Diagnosed with Cervical Dysplasia?
You’re in the right place.
When a woman receives a diagnosis of an abnormal pap smear or cervical dysplasia, often her first reaction is fear. Although it’s a very common occurrence, if you have been told that you have abnormal cells on your cervix, it is natural to want to know as much as you can about your condition, and the options you have for treating it.
After years of treating women with all stages of Cervical Dysplasia (CIN 1, 2 and 3), I know that my whole-body approach to health can make a huge difference in your outcome. By emphasizing your own inherent ability to heal with gentle, nature-based intervention in addition to precisely treating the abnormal cervical cells, gentle Escharotic Therapy restores the health of the cervix. That’s a critical difference between my approach, and conventional gynecologists.
What is a “whole-body” approach?
I want you to know that there’s an underlying reason for everything that happens in the body. Your cervix is an indicator of your health, just like your bloodwork, your heart rate, your skin and your energy levels. By focusing on YOU and not just your cervix, I can evaluate not only the Cervical Dysplasia condition that brought you to my office but investigate the root cause behind this condition. My time-tested protocol for healing your cervix is also a focus on your health in general.
Women who have come to me for help have found that either suppositories or natural Escharotic Therapy combined with nutritional guidance, antiviral supplements, and investigating the unique factors that may be preventing their immune system from clearing HPV have resulted in not only a healed cervix but improved their overall health.
Ready for a new approach to your health? I’m here to help. Let’s keep reading.
What is Cervical Dysplasia?
Cervical Dysplasia is the term given to the presence of abnormal cells on the cervix. These abnormal cells are most often caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. In the majority of cases, the body will heal an HPV infection on its own. Sometimes, however, the body may not be able to heal, and the cervical dysplasia worsens. In rare cases, it can progress to cervical cancer. That’s why so many women experience fear along with this diagnosis.
In traditional medicine, women with an early diagnosis and a CIN-1 result will be advised to “watch and wait.” That’s certainly an option, but there’s more that you can do to assist your body in that healing process.
I have Cervical Dysplasia! What do I do now?
Step One is to call me to schedule a free 15-minute phone consult. On that call, I’ll discuss your diagnosis with you, any treatment you may have already undergone, and determine the level of severity of your Dysplasia. I will describe the gentle, holistic treatments I offer, determine if you’re a candidate for Escharotic Therapy, and answer your initial questions. In that call, I will calm your fears by describing our shared journey to renewed health.
My medical doctor described an electrosurgical excision.
How is that different from your treatment?
Conventional treatment for cervical dysplasia involves either watchful waiting, or a LEEP Procedure. LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. Your gynecologist would use a thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop to cut our abnormal tissue and cauterize it. It removes a significant amount of tissue, and in addition to prolonged bleeding and risk of infection, may leave scar tissue. A scarred cervix may not open and close properly, which can interfere with conception and normal childbirth.
In addition, LEEP does nothing to deal with the underlying cause of the cervical dysplasia, which is the HPV infection. Supporting your body’s natural intelligence and strengthening your immune system is a critical component of naturopathic medicine. We are the first “functional medicine” doctors, not merely treating symptoms, but looking for the root cause of any illness.
Is this an “either/or” decision?
Either LEEP or Escharotic Therapy?
There are many factors that affect a woman’s decision about which treatment to pursue. Even for those who select LEEP Therapy, I can still offer immune system support, post-surgical support, and antiviral treatment to promote further healing of the cervix. If you choose Escharotic Therapy, you can always select a higher level of intervention if necessary, at a later time.
I like the idea of a holistic, natural approach with fewer side effects.
What do I do after our phone conversation?
Step Two is to schedule a visit to the office. Before you arrive, I ask you to fill out a comprehensive Health Intake Form. Because it’s a virus that created the abnormal cells, optimally supporting your body’s immune system is critical to fighting it off. I’ll review copies of your PAP assessment and Colposcopy report, if you’ve had that done, plus any recent lab work. (If you don’t have access to copies of your medical reports, I can request them.)
Your lab results are critical to determining your health status and addressing any deficiencies that may be helped with vitamins or other natural supplements. I want to give you every opportunity to heal!
I’ve filled out the forms and forwarded my test results. What happens at my first visit?
Your first visit will be 90 minutes (and up to 2 hours if escharotic treatment is being performed), which may be longer than you’ve ever spent with a conventional medical doctor! The first half of the visit is going through your health history, filling in any gaps, and clarifying any questions from your intake form. I may order additional lab work if there are missing tests that may help me more clearly assess your overall health. My unique approach includes an emphasis on nutrition and lifestyle, and an examination of your body’s micronutrient levels, such as fatty acids, enzymes, and antioxidants.
The second half of the appointment, if you decide to proceed with Escharotic Therapy, is to put together a personalized plan and schedule for your treatment. If we’ve already determined that you’re a good candidate for the therapy, we can begin treatment that day.
Can you explain more about Escharotic Therapy?
Specialized in-office treatments called cervical “escharotics” refer to the exfoliating effect of an application of medicine to abnormal tissue. Escharotic treatments begin with the application of a natural enzyme, bromelain, to the surface of the cervix. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that breaks down the walls of abnormal cells. This is left in place for 15 minutes, and it essentially dissolves the cell wall of cells on the cervix that are infected with the HPV virus.
The bromelain is then washed away with an herbal solution that stimulates the regrowth of normal tissue and is very soothing. This is followed by an application of Sanguinaria Canadensis tincture, from a plant known as bloodroot, which is mixed with a solution of zinc chloride, and left on the cervix for approximately one minute. The cervix is washed again with soothing Calendula, then herbal vaginal suppositories with antiviral properties are inserted and left in overnight.
The exact formula is customized for each individual; for instance, sometimes other ingredients, such as turmeric, may be added.
How many treatments will I need?
That’s Step Three. You will have your own treatment schedule, based on your lifestyle and availability. However, I generally recommend 12 treatments, spaced either twice weekly for six weeks, or once a week for 12 weeks.
There’s a great deal of flexibility in customizing your treatment to fit your schedule. Women come to Shalva Clinic for Escharotic Therapy from all over the world, and throughout the United States. Recent patients have arrived from Poland, Japan, and the Netherlands. For those patients traveling a great distance, we offer back-to-back treatments on a Friday/Saturday, with a longer break in between. For patients unable to come into the office, at-home treatments may be an option. Reach out to our office for additional information.
Are there any side effects I should be aware of?
Any side effects are minimal, which we can discuss at the first treatment. There may be some cramping, which can be minimized with a heating pad. Some women may feel a temporary burning or tingling. Rarely, there is some bleeding if the cervix is particularly inflamed.
The advantage of the natural escharotic method is that it is far more sophisticated than the LEEP procedure. Escharotic treatment does not damage normal tissue, and stimulates the regrowth of new, healthy cells, which the LEEP procedure does not.
In addition, I prescribe a supplement/diet/lifestyle approach to support your healing, critical to a complete recovery. Because of the multiple health benefits, most women prefer this gentle, more natural method of treatment.
What happens after I’ve completed my 12 treatments?
The body takes time to heal, and we let a few weeks pass for the cervix to recover. After that, I repeat the PAP smear—or you can return to your gynecologist for a repeat PAP. Many women find that the HPV has gone, and their cervix has returned to normal tissue. If not, a follow up colposcopy and/or biopsy may be recommended.
You may continue to work with me for optimal health and well-being or return to your regular practitioners. My goal is for you to live a long, strong, and happy life!
Why Dr El and Shalva Clinic?
I know there are limited options for Escharotic Therapy, however, I continue to work to change that. Much of my professional life has been devoted to women’s health and, specifically, Cervical Dysplasia. Over the 15 plus years since I began this unique, gentle therapy, I’ve taught naturopathic students at the University of Bridgeport, hosted interns and residents in the clinic and have been an advocate for proactive women’s health in the community where I live and work.
Doctors from around the world have consulted me for training, and I am frequently sought out by my holistic colleagues in other locations. Today, fifty percent of my practice is devoted to helping women with this condition. The depth of my experience means that there are very few issues that I have not seen and treated. You can trust that I have the knowledge and background to help you achieve not only a healthy cervix, but a more vibrant life.
Before you schedule a LEEP treatment, or even after you have undergone LEEP, I urge you to do the best thing possible for your own healing. Learn more about my training and experience here.
Healing Cervical Dysplasia with Escharotic Therapy
My book Healing Cervical Dysplasia with Escharotic Therapy will be released in early 2023. If you’re interested in knowing more and seeing actual results from my patients, sign up here. I’ll send you an email when it’s released!
“For the first time in 10 years, I had a normal pap and no HPV showed up. You have no idea how grateful I am for what you’re doing. It was tough going there every week from South Carolina, but I thank God I was able to do that and just over the moon for my results!”
K.G. South Carolina