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Integr Med Insights. 2013;8:9-17. doi: 10.4137/IMI.S11088. Epub 2013 Jan 31.

Naturopathic management of females with cervical atypia: a delphi process to explore current practice.

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National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, MD.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Human papillomavirus is the most significant factor contributing to cervical cancer. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) implement an integrative approach to treat cervical atypia. This study explored practice consensus and variance among NDs.

METHODS:

A purposefully selected panel of six NDs participated in a modified Delphi study to validate practice. Three electronic web-based surveys were completed over nine months.

RESULTS:

Local and systemic treatments were included in all ND protocols. Six protocols included cervical cancer screening guidelines, green tea suppositories, and oral folic acid. Five protocols included oral green tea, diindoylemethane (DIM), and cartenoids. Four protocols incorporated Vitamin C. Two NDs considered escharotics when managing cervical atypia. All NDs included health behavior management in their protocols.

CONCLUSION:

Naturopathic management of cervical atypia varies across practitioners. However, in general, elements of management include (1) cervical cancer screening guidelines, (2) local and systemic treatments, (3) health behavior/lifestyle recommendations, and (4) immune system support.

KEYWORDS:

cervical atypia; naturopathic medicine

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