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|Cervical dysplasia is the term used to describe abnormal cell growth on the cervix, the lower part and neck of the uterus that
is the entrance to the uterus. Risk factors for cervical dysplasia include sexual activity at an early age (before age 18),
multiple sexual partners, smoking, birth-control pills, and exposure to herpes simplex type II (genital herpes) and human
papilloma viruses (venereal warts). In addition, a variety of nutritional deficiencies are clearly associated with an increased
incidence of cervical dysplasia.
A diagnosis of cervical dysplasia is frightening for most women because of the association between cervical dysplasia and
cervical cancer. The vast majority of women with cervical dysplasia do not develop cancer. However, cervical dysplasia should
not be ignored, because if it is not treated it can progress and lead to cancer. The presence of cervical dysplasia is discovered
through a Pap smear, a routine gynecological procedure that takes a sampling of
|cells from the surface of the cervix. These cells are examined under a microscope for abnormalities and are graded on a
numerical scale from 1 to 4, with higher numbers indicating greater abnormalities. While the accuracy of Pap smears is
controversial, it is still a helpful screening procedure, and stricter standards are making test results more reliable. If your
test results come back positive for cervical dysplasia, you should request another Pap smear to rule out the possibility of
error. You can also request a colposcopic exam, a painless procedure during which your physician examines your cervix with
a lighted magnifying lens.
If you have stage-3 or -4 dysplasia, you should be treated by a physician. Standard treatments are effective and employ
methods for removing the abnormal tissue, such as freezing, burning, laser, or surgery. In some cases, stage-3 cervical
dysplasia can be treated with natural remedies, but this should be attempted only under the close supervision of your
health-care practitioner. Although cervical dysplasia does not usually progress quickly to a cancerous state, it can.
|Herbs for Cervical Dysplasia
properties. In addition, herbs that improve liver function help to naturally regulate hormones and promote
detoxification, which is essential when working with any condition of abnormal cell growth.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) has been used for centuries in China as an immune-strengthening herb.
It improves immune function in a number of ways, including stimulating the activity of white blood cells that gobble up
abnormal cells. Astragalus has a mild, sweet, pleasant flavor and makes a tasty tea. Simmer 3 tablespoons of dried
shredded astragalus root in three and one-half cups of water for 15 minutes in a covered pot. Remove from heat and
let steep for an additional 15 minutes. Strain, and drink three to four cups daily. You can also take one-half teaspoon
of astragalus liquid extract or two capsules three times daily. Astragalus can be taken indefinitely and is most
effective for strengthening immune function when it is taken for three months or longer.
Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) helps to gently normalize hormone levels. Vitex works best when it is taken for at least
three months, and preferably six months. Vitex has a slightly peppery flavor. Make a tea by pouring one cup of water
over two teaspoons of crushed berries. Cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Strain, and drink three to four cups daily.
You can also take one-half teaspoonful of vitex extract or two capsules three times a day.
Burdock (Arctium lappa) is a gentle detoxifying herb that helps to bring the body into a state of balance. It
improves digestion and liver function, has mild diuretic and laxative properties, and is rich in nutrients. Burdock has a
rich, earthy flavor. To make a tea, simmer two tablespoons of burdock root in three and one half cups of water in a
covered pot for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for an additional 15 minutes. Strain, and drink three to
four cups daily. If you prefer, take one-half teaspoonful of burdock extract or two capsules three times a day.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is one of the best livercleansing herbs. The bitter flavor gently stimulates bile
flow, which naturally improves liver function and helps to purify the blood and bring pormones into balance. Dandelion
root also has mild laxative and diuretic properties, both of which promote tissue cleansing. To make a tea, simmer
two tablespoons of dandelion root in three and one-half cups of water in a covered pot for 15 minutes. Remove from
heat and let steep for an additional 15 minutes. Strain, and drink three to four cups daily. You can also take one-half
teaspoonful of extract or two capsules three times a day.
3 teaspoons astragalus root
3 teaspoons vitex berries
2 teaspoons dandelion root
2 teaspoons burdock root
2 teaspoons ginger root
4 cups water
Place herbs and water in a covered pot and bring to a gentle simmer over low heat. Simmer 15 minutes,
remove from heat, and allow to steep until cool. Strain, sweeten if desired, and drink 3 to 4 cups daily.
1/2 cup cocoa butter
1/8 cup powdered goldenseal
1/8-1/4 cup powdered slippery elm bark
5 drops tea-tree essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
Melt cocoa butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and add goldenseal, stirring well.
Add enough slippery elm bark to make a stiff paste. Add essential oils and mix thoroughly. Roll into small
cylinders approximately the size of your little finger, place on waxed paper, and refrigerate until hardened.
Store in a glass or plastic container in the refrigerator. To use, insert one pessary deep into the vagina
every evening before bed. The pessary will gradually melt at body temperature. Use a menstrual pad to
prevent staining clothing or bedding.
4 tablespoons calendula flowers
1 teaspoon chaparral extract
5 drops lavender essential oil
1 quart water
Pour boiling water over calendula flowers, cover, and steep until lukewarm. Strain, and add chaparral
extract and lavender essential oil. Use daily as a douche.
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