Parasites! They do enjoy living in our bodies and they are pretty annoying if you have them. The problem is that you may not even know they are there.
In this article I will share with you the 13 signs that you may have Parasites plus the foods and herbs that can help keep them at bay.
If we cleanse our intestine of build-up and glutinous residue we can eliminate the environment that parasites love.
The Ultimate Herbal DETOX includes several potent anti-parasitic herbs such as Wormwood, Clove, Golden seal, Black Walnut. Not only will the Ultimate Herbal DETOX get rid of parasites but it will reduce the negative bacteria and re-balance digestive function which will help prevent future infestation.
We will explain this in more detail soon, but let's start at the beginning.
What are parasites?
A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host organism and is dependent on the host for nourishment, growth or shelter. Parasites come in many forms.
The Ultimate Herbal DETOX includes several potent anti-parasitic herbs such as Wormwood, Clove, Golden seal, Black Walnut.
The main types of human intestinal parasites are helminths, protozoa and fungi. Certain bacteria and viruses can also be parasitic.
- Helminths are worms; multi-celled organisms that can be a few millimeters to several meters in length. Tapeworms, pinworms, hookworms and round worms are common intestinal worms. When adults they cannot multiply in the human body but continue to grow and subtract nutrients and blood from the intestines where they reside.
- Protozoa are single celled organisms. These can multiply within the body and create severe symptoms of infestation.
- Fungi are plant-like organisms some of which are beneficial in our intestines but others cause symptoms of disease when populations grow out of balance with our beneficial intestinal microorganisms. This is a condition called intestinal dysbiosis. A commonly occurring a yeast-like fungus, Candida (also called ‘Thrush’) causes many symptoms of illness.
It is the Helminths we will focus on in this article.
Exposure to Parasites
Helminths can invade the body via food contaminated with feces or undercooked meats.
Intestinal parasites are a widespread problem in underdeveloped countries. The accepted reason is poor sanitation. However perhaps it could be considered that malnourishment creates a body poorly equipped to ward off infections and infestations in the first place.
In developed countries (even in a recession) people are far more able to nourish their bodies adequately for it to have the ability to kill off any invaders. However, amidst the abundance is a lack of good public knowledge on this subject.
Poor personal hygiene and lazy food habits are our most common mistakes in the developed world including, leaving the toilet without proper hand-washing, long fingernails, petting animals and reckless outdoor behaviors. Leaving food scraps out, eating unclean meats or fish, especially home caught.
Signs and symptoms of Intestinal Parasites
Any or several of the following symptoms can be caused by intestinal parasites. Often there may be no obvious symptoms.
- Bowel disturbances with looseness extending to diarrhea which seems to improve and then worsen.
- Other intestinal disturbance including bloating and flatulence.
- Mucus in bowel movements and sometimes blood.
- Pallor and tingling of skin
- Itching anus
- Fatigue and a general sense of malaise, chronic fatigue
- Decreased appetite then insatiable food cravings
- Nausea, vomiting (eg: with giardia)
- Sore mouth and gums
- Excessive nose picking
- Grinding teeth
- Headaches & muscular aches
- Depression and memory disturbances
The Invitation to stay
Another cause of intestinal parasites is a failure of wholesome living. The eggs of intestinal worms will readily multiply and infest the intestines only if the environment is right for their survival. It takes little to realize that the over processed and nutrient impoverished foods, refined sugars that create a web of chemical imbalance and hydrogenated fats are all toxic to our tissues. All of this leads to faulty digestion and a build-up in the intestines. This build up of undigested matter (we call food) forms a plush mansion for parasites.
Providing the body with important nutrients – minerals, fats, whole live vegetables and some fruit creates a human organism that is armed with the ability to grow, function and defend itself against the occasional parasitic organism.
Take two pot plants, feed one in nutrient-rich soil and water it well. Place the other in poor soil, never feed it and water it sporadically. The ill-fed plant is the one that will be more prone to insect attack and fungal infestation.
Likewise, if we feed our bodies with refined sugar, refined grains, processed foods, trans fatty acids (damaged fats), over cooked meats (denatured protein) at the expense of nutrient-dense foods as close to nature as we can get them, at least the large proportion of or daily intake, then we will suffer from not only a failure of tissue and organs leading to degenerative disease but lowered immune system function leaving the door open to disease-causing organisms including intestinal parasites.
Certain foods will add to our anti-parasite arsenal. Such foods even overlap into the list of herbs that kill parasites…such as garlic, turmeric and chillies. Others which we think of as ‘healthy’ such as carrots, pumpkin seeds and papaya have anthelmintic (meaning anti-worm) properties too.
Good personal hygiene including short nails, hair and clean digestive system all help. Consume only fresh unprocessed foods, especially meats and avoid over-consumption of sweets and starches.
Choose to stay positive. This has been shown to reduce parasitic infestation. It is natural for parasites to invade an organism which is already low in energy or even in a sick or negative state, as defenses are down.
Treatment with Herbs
Herbs that help kill worms are called Anthelmintics and are Anti-Parasitic
- Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium): Take in conjunction with other antiparasitic herbs. The results of one study suggest that Artemisia absinthium extracts are a promising alternative to the commercially available anthelmintics for the treatment of Gastro-intestinal roundworms. (5)
- Clove (Syzygium aromaticum): Cloves are ‘death’ to harmful microorganisms and parasites. They kill bacteria, fungi and viruses as well as protozoa and nematodes. Suspension of clove powder was 7.3 times more active than the anthelmintic drug piperazine, whereas the water extract of clove was of similar potency. (6)
- Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): This herb is more preventative that curative. Regular use should discourage parasite infestation. Multiple bacteria and fungi, along with selected protozoa and chlamydia are susceptible to Golden Seal. (7)
- Black Walnut (Juglans nigra): It is used to expel tapeworms and other internal and external parasites. (8)
- Garlic (Allium sativum): A great medicinal food to have in your diet on a regular basis. Normal doses of garlic are not harmful to beneficial intestinal bacteria. Garlic has a wide range of actions, including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiprotozoal and anthelmintic actions. This antiparasitic activity has been attributed to allicin, which is the main constituent of garlic. (3) Take up to 6 raw cloves daily for 6 days and repeat after 6 weeks.
- Turmeric (Curcuma longa): One study showed turmeric extract in vitro significantly proved paralytic and fatal against worms (4)
- Pumpkin seeds (Cucurbita maxima) : Studies have shown the seeds of cucurbita maxima (Pumpkin) to kill worms and their eggs. (1,2)
By cleansing our intestine of build-up and glutinous residue we can also eliminate the hospitable environment that parasites love. The Ultimate Herbal DETOX includes several potent anti-parasitic herbs such as Wormwood, Clove, Golden seal, Black Walnut and can be used over two weeks, then repeated 6 weeks later to achieve an excellent complete parasite treatment. Large amounts of Garlic, Pumpkin seeds, cayenne and turmeric should be included in food for best results.
Not only will the Ultimate Herbal DETOX eliminate parasites but also reduce negative bacteria and rebalance digestive function generally discouraging future infestation.
Some more interesting facts
- Parasitic worms or helminths, are categorized into three groups – nematodes, cestodes and trematodes.
- It is estimated that 40 million Americans are infected with the most common roundworm in the United States, the pinworm.
- In New Zealand, threadworm is the only prevalent species of helminth. Occurrences of roundworm, whipworm and especially hookworm are very rare.
It pays to treat your animals and yourself for worms at least once a year to avoid infestation.
Good hygiene and healthy diet are the other major points to remember.
Brett Elliott ®
(1) [Preclinical studies of cucurbita maxima (pumpkin seeds) a traditional intestinal antiparasitic in rural urban areas]. PubMedhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15614300
(2) Usefulness of pumpkin seeds combined with areca nut extract in community-based treatment of human taeniasis in northwest Sichuan Province, China. PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22910218
(3) Ultrastructural study on the morphological changes to male worms of Schistosoma mansoni after in vitro exposure to allicin. PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21537796
(4) Effects of alcoholic extract of Curcuma longa on Ascaridia infestation affecting chicken. PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26245030
(5) Anthelmintic activity of extracts of Artemisia absinthium against ovine nematodes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19070963
(6) Krishnakumari MK, Majumder SK. J Sci Indust Res 1960; 19C: 202-204
(7) Mills, Simon; Bone, Kerry (2000). Principles and practice of phytotherapy: modern herbal medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0-443-06016-8
(8) Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany. Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader. http://www.amazon.com/Native-American-Ethnobotany-Daniel-Moerman/dp/0881...