According to the CDC, human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV has been linked to 99% of cervical cancer, 95% of anal cancer, 65% of vaginal cancer, 60% of oropharyngeal cancer, 50% of vulvar cancer, and 25% of penile cancer. There is currently no medicine or supplement that can successfully cure HPV, though that might be changing. Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School conducted a pilot clinical trial that showed that AHCC, a readily available medicinal mushroom extract proven to boost immunity, also has the power to wipe out HPV!
Ten HPV-positive women took an oral extract of AHCC (active hexose correlated compound) once a day for up to six months. Five women tested negative for HPV, three continued HPV-free after they stopped taking AHCC, and two women continued on with the study.
Director of UT Health’s Women’s Health Integrative Medicine Research Team, Judith A. Smith, Pharm.D., said, “The results are very encouraging. We were able to determine that at least three months of treatment is necessary but some need to extend that to six months. Since AHCC is a nutritional supplement with no side effects and other immune modulating benefits, we will be planning on using six months of treatment in our phase II clinical study to have consistent study treatment plan. This confirms our earlier preclinical research.”
The researchers next step is to conduct a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase II clinical trial.
A Mushroom Miracle
AHCC is a Japanese proprietary mushroom extract made up of several species of Basidiomycete mushrooms, such as shitake—a proven anti-cancer agent. It’s Japan’s primary alternative cancer treatment. Its immune-enhancing potency has been validated by 20 human clinical trials. AHCC boosts the number and activity of Natural Killer (NK) cells, dendritic cells, and cytokines, which help the body ward off infections and suppress tumor proliferation and growth.