There are two types of intestinal worms that can infect human beings: protozoa and helminthes. Protozoa are single-celled organisms that can take up residence and multiply inside the body. Helminthes are worms like tapeworms and roundworms that cannot multiply inside the body.
Symptoms may include diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, weakness, gas, bloating, nausea or vomiting and passing a worm in your stool. Some people may also experience constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, aches in the joints and muscles, anemia, allergies, sleep disturbances, teeth grinding and nervousness.
Microscopic parasites can be picked up through poor hygiene, contact with the soil, eating raw fruits and vegetables that have not been washed properly, from our pets and from contaminated foods. The foods we eat can make an ideal environment for these parasites to thrive. Eating sugary or stale foods or foods that are difficult to digest may make it easier for parasites to take hold and thrive.
If you suspect intestinal parasites, see your care provider to get tested. Severe infestations can cause major health problems.
- Garlic this herb is a natural anthelmintic. It is especially useful against roundworms, giardia, trypanosome, plasmodium and leishmania. You can eat whole cloves of garlic or take supplements in capsule or tablet form.
- Wormwood this herb has been used for centuries to battle internal parasites. It is useful against roundworms, plasmodium, schistosoma and giardia. Wormwood can be taken as a tea, a liquid extract or as a capsule. Do not take the pure oil as it is considered to be toxic.
- Wormseed this herb is popular in the tropics to fight infestations of roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. Do not use concentrated wormseed oil as it is too potent. Wormseed tea is preferable.
- Pumpkin the seeds of this herb have been used traditionally to treat for roundworms and tapeworms. Seeds can be eaten whole or mashed and mixed with juice. Two or three hours after eating up to 25 ounces of seeds, a laxative is recommended to purge the intestines.
- Angelica this herb contains compounds that are effective against internal parasites and worms. It may also relieve some of the side effects of parasite infestation like muscle aches and pains. Pregnant women and diabetics should not use this herb.
- Oregon grape this herb is a source of berberine. This compound is highly effective against fungi, protozoa as well as bacteria and viruses. This herb is best used with the assistance of an herbalist.
- Black walnut the hulls of this nut have been used traditionally to fight intestinal worms, especially tapeworms. It can be taken as an extract. This herb is not recommended for infants or children.
- Butternut this herb relieves constipation and expels intestinal worms. It is especially useful for threadworms and pinworms. This herb should not be taken for a long period of time.
- Calendula take a tea made from this herb to expel worms. It can also heal any tissue damage the worms have caused in the bowels.
- Cascara this herb can be used after eating pumpkin seeds to help eliminate parasites from the body. This herb is milder than senna, but has a similar action.
- Cat's claw this herb helps cleanse the intestines and can be paired with most other herbs used to treat parasitic infestations. Do not use this herb if the infestation is giardia, as they actually thrive in the environment created by cat's claw. Pregnant women should not use this herb.
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