Homeopathic & Other Treatment of Human Papilloma Virus - HPV
Alternative treatments should focus on creating
health, improving the terrain of the body/immune
system/vital force so that your own immune
system/vital force will take care of the
disturbance. Any illness shows that the immune
system is compromised. Acupuncture, homeopathy,
detoxification, balancing your body chemistry,
improving nutrition - all ways that you can work
to improve your health - the terrain - and the disease goes away.
Homeopathy would treat you according to your
total symptom picture including the HPV
symptoms. It would be individualized to you and your symptom picture
The concept of regularly cleansing or detoxifying
the body is an ancient one. It has become even
more important now with our daily exposure to
toxins in our air and food. A toxic body cannot
effectively absorb nutrients or eliminate waste
and when we support the body to function
optimally, we greatly enhance our feeling of
wellbeing and can improve our overall health
status. Common improvements seen by those who
complete a detox program are increased energy and
mental clarity, strengthened immune function,
clearer skin and a decrease in GI discomfort.
Chronic infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia,
recurrent yeast infections, recurrent urinary
tract infections, chronic fatigue syndrome all
point to a depressed and depleted immune
system. The immune system needs to be
strengthened and the body brought back into balance.
Infections such as HPV, HSV I and II, Hepatitis
C, can be treated with natural antiviral agents
that also support the immune system instead of suppressing the symptoms.
As far as prevention goes, a very high percentage
of women are exposed to the HPV virus but why
don’t all those women get abnormal pap
smears? Dr. Nevels states that, “Pap smears do
not always show to be abnormal due to the
person’s diet, lifestyle, and environmental
factors which are very important to consider. A
diet consisting of vital nutrients keeps the body
strong and disease resistant. Stress can be a
trigger that will decrease the immune
system. With a weakened immune system the HPV
virus has a greater ability to change the
cervix. Smoking is also a significant factor.”
Naturopathic Medicine has innovative treatment
options for women with HPV. Depending on
severity & lifestyle of the patient, Dr. Nevels
has an effective treatment protocol that involves
applications of botanicals and zinc chloride to
the cervix which helps to destroy abnormal cells
along with vitamin therapy, and vitamin rich
suppositories. Clinically, she has seen
regression and reversal of abnormalities.
A study of the clinical efficacy of green tea
extracts (polyphenon E; poly E and
(-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate [EGCG]) delivered
in a form of ointment or capsule in patients with
human papilloma virus (HPV) infected cervical
lesions. Fifty-one patients with cervical lesions
(chronic cervicitis, mild dysplasia, moderate
dysplasia and severe dysplasia) were divided into
four groups, as compared with 39 untreated
patients as a control. Poly E ointment was
applied locally to 27 patients twice a week. For
oral delivery, a 200 mg of poly E or EGCG capsule
was taken orally every day for eight to 12 weeks.
In the study, 20 out of 27 patients (74%) under
poly E ointment therapy showed a response. Six
out of eight patients under poly E ointment plus
poly E capsule therapy (75%) showed a response,
and three out of six patients (50%) under poly E
capsule therapy showed a response. Six out of 10
patients (60%) under EGCG capsule therapy showed a response. (34).
Overall, a 69% response rate (35/ 51) was noted
for treatment with green tea extracts, as
compared with a 10% response rate (4/39) in
untreated controls (P<0.05). Thus, the data
collected here demonstrated that green tea
extracts in a form of ointment and capsule are
effective for treating cervical lesions,
suggesting that green tea extracts can be a
potential therapy regimen for patients with HPV
infected cervical lesions. (34).
Women who consume low amounts of foods rich in
vitamin C, beta carotene and folic acid have a
higher incidence of CIN and HPV (14). A diet rich
in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes
(beans) will provide generous amounts of these nutrients.
Antioxidants seem to reduce the risk of CIN (8)
and cancer (21). Low levels of vitamin A (16),
vitamin C (15,16) and vitamin E (2,13) are
associated with a greater risk of CIN and
possibly cervical cancer. The amount of
antioxidants in a daily multivitamin are reasonable and safe.
Copper levels tend to be higher in women with CIN
(9) or gynecologic tumors (3). It may be wise to
avoid taking copper supplements if dealing with CIN.
Folic acid levels tend to be lower in women with
dysplasia (7,10) and HPV (4). Folic acid may help
prevent CIN but does not appear to eradicate
existing CIN (24). Very high doses of folic acid
have been used in treatment but the amounts
present in a B-complex supplement or a daily
multivitamin are reasonable for preventive purposes.
Pyridoxine (B6) levels tend to be low in cervical
cancer (20). It is interesting that birth control
pills can lower B6 levels (1,17) and birth
control pills also seem to be a risk factor for
CIN (4,5) which can progress to cervical cancer
if left untreated. Taking vitamin B6 in a daily
multivitamin or B-complex supplement may be
beneficial, particularly if using birth control pills.
Riboflavin (B2) levels tend to be low in women
with CIN (16). Riboflavin vaginal suppositories
have actually been shown to cause regression of CIN (6).
Selenium levels tend to be lower in women with
cervical cancer (2). Selenium has been shown to
reduce the incidence of experimentally induced
cervical cancer in laboratory animals (12). A
dose of 200 micrograms daily of selenium is
reasonable and safe (18). This amount of selenium
is often available in a daily multivitamin.
Zinc levels tend to be lower in women with CIN
(9) or gynecologic tumors (3). Taking 15 - 30
milligrams of zinc daily in a multivitamin is reasonable.
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