HPV is a virus with numerous strains. The high-risk strains can lead to cervical cancer. I have seen many patients who have had the HPV vaccine yet still contract HPV and dysplasia. The conventional treatment for dysplasia is a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), which does not treat the HPV infection and may cause an increased chance of miscarriage for those of childbearing age. The LEEP involves surgical removal of parts of the cervix resulting in a disfigured and weakened cervix and may cause an acute infection.
Cervical dysplasia means there are pre-cancerous cells present that may or may not become cancer. A simple PAP test can diagnose if dysplasia and HPV are present. To determine the level of dysplasia a colposcopy needs to be performed. The longer you have had dysplasia the more likely you are to develop cervical cancer. If your PAP does not clear within a year, I recommend treatment. Dysplasia and HPV can resolve on its own with immune support and a healthy diet. However, many times this is not enough and should not go untreated if not cleared within a year.
Escharotic treatment is a topical application of an herb. Sanguinaria canadensis or blood root with a small amount of zinc chloride is left on the cervix for 60-90 seconds. This causes a sloughing of the affected tissues to form a scab on the cervix. Approximately 8-12 treatments are needed to restore healthy tissue and be cleared of the HPV. The treatments are relatively pain free but occasionally result in a slight cramping that is resolved within minutes after treatment. Pictures are taken before and after treatment so we can assess the progress.
We also treat the whole body by taking a complete health history and identifying areas of weakness. I find that oral supplement, diet, and lifestyle is just as important as the treatment itself. We are supporting the body to heal itself. We need to strengthen the body to fight the virus and restore health to unhealthy tissues on the cervix. After the last treatment, when the cervix is looking healthy again, we wait 6-weeks, continue the oral supplements, and perform a PAP. If the PAP has not cleared the dysplasia and HPV we can continue with escharotic treatment. I have found this to be rare and only in patients with compromised health. Also, menopausal women are slower to heal. PAPs should be performed every 6-months for the next 1-2 years.
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