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Are There Alternative Treatments for Cervical Cancer?

written by: Fatima A. • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 4/16/2011

Many people turn to alternative treatments for cervical cancer when conventional medicine fails to address their problems successfully. Learn what natural treatments are used, including nutrition, herbs and supplements.

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    Introduction

    Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix which is in most cases caused by the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. The cervix connects the vagina to the uterus. The cancer grows in this region very slowly over a period of time and can be determined by tests such as the Pap tests in which a small portion of the tissue of the cervix is scraped and looked at under a microscope.

    Women who smoke regularly or with a weakened immune system are at greater risk of cervical cancer. Studies also show that women who have unsafe sex are also at a greater risk. Some signs of cervical cancer include vaginal bleeding, unusual vaginal discharge, pelvic pain and pain during intercourse. Conventional treatments include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

    There are many alternative treatments for cervical cancer as well and some of them have shown positive results and can also be used alongside chemotherapy and radiation or other conventional treatments.

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    Alternative Treatments: Cervical Cancer

    Controlled Amino Acid Therapy

    Controlled amino acid therapy (CAAT) works by controlling a person's amino acid intake. It defines a specific regime for diet and food intake which replaces certain foods with amino acids. The CAAT formula nourishes the healthy cells of the body and consequently deprives the cancerous cells of food that they can utilize for energy. Each formula is designed specifically for different types of cancers. Fructose and vinegar are also added to the program to stop the process of glycosis. This process is what is needed by cancerous cells to consume glucose for energy. When this is turned off by the use of acidic substances such as vinegar, the cancerous cells are deprived of their energy source and in turn commit suicide. Certain nutritional supplements are also added in the third phase of CAAT such as parsley, vitamin B-6, licorice root extract, vitamin D and green tea extract to name a few.

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    Herbal Remedies

    Certain herbs can be consumed which have very powerful effects of the cancer. Some of the herbs that can be taken are:

    1. Garlic

    Garlic has strong antioxidant properties that make it an excellent herb for the treatment of cancer. Studies have shown that regular consumption of garlic can inhibit the growth of cancerous cells and improve the immune system function overall.

    2. Ginseng

    Ginseng is another ancient Chinese herb used in folk remedies. It is known for its immune boosting capabilities and has anti-cancerous properties that effectively reduce the spread of cancer cells. It can also be used alongside conventional treatments to enhance its effects.

    3. Echinacea

    4. Goldenseal

    5. Shiitake Mushrooms

    There are also many other herbs that can be used to treat cervical cancer including burdock, astragalus and dandelion. It is best to consult with a naturopathic doctor when using herbal remedies.

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    Nutrition & Supplements

    A healthy diet can in fact prevent many types of cancers including cervical cancer. A diet full of organic fruits and vegetables, nuts and whole grains are excellent. All kinds of processed foods should be avoided as they could increase the chances of cervical cancer as well as increase its intensity when consumed during a cancer treatment.

    Certain supplements such as folic acid and other vitamins and minerals are essential to increase the body's immune system.

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    References

    National Cancer Institute, "Cervical Cancer" Cancer.gov.

    American Chronicle, "Herbal Medicines for Cervical Cancer" AmericanChronicle.com.

    A.P.John Institute for Cancer Research, "Cervical Cancer" APJohnCancerInstitute.org.