There's a new cure for HPV: What you should know
Could Japanese mushrooms cure human papilloma virus (HPV)?
According to new research, HPV can be destroyed using active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). AHCC is a nutritional supplement that is derived from a Japanese mushroom extract.
Dr. Judith A. Smith, Pharm.D., associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, presented the research this week at a conference.
In America, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus. It affects more than 70 percent of adults who are sexually active. There is no cure for HPV — only treatments to treat the conditions it produces. One condition that is caused by it is cervical cancer.
"HPV is associated with 99 percent of cervical cancers as well as many other life threatening cancers," Smith said. "Patients who learn that they have HPV, and their doctors, are understandably frustrated because all we can do is monitor them for the abnormal changes associated with cancer. What we need is a safe, effective treatment for HPV before the cancer occurs."
For the small study, 10 women who tested positive for HPV took the extract once a day for up to six months. Five came back testing negative for HPV. In three others, HPV was gone after stopping AHCC treatment. Two are still taking part in the study.
"With this study, for the first time, we've shown it's possible to eradicate HPV in women using AHCC for only three months or up to six months," Smith said.
AHCC works in the body's immune system to fight the diseases. In other studies, it's been shown that it boosts the number of Natural Killer (NK) cells, dendritic cells and cytokines — things that help the body fight infection and block tumors.
More good news — it could work the same on men, too, Smith told FoxNews.com.
While she hasn't conducted a trial on men, she had a few that took the same AHCC dosing as female participants in her study were taking. Many said their genital warts disappeared and did not come back.