Health Care in Harmony with Nature
Dr. Arlan Cage, ND, LAc


Cervical Dysplasia
Natural Treatments for Abnormal PAP Results and HPV Infection

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Cervical Dysplasia is the term given to the presence of abnormal cells on the cervix. In virtually all cases, these abnormal cells are caused by the presence of one of the strains of Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. In the majority of cases, the body will heal an HPV infection on its own. In some cases, however, the body may not be able to heal the damage, and the grade of cervical dysplasia can worsen. In rare cases, it can progress to cervical cancer.

Cervical Dysplasia

Conventional treatment for cervical dysplasia involves a LEEP procedure, which stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, essentially cutting away part of the cervix with an electrical knife that cuts and cauterizes in one step. It removes a significant amount of tissue, and during the healing process leaves a great deal of scar tissue. It can have complications such as infection and reduced fertility, and does nothing to deal with the underlying cause of the cervical dysplasia, which is the HPV infection.

Natural treatments for cervical dysplasia and abnormal PAP results vary depending on how severe the level of atypical cells are in the PAP results. In addition to a normal resul there are 4 levels of abnormality: (1) ASCUS - Abnormal Squamous Cells of Unknown Significance. These are mildly abnormal cells with minimal clinical significance, that often resolve on their own with no treatment. From there, the grades of dysplasia are Low Grade, Medium, and High Grade. For all types of dysplasia, the Natural treatment process involves systemic anti-viral treatment through a combination of vitamins, herbs, minerals and homeopathic medicines. This systemic support can be thought of as boosting your immune system specifically to fight viruses, and is one of the main differences from the conventional surgical procedure.

If a repeat PAP after 3-6 months of system treatment still shows ASCUS cells, or in the event of Low or Medium grade dysplasia for your first abnormal PAP result, local treatment of the cervix is combined with systemic treatment. This usually consists of the use of natural suppositories consisting of herbs and vitamins. The treatment length depends on the details of your individual case, but will usually be from a few weeks to a month or two. The PAP exam is repeated about three months after treatment to assess your progress of healing.

If a follow up PAP after local treatment for repeated ASCUS or Low/Medium grade dysplasia shows anything other than a normal result, or if an inital abnormal result shows High Grade dsyplasia, the next step is to go to herbal escharotic treatment as the local treatment, which is also combined with systemic treatment and the self-administration of herbal suppositories.

Natural Escharotic treatment for cervical dysplasia involves the local application of a natural enzyme, Bromelain, to the surface of the cervix. This is left in place for 15 minutes, and it essentially dissolves away the top layer of cells on the cervix which are infected and damaged by the HPV virus. The cervix is then washed with an herbal solution which stimulates the regrowth of normal tissued. Additional herbs are used which also have anti-viral properties. The treatment is performed twice per week for 4-8 weeks. Sometimes 4-week blocks of treatment with the escharotic method are sometimes separated by 4 weeks of local treatment with supporsitories at home.

The tremendous advantage of the Natural Escharotic method is that it is actually far more sophisticated than the LEEP procedure, which damages a great deal of normal tissue in addition to cutting away the damaged cells. The Natural Escharotic treatment also includes aspects to stimulate the regrowth of normal tissue, which the LEEP procedure does not. The only disadvantage of this treatment method is that it requires two office visits per week for 1-2 months. Because of the health benefits compared to conventional treatment, however, most women prefer this more gentle, natural method of treatment.


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