AHCC Cures HPV Infections

Could a Japanese mushroom extract cure HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer?

It is a potential breakthrough in the treatment of the currently incurable human papillomavirus (HPV), which comes directly from nature.

At a recent integrative Society of Oncology conference, Judith A. Smith, pharmacist and associate professor of Health Sciences at the University of Texas at Houston Medical School, presented the results of a small study showing that the additional active hexose-related compound (AHCC) can abolish the HPV virus.

The nutritional supplement is made from Japanese mushrooms.

Smith noted that HPV is linked to 99 percent of cervical cancer cases and many other potentially fatal cancer cases. As it stands, there are no medications or supplements that can effectively treat HPV.

“Patients and their doctors who learn they have HPV are understandably disappointed because all we can do is monitor them for abnormal changes associated with cancer. “What we need is a safe and effective treatment for HPV before cancer occurs,” he said.

In the study, 10 women who tested positive for HPV were given AHCC once daily for up to six months. After retesting, five people tested negative for the virus. In three of these women, HPV removed the danger after stopping AHCC treatment. The other two patients who tested negative still showed no effect and are aiming to complete a six-month course of AHCC treatment.

“With this study, we have shown for the first time that it is possible to eliminate HPV in women using AHCC for only three months or up to six months,” Smith said.

An official phase II randomized, placebo-controlled trial is ongoing at the Houston School of Medicine.

Is AHCC Safe?

Do these results mean that doctors may one day recommend AHCC as a treatment for HPV?

“If a larger study confirms our results, yes,” Smith said. “A clinician may recommend using AHCC as a dietary supplement to treat HPV infections,” he said.

Director of Reproductive Endocrinology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey, Dr. Serena Chen warns that the extract is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Finding AHCC in the form, purity, and dose used in Smith’s study can be difficult, she said.

Chen showed evidence that supplements can be tainted with other agents, so the company said people should be cautious about consuming them unless they meet certain manufacturing standards.

“It’s hopeful that this may eventually provide a cure for HPV, but it’s too early for real clinical use right now,” Chen said.

Studies have already confirmed how AHCC works in the immune system. It increases the amount of natural killer cells, dendritic cells, and cytokines, which are all types of cells that help the body fight infections and suppress tumor growth.

Low Rates of Cervical Cancer Controls, HPV Vaccines

In the United States, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease. About 70 percent of sexually active adults will be infected with the virus in their lifetime, Smith noted.

Gardasil and Cervarix are currently commercially available vaccines to prevent HPV infections. However, a recent University of Pennsylvania study found that only 14 percent of 360 participants received the vaccine. All were classified as ideal vaccine candidates.

Two recent reports from the Center for Disease Control show that in the past five years, nearly 8 million women between the ages of 21 and 65 have not received a Pap test to check for cervical cancer. Only 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys received the full recommended course of HPV vaccine. The agency recommends that all children ages 11 to 12 receive the vaccine.

Healthline. In First Human Trial, Mushroom Extract Cures HPV Infections. 2014

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