Intestinal parasites are typically caused by protozoa (single-celled organisms that can multiply within your body) or helminths (worms and larvae that can’t multiply in the human body). The most common types of protozoa in the U.S. include Giardia and Cryptosporidium and the most common helminths are pinworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and roundworms.In many cases, intestinal parasites are transmitted through contact with infected feces (usually by way of contaminated food, soil, or water). Risk factors for intestinal parasites include living in or visiting an area known to have parasites, poor sanitation, poor hygiene, exposure to child and institutional care centers, and having a weakened immune system.
Symptoms of intestinal parasites include:
Fatigue or weakness
Passing a worm in your stool
Stomach pain or tenderness
If you think you might have intestinal parasites, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your doctor may order testing (including stool testing), prescribe treatment, and recommend preventative measures. After treatment, your doctor will likely order fecal testing to be sure that the parasites are gone.
A nutrient-rich diet is also important for strengthening your immune system as the parasites are flushed out of your body. Natural practitioners claim that this, combined with a healthy dose of probiotics, will help protect your body against another infestation.
Garlic, honey, pumpkin seeds, and papaya seeds are all touted as antiparasitic foods to include in your diet. Some natural practitioners go a step further and recommend a grain-free, sugar-free diet. Others recommend limiting fruit intake in order to further reduce dietary sugars.
A compound available in a variety of herbs such as the European barberry (Berberis vulgaris), berberine has been found to fight off intestinal parasites in several preliminary studies. In a report published in the Iranian Journal of Parasitology in 2014, for example, berberine extracted from barberry demonstrated activity that may help protect against tapeworm infection. Along with barberry, berberine is found in herbs like goldenseal and coptis.
For a pilot study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2007, 60 children with intestinal parasites received immediate doses of either an elixir containing a mixture of papaya seeds and honey or honey alone. After seven days, a significantly greater number of those given the papaya-seed-based elixir had their stools cleared of parasites.
A natural remedy that shows promise is pumpkin seeds, which have been found to be high in amino acids, fatty acids, and the compounds berberine, cucurbitine, and palatine. Research on the use of pumpkin seeds for intestinal parasites includes a preliminary study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences in 2016, in which pumpkin seed extracts were found to have some anti-parasitic activity.
Wormwood may help treat intestinal parasites by killing off a type of helminth known as Heterobranchus longifilis, according to a preliminary study published in Parasitology Research in 2010. The herb contains compounds called sesquiterpene lactones, which are thought to weaken parasite membranes.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is quite popular for its antimicrobial properties. One of its lesser-known ability is its potential to fight parasites. Applying the oil can help remove the parasites attached to your intestinal walls and expel them
12 drops of tea tree oil
30 mL of coconut oil
Mix 12 drops of tea tree oil with 30 mL of coconut oil.
Massage the blend gently into your stomach for a few minutes.
You may also apply this mixture directly to your anus to get rid of threadworms.
Leave it on overnight.
You must do this once daily.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is not just nourishing but also helps in bringing the pH of your stomach back to normal after being infected by parasites. It can also help in killing the parasites and restoring your health
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinega
1 glass of warm water
Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water.
Add some honey to it and consume.
You must drink this solution 1 to 2 times daily for best results.
The presence of compounds like allicin and ajoene in garlic impart anthelmintic properties to it. Thus, eating raw garlic daily can help in killing stomach worms quite easily
2-3 cloves of peeled garlic
Chew on two to three cloves of peeled garlic and consume daily on an empty stomach. Do this every morning.
The presence of curcumin in turmeric imparts many benefits to it, including the ability to get rid of intestinal parasites. Curcumin exhibits anthelmintic and antimicrobial properties that cleanse your intestine of parasites as well as other toxins
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 glass of hot milk
Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of hot milk.
Stir well and consume.
You must do this 1 to 2 times daily for a few days.
Practitioners of natural medicine sometimes recommend certain dietary strategies in the treatment of intestinal parasites. These strategies include:
Temporarily avoiding coffee, refined sugar, alcohol, and refined grains
Including more garlic in your meals
Increasing your consumption of carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and other foods high in beta-carotene (a precursor for vitamin A, which may increase resistance to penetration by helminths)
Rebuilding beneficial bacteria in your gut by loading up on probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt
Eating foods rich in vitamin C and B vitamins
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