naturally inhabit and move through the body. Some are harmless,
while others cause sickness. Infections can occur when parasites
make their homes in our skin, gastrointestinal tract, lungs,
liver, and other organs. Parasites require a host (e.g. human
cells) to live and thrive.
infections were once thought of as a problem that existed mainly
in under-developed countries. After all, diarrheal disease (from
parasites and bacteria) is the greatest worldwide cause of death.
Global travel has been a major contributor to the spread of
parasitic infections in North America. Contaminated water and
food are also major contributors. In addition, better diagnostic
techniques have provided a more accurate identification of parasites
and have led researchers to conclude that parasitic infections
are much more common than previously thought. One laboratory
that specializes in stool analysis states “almost 30 percent
of specimens examined are positive for a parasite.”
and abdominal pain are the most common symptoms of a parasitic
infection. However, in many cases of a parasite infection, these
symptoms may not be present. A whole list of symptoms and conditions
could be related to a parasitic infection. Examples include
loss of appetite, fatigue, constipation, depressed immunity,
food allergy, fever, chills, heartburn, stomach pain, inflammatory
bowel disease, lower back pain, itchy anus, rash and skin itching,
hives, weight loss, arthritis, bloody stools, mucus in the stool,
colitis, Crohn’s disease, flatulence, foul-smelling stools,
malabsorption, rectal bleeding, mood changes (depression, irritability),
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective;
level of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult
your doctor when taking any and all supplements.
Super Prescriptions – Parasites
Prescription #1 Black walnut (Juglans nigra)
Adults should take 30 drops or 250 mg three times daily.
This herb has a long history of use by herbalists and
naturopathic doctors for the treatment of parasites.
Prescription # 2 Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Take 20 drops or 200 mg three times daily with meals.
Wormwood is a common herbal therapy for parasites and
is generally used in a combination formula.
Prescription #3 Coptis (gold thread)
Take 20 drops or 200 mg three times daily with meals.
This Chinese herb has anti-parasitic effects.
Prescription #4 Oregano
oil (Origanum vulgare) - LifeSource
Take 500 mg of the capsule form four times daily or as
directed on the container. Oregano oil has powerful antibacterial
and anti-parasitic effects.
Prescription #5 Grapefruit seed extract
Take as directed on the container for a powerful anti-parasitic
Prescription #6 Echinacea
/ Goldenseal Root - LifeSource
Take 450 mg daily. Echinacea & Goldenseal helps fight
infections in the digestive tract.
Prescription #7 Ginger
Root - LifeSource
Take 500 to 1,000mg. daily. Ginger has anti-parasitic
effects and reduces intestinal bloating and cramping.
interfere with the normal activities of the cells they infect,
which may lead to symptoms and disease. The secretions released
by a parasite can trigger a bodily response in which the immune
system attacks its own tissues. This is known as an autoimmune
reaction. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s
disease. Not all parasites are necessarily harmful. Some parasites
live symbiotically in the digestive tract. It is thought that
certain parasites become a problem only when the environment
of the body changes. For example, dysbiosis—the imbalance
between friendly and potentially harmful bacteria in the digestive
tract—can lead to certain parasites becoming pathogenic
(disease causing). The nutritional status of a person, as well
as a compromised immune system, dictates whether a parasite
can become a problem.
Parasites are commonly transmitted through food that is contaminated
with fecal matter (e.g. from food preparers who do not wash
their hands after going to the restroom), waste, and the water
are many different types of parasites. Following are some of
the more common ones in North America.
hominis. This parasite is detected in a high number of stool
tests. Researchers are unclear whether it is a pathogen, because
many people carry it but do not have symptoms. However, it
can cause various digestive symptoms, such as cramps, nausea,
weight loss, bloating, and others. It is also associated with
conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue,
fragilis. Symptoms of this parasite, which resides in the
large intestine, include diarrhea and abdominal pain.
histolytica. This amoeba is linked to diarrhea and a variety
of digestive symptoms.
This is one of the most common parasites found in humans.
It is transmitted through water, in food, between children
in day-care centers, via a fecal-oral route, or through sexual
intercourse. Epidemics from contaminated streams and community
water systems occur every year in the United States.
This is transmitted through contaminated food and water and
from person-to-person contact. Explosive diarrhea is a common
symptom. This parasite is of particular concern for children
who are HIV-positive, as their immune systems may not be able
to fight off the parasite, making it a life-threatening condition.
lumbroides. This parasite causes the most common human worm
infection in the world. Infection is common in the southeastern
United States. In children, it can cause abdominal cramps
and malnutrition. Fecal-oral transmission often occurs via
uncooked or unwashed vegetables.
Hookworm is not as common in the United States as in other
parts of the world, yet cases do occur. It usually causes
no symptoms, although a skin itch may be present. Acute symptoms
can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia,
and many others. These worms can live up to ten years. They
are transmitted via direct contact with soil containing the
eggs of hookworms.
Strongyloides. The eggs of these worms can penetrate the skin
and migrate to the lungs and the intestines. Most infections
occur via the fecal-oral route. Infected people may be asymptomatic
or may have various digestive problems. Live and nervous system
infection can also be serious problems.
Infection occurs from eating undercooked or processed meat.
There may be no symptoms, or else nausea, abdominal cramps,
fever, and muscle pain (larvae can invade muscle tissue) can
The conventional treatment focuses on anti-parasitic medications
to eradicate the infection. Toxicity and side effects vary for
first step in treating a parasitic infection is to get a proper
diagnosis. This is mainly dependent on a stool analysis. We highly
recommend using a laboratory that specializes in comprehensive
parasitology testing. Many of the stool tests done by clinics
are not sensitive enough to pick up all the different forms of
parasites. Certain blood tests by your doctor can also help to
pinpoint a diagnosis. In some cases, we treat patients for a parasite
infection when they have the symptoms and the history that match
a parasite infection, even though the lab testing does not show
a positive result. Some parasitic infections are hard to detect,
but when diagnosis is uncertain, they should be treated. Natural
therapies work well and should be used for a minimum of two months.
One standard that many natural health practitioners follow is
to treat for one additional month after the symptoms of a parasite
infection have cleared. In some cases, conventional anti-parasitic
medication may also be required. Please note that natural treatment
of parasitic infections should be done under the guidance of a
knowledgeable health-care practitioner or doctor. Pregnant women
should not follow the parasitic protocol in this section.
Mood changes (depression, irritability)
food or water
Dysbiosis (imbalanced gut flora)
Fresh garlic, ginger, and onions are excellent as prepared foods,
because they have been shown to have anti-parasitic effects.
seeds kill worms and parasites. They can be ground up if desired.
Consume ¼ cup to ½ cup daily with 8 oz of water.
has anti-worm effects.
Foods to Avoid
Sugar products should be reduced or avoided to optimize the health
of your immune system.
(Mentha piperita) has been shown to be effective against some
parasites. Take 2 ml or drink a fresh cup of tea four times
Take a probiotics containing at least 4 billion active organisms
twice daily, thirty minutes after meals. It supplies friendly
bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus.
A combination parasitic homeopathic remedy helps stimulate the
immune system to fight off an infection. Take as directed on
Propolis has been shown to fight certain parasitic infections,
such as giardia. Take 500 mg or 30 drops four times daily.
Rhubarb (Rheum officinale) is often used in parasite formulas
as a stimulating laxative to help clear the intestines of a
parasite. Take as directed on the container.