Treating HPV Symptoms with Natural Remedies

Treating HPV symptoms with natural remedies, includes Q and A with leading natural health experts.

| March/April 2005

When treating HPV symptoms use a soothing sitz bath with natural remedies, including calendula, witch hazel and oak bark.

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Treating HPV Symptoms with Natural Remedies

I was recently diagnosed with cervical dysplasia, which I attained through the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV). I will be having surgery next month to remove the growth from my cervix. However, my doctor has advised me that there is no cure for HPV, and that I will more than likely have recurrences where I’ll need to repeat the surgery. I was wondering if there are any herbs or supplements to help ensure that the virus becomes dormant.
Brooklyn, New York

Stansbury responds: There are more than 60 types of HPV; some infect the skin, causing common warts, and around one-third of the HPV types may be spread sexually and cause venereal warts. Some types of HPV may infect the cervix and be associated with an increased risk of reproductive cancer. Because of this, HPV is best treated aggressively and followed with frequent Pap smears to check for possible recurrences.

The propensity to develop cervical dysplasia from such viruses may be more likely in women who smoke or whose diets are low in B vitamins or antioxidant nutrients, which easily are added to the diet. A further risk appears to occur in those with multiple sexual partners. I advise checking vaginal pH, taking probiotics (such as acidophilus and lactobacillus) and treating any other obvious pathogens, such as yeast.

Do you frequently have other viruses, such as sore throats, frequent colds or flus? If so, supporting your immune system with astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), echinacea (Echinacea spp.), American ginseng or garlic also may be helpful. Is the HPV associated with any vaginal discharge, frequent itching, bladder problems or history of abnormal Pap smears? If so, a problem with the health of the genitourinary membranes may be involved, and using sitz baths with calendula (Calendula officinalis), witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) and oak bark (Quercus spp.), plus reducing sugar intake and improving the diet, can help.

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