Dr. Marchese compares the treatments traditional and naturopathic physicians will take when a woman's cervical biopsy returns abnormal.
If the biopsy comes back abnormal and they are seeing a conventional medicine medical doctor they will be offered treatments for the cervical changes that result in either freezing the face of the cervix called cryotherapy, or something called a leap procedure which burns off the face of the cervix and those two treatments are meant to remove the abnormal cells from the face of the cervix.
Now if the patient is seeing a naturopathic physician the treatment approach is actually very different, and as a naturopathic physician I feel that the treatment is more effective and there’s less side effects.
For example, if the patient is seeing a naturopathic physician and a human papillomavirus is detected, the naturopathic physician will offer antiviral herbs to help kill off the virus in the entire body and help support the immune system because our bodies are very hardy and strong and we have the ability to kill off viruses with a little bit of assistance from herbal remedies.
Depending on the grade of abnormality shown on the Pap smear or shown from the pathology report, the naturopathic physician will also offer antiviral herbal suppositories and those are inserted vaginally and pushed right up against the cervix and that will kill off the virus locally on the face of the cervix and help heal up those abnormal cells.
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.