Intestinal Parasitic Infection: Symptoms And Natural Remedies

By now, you probably know a thing or two about bacteria, fungi, and viruses, along with the natural remedies that kill them. But, what about intestinal parasites? These organisms live in and derive nutrition from, our gut.

The most common kinds of parasites in America are tapeworms, pinworms, and roundworms. They can multiply in the body and cause serious infections. And, in order to figure out if you do have intestinal parasites, you’d need to watch out for a few symptoms.

Symptoms Of Intestinal Parasitic Infections

Stomach cramps indicate intestinal parasitic infections.

Poor hygiene, a weakened immune system, and bad sanitation (of food or water) could lead to intestinal parasitic infections. Additionally, children and the elderly are at a higher risk of getting infected. Interestingly, parasites can live in the body without causing any symptoms. But, when they do, you’ll most likely experience the following:

  • Exhaustion
  • Nausea
  • Gas and bloating
  • Stomach pain
  • Rashes or itching in your genital area
  • Vomiting
  • Loose stools with blood and mucus
  • Weight loss

In some cases, you might even

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see worms in your stool. If you suspect an infection, do see a professional immediately. However, you could use a few home remedies to supplement your treatment.1

Natural Remedies For Intestinal Parasitic Infections

Natural treatment options for intestinal parasites are simple and easy to follow. And, along with conventional treatment, they can help speed up the recovery process.

1. Papaya Seeds

Papaya seeds kill intestinal parasites.

Did you know that papaya seeds are edible? In fact, when ground up into a powder, they can be used like black pepper for cooking. But, most importantly, papaya seeds are believed to destroy parasitic worms.

A 2007 study in the Journal of Medicinal Food put this to the test. For the experiment, researchers divided 60 Nigerian children with intestinal parasites, into 2 groups. One group was given air-dried papaya seeds while the other was given honey. Stool samples from each group were tested after 7 days.

The papaya seed group

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had no signs of parasites. Most importantly, there didn’t experience any harmful side effects, making this remedy a good option.2

To enjoy papaya seeds, wash and dry them in the sun or a dehydrator. Pulverize the dried seeds into a fine powder. The flavor of this powder is extremely strong, so sprinkle a small amount into meals or smoothies.

2. Garlic

Garlic prevents parasitic growth.

Garlic is known for killing fungi, bacteria, and viruses. And, now you can add parasites to the list!

A 2016 animal study found that garlic fights intestinal parasites by stopping them from reproducing and maturing! In fact, garlic seemed to work just as well as Metronidazole, the conventional anti-parasite drug of choice.3

In order to use garlic to treat intestinal parasites, experts recommend chopping a few slices of garlic and adding them to water before consuming them.

3. Bishop’s Weed

Bishop's weed fights parasites.

If you can find bishop’s weed, you could take advantage of its anti-parasitic properties. The plant is a medicinal Chinese herb and a traditional antiparasitic plant in Northeast India.

Four major phytochemicals in Bishop’s weed – biochanin A, ursolic acid, betulinic acid and beta-sitosterol – are responsible for treating parasites.4 And, if you’d like to give Bishop’s weed a try, visit your local Chinese or Asian grocery store to see if they have it. It also goes by fish leaf,

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fish mint, fishwort, and heartleaf, and can be had as a tea.

4. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds destroy parasites.

Come fall, pumpkin seeds are all the rage. But, if you’re having troubles with intestinal parasites, this tasty treat might double up as a natural remedy.

Pumpkin seeds are rich in fatty acids, amino acids, and compounds called berberine, cucurbitine, and palatine. These compounds might destroy some parasites, according to 2016 study in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

Researchers in this study even propose that pumpkin seeds might be able to replace drug remedies one day.5 You could add pumpkin seeds to your meals or have them straight from the packet.

5. Barberry

Barberry kills tapeworms.

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Berberine, which is found in pumpkin seeds, is also present in bayberry, a common plant in Iran. And, it has played a big role in folk medicine towards treating tapeworm infections.6 7

At the health store, barberry is generally labeled “bayberry root bark.” You could consume it in the form of tea, supplements, or extracts. If you do choose to try supplements, be sure to consult a professional first.

Although parasitic infections can make you extremely frustrated and uncomfortable, they are easy to treat. However, be sure to consult a professional even if you have the slightest of doubts.

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