Looking for Natural Ways to Deworm Yourself? if yes then this article is written perfectly for you. Intestinal worm infestation is one of the illness(es) that has been underrated though it can be prevented, managed, and treated, its complications can be life-threatening.
Intestinal parasites or worm infestation is mostly caused by helminths and protozoa. Helminthes are worms and larvae that can’t multiply in the human body. Helminthes include Nematodes (roundworm), trematodes (flatworm), cestodes (tapeworm), etc.
Protozoa is an organism that is single-celled and multiplies within the body.
Symptoms of worm infestation or intestinal parasites And why deworm
- Stomach pain or tenderness or abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Bloody stool (in complicated cases)
- Presence of worm in stool
How can intestinal parasites or worms be transmitted?
It can be transmitted fecal-orally i.e. through food, water, or fruits that are contaminated. Also through unwashed hands.
Risk/Predisposing factors for worm infestation/intestinal parasites
- Poor environmental sanitation
- Poor body hygiene
- Poor hand hygiene
- Weak immune system
- Housepets (which can act as carriers of eggs/larvae of intestinal parasites)
Natural remedy for DeWorming
Some preliminary researches suggest that some seeds of plants and herbs may be able to manage intestinal parasites/worm infestation.
Studies have shown that pumpkin seeds contain a high amount of amino acids, fatty acids, and compounds like berberine, cucurbitine, and palatines. Preliminary studies/researches carried out has shown that pumpkin seed has some anti-parasitic properties.
Berberine is a compound gotten from plants like barberry, Oregon grape, goldthread, and goldenseal. Preliminary studies have shown that berberine can kill amoebae and other parasites. Berberine can serve as prophylaxis for Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm).
Papaya seeds can be used to deworm and control the intestinal parasite. Some studies on papaya seed and honey mixture have shown that intestinal parasite can be used to kill the worm. Papain is an enzyme that is present in papaya that can help kill worms and should be taken 30 minutes before or after a meal.
Wormwood – is a herb, it is also gotten from woody shrubs, it has bitter aromatic taste. In ancient times wormwood was used to treat intestinal worm. Wormwood can be made into a tea and taken before or after meals to treat intestinal worm.
Studies have shown that curcumin found in turmeric has anti-parasitic properties.
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Garlic has antibacterial/antifungal properties and can be used to get rid of intestinal worm. Chewing 3 cloves of raw garlic before meal daily (for 1 week) can kill the intestinal worm.
Coconut oil can be used to get rid of pinworms because it has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
It is important to note that this above mentioned natural remedies should not be a substitute for medical intervention(s) and drugs. Always seek medical attention for any illness or disease.