HPV

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HPV Naturopathic Treatment

What is HPV?

HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus. Certain strains of this virus are responsible for causing genital warts.  Others can cause cervical dysplasia and an increased risk of cervical cancer.

How many people have Human Papilloma Virus?

Based on Canadian population statistics, an estimated 3-9 million Canadians are infected with this virus.   Estimates say that 75% of Canadians will experience at least one infection with it in their lifetime.

What increases the risk of getting it?

The risk factors for getting HPV include:

  1. Being sexually active
  2. Increased number of sexual partners
  3. Having a weak immune system
  4. Unprotected sex (although condom use does not guarantee that you will not contract the Human Papilloma Virus)
  5. Hormone imbalance.  Your hormones play a role in how your immune system works.  A poorly functioning immune system can be a sign of a hormone imbalance.   Hormones also play a critical role in maintaining healthy genital tissue.  Healthy tissue is less receptive to infection.

What does HPV cause?

  1. In many instances, nothing.  Your immune system just clears the virus on its own within 1-2 years.  In that case, it requires no treatment.
  2. Cervical dysplasia. This is abnormal cells on your cervix that are found during a PAP smear.
  3. Cervical cancer.  Having the virus increases your risk of cervical cancer.  Certain strains of HPV (16 & 18) are high-risk strains.
  4. Oropharyngeal cancer. Mouth and throat cancer can also be caused by this virus in both men and women.
  5. Genital warts.  These are usually caused by HPV 6 & 11 strains.  These strains are rarely responsible for cancer.

How is it treated?

Conventional doctors may prescribe topical treatment for genital warts.  Or he/she may use liquid nitrogen or electrocautery to remove them.  In the case of cervical dysplasia, conventional treatment may include:

  • a colposcopy (a scope to have a closer look)
  • a biopsy of cervical cells (to confirm dysplasia) and/or
  • a LEEP procedure to remove abnormal cells and cervical lesions.

Treatment of HPV virus by a Naturopath

As a naturopath, I would treat this virus with the following methods:

  1. Balance hormones to balance your immune system and strengthen the cervical tissue.
  2. Use herbs to kill the Human Papilloma Virus.
  3. Encourage your body to slough off of abnormal cells (dysplasia) with herbal treatment.
  4. Use herbs to soothe and heal your cervix (or other affected tissue)
  5. Use immune boosting herbs, vitamins and minerals to help your immune system.

Does Naturopathic treatment of Human Papilloma Virus work?

Yes! 70-80% of the patients who have undergone my naturopathic treatment program have had their dysplasia clear and have had ongoing normal PAP smears.

More information about Human Papilloma Virus:

http://www.hpvinfo.ca/health-care-professionals/what-is-hpv/incidence-and-prevalence-of-hpv-in-canada/

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Authored by Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), ND

Natural Treatment for HPV: A Sample of the Research

Our study provides a basis for developing a novel therapeutic approach to control pathogenic HPV infection by using potent antioxidative agents, such as curcumin.  Source: Int J Cancer. 2005 Mar 1;113(6):951-60. Constitutive activation of transcription factor AP-1 in cervical cancer and suppression of human papillomavirus (HPV) transcription and AP-1 activity in HeLa cells by curcumin. Prusty BK, Das BC.

According to the results of our study, with the proven anti-inflammatory functions of Vitamin D, the deficiency of this molecule and its metabolites can be a possible reason for HPV DNA persistence and related cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.  Source: J Exp Ther Oncol. 2016 Jul;11(3):177-180. Could 25-OH vitamin D deficiency be a reason for HPV infection persistence in cervical premalignant lesions?  Özgü E1, Yılmaz N2, Başer E1, Güngör T1,3, Erkaya S1, Yakut Hİ4.

Previous animal studies have associated low retinol levels with precancerous lesions. Results suggest that vitamin A supplements may decrease rates of precancerous cervical changes.  BETA. 1999 Apr;12(2):17. Vitamin A and HPV. Hanna L.

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