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How To Get Rid Of Intestinal Parasites

How To Get Rid Of Intestinal Parasites May 31, 2018

Do you experience stomach upsets quite often? Is this coupled with a constant feeling of nausea and loose stools? You may be in for a shocker, but it is quite likely that you are harboring worms in your tummy. Yes, it is creepy. But you can surely do something to get rid of them. How? Keep reading to find out.

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What Are Intestinal Parasites?

Intestinal parasites or worms are organisms that feed off of other organisms, like humans or animals.

The most common types of intestinal worms are flatworms and roundworms.

Flatworms include tapeworms and flukes, while roundworms cause ascariasis, pinworm, and hookworm infections.

  • Tapeworm: Tapeworms are white, usually 50 feet long, and can live in humans up to 30 years.
  • Flukes: Fluke is a type of flatworm that finds shelter in your blood, tissues, or intestines.
  • Hookworms: These worms are spread through feces and infected soil. They are less than half an inch long and live in the small intestines.
  • Pinworms (Threadworms): These are tiny and harmless worms that occur mostly in children. They live in the colon and rectum of infected individuals.
  • Trichinosis Worms: Trichinosis worms are roundworms that are often passed through animals. Consuming undercooked meat that may contain the larvae of these worms is one of the most common ways of getting infected.

Intestinal parasite infections may be quite hard to detect, and you may not know even if you are harboring these worms. Although most of the times, there are no symptoms, infected individuals may develop mild symptoms like the ones given below.

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Signs And Symptoms of Human Intestinal Parasites

  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach ache
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

A tapeworm infestation is likely to cause:

  • Bumps
  • Allergic reactions
  • Fever
  • Seizures

Flukes are most likely to cause fever and fatigue.

Symptoms associated with hookworm infections include:

  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Itching skin
  • Rashes

Pinworms may cause itchiness in or around the anal area, and you may also notice these tiny worms in your feces if you are infected.

Trichinosis worms can travel through your bloodstream and enter your tissues, thereby causing:

  • Swelling of your face
  • Fever
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Headaches

You may get infected by intestinal parasites in different ways. Some common risk factors and causes of developing human intestinal parasites are listed below.

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Causes And Risk Factors Of Human Intestinal Parasites

You can become infected by human intestinal parasites by:

  • Consuming undercooked meat
  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Coming in contact with contaminated soil, water, feces or some household utensils
  • Poor hygiene and sanitation

Certain factors can increase your risk of getting infected with parasites. They are:

  • Age: Children and older adults are more susceptible to parasitic infections because of weak immunity
  • Living in areas with poor hygiene

You may become infected with intestinal parasites in the blink of an eye, in the most unpredictable way. However, sooner or later, symptoms will surface. If you have developed intestinal parasites, the following remedies can help in cleansing your intestines and getting rid of the parasites naturally and effectively.

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Home Remedies To Treat Intestinal Parasites

  1. Tea Tree Oil
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Garlic
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Castor Oil
  6. Cloves
  7. Herbal Tea
  8. Turmeric
  9. Papaya
  10. Ginger
  11. Cayenne Pepper
  12. Olive Leaf Extract
  13. Neem Oil
  14. Cinnamon
  15. Vitamins
  16. Aloe Vera
  17. Yogurt
  18. Grapefruit Seed Extract
  19. Lemon Juice
  20. Pumpkin Seeds

1. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • 12 drops of tea tree oil
  • 30 mL of coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix 12 drops of tea tree oil with 30 mL of coconut oil.
  2. Massage the blend gently into your stomach for a few minutes.
  3. You may also apply this mixture directly to your anus to get rid of threadworms.
  4. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil is quite popular for its antimicrobial properties. One of its lesser-known ability is its potential to fight parasites. Applying the oil can help remove the parasites attached to your intestinal walls and expel them (1).

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2. Apple Cider Vinegar

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • Honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water.
  2. Add some honey to it and consume.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this solution 1 to 2 times daily for best results.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar is not just nourishing but also helps in bringing the pH of your stomach back to normal after being infected by parasites. It can also help in killing the parasites and restoring your health (2).

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3. Garlic

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You Will Need

2-3 cloves of peeled garlic

What You Have To Do

Chew on two to three cloves of peeled garlic and consume daily on an empty stomach.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every morning.

Why This Works

The presence of compounds like allicin and ajoene in garlic impart anthelmintic properties to it. Thus, eating raw garlic daily can help in killing stomach worms quite easily (3).

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4. Coconut Oil

You Will Need

1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Consume a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil directly or add it to dishes.
  2. You can also consume dried coconut meat to assist in the elimination of intestinal parasites.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily until you notice an improvement in your condition.

Why This Works

Both coconut oil as well as the meat provide instant energy to your body and help in destroying and expelling any intestinal parasites (4).

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5. Castor Oil

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of 100% organic castor oil
  • 1 cup of hot water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a tablespoon of castor oil with a cup of medium hot water.
  2. Sip on this solution slowly.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily for a few days.

Why This Works

Castor oil is another effective remedy to get rid of intestinal parasites due to its strong laxative properties. It enhances the secretion of intestinal mucus when taken with hot water, which, in turn, forces out bile along with the toxins and parasites (5).

Caution

You must only consume 100% organic castor oil.

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6. Cloves

You Will Need
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Add two to three cloves to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain.
  4. When the solution cools a little, add some honey to it.
  5. Drink immediately.
How Often You Should Do This

You must consume this solution 3 to 4 times daily for a week.

Why This Works

Clove contains a compound called eugenol, which is a strong germicidal and anthelmintic agent. Its regular intake promotes the destruction of intestinal parasites and their larvae and eggs (6).

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7. Herbal Tea

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint or fennel tea
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of peppermint or fennel tea to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain.
  4. Add some honey for flavor and consume before the tea turns cold.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this 3 to 4 times daily for at least a week.

Why This Works

Herbal teas (like those made from fennel and peppermint) are rich in nutrients that speed up the destruction of intestinal parasites. They possess antiparasitic properties that flush out toxins and parasites from your system (7).

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8. Turmeric

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 glass of hot milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of hot milk.
  2. Stir well and consume.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 1 to 2 times daily for a few days.

Why This Works

The presence of curcumin in turmeric imparts many benefits to it, including the ability to get rid of intestinal parasites. Curcumin exhibits anthelmintic and antimicrobial properties that cleanse your intestine of parasites as well as other toxins (8).

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9. Papaya

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of papaya seeds
  • ½ cup of papaya
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a tablespoon of papaya seeds, half a cup of cut papaya, and one cup of coconut milk in a blender.
  2. Blend well and consume the mixture.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once every three days.

Why This Works

Papaya seeds possess anthelmintic and anti-amoebic properties that help in expelling intestinal parasites. They enhance your digestion while also killing intestinal worms (9).

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10. Ginger

You Will Need
  • 1-2 inches of minced ginger
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add an inch or two of minced ginger to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to boil in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain and let it cool a bit.
  4. Consume before the ginger tea runs cold.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this solution 3 to 4 times daily.

Why This Works

A compound called gingerol in ginger enhances your digestion and helps in eliminating and killing intestinal parasites like roundworms, blood flukes, etc. (10).

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11. Cayenne Pepper

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You Will Need

⅓ teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper

What You Have To Do

Add one-third teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper to your daily tea or diet and consume.

How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 2 to 3 times daily for at least a week.

Why This Works

Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin that helps in killing parasites within the digestive tract. The pepper also enhances your digestion, thereby making the elimination of intestinal parasites easier (11).

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12. Olive Leaf Extract

You Will Need

180 mg of olive leaf extract supplement

What You Have To Do

Divide 180 mg of olive leaf extract supplement into three doses and consume daily.

How Often You Should Do This

You must do this on a daily basis till you notice an improvement.

Why This Works

Olive leaf extract exhibits powerful parasiticidal properties due to the presence of polyphenols like oleuropein. It can kill a wide range of parasites like pinworms, roundworms, and amoeba (12).

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13. Neem

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You Will Need
  • 8-10 neem leaves
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Grind a few neem leaves to form a thick paste.
  2. Take half a tablespoon of the neem paste and consume on an empty stomach with a glass of water and some honey.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once in three weeks until you get rid of all your stomach worms.

Why This Works

Neem leaves help in killing and eliminating parasites from your intestinal walls. This is mainly because of their anti-parasitic properties (13).

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14. Cinnamon

You Will Need
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of warm water and mix well.
  2. Consume this solution immediately.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this at least thrice daily for a few days.

Why This Works

Cinnamon increases the temperature within your intestine, thus making the survival of parasites difficult. It also improves your digestion and makes the excretion of parasites easier (14), (15).

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15. Vitamin C

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You Will Need

2000-5000 mg of vitamin C supplement

What You Have To Do

Take 2000-5000 mg of vitamin C in two to three doses.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily for a few days.

Why This Works

Vitamin C is an exceptional antioxidant known for its immune boosting properties, which help kill intestinal parasites (16).

Caution

Vitamin C must not be taken with magnesium or calcium supplements.

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16. Aloe Vera

You Will Need

1 glass of fresh aloe juice

What You Have To Do

Drink a glass of freshly prepared aloe juice.

How Often You Should Do This

You must drink 2 to 3 cups of aloe juice daily for effective results.

Why This Works

Aloe vera exhibits purgative effects that help in flushing out all the toxins as well as parasites from your stomach. It is one of the best remedies for treating intestinal parasites (17).

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17. Yogurt

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You Will Need

1 bowl of plain probiotic yogurt

What You Have To Do

Consume a bowl of probiotic yogurt.

How Often You Should Do This

You must consume a bowl of probiotic yogurt daily for a week.

Why This Works

Yogurt is rich in probiotics. It can balance your gut flora by increasing the good bacteria and getting rid of the bad. This, in turn, can help in flushing out intestinal parasites (18).

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18. Grape Seed Extract

You Will Need
  • 8-12 drops of grape seed extract
  • 1 glass of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a few drops of grape seed extract to a glass of water.
  2. Mix well and consume immediately.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this solution 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Grape seed extract contains oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes ( OPCs). These impart antimicrobial properties to it that help in getting rid of the intestinal parasites (19).

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19. Lemon

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You Will Need
  • Lemon seeds
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 glass of water
  • Honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Extract the seeds from a lemon and grind them to form a paste.
  2. Add the paste of lemon seeds to a glass of water.
  3. Add the juice of half a lemon to this along with honey.
  4. Mix well and consume.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume this twice daily for a few days.

Why This Works

Lemon seeds can remove the parasites from your stomach by impeding their activity. And being a rich source of vitamin C, lemon juice enhances the effect of lemon seeds in destroying the worms (20).

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20. Pumpkin Seeds

You Will Need
  • 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • ½ cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend a cup of raw pumpkin seeds with half a cup each of water and coconut milk.
  2. Drink this mixture on an empty stomach.
  3. Keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this procedure for 2 to 3 weeks for complete recovery.

Why This Works

Pumpkin seeds contain a compound called cucurbitacin that paralyzes the worms inside your stomach, thereby helping in detaching them from your intestinal walls and expelling them via stool (21).

The above remedies can speed up the cleansing process of your intestines, thereby assisting greatly in expelling the worms within your stomach. Additionally, you should also pay extra attention to your diet to help the remedies do better.

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Parasite Cleanse Diet

What To Eat

  • Green leafy veggies
  • Green onions
  • Pineapples
  • Fish rich in fatty acids
  • Carrots
  • Cranberry juice
  • Probiotic-rich foods

What To Avoid

  • Sugar
  • Refined carbohydrates

In addition to your diet, you must also follow a few other tips like the ones mentioned below to prevent the recurrence of parasitic infections.

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Prevention Tips

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after eating food.
  • Avoid raw fish and meat.
  • Wash your hands after using the loo and before cooking.
  • Wash and peel fruits and vegetables before you cook/consume them.
  • Disinfect all utensils that may have come in contact with raw fish or meat.
  • Avoid direct contact with soil.
  • Always carry a hand sanitizer while traveling.
  • Drink only bottled water while you are traveling.

We are all at equal risk of developing intestinal parasites. So, we must take extra precautions when it comes to our day-to-day hygiene (especially while traveling).

Hope the remedies provided here will help you in your struggle against intestinal parasites. For further queries, you are always welcome to get in touch with us through the comments box below.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

What does poop look like when you have worms?

If you are infected with stomach worms, you might see small white thread-like structures in your stool.

How long do intestinal worms last?

Worms can live in your intestines from a few months to even a couple of years. However, with treatment, you can undoubtedly speed up their elimination.

What teas are good for killing intestinal parasites?

Herbal teas like peppermint tea and fennel tea are a great way to expel worms from your stomach.

What kind of doctor should I see for intestinal parasites?

For intestinal worms, you can visit an infectious disease specialist or even a general physician as this medical condition is a common occurrence.

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