Q: Can I Manage HPV Naturally?Sex | Dr. Carrie Jones | April 15, 2010 at 9:50 am
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Q: Last year I was diagnosed with HPV. It has been suggested that I take standard anti-viral medication. I haven’t ingested a pharmaceutical drug in over 15 years and don’t want to now because my system is very sensitive to anti-virals. I only experience one or two break-outs per year. My immune system is strong overall and I don’t suffer from any serious (or even minor) illnesses other than this concern. Can you please suggest a non-pharmaceutical approach to addressing this issue? -Seetha B. Austin, Texas
A: HPV is a virus that has hundreds of strains and while some show up as warts in the genital area, other strains cause abnormal cells on your cervix. There are a lot of natural anti-viral treatments you can do to help support your immune system! Vitamins such as Vitamin C and Vitamin D are anti-viral. Herbs such as goldenseal, echinacea, andrographis, elderberry, olive leaf, and lemon balm are very supportive as well. You can also include anti-viral foods into your diet like ginger, garlic, onions and mushrooms.
Dr. Carrie Jones has practices in Tigard and Sherwood, Oregon where she focuses in all aspects of women's health. She is an adjunct professor at the National College of Natural Medicine, and writes and speaks regularly on the subject of women's medicine.