When you encounter a parasite you want it gone as quickly as possible. But don’t turn to pharmaceuticals when there are effective home remedies for parasites.
Many people assume that human parasites only occur in developing countries. Yet, in the U.S., more than 60 million people are chronically infected with toxoplasma gondii.
That’s just one parasite. There are dozens of other parasites that impact Americans. If you suspect you have parasites, read on to learn the best home remedies for parasites.
Home Remedies for Parasites
There are various home remedies for parasites. You can get these ingredients at your local health food store. The good thing about making a natural choice is that you know exactly what you are ingesting.
There are also pre-made herbal remedies for parasites in humans available for purchase at health food shops.
Here are some of the top herbs and remedies you can try.
Berberine is a compound that is found in several herbs such as coptis, barberry, and goldenseal. You can purchase just the compound or use the herbs in cooking or in a tea to fight off parasites.
Dried papaya seeds have a long history in many cultures of being one of several home remedies for intestinal parasites.
This remedy also has scientific backing. In a study published in 2007, 60 children with intestinal parasites were given doses of either papaya seeds and honey or honey alone.
The results after seven days showed that many more children who had seeds were parasite-free than the group that got honey.
Pumpkin seeds are a nutritious food full of fatty acids, amino acids, and berberine (which we mentioned earlier).
This is a safe and easy home remedy to try in order to get rid of internal parasites.
A preliminary study in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences showed that pumpkin seed extracts were found to be anti-parasitic.
It’s funny that an herb with the word “worm” in its name is an effective remedy against worms, but it’s true!
Wormwood can help kill off intestinal parasites by weakening the parasite membranes.
Besides taking specific herbs, many people choose to change their diet in order to rid themselves of parasites.
There are various detox and parasite cleanse diets to choose from. Some follow two week on two weeks off the program. Others are shorter or longer.
Be sure to consult with your health care practitioner about how long you should take antiparasitic supplements or follow a cleanse diet.
Diet cleanses follow the premise that by changing stomach acid levels and food injected, you can starve parasites and kill them.
Usually, diet cleanses involve staying away from refined sugar, refined grains, coffee, and alcohol. Many diets also suggest avoiding raw fish or meat.
At the same time, you will increase certain foods high in vitamin A. These include carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes.
Eating foods rich in vitamins C and B as well as lots of probiotic-rich foods is also helpful.
Keeping Healthy and Parasite-Free
There you have it! The top home remedies for parasites that you can try. Remember to always consult with your doctor before starting any treatment for parasites.
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