Dr. Marchese shares if a naturopathic physician has the knowledge and resources to treat severe cervical abnormalities.
Yes, naturopathic physicians can treat a severe abnormality, meaning if the Pap smear shows that HSIL, the high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions, or if the pathology report shows something called CIN2 or CIN3, which is called cervical intraepithelial neoplasia – those are precancerous changes. At that point the naturopathic physician will offer the patient a therapy called the escharotic treatment.
An escharotic treatment is where the patient comes in to the doctor’s office and it takes about eight visits, you do it twice a week for four weeks and the naturopath puts bromelain powder up against the face of the cervix. The bromelain powder helps decrease the cellular activity and open up the face of the cervix in the abnormal cells.
Then the bromelain powder is removed and the physician will apply a solution of zinc chloride and an herb called sanguinaria, which essentially erodes the cells on the face of the cervix and then heals up the cells.
This escharotic therapy is extremely effective in reversing the human papilloma high-risk virus and reversing severe cervical cell changes. It’s just as effective as the leap therapy.
No, there are no negative side effects to the naturopathic approach. Sometimes patients might feel a little stinging from the bromelain powder, but that can be countered with just making sure the bromelain powder is wiped off the face of the cervix completely.
About Dr. Marianne Marchese, N.D., L.L.C.:
Dr. Marianne Marchese is a clinician, author, and educator. She graduated from Creighton University in 1990 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and specialized in neurological and orthopedic conditions while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dr. Marchese received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon in 2002. She completed a two-year postgraduate residency in Integrative Medicine and Women's Health and completed a six-month post-graduate training in Environmental Medicine.