This article is reviewed, corrected, and approved by: Dr. Benjamin McLean M.D. | FCPS | FRCP | MPH
Have you heard of escharotic treatment? It's kind of a controversial alternative medical procedure. Basically, they put some harsh substances on your skin or mucous membranes to try and get rid of abnormal growths like tumors, warts, or lesions.
I will delve into the escharotic treatment and its potential as a non-surgical alternative for managing cervical dysplasia and HPV infections.
What Is Escharotic Treatment?
In the past, escharotics were used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Escharotic treatment destroys abnormal cells topically, without surgery. It's used for pre-cancerous cervical dysplasia.
The treatment causes the abnormal cells to die. Escharotic treatments have been used for several conditions, including:
- Cervical Dysplasia
- Skin Lesions, Warts, and Moles
- Genital Warts
- Anal Dysplasia
Understanding Escharotic Treatment
In recent years, naturopathic doctors have been using cervical escharotic treatments to address cervical dysplasia and HPV infections like cervical cancer with great success. Various studies have shown positive outcomes, especially when combined with dietary suggestions and a suppository routine. Additionally, new scientific adaptations have emerged that incorporate acupuncture during escharotic treatments to promote relaxation and improve treatment results.
The Mechanism of Escharotic Treatment
Escharotic treatments involves the application of a solution containing zinc chloride and Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) to the cervix and vaginal tissues. The solution's potent properties lead to the targeted destruction of abnormal cells, forming an "eschar" or scab. This innovative approach presents a unique way to tackle dysplastic or HPV-infected cells.
They work by causing the abnormal cells to die and form a scab or crust. The scab or crust eventually falls off, taking the growth with it. Some of the most commonly used escharotic agents include:
- Silver nitrate
- Trichloroacetic acid
- Bichloroacetic acid
Benefits of Escharotic Treatment
Escharotic treatment stands out due to its multifaceted benefits:
Effectiveness with Holistic Support
Combining escharotic treatment with dietary changes, supplements, and suppositories enhances treatment success. By not only eliminating infected tissues but also strengthening the immune system, the treatment aims to keep HPV dormant.
Preservation of Fertility
Escharotic treatments can be a beneficial choice for women who are worried about their fertility. Unlike invasive procedures, which may result in scarring of the cervix and increased chances of bleeding and miscarriages in the future, escharotic treatment aims to reduce these complications.
Easy to use Treatment Plans
Escharotic treatment, when administered by skilled practitioners, can be personalized based on individual needs. This adaptability enhances the treatment's potential effectiveness.
How Can Escharotic Treatment Help To Treat Cervical Dysplasia?
Many women worldwide suffer from cervical dysplasia, a pre-cancerous condition of the cervix, and human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Over the years, traditional medical interventions like loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) and cryotherapy have been used to manage these conditions.
Recently, there have been some new and different ways to treat certain conditions, such as escharotic treatment. This type of treatment has gotten some attention because it might work well and have some advantages over other treatments.
Alternative Treatment for Cervical Dysplasia
Escharotic treatment emerges as an alternative to traditional medical interventions for cervical dysplasia, such as LEEP and cryotherapy. A study showed the successful application of escharotic treatment in a woman diagnosed with severe dysplasia (CIN3).
This treatment approach, accompanied by oral and vaginal-suppository protocols, offers an option particularly relevant for women concerned about potential obstetrical complications associated with LEEP.
Applying Escharotic Treatment
Escharotic treatments involve a multi-step process that combines herbal preparations and topical applications. The treatment focuses on gently removing abnormal cervical cells and HPV-infected cells. Typically, this treatment is administered over several weeks, with varying frequencies based on the severity of cervical dysplasia.
Risk Factors Associated With Escharotic Treatment
- Tissue Damage: Caustic nature can lead to scarring and disfigurement.
- Infection: Increased risk due to disrupted tissue barriers.
- Delayed Diagnosis: Tissue changes can hinder accurate condition diagnosis.
- Pain, Bleeding: High discomfort may cause bleeding.
- Allergic Reactions: Possible adverse reactions to treatment substances.
- Systemic Absorption: Agents entering the bloodstream can cause toxicity.
The Bottom Line
The escharotic treatment is a new way to deal with cervical dysplasia and HPV infections. It's different from regular surgery. Many doctors and patients are curious about this treatment option, but it is important to keep in mind that only trained medical professionals should administer it to ensure your safety and effectiveness of the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much does escharotic treatment cost in the US?
A: An article published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology in 2022 estimates that cervical dysplasia escharotic treatment costs about $1,000 in the US. Depending on the type of treatment, the costs can vary from $500 to $2,000
Is escharotic treatment of cancer really effective?
A: Escharotic treatments are not typically used to treat cancer. It is a topical treatment that can be used to destroy abnormal cells, such as those found in cervical dysplasia.
How can I find escharotic treatment near me?
A: Search online or check medical directories for escharotic treatment near you. Consider alternative medicine clinics and ask for recommendations from a physician.