Parasite Infection and Cleanse Protocol
What’s Eating You? A beginner’s guide to parasitic infections.
This might not be a pleasant topic to discuss over dinner, but the fact is there are over a hundred different types of parasitic worm inside you right now, wriggling away unseen but perhaps not unnoticed. Some live in your gut. Some are in your eyes. There can even be some in your brain. Over 70% of these little blighters are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Others can grow to be several metres long.
Having parasites inside you is a normal state of affairs, until such a time as you become infected with parasites that are harmful.
The word parasite comes from the Greek word “parastos” which means “someone who eats at another person’s table” – in other words, an univited guest who eats your food and never pays the bill. Today we’re taking a look at intestinal parasites that live in your gut noshing away happily at the food that is meant for you.
Worms that turn.
The two major types of intestinal parasites are typically protozoa or helminths.
Protozoa are single-celled organisms that move or multiply by splitting into two. They are the smallest but perhaps deadliest of the lot and are often transmitted by flies or mosquitoes.
The word helminth comes from the Greek word for worm. Helminths can’t multiply in the human body, which means that they usually clear up with treatment without re-infecting the body. The most common types of helminths are tapeworms and roundworms, but there are lots of others.
So how do you know if you have a parasitic infection?
Signs and Symptoms of Intestinal Parasitic Infection
The most common symptoms are:
*If you find yourself craving unusual amounts of food, especially sugary ones, but are not putting on weight this can be an indicator that you have a parasitic infection. The worms are hungry, not you and they’re intercepting most of the nutrients you require.
More Signs of Infection.
Signs of infection may include other symptoms such as:
Please note: one or more of these symptoms may occur to a greater or lesser degree depending upon the individual. Long term, undetected infestation can cause many systemic problems.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have any concerns, consult your doctor or qualified health practitioner.
Parasite Cleanse Protocol
It happens to almost all of us at some stage: an infection of unwanted intestinal parasites such as tapeworms. There are many over-the-counter pharmaceutical remedies that are extremely effective, but there are also natural remedies.
Here is a simple protocol I follow to keep harmful parasites at bay. I’m not advocating it as a fix for anyone else, but it works for me!
Tincture of black walnut hull
Wormwood capsules (200-300mg each)
Clove capsules (500 mg each)
L-Ornithine capsules (500 mg each) (optional)
The Wormwood and Walnut tincture are for killing live parasites. Clove Capsules are for killing incubating eggs. L-Ornithine is a back up if sleep is hard to come by.
I begin the parasite cleanse around the full moon, when parasites are most active. I always take the capsules and walnut tincture 30 minutes before meals or on an empty stomach. My preference is to order wormwood capsules that include wormseed.
Here’s my regime:
Week 1: Add 30 drops of the black walnut hull tincture to a glass of water (I personally like the flavour of the black walnut, but it you don’t, try mixing it with some apple juice). Drink with one capsule each wormwood and cloves. Dosage: 3 times per day.
Week 2: Maintain the black walnut hull consumption as in Week 1. Increase the wormwood and clove dosage to 2 capsules each. Again, do this 3 times per day on an empty stomach.
Week 3: Maintain the black walnut hull consumption. Increase the wormwood and clove dosage to 3 capsules each. Take 3 times per day as above.
It’s important to continue for three weeks in order to kill all eggs that have not hatched as yet.
One of the symptoms I often notice: eyesight improves within 24 hours.
Note: if any stomach cramps are felt, I reduce the clove dosage to two capsules per day in week one, increasing to 3 during week two and then 6 during week three.
I take this cleanse once every six months.
The herb Wormwood (Artemesia annua) has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy for intestinal parasites – hence its name. Preliminary research suggests wormwood may have activity against Ascaris lumbricoides, Plasmodium, Schistosoma mansoni, and Giardia (which are all types of parasite). Wormwood contains sesquiterpene lactones, which are thought to weaken parasite membranes.
Wormwood can be found in tea, liquid extract, or capsule form. The pure oil is considered toxic and should not be ingested. The safety and effectiveness of this herb has not been established in clinical trials.
Black walnut is a folk herbal remedy used for ringworm and athlete’s foot. The juice of unripe hulls of black walnut that are used for parasites and fungal infections. There have been no clinical studies on the effectiveness or safety of black walnut for intestinal parasites.
Wormseed (Chenopodium ambrosioides) is a traditional herbal remedy in the tropics for expelling roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. As with wormwood, wormseed oil is too potent to use, so many herbalists consider wormseed tea to be preferable.
More scientific studies are needed to confirm the historical usage of this herb and its safety. All I can tell you is that it works for me.