Did you know that at any given time, the human body might be infected with any number of intestinal worms or parasites? Some are microscopic while others are visible to the naked eye. Some intestinal worms or parasites are found more often in animals – e.g., the bloodworm, which typically infects horses – and others may affect humans more often, such as the roundworm.
In all, there are more than 3,200 types of parasites and they are divided into the following categories: Cestoda, Nematoda, Protozoa, and Trematoda. Just a few of the different types of parasites that may infect humans include: hookworms, pinworms, and roundworms (Nematodes), giardia (Protozoa), flat worms, (Trematoda), and tapeworms, (Cestodes).
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While the most common type of human parasite is the roundworm (it is estimated that one in every four humans is infected with roundworms), tapeworm is also a common human and pet worm. It is important to keep in mind, however, that human parasites rarely cause any serious (or fatal) complications in Europe and North America.
No matter what type of intestinal worm the human body may be infected with, whether it’s a bloodworm that somehow made its way into your system (extremely rare) or a tapeworm, the vast majority of parasites can cause some of the same unpleasant symptoms, While unpleasant, these symptoms make tape worm and other intestinal parasites easier to diagnose. Symptoms of intestinal worms and other parasites in the human body may include:
Loss of appetite
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It is important to keep in mind that these symptoms are also common symptoms for many other diseases and conditions, so its best to consult your physician for an accurate diagnosis. Your physician will test for intestinal worms by taking a feces sample and examining it for full-grown parasites and/or eggs. Fortunately, the vast majority of intestinal parasites can be eliminated by using some of the same methods or by ingesting some of the same types of medications or antibiotics.
Tapeworms can be eliminated from the body through the use of colon cleansers and/or colonics, several rounds of antibiotics or medications as prescribed by your physician, or by utilizing a number of different herbal or natural remedies. It’s best to consult an herbalist for the very best herbal remedies to get rid of intestinal parasites. There are, however, several popular and effective well-known remedies consisting of the following combinations of herbs and ingredients:
Black walnut leaves, wormwood, quassia, cloves, male fern
Capsicum, wormwood, sage
Cramp bark, pumpkin seed, capsicum, thyme, garlic
Black walnut, pine needles, sassafras
Herbal remedies should be taken orally for a minimum of two weeks.
Some individuals may complain of re-infection. It is so important to change your eating habits immediately if you suspect a parasite infection and it’s best not to go back to your regular eating habits in order to prevent re-infection. There are certain foods, spices, and beverages that can help ward off intestinal worm infections or keep you from becoming infected through food or water sources. These include:
Apple cider vinegar
Bottled or distilled water
Thoroughly cooked meats and seafood
Organic fruits and vegetables, washed thoroughly
Avoid the following foods and activities if at all possible:
Swimming in lakes, rivers, streams
Using a microwave to cook meats
And finally, never underestimate the power of clean hands. You should always wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom whether it is in your own home or in a public place. Wash kitchen utensils and countertops with hot soapy water after each use and wear gloves when changing your cats litter box or cleaning up after your pets.