” on the palms of hands and soles of feet, accompanied by skin sloughing. This is the most infective stage and the person should be avoided as possible. This stage heals again on its own in about 6 months6.

A small percentage of people develop a tertiary stage, which is the most destructive, with spreading ulcers and damage to the bone and cartilage, and can lead to extensive destruction of the nose known as “gangosa” which is characteristic of this disease78.

Yaws treatment according to the western medicine tradition

Treatment depends mainly on Antibiotics. A single intramuscular dose of Penicillin was shown to be effective in the early stages. Azithromycin, Tetracycline and Erythromycin courses are also effective in treating the condition. The damage to the cartilage and bone in the tertiary stage is unfortunately irreversible and would need surgical and prosthetic rehabilitation.

Yaws treatment according to the natural medicine tradition 

Depending on antibiotics to treat infections. While effective, is highly impractical, with the increasing rate of antibiotic resistant strains emerging nowadays. We can help your body develop its own defense system, without the need to treat with antibiotics.

At we support you by re-powering your immune-system. For this we develop the best Natural Medicine solution, personalized specifically for your needs.

We look to the self-healing power from the body and find out where the immune system needs support and more power.

When the immune system can’t handle the viruses, bacteria parasites, fungi, toxic substances etc anymore, you lose energy in your cells and your body switch from the living modus to the surviving modus.

In most situations when the immune system uses your free energy you feel more tired and less powerful.

In the natural medicine tradition we look to the self-healing capacity of the body from a holistic view and we use only the best working ingredients to get you healthy again.

This means that we look for the underlining root cause (physical, mental and food) instead of symptoms.

Real-life evidence show that cleaning the body helps to re-powering the self-healing capacity of the body.

We support you with the physical part of the treatment.

This means that we develop the best possible Personalized Natural Medicine recipe and herbal formula for your situation. This herbal formula supports your immune-system to clean the blood system, organs and tissues and lymphatic system from viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, toxic substances etc.

To develop a Personalized Natural Medicine recipe and produce the herbal formula we need some information from you. After receiving your information, several days later you receive the herbal formula and can start the treatment.

During the treatment period your immune system clean your body from viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, toxic substances etc. When the body is clean it can recover and the new cells can be healthy.

The total natural treatment is in 3 steps:
Step 1: cleaning the blood system (2 months)
Step 2: cleaning the organs and tissues (2 months)
Step 3: cleaning the lymphatic system (2 months)

Note: We can also help you with Yaws prevention. This is part of our travel pack [click for more information].

When the blood is clean you feel more power/energy in your body. The re-powering of your body increase during step 2 and 3 when you clean your organs/tissues and lymphatic system.

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Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamid (Medical content)
Robert Oosterling (Natural Medicine content)


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2. Mitjà O; Asiedu K; Mabey D (2013). "Yaws". Lancet. 381 (9868): 763–73. PMID 23415015. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)62130-8.

3. "Yaws Fact sheet N°316". World Health Organization.

4. Capuano, C; Ozaki, M (2011). "Yaws in the Western Pacific Region: A Review of the Literature" (pdf). Journal of Tropical Medicine. 2011: 642832. PMC 3253475. PMID 22235208. doi:10.1155/2011/642832

5. Marks M, Lebari D, Solomon AW, Higgins SP.: “Yaws.” , Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Sep;26(10):696-703. doi: 10.1177/0956462414549036.

6. Satter EK, Tokarz VA. :” Secondary yaws: an endemic treponemal infection.”, Pediatr Dermatol. 2010 Jul-Aug;27(4):364-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2010.01184.x.

7. Wallace AL, Ellis JM.: “Juxta-articular bone lesions in tertiary yaws.”, Med J Aust. 1989 Feb 20;150(4):217-9, PMID: 2716605

8. Barber HW.: “Case for Diagnosis. ? Tertiary Yaws.” , Proc R Soc Med. 1928 Feb;21(4):677-8., PMID: 19986330

Topics: Yaws

Dr Mohamed Abdel Hamid

Written by Dr Mohamed Abdel Hamid

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamid is a practicing dentist, the founder and owner of confidential clinic in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from the faculty of dentistry, Ain Shams University, obtaining his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2010 and has been practicing ever since. He acquired a postgraduate diploma of Oral Surgery in 2013 from the same university. In 2014, he acquired the membership of faculty of dental surgery (MFDS) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), one of the highest honors in professional dentistry. In 2016, He became a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the highest recognized institution in the world pertaining to cosmetic dentistry and beauty.