- Dr. Kate Whimster, Toronto Naturopathic Doctor - https://www.wavelengthwellness.com -

Cervical dysplasia case study

Because I have a special interest in women’s health, including naturopathic gynecology, I see a lot of female patients looking for natural treatments for cervical dysplasia (which is most frequently caused by HPV infection).

In many cases conventional treatment can be invasive, ineffective, or can put patients at risk for future complications.  Fortunately, there are wonderful naturopathic treatment options available both instead of or in conjunction with conventional medical treatments.

This case study is a great example of naturopathic treatment for cervical dysplasia as part of my HPV Healing program.

Background:

This patient is a 32 year old female with a current and past history of abnormal Pap tests showing cervical dysplasia.  To understand the classification of cervical cell changes, here is a simple explanation of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (classification of biopsies) and here is an explanation of the Bethesda system (classification of Pap testing).

Timeline:

February 2012:

April 2012:

July 2012:

August 2012:

The patient was distressed due to lack of resolution of the cervical dysplasia and concerned about possible progression to cervical cancer and complications from further treatments.

Treatment:

  1. Nutritional treatment consisting of both diet and supplement recommendations focused on  female hormone balance and supporting the immune system in resolving viral infection.  Specific nutrients included beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, zinc, and green tea extract at therapeutic doses for 3 months and then more moderate doses for 12 months.
  2. Botanical treatment consisting of a custom compounded herbal tincture focused on immune support and specific anti-viral activity for 3 months.
  3. Vaginal suppositories focused on resolving viral infection and healing cervical tissue for 12 weeks.
  4. Biotherapeutic drainage to improve female hormone balance and support healthy elimination and immune function for 3 months.

Results:

The patient followed the prescribed treatment plan to the letter!

The patient opted to keep her November 2012 appointment for laser treatment.  At that time, the colposcopy was normal – the specialist noted that he did not observe lesions but instead likely only scar tissue and therefore opted instead to do a follow-up Pap test.

That Pap showed LSIL/ASCUS, a great improvement after only 3 months of naturopathic treatment!  I expect that as the patient continues following the treatment plan, long-term resolution is likely.

Check out my video on Naturopathic treatment of HPV and cervical dysplasia: