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Cervical Dysplasia - Abnormal Cervical Smear Testposted on 18 November 2007 | posted in Health Tips
Cervical dysplasia means the appearance of abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix. It is generally regarded as pre -cancerous. It is not a cancerous state, but if untreated could lead to a problem.
Causes of abnormal cells include the herpes simplex type II infection, smoking, oral contraceptive use, multiple sexual partners or sexual intercourse from an early age, and many nutritional factors - i.e. insufficient nutrition in the diet.
The following suggestions for treatment of cervical dysplasia with natural remedies should be accompanied by regular checkups and proper medical treatment prescribed by your doctor.
There are numerous nutritional factors implicated in the development of cervical dysplasia. Supplementing the diet with these may be extremely helpful in correcting this pre cancerous condition and prevent recurrence of the problem once treated.
67% of patients with cervical cancer have nutritional deficiencies. Many others have been shown to have marginal but 'normal' nutritional levels. This shows the high implication of diet.
The main nutrients that have been studied as to their effects on cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer are Vitamin A and beta carotene. Beta Carotene is seen as being particularly important because of its antioxidant properties. Research has also shown that the lower level of beta carotene in the blood, the greater the stage of cervical dysplasia. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that also strengthens the cells of the tissue, enhances immune function and inhibits carcinogen formation.
Folic acid deficiency in red blood cells is the most common deficiency in cervical dysplasia and its deficiency is increased by the birth control pill and pregnancy. It is possible that many abnormal Pap smears reflect a folate deficiency rather than a true cervical dysplasia. This is particularly the case in individuals who are also taking 'the pill'.
Vitamin B6 is deficient in a third of patients with cervical cancer. B6 is important to help the liver break down oestrogens in the body and helps to increase immune response.
Selenium levels are also found to be significantly low in patients with cervical dysplasia. Selenium helps the body to excrete toxic metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury and toxic levels of these metals may have a role in cervical disease, although this has not been proven.
Take at least one B Complex so that you're taking at least 50mg of the main B vitamins to provide B6 and Folic Acid, at least 1 gram of vitamin C, a beta carotene formula, a mineral formula on an ongoing basis and consider taking a herbal combination made specifically to support the healing of the cervix and containing antiviral and anti bacterial herbs such as the excellent Chinese herbal formula Dandelion and Purslane for at least 3 months.