Sitz bath, carrot can combat cervical cancer, says expert

A natural health practitioner has recommended regular consumption of carrots and sitz bath, which is a warm, shallow bath that cleanses the perineum (the space between the rectum and the vulva or scrotum) for the prevention of cervical cancer.

This, according to the Director of Programme, Green Centre Academy, Darlington Okafor, can help to put the disease at bay.
He said vegetables and fruits are good for preventing cervical cancer, stressing that carrot is one of such vegetables.
“Carrots have strong antioxidant properties and they contain falcarinol, which is a natural compound that is highly effective at slowing down the development of cancer. Scientists found that those with pre-cancerous tumor who eat plenty of carrots as less likely to develop full-scale tumor.
“So, women can cook their carrots or eat them raw. It is best to keep the carrots whole during boiling or steaming and chopping them only afterwards to retain the antioxidant nutrients and falcarinol. Also, maximum benefits can be gotten from drinking two glasses of freshly juiced carrots thrice a week,” Okafor said.
Carrots, he said, are vegetables, which have water soluble vitamins but the vitamins may be lost if the back is peeled before washing. To avoid this, people should wash them without peeling and eat with the back,” he said.
Advising women, he urged them to maintain good hygiene by washing their private part with clean water. They should also work on their hormone, eat proper diet and enjoy sitz bath from time to time, he added.
Sitz bath, Okafor said, can be a part of a woman’s daily personal hygiene, thus providing relief from pain or itching in the genital area where cervical and uterine cancer occur.
“It is important to know that female genitalia are complex and delicate. The major role of the female genitalia is to hold the miracle of life in the section called uterus. For some women, this role may never get fulfilled because of cancer of cervix and uterus,” he said.
He urged women to protect their genitalia since it is more exposed than those of men, stressing: “It is continually exposed to infections”.
Women, he said, should maintain good hygiene in this area by avoiding products, such as soap and dust (When they stand to urinate by road sides) and contraceptive foams into it.
Besides, the female reproductive system, he said, is capable of cleaning itself naturally to maintain its acidic PH level.
“If any foreign substance is introduced into it, the acidic state which serves as protection against bacteria and fungi will be lost and it will become home to various infections.
“A common example is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This type of infection should be avoided like a plaque. This is because the presence of HPV and HIV are most likely to be followed by cervical cancer.”
Describing how cervical cancer occurs, he said, it starts at the cervix or neck of the uterus, that is, the cells lining before it begins to grow uncontrolled and changes from pre-cancer to full cancer. “A study by the University of Washington in the United States found that cervical cancer is common among women who became sexually active before age 21 and have had more than one partner. This is because the vaginal mucosa and the cervix are not matured at such young age.  Smoking and multiple pregnancies are other causes,” he said.
Okafor said the presence of cervical cancer is indicated by abnormal vaginal discharge, persistent pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially during or after intercourse.


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