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PARASITES AND WORMS THAT INFECT HUMANS

Anisakids, Dog Heartworm, Entamoeba histolytica, Flatworm blood fluke, Gardia, Hook Worms, Lancet flukes, Lymphatic filariasis, Pinworms, Ringworm, Roundworms, Tapeworms, Threadworms, Trichinella, Toxoplasmosis, Wuchereria bancrofti

Worms and other intestinal parasites which infest human beings are found in all countries of the world even in the UK. However, they are more common in tropical and subtropical areas and are widely prevalent during the rainy seasons. Children are more infested with these worms than adults. Most natural health practitioners agree that parasitic infections are grossly underestimated as the cause of disease and suffering in humans. The majority of parasitic infections are caused by either single-celled organisms or a variety of worms from the microscopic to a metre long.pomegrante

Some estimates claim that up to 75% of the world's population has some form of parasitic intestinal worm infection and parasitic infections are certainly one of the primary causes of illness and death in the developing world. The World Bank estimates that roundworm has infected 1.5 billion people, hookworm just over 1 billion and whipworm 1.3 billion people globally.

This is not a new problem and there is evidence of human parasitic infection dating back to antiquity with 7,000 year old hookworm eggs found in remains from Brazil, 4,500 year old roundworm eggs found in Peruvian remains and tapeworm eggs found in Egyptian mummies dating back 4,000 years. Human parasitic infections were documented 5,000 years ago in Egyptian papyrus records and later in Ancient Greece both Hippocrates and Aristotle also extensively documented the problem.

It is perfectly possible for humans to have several parasitic infections and to be largely unaware of the issue as they may only suffer occasional digestive problems or headaches. Wild mammals also tend to be infected with multiple species of parasites and this is known because of pets such as dogs which have to be regularly de-wormed.

Pigs in particular tend to contract parasitic worm infections due to their undiscriminating tastes and snuffling around in the dirt and the avoidance of pork common to Judaism and Islam was probably originally good health advice due to the likelihood of contracting a parasitic infection.

Doctors still tend to think of parasitic infections as being primarily tropical diseases and it is true that parasitic infections are a huge problem in tropical regions. However, with air travel to exotic locations now commonplace for business and/or pleasure, the diagnosis of parasitic infections in often overlooked by doctors in the developed world.

Failing to recognise the true cause, doctors may attribute gastrointestinal symptoms to the woolly 'irritable bowel syndrome' and there may ensue a fruitless attempt to suppress individual symptoms. This may involve medicating the symptoms with antibiotics and/or steroids which at best may not be helpful and at worst extremely counterproductive. Meanwhile the true cause goes unidentified and untreated.

 

See below for 40 natural remedies and a cleansing diet to kill and flush out worms and parasites.

More worrying still is the growing penchant in allopathic medicine for actively infecting people with parasites in order to quell unwanted immune responses such as allergies and autoimmune diseases.

Parasitic worms and their larvae have evolved considerable defences with thick, armoured outer layers, fearsome mouthparts and well-developed muscles which enable them to penetrate and survive inside their host. For its part, the immune system of the body has evolved two specific responses to parasitic worm infections. One involves specialised white blood cells known as eosinophils and the other is the IgE antibody response.

The eosinophils bind to the worms and release toxins from their granules in order to kill them. Released inappropriately these substances are also responsible for allergic responses and can cause asthma and damage the lining of the airways.

IgE antibodies are found attached to mast cells where they act as receptors for any substance that may have been produced by, or is attached to, a multi-cellular parasite. If triggered, the mast cells release their cargo of compounds such as histamine. These compounds are toxic to the parasite and initiate a powerful inflammatory response in the infected tissue, causing swelling, irritation, dilation of blood vessels, the release of protein digesting enzymes and attract white blood cells to the region.

The IgE antibody response is also responsible for allergies. It is thought that, since most allergies are responses to multi-cellular organisms such as cat hair, pollen, fungi and flea saliva that these reactions are really just the body's powerful reaction to a perceived invasion by a parasite.

Causes
The eggs of these parasites are introduced into the human system through the medium of food or water, especially undercooked meat.

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 animals and from contaminated foods.

Eating sugary or stale foods or foods that are difficult to digest may make it easier for parasites to take hold and thrive.

The eggs of these worms, taken into the human body through food and water can breed in the intestines only if they find there a suitable medium for their propagation. This medium is an intestinal tract clogged with morbid matter and systemic refuse due to wrong feeding habits. A colon cleanse and detoxify program to flush out the system may help to avoid contraction of parasites and worms.


Prevention

Always wear shoes outside and remove them before walking inside the home
Avoiding stagnant contaminated water and wear protective gloves and clothing if that is not possible
Boil or purify drinking water
Regularly de-worm domestic animals and pets
Never allow animals onto beds or to lick the face
Pay particular attention to food and personal hygiene
Cook fish and meat well as high temperatures can kill parasites. Pickling or smoking will not kill fluke cysts in fish or shellfish
Wash vegetables and fruit meticulously - soaking vegetables in a bicarbonate of soda and water solution then rinsing can reduce the risk of contamination.


Symptoms
Symptoms for worms vary depending on the species and where they are located in the body and are listed in detail below but here are some symptoms that can be caused by worm infestations:

Headache
Foul breath
Dark circles under the eyes
Teeth grinding, 
Nervousness
Sleep disturbances, restlessness at night with bad dreams
Nausea or vomiting
Sporadic constipation, diarrhoea, gas and bloating
Irritable bowel syndrome
Nausea or vomiting
Stomach pain or tenderness
Aches in the joints and muscles,
Chronic fatigue or weakness
Allergies - environmental and chemical sensitivities
Rashes
Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
Anaemia
Flu-like symptoms
Long standing obesity
Depression
Changes in appetite
Constant desire for food and food cravings
Immune dysfunction
Weight loss
Passing worms, their eggs or segments in the stool.

In extreme cases, parasitic worm infestations can cause total blockage of the intestinal tract causing severe constipation. The opposite is also true with parasitic worm infections speeding 'transit time' and causing diarrhoea and also reducing the body’s opportunity to absorb the nutrients in food leading to malnutrition and weight loss.

Various nutrient deficiencies can also be caused by parasitic worm infections as the parasites absorb vital vitamins and nutrients that would normally be absorbed by the host body.

The actions of the worms can also interfere with normal digestive processes. For example, worms release protease inhibitors as a defence against the body’s protein digesting enzymes and these may impair the breakdown of other proteins intended for use by the body.

In addition, direct damage to the intestinal mucosa can cause impaired nutrient uptake, and the complex chemical imbalances caused by the body’s reaction to the worms can also affect nutrient absorption. For example, roundworm (ascaris) infections have been linked to temporarily induced lactose intolerance and to the malabsorption of vitamin A, protein and fat.

Parasitic worms also release chemicals which suppress the host's immune system in order to continue existing within the host. This, in combination with the long-term immune response triggered by worm infection may drain the body’s ability to fight other diseases, making affected individuals more prone to viral, bacterial and fungal infections. The worms also excrete toxic waste products that continuously poison the host's body taxing detoxification processes.

Worms and their larvae can also perforate organs and tissues as they migrate through the body causing inflammation, acute symptoms and interfering with their functions. Finally, parasitic clumps are often mistaken for cancerous tumours with all that implies.


A-Z OF PARASITIC WORM SPECIES AND NATURAL REMEDIES

Flatworm blood fluke (schistosoma mansoni, S. haematobium, S. japonicum)

Flukes are flatworms from a few millimetres to 2.5 cm in length (1 inch) that tend to live in tissues other than the lumen of the digestive tract. The most common human parasitic flukes are liver, blood and lung flukes. Around 200 million people are infected with blood flukes of which some 20 million are severely ill and many more just show symptoms. The impact of flukes can play havoc with economic development, especially in tropical developing countries. Schistosomiasis is at present the world's second most prevalent infectious disease - second only to malaria. Schistosoma, is responsible for the second most common parasitic infection of humans: bilharzia.

Liver fluke infections have been reported in Europe and the United States, as well as the Middle East, China, Japan and Africa. Lung fluke infections are common in the Far East, South-east Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands.

There are several types of fluke - blood flukes, liver flukes, oriental lung flukes, sheep liver flukes and intestinal flukes, tissue flukes, zoonotic flukes, lancet flukes and a host of others. The differences vary in where and how a person has been infected and where and how they will damage the system internally.

Liver, oriental lung, sheep liver, and intestinal flukes are transmitted via food; blood flukes are transmitted in swimming or bathing water. If living in the UK, Europe, North America or Canada it is likely that any fluke contamination  will have been picked up on holiday in somewhere tropical. Areas such as Africa (especially Egypt), South America, the Caribbean and China are worst affected. They can also be brought right to the table in food imported from abroad.

They have complex life cycles whereby eggs are passed through urine or faeces into fresh water, where the larva must pass though an intermediate snail host before a larval stage emerges that can infect a mammalian host by directly penetrating the skin.

The parasite causes inflammation (swelling) and damage to organs, particularly the liver. The adult worms can persist in their human host for decades, and may not cause any symptoms for years. They leave the host in faeces and spend part of their lifecycle in a snail host.

Flatworms are, as the name suggests, flat. This lack of significant depth to their body allows for direct nutrient absorption and means that they do not require a digestive system and only possess a rudimentary circulatory system.

Contracted by eating raw or undercooked fish, animals or plants from fluke-infected fresh water.

Eggs from an infected host, such as a sheep are deposited in water via the faeces and these then infect snails which in turn produce cysts which are deposited on vegetation growing in fresh water. When a human eats the infected vegetation, the cysts break open and the flukes enter the liver, lungs or in the case of the blood flukes attach to the intestinal blood vessels where they cause inflammation and destroy tissue.

Lancet Flukes (dicrocoelium dendriticum)
Start life as eggs found in the dung of cattle. This dung is fed upon by snails which allow the eggs to enter the snail's intestine. Once inside, the eggs hatch and burrow into the digestive gland of the snail. The flukes reproduce in this gland and are expelled from the snail in slime trails.

Ants happen upon the slime and consume it as a source of moisture thus taking the new flukes into their system. Once inside, the parasite shows an interesting tactic. By controlling nerve centres of the ant they are able to control its behaviour. When the sun sets and temperatures drop the ant is compelled to attach itself to a tall blade of grass by its mandibles. Here it waits to be ingested by some grazing animal. If the ant survives the night the sun prompts it to return to the colony and live its life normally, until the next night. Flukes living within ants are eaten by cattle while grazing. The flukes will enter the digestive system and force their way into the cow's liver, where they will grow to adults capable of producing eggs. These eggs are then expelled in the dung of cattle to begin their life cycle.

To evidence the presence of flukes a blood test will reveal an elevated white blood cell (eosiniphil) count. This is only a general indicator that the host may have other parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, toxocara, pinworms and strongyloides. Even certain drugs will raise the white blood cell count. Many doctors dismiss the elevated eosiniphil count as being caused by allergies, not realizing that the primary allergen is the parasite itself. Urine testing will also evidence blood fluke eggs in the urine sediment. Since the female adult fluke lays her eggs around the anal area, the application of clear tape to the anal area first thing in the morning will recover the eggs of the blood fluke as well as those from beef and pork tapeworm.

Symptoms: fever, aching, cough, diarrhoea, swollen glands, lethargy, urinary problems, liver problems, hepatitis, abdominal pain, liver abscesses, fibrosis, diabetes, diarrhoea, and vomiting and jaundice in the case of the liver flukes.

TREATMENT FOR FLATWORM BLOOD FLUKE

black seed, cloves, gentian root, fennel seeds, green black walnut husks, hyssop leaves, oregano, peppermint leaves, pumpkin seeds, thyme leaves

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Entamoeba histolytica

 

This single-celled organism causes a disease called amoebiasis. It predominantly infects humans and other primates. It can be found in water, damp environments and in soil, and can contaminate fruits and vegetables. It spreads through faecal contamination. Other than the malarial parasite, it causes more deaths than any other protozoan. Entamoeba histolytica has a worldwide distribution, with a higher incidence of amebiasis in developing countries.

 

Risk groups in industrialized countries include homosexual males, travellers and recent immigrants (although disease may develop months to years after exposure) and institutionalized populations.

 

Infection by E. histolytica typically occurs by ingestion of mature cysts in faecal contaminated food, water, or hands. Cysts can survive for days to weeks in the external environment. Transmission can also occur through exposure to faecal matter during sexual contact (in this case not only cysts but also the far less durable trophozoite stage could prove infective).

Symptoms: abdominal pain, weight loss, weakness, diarrhoea, liver abscess

 

TREATMENT FOR AMOEBIASIS

black seed, cloves, gentian root, fennel seeds, green black walnut husks, hyssop leaves, oregano, peppermint leaves, pumpkin seeds, thyme leaves

Click links to find out how to take each herb. For severe infections take more than one together.

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Lymphatic Filariasis

Lymphatic filariasis is a debilitating disease that has plagued Egypt since the time of the pharaohs – an autopsy on the 3000-year old mummified body of Natsef-Amun, a priest during the time of Ramses XI, revealed the presence of filarial worms. Today, the disease is prevalent mainly in the Nile Delta region of the country. Transmitted by mosquitoes, the  become lodged in a person's lymph nodes

It is infection with the filarial worms, Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi or B. timori. These parasitic nematode worms are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and develop into adult worms in the lymphatic nodes and vessels, and over several years, can cause severe damage and extreme swelling (lymphoedema) and enlargement, (elephantiasis) of the limbs, breast and scrotum.

It can be cured, if detected at its early stages when swelling of testis or breasts is noticed and progression into elephantiasis can be prevented. Mosquito nets can prevent bites which pass this infection to humans.

TREATMENT FOR LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS

alisma, betel nut, knotweed, quince, torreya seed

Click links to find out how to take each herb. For severe infections take more than one together.

Bromine helps to provide a potent mechanism by which eosinophils kill multicellular parasites such as filariasis. Natural foods rich in bromine are: chlorella, kelp, seaweed, sea salt and spirulina.

NOTE: over consumption of bromine and iodine, which is high in sea foods, can have adverse affects on the thyroid gland so should be taken in moderation by anyone suffering from hypothyroidism..

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Giardia (giardia lamblia)

May result in pain in the calves and weakness in the legs. Giardia lamblia is a flagellated protozoan parasite. It lives and reproduces in the intestine, causing an infection of the small intestine known as giardiasis. When it takes up residence in a human's gut, it results in inflammation and and other damage, reducing the gut's ability to absorb nutrition and causing diarrhoea. The parasite is highly resistant to water treatment and is known to exist in drinking water.

Symptoms: diarrhoea, nausea, abdominal pain, weight loss, characteristic "rotten-egg" tasting burps

TREATMENT FOR GIARDIA

Wormwood can be taken as a tea. Do not take the pure oil as it is considered to be toxic.

Coconut A tablespoon of the freshly ground coconut should be taken at breakfast followed by a dose of castor oil after three hours. The process may be repeated till the cure is complete.

CAUTION: Castor oil should not be given to children below 5 years of age.

NOTE: Do not use Cats Claw as they thrive in the environment created

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Hookworms (necator americanus)

Hookworm larvae are found in the warm, moist soil of tropical and subtropical regions and also in the south-eastern US. They can be acquired by eating food contaminated with human faeces or can enter the body directly through the skin where they travel through the blood stream to the lungs and throat where they are swallowed to end up in the small intestine.

This parasitic nematode worm begins life outside the body and is transmitted through contaminated water, or fruits and vegetables. The hookworm larvae grow inside the human intestines where they attach to the wall of the intestine and drink the blood of the host, sometimes causing a form of anaemia called anchylostomiasis.

The larvae have teeth-like hooks that attach to the intestinal wall and rob the body of blood. They can live for approximately 15 years in the human body.

Symptoms: The first symptoms are itchy patches on the skin with pimples and blisters and itching at the site of entry. Migration of the Ascaris larvae through the body can create temporary severe tissue irritation and allergic reactions such as asthma. Thereafter symptoms such as dizziness, pneumonitis, anorexia, weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, anaemia and nutritional disorders.

TREATMENT FOR HOOKWORMS

wormseed can be taken as a tea. Do not use concentrated wormseed oil as it is too potent.

torrya seed is used with basket fern and betel nut

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Pinworms (enterobius vermicularis)

Pinworms are a common human parasite, causing enterobiasis. Adult females range from 8 to 13 millimetres in length and have a long, pin-shaped posterior, for which the worm is named. Pinworms mate by traumatic insemination - the male stabs the female with his penis - after which the male dies. They make their home in the host's intestines, but unlike many parasites they do not pass into the blood and cannot survive in other parts of the body for any length of time.

This is the most common worm infection in the US with 40 million Americans estimated to be infected with pinworm. It most commonly affects children. Contracted through contaminated water, soil, house dust and also by human-to-human contact. The adult female pinworm inhabits the intestine and moves outside the anus to lay eggs at night. The eggs can then be transferred to the mouth by the fingers after itching the anal area and infections can also be spread to other family members via bathtubs, toilet seats and bedding.

Symptoms: Irritation and intense itching in the area around the rectum especially at night. Pinworm infection can produce an enormous range of diverse mental and behavioural symptoms including epilepsy, hyperactivity and vision problems.

TREATMENT FOR PINWORMS

Garlic Chop finely, or crush, 4 cloves of garlic and mix with 1 glass of liquid (water, juice or milk) and drink daily for three weeks.

Chinese Rhubarb Root Mix 1 teaspoon of rhubarb powder to 1 cup of water. Then, bring to boil and simmer at a reduced heat for 10 minutes. Add a little honey to sweeten.

Mugwort An infusion of the dried leaves and flowers helps expel pinworms. Infusion: 1 ounce dried herb or fresh leaves to 1 pint boiling water. Steep for 5-10 minutes then strain and sip slowly.

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Ringworm (dermatophytosis)

Is caused by various fungi and not by parasitic worms.

TREATMENT FOR RINGWORM

Holy basil leaf juice and tamanu oil are beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases when applied topically.

Chinese rhubarb root Mix 1 teaspoon of rhubarb powder to 1 cup of water. Then, bring to boil and simmer at a reduced heat for 10 minutes. Add a little honey to sweeten.

Mix lemongrass with pure coconut oil to apply as a liniment.

Cut open a fig leaf and take the milk or sap. Rub on the ringworm. This procedure works immediately.

See the Fungi page for more information and natural remedies.
 

Roundworms (ascariasis lumbricoides)

These are the largest of the intestinal nematodes affecting humans, growing to 15-35 centimetres in length. They are transferred by ingestion. The eggs hatch and quickly penetrate the intestinal wall, where they enter the bloodstream. From there, the roundworm makes its way to the lungs, from where it is coughed up and swallowed, returning it to the gut.

Roundworms are more complex than flatworms, possessing not just a separate mouth and anus, but a circulatory system as well. They are spread directly to humans from contaminated soil and food and are more common in tropical and subtropical areas (especially Asia) because of the use of human faeces as a fertiliser. Roundworms also grow in the warm soil of the south-eastern USA. They are the most common intestinal parasite in the world.

Larvae penetrate through the skin of the feet and travel to the intestine where they reach maturity. Unusually, nematodes can reproduce entirely in a human host or grow free in soil. They can infect a human host for over 30 years.

Roundworm Symptoms: Many individuals do not show signs of roundworm disease but some may show inflammation of the intestine and lungs, nausea, loss of weight, fever, tiredness, allergic rash, vomiting, diarrhoea, nervousness and irritability, nerve problems, wheezing, coughing, bloating, greasy stools and pulmonary disorders.

May lead to temporarily induced lactose intolerance and to the malabsorption of vitamin A, protein and fat.

Anisakids
Contracted through consuming undercooked or raw fish such as sushi. The larval stage infects fish like Pacific salmon, red snapper, herring, cod and haddock and the mature anisakids infect sea mammals.

Signs and symptoms: Appendicitis, Crohn's disease and other forms of intestinal inflammation.

Dog and cat roundworm (toxocara canis, toxocara cati)
Contracted through soil contaminated with dog faeces, cat or fox. Humans are not viable hosts for the mature forms, but the immature forms can infect children causing larva migrans.

Signs and symptoms: A high eosinophil count combined with anaemia as revealed by blood tests is typical. The larvae can hatch and travel to the lungs causing pneumonitis, to the intestines causing pain or to the liver causing enlargement in addition to the brain or eye.

Dog heartworm (dirofilaria immitis)
Contracted from a bite from an infected mosquito in tropical Africa, south-eastern Asia, South Pacific, Atlantic or the Gulf coast in the USA. Man is not a viable host for the mature worm, but larvae can remain in subcutaneous tissue or invade the lung.

Signs and symptoms: If the larvae invade the lung, they can cause a cough and the lesions can be mistaken for lung cancer.

TREATMENT FOR ROUNDWORMS

Paico Leaf can effectively eradicate roundworms in most cases.

Pumpkin the 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 such as senna or prunes is recommended to purge the intestines.

Cascara this herb can be used after eating pumpkin seeds to help eliminate parasites from the body. It is milder than senna, but has a similar action.

Wormwood can be taken as a tea. Do not take the pure oil as it is considered to be toxic.

Wormseed can be taken as a tea. Do not use concentrated wormseed oil as it is too potent.

Torrya seed can be used with chinaberry bark, quisqualis fruit and black plum

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Tape Worms (hymenolepsis nana, vampirolepis nana, taenia solium)

Transmitted through infected food, a tapeworm attaches itself to its victim's intestine with hooks on its "head", or scolex. They mature over three to four months, during which time the reproductive organs develop. Tapeworms can survive for up to 25 years in humans.
Their eggs are excreted in faeces and can survive on vegetation, where they are then consumed by cattle or pigs, or passed on to humans.

Beef tapeworm (taenia saginata)
Contracted by consuming raw or undercooked beef. Up to a metre long with 1-2,000 proglottids these tapeworms can infect a host for up to 25 years. Only one tapeworm infects a human at any one time.

Signs and symptoms: Often there are no marked symptoms of infection other than occasionally passing segments in the stool. Other symptoms of beef tapeworm infection include diarrhoea, abdominal cramping, nervousness, nausea and loss of appetite.

Pork tapeworm (taenia solium)
Contracted through eating raw or undercooked pork. The most dangerous of all the tapeworms, the pork tapeworm is smaller than the beef tapeworm at less than 1,000 proglottids. The larvae develop in the muscles and spread through the central nervous system and into other tissues. The scolex hooks into the lining of the small intestine and multiple pork tapeworms can infect humans at any one time.

Signs and symptoms: Can cause great harm when the immature larvae invade the muscles, heart, eye or brain when infection is often misdiagnosed as epilepsy.

Fish tapeworm (diphyllobothrium latum)
Contracted be eating raw or undercooked freshwater migratory fish from Scandinavia, Russia, Japan, Australia, the US Great Lakes, Canada and Alaska such as Alaskan salmon, perch, pike, pickerel or American turbot. The largest human parasitic worm at over 4,000 segments. Can produce over 1 million eggs a day in its host.

Signs and symptoms: Can consume over 80% of its host's vitamin B12 producing pernicious anaemia. Other common symptoms include digestive disturbances, pain and fullness in the upper abdomen, nausea and anorexia.

Dog tapeworm (echinococcus granulosus)
Contracted by swallowing infected dog fleas. Most common in children and adults who allow dogs to lick their face. The larvae are liberated when the fleas are swallowed and can invade many organs.

All tape worms o
ften do not cause symptoms. The only sign of tapeworm infection may be segments of the worms, possibly moving, in a bowel movement. Some symptoms can be inflammation of the intestine, nausea, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hunger or loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss, dizziness, fits, malnutrition; vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

TREATMENT FOR TAPEWORMS

Asafoetida Dissolve a small piece of asafoetida in water and drink it on an empty stomach once a day for 3 days.

Ash Gourd Seeds Take a handful of ash gourd seeds and grind them. Eat it in the morning on an empty stomach. Two hours later, take two teaspoons of castor oil.

Betel nut Grind one betel nut with a small glass of milk. Take this early in the morning on an empty stomach.
NOTE:
Do not give to children.
Avoid: if suffering with cardiovascular disease or pregnant.

Black Walnut Hulls can be taken as an extract. NOTE This herb is not recommended for infants or children.

Coconut and Castor Oil. A tablespoon of the freshly ground coconut should be taken at breakfast followed by a dose of castor oil after three hours. The process may be repeated till the cure is complete.

Paico Leaf can effectively eradicate tapeworms in most cases.

Pumpkin the seeds of this herb can be eaten whole or mashed and mixed with juice. Two or three hours after eating up to 25 ounces of seeds, a laxative such as senna or prunes is recommended to purge the intestines.

Cascara sagrada this herb can be used after eating pumpkin seeds to help eliminate parasites from the body. It is milder than senna, but has a similar action.

Wormseed can be taken as a tea. Do not use concentrated wormseed oil as it is too potent.

Torrya seed can be used with pumpkin seed and betel nut

CAUTION: Castor oil should not be given to children below 5 years of age.

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Threadworms

Contracted through the soil in south Asia and south-eastern USA, larvae penetrate the skin and invade the intestine wall or lungs. Can reproduce entirely in a human host or grow as a free-living worm. Infections can last for 30 years.

Symptoms: The most common signs are gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, greasy stools, diarrhoea and pulmonary disorders. May bring on intense itching in the area around the rectum and cause periodic bouts of diarrhoea alternating with constipation, loss of weight, cough and fever.

TREATMENT FOR THREADWORMS

Butternut this herb relieves constipation and expels intestinal worms. NOTE This herb should not be taken for a long period of time.

Neem Leaves Grind neem leaves to a fine paste. For one week, take a marble sized ball of this paste every morning on an empty stomach. Do not take this for the second week. For the third week, take the neem leaves again as before on an empty stomach. The whole family should take this treatment together for curing threadworms.

Carrot Can eliminate threadworms from children. A small cup of grated carrot taken every morning for three days, with no other food added to this meal, can clear these worms quickly.

Chinese Rhubarb Root Mix 1 teaspoon of rhubarb powder to 1 cup of water. Then, bring to boil and simmer at a reduced heat for 10 minutes. Add a little honey to sweeten.

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Toxoplasma gondii

A common, crescent-shaped parasite that invades the central nervous system. Humans become infected with this organism by eating undercooked meat or by handling infected cat litter or soil where cats have defecated. Most people have been exposed to this parasite and show antibodies for it, but few individuals show symptoms. Those with a compromised immune system are more susceptible, and foetuses can suffer serious or fatal effects from infection.

See the Toxoplasmosis page for more details and natural remedies


Trichinella (trichinella spiralis)

Contracted by eating undercooked or raw pork. Cysts are present in infected pork and once eaten the immature roundworms are released and can travel to human muscles. They burrow into the larynx, chest, abdomen, jaw and upper arm and cause tender calcified cysts in muscles and fever.

Symptoms: Upon infection 2-4 weeks of acute gastrointestinal symptoms, thereafter severe muscle pain plus a wide range symptoms which can masquerade as a variety of more familiar diseases. In the advanced stages the Trichinella encysts within muscles, causes extreme dehydration, swelling of the lips and eyelids, difficulty breathing, enlarged lymph glands, meningitis and pneumonia.

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Wuchereria bancrofti

Mosquitoes carry this parasite, which they release into the bloodstream of a human host as they feed. The larvae move to the lymph nodes, which are predominantly in the legs and genital area and develop into an adult worm over the course of a year. They are commonly responsible for the tropical disease filariasis, but in extreme cases can cause elephantiasis.

Symptoms: fever, chills, skin infections, painful lymph nodes, thickened skin, swelling


NATURE CURES REMEDIES TO KILL ALL WORMS AND PARASITES

The treatment for intestinal worms and parasites should begin with diet. Stay on an exclusive diet of fresh fruits for three days while using any of the natural treatments below. Thereafter adopt a well-balanced light diet consisting mainly of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, herbs, spices and seeds. The diet should exclude sugar and fatty foods such as butter, cream, and oil, processed or refined foods and all animal and fish products as this is what the parasites thrive upon. This diet should be continued till the parasites are completely eliminated.

In some cases, depending on the progress being made, the all-fruit diet may have to be repeated at regular intervals. In obstinate cases the patient should resort to short fasts on raw fruit and vegetable juices. This fast has to be of a fairly long duration in case of tapeworms. It would be advisable to carry on this fast treatment under the supervision of a naturopath, or better still, in a nature cure hospital. During the all-fruit diet or fasting period, the bowels should be cleansed daily with a warm water enema. See the Nature Cures Raw Juice Therapy page.

Parasites are said to become more active around the time of the full moon and some suggest starting treatment at this time. It is wise to start cautiously with low doses and to gradually increase the dose to decrease the detoxification reactions that are likely to occur as the worms die off.

Also, because of the complex life cycles it is a good idea to undertake an initial 2 week course of treatment and then to stop the anti-parasitic supplements for 2 weeks and to repeat this cycle two or three times to catch any parasites emerging from cysts. Flatworms are unable to multiply in the human body, which means that they usually clear up with treatment without re-infecting.

TIPS TO RECOVER FROM AND AVOID PARASITE INFECTIONS

  • Consume pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and figs three times daily on an empty stomach.

  • Stick to a high-fibre diet of raw vegetables and whole grains and include 1 teaspoon of psyllium husks per day with 2 large glasses of bottled mineral water..

  • Drink only bottled mineral water.

  • Eliminate all sugar, fats, beef, chicken, lamb and pork products.

  • Eat pineapple for the parasite destructive powers of bromelein.

  • Consume papaya which contains papain which is also a protein digestive enzyme that will help restore the intestinal tract to its normal state, which makes it inhospitable to parasites. Consume some papaya 30 minutes before or after meals helps kill worms.

  • Wash hands frequently.

  • Wash underwear, bed linens and towels after each use in very hot bleach water.

  • Avoid scratching or touching the anal area.

  • Avoid close or intimate body contact at this time..

 

To speed up recovery consume foods rich in the following nutrients:

 

Yoghurt containing acidophilus 30 minutes before meals to restore intestinal flora.

Oily fish containing omega-3 to protect the gastrointestinal tract.

Garlic with meals for anti-parasitic properties

Vitamin B Complex to prevent parasitic anaemia.

Vitamin C to enhance immune function.

Zinc to promote healing.

 

A – Z of NATURAL ANTI-PARASITE FOODS

Anthelmintic foods expel parasitic worms (helminths). All the following natural treatments have shown to be successful in the elimination of parasites and worms. For severe infections take more than one together.

Aloe vera This plant called herb of immortality by the Egyptians, contains a soothing gel that helps peristalsis. Aloe vera has antibacterial and antifungal activities. Also aloe destroys parasites more powerfully than any other hypoallergenic plant known.

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.

NOTE: pregnant women and diabetics should not use this herb

Anise A tea is made by adding a cup of boiled water to three teaspoons of crushed seeds, steeping for 20-minutes. Added to laxative formulas, it will reduce cramping of the bowels.

Asafoetida Dissolve a small piece of asafoetida in water and drink it on an empty stomach once a day for 3 days.

Ash Gourd Seeds Take a handful of ash gourd seeds and grind them. Eat it in the morning on an empty stomach. Two hours later, take two teaspoons of castor oil.

Barberry Make a tea with 2 - 4 grams of dried root steeped or 1 - 2 tsp of whole or crushed berries steeped in 150ml of boiling water for 10 - 15 minutes 3 times daily

Basil has anti-parasitic properties.

Betel Nut Grind one betel nut with a small glass of milk. Take this early in the morning on an empty stomach.

NOTE: Do not give to children. Avoid: if suffering with cardiovascular disease or pregnant.

Bicarbonate of Soda Take one quarter teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) in warm water in the evening before bed to eradicate worms & parasites. Repeat for three days.

Black Seed For parasites and worms, take 1 teaspoon of black seed powder (nigella sativa) with honey and drink 3 times a day, 1 hour before meals and 1 before bed. Eat 4 to 5 cloves of garlic each day in conjunction with the black seed and honey.

Black walnut hulls of this nut have been used traditionally to fight intestinal worms, especially tapeworms. It can be taken as an extract.

NOTE: This herb is not recommended for infants or children.

Butternut bark 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. Butternut is a native of the mid-western and north eastern United States and has been used since the 1800s as a laxative and in the elimination of parasites. Butternut is also used to support healthy liver function. Butternut, also called White Walnut, is used to expel rather than kill worms.

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.

Carrot Can eliminate threadworms from children. A small cup of grated carrot taken every morning for three days, with no other food added to this meal, can clear these worms quickly.

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.

Cayenne Pepper can fight off parasites. Use liberally in vegetable soups or add to warm water with apple cider vinegar and drink. African cayenne is the most powerful variety of cayenne pepper, able to destroy fungus, mould and parasites on contact.

Chinese Rhubarb Root Mix 1 teaspoon of rhubarb powder to 1 cup of water. Then, bring to boil and simmer at a reduced heat for 10 minutes. Add a little honey to sweeten.

NB. not recommended for long term use.

NOTE: not suitable for pregnant or breast feeding women, children under twelve years of age, those who suffer from colitis or have intestinal obstruction or have a history of renal stones or urinary problems, or if taking anticoagulant (blood thinning) medicine or  aspirin.

Cloves To make an infusion, use 1 teaspoon of powdered herb per cup of boiling water, steep 10-20 minutes and drink up to 3 cups a day. Cloves contain the most powerful germicidal agent in the herbal kingdom known as eugenol. It also contains caryophyllene which is a powerful antimicrobial agent. These components travel through the bloodstream, killing microscopic parasites and parasitic larvae and eggs. Cloves are tremendously effective in killing malaria, tuberculosis, cholera, scabies and other parasites, viruses, bacteria and fungi, including Candida. Cloves also destroy all species of Shigella, Staphylococcus and Streptococcus.coconut

Coconut Among the numerous home remedies found beneficial in the treatment of intestinal worms, the use of coconut is most effective. It is an ancient remedy for expelling all kinds of intestinal worms. A tablespoon of the freshly ground coconut should be taken at breakfast followed by a dose of castor oil after three hours. The process may be repeated till the cure is complete.

CAUTION: Castor oil should not be given to children below 5 years of age

Cramp bark Flushes parasites from the body's intestinal system. Cramp bark tea taken with pumpkin seeds can completely eliminate intestinal worms.

Cumin Seeds This herb has traditionally been used in the Middle East, Far East and Asia as a general herbal health aid and for its anti-parasitic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It also enhances the immune system.

Elecampane. People have used elecampane as a digestive stimulant and remedy for upset stomach for hundreds of years due to a chemical called alantolactone which can expel worms and parasites from the digestive tract. Prepare an infusion by placing an ounce of dried elecampane root in a pint canning jar and filling the jar with boiling water; cover the jar and let the mixture brew overnight. Strain the infusion, place it in a stainless steel pot, and slowly heat the infusion until it is reduced by half. After it cools, refrigerate the decoction for two or three days in a jar. The decoction maybe mixed with honey.

Fennel seeds crushed and drunk as a tea can eliminate worms and parasites.garlic

Garlic has been used for expelling intestinal worms and parasites from ancient times by the Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Hindus and Babylonians. Garlic is a natural anthelmintic. It is especially useful against roundworms, giardia, trypanosome, plasmodium, toxoplasmosis gondii and leishmania.. Both fresh garlic and its oil are effective. Chop finely, or crush, 4 cloves of garlic and mix with 1 glass of liquid (water, juice or milk) and drink daily for 3 weeks.

An ancient method of its medication was to place a couple of cloves of fresh garlic in the shoe. As the person walks, it is crushed and the worm-killing garlic oil is absorbed by the skin and carried by blood into the intestines as it possesses the powerful penetrative force. This method is worth a trial by those who do not like the taste of garlic and cannot eat it.

Garlic is able to slow and kill over 60 types of fungus and 20 types of bacteria, as well as some of the most potent viruses. Garlic has a history of killing parasites and controlling secondary fungal infections, detoxifying while gently stimulating elimination and has antioxidant properties to protect against oxidation caused by parasite toxins. The active components in garlic that kill parasites are allicin and ajoene. These compounds can kill amoeba’s including one-cell varieties, as well as pinworms and hookworms. Allicin is not present in garlic in its natural state. When garlic is chopped or otherwise damaged, the enzyme alliinase acts on the chemical alliin converting it into allicin, the active component contributing for its success for killing parasites.

Gentian root nourishes and strengthens the digestive system. To eliminate worms and parasites take 1oz of gentian root podwer in a glass of any available liquid.

Goats Rue is a wild legume used during the Middle Ages to treat the plague. It was also used to induce sweating to break fevers and to treat infections with parasitic worms and snakebite. This herb can help balance blood sugar levels, help women balance hormones and The plant has no odor unless a stem or leaf is bruised, causing the release of a stench, hence the name “goat’s rue.” Effective in both humans and animals alike.

Goldenseal This herb can clear worm contaminations as well as bacterial infections of the mucous membranes within various human tracts like respiratory, and gastrointestinal.

Hyssop leaf For an infusion 1 tsp. dried herbs should be steeped in 1/2 cup water. Over the course of the day 1/2 to 1 1/2 cups should be taken, a mouthful at a time.

NOTE: The essential oil contains pino-camphone. This ketone can cause convulsions and seizures when taken in high doses. It is therefore not advisable to take hyssop oil and other hyssop preparations internally in high doses or over a longer time than two weeks.

Malabar Nut This Indian nut is used to treat asthma and coughs and eliminates intestinal worms.

Malluca Leaf The leaf juice of this Amazonian plant is consumed to eliminate worms

Neem leaves is a good herb for managing worms or parasites in different herbal research. Simple decoction with the Neem leaves taken early in the morning for around 15-30 days can get rid of many of the parasitic organisms present in the intestines. Neem contains a number of elements which are good for human intestinal tract but deadly to parasitic organisms.

To kill intestinal parasites and worms; grind neem leaves to a fine paste. For one week, take a marble sized ball of this paste every morning on an empty stomach. Do not take this for the second week. For the third week, take the neem leaves again as before on an empty stomach. The whole family should take this treatment together.

Oje Tree Mix the latex (one tablespoon) with one litre of water and drink one glass of this mixture every other day.

Olive leaf Green olive leaves are used in tea as a treatment for parasites and worms.

Oregon grape Make a tea with 2 - 4 grams of dried root steeped or 1 - 2 tsp of whole or crushed berries steeped in 150ml of boiling water for 10 - 15 minutes 3 times daily.

Oregano leaf Make a tea with a handful of oregano leaves steeped in boiling water for 15 minutes then drink 3 times a day.

Papaya The digestive enzyme papain in the milk juice of the unripe papaya is a powerful anthelmintic for destroying parasites especially roundworms. A tablespoon of fresh juice and equal quantity of honey should be mixed with three to four tablespoons of hot water and taken as a dose by an adult. This should be followed two hours later by a dose of 30 to 60 ml. of castor oil mixed in 250 - 375 ml. of lukewarm milk. This treatment should be repeated for two days, if necessary. For children of 5 to 10 years, half the above doses should be given. papaya

Papaya seeds are also useful for this purpose. They are rich in a substance called caricin which is a very effective medicine for expelling roundworms. The alkaloid carpaine found in the leaves has also the power to destroy or expel intestinal worms. They are given with honey. Papaya seeds must be dried in the shade, powdered and kept in a bottle. Two teaspoons of powder is mixed with a glass of milk and honey. Drink this at bedtime. Repeat for 3 consecutive days. Papaya 'milk,' that comes out when the green fruit or trunk of the tree is cut, can be collected. About 3 or 4 teaspoons (15-20 minutes) of this 'milk' is mixed with an equal amount of honey and stirred into a cup of hot water. If possible, drink along with a laxative such as cascara sagrada, senna or prunes.

CAUTION: Castor oil should not be given give to children below five years of age.

Pau d'Arco is an anti-parasitic Amazonian plant that works against various parasites, including: malaria, schpeppercornsistosoma and trypanosoma.

Peppercorns An excellent remedy one can take at the first sign of most diseases including worm and parasite infections. Yogis consider pepper to be one of nature's most perfect foods and useful not only to cure disease but also as a preventive, taking a dose of seven peppercorns, ground, and mixed with honey each morning. The mixture of pepper and honey is useful to overcome cold mucous diseases and sore throats. When treating acute diseases, it may be used three to four times a day. 

Pepper is useful for abnormal heart rate, acne, anaemia, asthma, bloating, blood pressure disorders, boils, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, colic, common cold, cough, constipation, dental care, diarrhoea, ear ache, eye problems, fever, flatulence, gangrene, indigestion, haemorrhoids, heartburn, heart disease, hernia, hoarseness, impotency, indigestion, insect bites, joint pain, liver problems, muscular strains, obesity, parasites, phlegm, pyorrhoea, rheumatism, respiratory disorders, sinus congestion, skin cancer, skin diseases, sore throat, tooth decay, whooping cough, wind and worms.

Peppermint leaf Make a tea with a handful of peppermint leaves steeped in boiling water for 15 minutes then drink 3 times a day.

Pomegranate The bark, root, stems and leaves of the pomegranate tree, is well known for its anthelmintic properties of destroying parasitic worms. The root-bark is, however, preferred as it contains greater quantity of the alkaloid punicine than the stem-bark. This alkaloid is highly toxic to tapeworms. Ninety to 180 ml. of the cold decoction of bark, preferably fresh bark, should be given three times at intervals of one hour to an adult. A purgative should be given after the last dose. The dose for children is 30 to 60 ml. The decoction is used for expelling tapeworms. Crush one handful of pomegranate leaves and boil with a glass of milk. Drink half of it early in the morning on an empty stomach (before breakfast). After two hours, drink the rest of the milk. Give two tablespoons of castor oil after another two hours. Do not give the patient anything to eat before and during the treatment.
 

pomegrante

Propolis taken as a tincture can eliminate parasites and worms and aid healing of the intestinal tract. Add 10ml (2 teaspoons) of propolis tincture to 100ml honey and have 1 teaspoon of honey 3 x a day, before meals. Do this for a week and then reduce to 1 teaspoon of propolis to 100ml honey 3 x a day for the second week.


Pumpkin Seeds
contain a natural fat that is toxic to parasite eggs. Curcurbitin in pumpkin seeds has shown anti-parasitic activity since it has the ability to paralyze worms so they drop off the intestinal walls. The Chinese used pumpkin seeds to treat acute schistosomiasis and tapeworm infestations.

The seeds of the ripe pumpkin are especially useful to eliminate 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.

The alternative for heavy infestations is an infusion, prepared from the seeds after they are peeled and crushed. It will be necessary to fast for a day and empty the intestines by taking the juice of boiled dry prunes. The next day, three or four tumblers of this pumpkin seed infusion should be taken.

Avoid: prunes if suffering with thyroid problems, kidney & gallstones, joint problems, or osteoporosis

pumpkin seeds

Quassia A tree native to Jamaica and its neighbouring islands, has traditionally been used as a remedy for roundworms and as an insecticide. It has also been used as a bitter digestive aid and a remedy for digestive disorders, parasites and head lice.

Red Raspberry Seeds usually pass through the human system, but when ground up, contain one of the most powerful antioxidants known - ellagitannin (rllagic acid). Aside from being used very successfully in cancer treatment, Ellagitannin has also been found to be a powerful destroyer of parasites. It's a very strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral that lowers cholesterol and protects DNA.

Rhubarb is used to help expel the die off of parasites, eggs and Larvae. It is not addictive like other colon movement stimulants and is very powerful even in a low dosage.

Thyme Leaf Thyme is a traditional powerful antiseptic and tonic which has been used by many cultures for its antifungal and anti-parasitic actions.

Turmeric is very useful to fight off parasites. Use liberally in vegetable soups or add to warm water with apple cider vinegar and drink

Wormseed is a traditional herbal remedy used in the tropics for expelling roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms.

Wormwood 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. To make a tea, soak a handful of wormwood leaves in hot water for 20 minutes. Then wring out the juice and drink it all.


Intestinal Cramps and Stomach Aches due to Intestinal Worms or Indigestion
Roast and powder cumin seeds. Take 2 teaspoons with warm water 3 times a day for 2 days at the most. This can also be used with curry, soups or live probiotic yoghurt. If pain persists or increases, seek medical help.


For Diarrhoea
Chop finely, or crush, 4 cloves of garlic and mix with 1 glass of liquid (water, juice or milk). Drink 1 glass every 2 hours until diarrhoea stops and drink pineapple juice (stops dehydration)


Cleanse the Colon
Colon cleaning is among the most useful treatment for intestinal detoxification which could get all the parasitic organisms out of the body. This kind of cleaning comes with the use of a substantial fibre content or roughage diet plan and psyllium husks, papaya, lemon, lime, orange, tangerines, garlic, pumpkin seeds, beetroot, flaxseeeds and stimulated charcoal.

Isopropyl alcohol can provide an environment within the body which helps parasites to thrive. Many products such as cosmetics and mouthwashes contain this ingredient and are best avoided.

Try steaming a wide selection of the vegetables listed with the herbs and spices listed and a tablespoon or two of bottled or filtered water (fastest in the in the microwave 8 minutes approx.) then place in a blender for a deliciously healthy potage soup and eat a small bowl before each meal.

Similarly blend a wide selection of the fruits together with nutmeg, cinnamon and honey to provide a tasty nutritious 'smoothie'.

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It is a good idea to also modify your diet at least temporarily whilst undertaking an intestinal parasite cleanse.

Avoid coffee, alcohol and all refined and processed foods, sugar, white flour, animal fats, meat, fish and dairy products during the cleanse.
Eat a high fibre diet and supplement fibre in the form of psyllium husks, citrus pectin, papaya extract, pumpkin seeds and/or flaxseeds.
Eat anti-parasitic foods including raw garlic, pineapple and papaya (hot - like mustard seeds).
Eat foods rich in the vitamin A precursor beta carotene. Vitamin A is thought to increase tissue resistance to penetration by larvae.
Foods rich in vitamin C and zinc also help to support the immune system.
Supplementing probiotics helps to restore beneficial intestinal flora.
Drink plentiful supplies of water.

Fish
halibut, shellfish, oily fish: such as anchovies, bloater fish, carp, eel, herring, hilsa fish, kipper, mackerel, pilchards, salmon, sardines, sprats, swordfish, trout, tuna (fresh only), whitebait

Vegetables
beetroot, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, chicory, chilli peppers, garlic, okra, parsnips, peas, radish, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips

Whole Grains
barley, brown rice, buckwheat, oats, psyllium husks, quinoa, rye, wheat

Fruit
bananas, berries, blackberries, blackcurrants, cherries, grapes, kiwi fruit, lemon, lime, melon, orange, papaya, pineapple, prunes, pomegranate bark & leaves, tangerine, soursop

Nuts
coconut

Seeds
flaxseeds, grape, mustard, nasturtium, papaya, poppy, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, watermelon

Common Herbs
basil, peppermint, sage, thyme

Medicinal Herbs
angelica, ash gourd seeds, betel nut, black walnut hulls, butternut, calendula, cascara sagrada, cats claw, common stinging nettles, false unicorn, golden seal root, horsetail, male fern, neem leaves, pau d'arco, senna, wormwood leaves,

Spices
black pepper,
cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cumin, crushed cloves, nutmeg, paprika, turmeric,

Derivatives
aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, brine pickles, castor oil, flaxseed oil, miso

AVOID
grapefruit
if taking ‘Statins’ to lower cholesterol or medications for blood pressure & some other medications
wheat if suffering from gluten intolerance or intestinal upsets as it can irritate the stomach lining
plums & prunes if suffering with kidney & gallstones, joint problems, or osteoporosis.
cumin & turmeric if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirin and ibuprofen
or are in the first 3 months of pregnancy
aloe vera & cats claw if pregnant or breast feeding or have high blood pressure

CAUTION: Castor oil should not be given to children below 5 years of age.


PARASITIC INFECTIOUS DISEASES AFFECTING HUMANS

DISEASE

CAUSES & SYMPTOMS

African trypanosomiasis

transmitted by the tsetse fly. Symptoms are fever, headaches, and joint pains.

Amebiasis

due to ingestion of water, or food contaminated with amoebic cysts.

Ascariasis

due to ingestion of food contaminated with faecal matter containing Ascaris eggs.

Babesiosis

generally transmitted by ticks.

Chagas disease

transmitted to humans by blood-sucking assassin bugs

Clonorchiasis

caused by the Chinese liver fluke

Cryptosporidiosis

caused by contaminated material, like earth, water, uncooked or cross-contaminated food in contact with the faeces of an infected person or animal

Cysticercosis

caused by larvae of tapeworm, generally found in pork

Diphyllobothriasis

characterized by abdominal discomfort, vomiting, weight loss, and diarrhoea

Dracunculiasis

caused by drinking water, containing infected copepods

Echinococcosis

fatal disease due to infection by tapeworm larvae

Enterobiasis

infection due to pinworms leading to poor appetite, restless sleep, and itching of the anus

Fascioliasis

caused by Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica

Fasciolopsiasis

caused, when aquatic plants are eaten raw and by consuming contaminated water

Filariasis

transmitted by mosquitoes or deer fly

Free-living amoebic infection

caused by Naegleria fowleri and Acanthamoeba found in lakes, tap water, swimming pools, and air-conditioning units

Giardiasis

starts in the small intestine

Gnathostomiasis

due to migrating immature worms

Hymenolepiasis

caused by Hymenolepis nana or Hymenolepis diminuta

Isosporiasis

symptoms are diarrhoea and weight loss. Sometimes linked with AIDS

Leishmaniasis

transmitted by certain varieties of sand fly

Malaria

transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes

Metagonimiasis

symptoms are diarrhea and colicky abdominal pain

Myiasis

caused by fly larvae feeding on the host's necrotic or living tissue

Onchocerciasis

the second leading infectious cause of blindness

Pediculosis

infestation of lice on the human body

Scabies

characterized by superficial burrows, secondary infection, and intense itching

Schistosomiasis

due to infection of the blood with schistosoma leading to weakness, liver and intestinal damage.

Taeniasis

infection involving pork and beef tapeworms

Toxocariasis

caused by ingestion of dog or cat roundworm

Toxoplasmosis

due to ingestion of raw or partly cooked meat, contaminated cat faeces, drinking water containing Toxoplasma, transplacental infection in utero or infected organ transplant or blood transfusion

Trichinellosis

caused by eating raw or undercooked pork, and wild game products infected with the larvae of a species of roundworm

Trichuriasis

infection of the large intestine by a parasite whipworm

Trichomoniasis

sexually transmitted disease that infects the genitourinary tract.

Trypanosomiasis

caused by parasitic protozoan trypanosoma of the genus Trypanosoma

See the Human Skin Parasites page for information about lice, scabies & bedbugs

 

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