Parasitic worms need a host. They use the host for sustenance and to reproduce. Certain types of parasites feed on materials found in the intestines and other parts of the digestive system. While parasitic worms are rarely fatal, if left untreated, they can continue to thrive and grow in number, causing a number of unpleasant symptoms. Just think, according to CNN Heath, it is now estimated that an adult tapeworm can measure up to 50 feet long and it can live up to 20 years.
If left untreated, worms in the human body can cause everything from anemia to rashes to weakness. Symptoms of worms include:
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Loss of appetite
The symptoms you will experience depend on the type of worm. There are more than 3,200 types of parasites in existence today and at any given time the human body may be infected with dozens of them. The most common parasite in humans is the worm. Parasites are either Cestoda, Nematoda, Protozoa, or Trematoda. Some parasitic worms are microscopic while others are easy to identify by sight.
Just a few of the different types of worms that infect humans include: tapeworms, (Cestodes); hookworms, pinworms, and roundworms (Nematodes); giardia (Protozoa); and flat worms, (Trematoda). The most common type of human intestinal worm is the roundworm. It is estimated that one in every four humans is infected with roundworms. It is important to keep in mind, however, that parasites rarely cause any serious (or fatal) complications in Europe and North America.
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Symptoms of worms are also common symptoms for many other diseases and conditions, so its best to consult a physician for an accurate diagnosis. A physician will test for parasites by taking a feces sample and examining it for parasites and/or eggs. Fortunately, the vast majority of parasites can be eliminated by using identical methods for each type of infection or by using antibiotics that target several different types of parasitic worms. First, parasites can be eliminated from the body through the use of colon cleansers and/or colonics, several rounds of antibiotics or medications as prescribed by a physician, and/or by utilizing a number of different herbal or natural remedies.
Before using any herbal remedy, please discuss your options with a professional herbalist for the very best (and safest) remedies. Some of the most popular herbal remedies for worms include:
Black walnut leaves, wormwood, quassia, cloves, male fern
Capsicum, wormwood, sage
Cramp bark, pumpkin seed, capsicum, thyme, garlic
Black walnut, pine needles, sassafras
In general, herbal remedies should be taken orally for a minimum of two weeks. Some individuals may complain of re-infection. It is very important to change your eating habits immediately if you suspect a parasite or worm infection. It’s best not to go back to your regular eating habits in order to prevent re-infection. Certain foods, spices, and beverages might help to ward off parasite infections or they will 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, an streams
Using the microwave to cook meats
Never underestimate the power of clean hands. You should always wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom whether it is in your home or a public facility. You should always 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.