It gives you the creeps when you think about having worms in you. The reality is, we all have them, it’s whether they are out of control or not. About 50% of the population has an over-population of parasites in their bodies and they don’t realize it. These guys can put a big burden on the immune system and show up as some interesting symptoms.
When we think of “worms” or parasites, we often correlate that with traveling out of the country, especially Mexico. That is a consideration, however, we can get them right here in the U.S. from our imported vegetables, pork products, owning pets, and unclean water to mention a few sources.
About eight years ago my husband developed a bladder problem. He was eventually diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, or “migraine of the bladder.” Western medicine tried medications, invasive procedures, implanting a device that was supposed to stop the nerve impulse from the bladder to the brain, but none of it worked. After two years of different treatments, they finally told him “you have to live with it.” Well, that was not good enough for me!
I have a colleague of mine in Oregon who is a Clinical Nutritionist, and at the time she was doing live blood cell testing. This is where you take a finger prick of blood, put it under a high-powered microscope, and look at the blood. We decided during a visit to California that we would drive up and see Rena.
She took a blood sample and projected it up onto a big flat-screen TV, and what we saw was very interesting! First, my husband’s red blood cells were not round but octagon-shaped, not a good sign. Then she pointed to these little “guys” swimming around in his plasma and said, “I see the problem.” He had five different types of parasites in him, and they had been attacking his red blood cells and stressing his immune system. One of the parasites was called a “cystitis” parasite, burrows in the bladder wall. Mystery solved!
After two months of parasite cleansing, he no longer had any pain and none has ever come back. We used some herbal tinctures that she suggested and she told us to once a year do a parasite cleanse for good measure.
Many different symptoms can be a sign of a parasitic over-growth. Here are a few of them.
- Chronic pain
- Gut imbalances such as diarrhea, constipation, or chronic gut pain
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Skin problems
- Grinding teeth
- Low immune function
Plants are under pressure from various insects and other parasitic lifeforms every day. They have adapted by producing unique compounds that ward off these parasites. I’ll review some of the most commonly used herbs for a parasite cleanse.
This is one of the most common anti-parasitic compounds used in many formulations. It contains large amounts of a cytotoxic compound called juglone. Research on juglone has revealed the potential to fight bacteria, fungus, and parasites.
The side benefit is black walnut has been shown to help with cardiovascular health, cancer prevention and promotes healthy skin.
That’s appropriately named! Also known as Artemisia annua, sweet wormwood is an extremely bitter herb with properties that kill parasites. The other benefits include: anti-fungal, stimulates digestion, improves your immune system, stimulates the peristaltic movement of the bowel, and better than antibiotics for SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.)
Oregano oil is one of the most powerful antimicrobial substances discovered. It has been shown to have diverse activity against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
The side benefits are: helpful for Candida, yeast infections and UTIs, used for ringworm and athlete’s foot, used for toenail fungus, used to treat sinus infections, allergies, and bronchitis.
You can use oregano oil diluted in water and drink it down, not bad actually! You can apply it directly to toenail fungus or mix with coconut oil for athletes foot and ringworm.
Neem is a powerful anti-microbial that is classically used in the Eastern healing art called Ayurvedic Medicine. Nimbidin is the main compound that helps neem to kill bacteria and parasites.
Clove essential oil or the dried herb helps protect against worms, amoebas, fungi, bacteria, and viruses involved in things like malaria, cholera, scabies, dengue fever, and tuberculosis.
Clove is anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, and gets out into the bloodstream to kill parasites, larvae, and eggs. This is super important because of the life cycle of parasites.
Many foods are anti-parasitic as well. When doing a parasite cleanse it’s a good idea to include these in your diet.
- Lemon juice
- Pumpkin seeds
- Pomegranate seeds
- Fermented foods like Kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, and apple cider vinegar
Moving the Dead Bugs Out
As you kill of the parasites it’s important to support the body to remove the dead bodies! I know sounds gross, but it’s so important….
Activated charcoal, fulvic acid, and humic acid are all great additions to your program. The key is to use the herbs that kill parasites with food, as that is when the unwanted visitors come out to eat as the food goes through the GI system. As they begin to eat, the astringent herbs are mixed in with the food and they eat bits of those as well.
You want to take your activated charcoal after you eat, by a couple of hours to clean up the waste products created. I recommend taking 3 capsules, three times per day between meals during your cleanse.
Doing a Parasite Cleanse
We usually do a yearly parasite cleanse. During that time we pay close attention to our diet. We increase our consumption of high fiber fruits and vegetables, eat only organic, wild meats, lower the consumption of any sugar, including alcohol, and occasionally throw in a fasting day to give the body a chance to catch up on the clean-up of die off.
If you have never done a parasite cleanse, then I would highly recommend one! If you start to feel crummy, take a few days off, start up a little slower, and try again.
Make it Simple
Instead of buying all these herbs separately, I have found a formulation that makes it easy and it even includes fulvic acid and Diatomaceous earth to help remove the waste. You will need to purchase an activated charcoal product to take between meals.
We use this brand, Paratrex by Global Healing . All the herbs are organic and wildcrafted for purity. It is suggested to do this for a forty-day program to make sure and kill the larvae and eggs that will hatch. We do this once a year for insurance against a parasite over-growth. Trust me, it’s not that bad and so good for your body!
After 6 weeks of supplementation with daily oil of oregano, there was complete disappearance of Entamoeba hartmanni , Endolimax nana, and Blastocystis hominis.,Phytother Res. 2000 May ;14(3):213-4. PMID: 10815019
Twelve Herbs that Kill Parasites Naturally, Dr. Jockers, https://drjockers.com/12-herbs-kill-parasites-naturally/?ck_subscriber_id=790605958