Anti Parasitic Herbs
Parasitic infection is a common health issue that many people suffer from, and most are completely unaware of it. In fact, parasitic infection is much more common than most people think, with an estimated 3.5 billion people suffering from parasites globally.
Out of the 3.5 billion people infected with intestinal parasites, about 450 million are estimated to have clinical symptoms, while more than 2 billion people are considered chronically infected with intestinal parasites, and more than 200,000 deaths occur due to intestinal parasite infections every year.
While parasites are certainly more prevalent in areas with poor personal hygiene and environmental sanitation, they exist in every ecosystem, and are abundant in first world countries as well. The CDC states that more than 300,000 people living in the United States are infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease; at least 14 percent of the U.S. population has been exposed to Toxocara, the parasite that causes toxocariasis; more than 60 million people in the United States are chronically infected with Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis; and the Trichomonas parasite affects more than 3.7 million people in the United States.
Parasites are everywhere, and they effect billions of people worldwide. While some parasites cause little harm, others may cause severe damage to our health. Regardless, a parasite is a creature that lives at the expense of a host. In humans, parasites that live inside us use up our vitamins, proteins and other nutrients, depriving us of optimal nutrition. Not only do they steal nutrients from our body, they also eliminate waste inside us, releasing their toxic bacteria and viruses.
Why Don’t We Know More About Parasites?
Although parasites are incredibly common, there are many reasons why most people are so unaware of them. Parasites are an unpopular subject because they are considered to be a pretty gross and uncomfortable issue to discuss for most people (who wants to consider that they may have worms or other parasites inside them?) This also causes a lot of fear and resistance to learning about parasites.
Parasitic infection may be an uncomfortable thing to consider, but that doesn’t mean that parasites don’t exist or that infection cannot happen, and the more educated we are about parasites, the better we can understand them, how we get them, how they affect our health, and how to eliminate them from our bodies and stay parasite-free.
Many parasites are also microscopic, so they cannot be seen by the naked eye and require scientific instruments to be visible to us. Some parasites, such as different species of worms, are visible but are still typically small in size, and due to the nature of their lifestyle, they are experts at remaining undetected by their host. These characteristics have made it challenging to identify parasites and parasitic infections until recent years, though there is still much that we do not know.
We do know, however, that parasites can create a wide range of health issues, ranging from mild to severe and potentially even fatal illness. Parasitic infection is much more common than one might think and can cause a wide range of symptoms.
Symptoms of Parasitic Infection
According to the University of Maryland, “Parasites can live within the intestines for years without causing any symptoms,” making it hard to know whether we have them or not. A lot of the symptoms of intestinal parasites are also similar to many other disorders such as candida overgrowth, infection, etc., however, with the abundance of parasites and the ease of which they can enter our bodies, some, if not most, common health issues may be the result of parasitic infection. If you have any of these symptoms, it is possible that parasites could be the cause:
- gas and bloating
- irritable bowel syndrome
- painful menstruation
- joint and muscle aches
- cravings, especially sugar
- skin conditions – mostly irritation/itching at nose, ears, eyes, anus – but also potentially rashes, hives, eczema
- sleep disorders
- hyperactivity, anxiety
- teeth grinding
- chronic fatigue
- fuzzy thinking
- runny nose
- blisters on lower lip inside mouth
- loss of appetite
- bad taste in the mouth
- vomiting (may return several times a year)
- weight gain OR may have trouble gaining weight
- food allergies
- dark areas under eyes
As you can see, many common ailments can be linked to parasites. So, what do we do to alleviate these symptoms and rid our bodies of these harmful creatures? Cleanse. We have to take a proactive approach to get rid of these organisms with the support of powerful medicinal herbs, diet, and the right protocol for parasite detoxification. If you are wondering how to do this, read our blog on "How to do a Parasite Detox Cleanse."
Top Herbs for Getting Rid of Parasites
While the subject of parasites is complex, you can cleanse your body of these unwanted creatures by using three simple herbs: Wormwood, Green Black Walnut Hulls, and Fresh Cloves. These anthelmintic herbs have been used for centuries and are the best herbs for killing parasites. Each one of these herbs has strong anthelmintic properties, meaning they are wonderful at expelling parasitic worms from the body. Together, these three herbs make up what is traditionally known as “wormwood complex,” and are the ingredients that also make up our Parasite Detox Formula.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthum) is a plant that has been used medicinally for centuries, and in ancient Greece, wormwood was most commonly used for the expulsion of worms – hence the name wormwood. Today, the primary use of wormwood remains the same—it is one of nature’s most powerful anthelmintic herbs for killing and removing parasites from the body.
A study published in the Journal of Helminthology showed that wormwood induces paralysis and death in parasites as effectively as some of the leading anti-parasitic medications. Wormwood’s effectiveness in eliminating malaria—a fever caused by a protozoan parasite—is also well-documented.
Wormwood’s ability to kill parasites is largely attributed to α-Thujone, a bioactive compound in the plant that has been shown to have powerful anthelmintic (anti-parasitic) properties. It is especially effective at killing helminths (worms).
Green Black Walnut Hulls
Black walnuts (Juglans nigra) grow abundantly across the United States, and they are the second most cultivated walnut in North America, after English walnuts. The walnut has 3 main parts: the kernel, a dry outer covering called a hull, and a hard shell. While you can eat the kernel raw or press it for oil, the fresh green hulls actually contain antioxidants that are used in extracts and supplements for medicinal purposes.
The fresh green hulls of black walnuts have many medicinal uses. Many cultures have used Black Walnut hulls to support a healthy intestinal environment and have eaten the nuts for their rich Omega 3 essential fatty acid content, vitamin C and flavor. The astringency from the tannins in the hulls and leaves have led herbalists over the years to include Black Walnut in topical applications for the skin. Perhaps the most common use, however, is for detoxification and killing intestinal parasites.
The green hulls of black walnuts contain a brown pigment called Juglone that acts strongly against parasites. Juglone exerts its effect by inhibiting certain enzymes needed for metabolic function. It’s highly toxic to many insect herbivores and is often used by organic gardeners as a natural pesticide. According to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, black walnut is effective anthelmintic herb against ringworm, tapeworm, pin or thread worm, and other parasites of the intestine.
Many people are familiar with cloves as a culinary spice, but not as many people are aware of the impressive health benefits and medicinal uses of cloves. Cloves are actually flower buds of the clove tree (Syzygium aromaticum), an evergreen tree native to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia. Animal studies suggest that the compounds found in cloves could have a number of health benefits, including supporting liver health and helping to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Cloves have a number of uses. Most commonly cloves are used as a culinary spice, however there are many medicinal uses for cloves as well. Cloves are commonly applied directly to the gums for toothache, pain control during dental work, and other dental-related issues. They are also commonly used in the treatment of parasitic worm infections.
Cloves contain a powerful chemical compound in their oil known as Eugenol. Eugenol is responsible for many of cloves medicinal benefit, and it is also well-known for its anti-parasitic properties. Studies have shown that cloves may also be an effective treatment for Schistosomiasis, one of the most prevalent helminthic infections worldwide, with an estimated number of 391 to 587 million active infections in 78 countries.
Other Herbs for Killing Parasites
While Wormwood, Green Black Walnut Hulls, and Cloves are certainly the strongest and most effective herbs for killing parasites, there are other herbs that may also be supportive for this purpose.
While these may be more easily classified as a “seed” than an herb, pumpkin seeds are known to help with roundworm infections in the intestinal tract. They are able to kill parasite eggs as they contain a natural fat which is toxic to them. These seeds have the ability to paralyze worms to get them dropping off the intestinal walls.
Such an anti-parasitic activity of pumpkin seeds makes them a powerful herb for parasite infections. Additionally, pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of vitamin B and Zinc helping the immune system to work optimally.
Fennel seed is traditionally used as a medicinal herb for digestion, appetite and diuretic purposes. It is also known to relieves symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, nausea and gas caused by parasites. Herbal teas prepared out of fennel seed can be used to treat stomach spasms caused by infections and other conditions affecting the gastrointestinal system. It can be used in combination with other herbs to kill parasites in a natural way.
Oregano contains powerful antimicrobial compounds. It has been known to show diverse activity against viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi. Oregano oil is specifically effective on bacteria such as MRSA which have become resistant to treatments, and is a great natural herb for killing parasites and unwanted microbes.
Garlic is one of the most effective herbs to clear the body of unwanted organisms. The cloves of garlic are known to slow and kill more than 60 fungus types and 20 bacteria varieties in addition to some of the most dangerous viruses. Garlic is also used traditionally to kill parasites and control fungal infections. It has antioxidant properties that protect the body against oxidation caused by parasites. Chopped or crushed garlic releases an active component called allicin which also strongly contributes to killing parasites.
Using Herbs for Parasite Cleansing
The best herbs for killing parasites are the three herbs that make up “wormwood complex.” The other herbs work best as supportive herbs that complement the primary herbs when used during a whole parasite detox cleanse. However, it is very important that one know how to best make use of these powerful herbal medicines. You need to ensure that these herbs are actually being absorbed by the body, and that you are actually getting the amounts needed to be effective for killing and eliminating parasites. Because of this, many parasite cleanses require one to take upwards of 15 capsules at a time, which may offer the right quantity, but are typically not the most absorbable for the body.
Instead of needing to follow this painstaking task, our team has developed a more user-friendly way to get the high dosages of these herbs into the body in a form that is actually absorbable. Our formula is a high-grade concentration of these herbs extracted in 85% organic alcohol, and the herbs are each wildcrafted and of the highest quality.
The combination of these three herbs, when taken in the right dosages and in a bioavailable form, helps support the body's effective detoxification of both the egg and the adult stages of 100 different internal parasites, including amoebas, giardia, many worms, and liver flukes.
Other Natural Parasite Cleansing Nutrients
Like anything in life, there is a right way to do something and there is an incorrect way to do something. When it comes to cleansing the body of parasites, you really want to make sure that you are doing it right. Read this guide on how to use our Parasite Detox Tonic and also check out our blog on parasite die off side effects.
To make sure you are getting the most out of a parasite cleanse, you want to make sure that the body’s detoxification pathways are open and eliminating effectively—especially the primary detoxification pathway of the digestive system. In other words, you want to make sure that you are eliminating waste efficiently, and so, a colon cleanse is recommended to do alongside a parasite cleanse.
One of the best ways to cleanse the colon is by drinking a lot of purified water, eating plenty of fiber (both soluble and insoluble), and consuming a tablespoon of Ground Chia Seeds along with our Fulvic Acid & Trace Minerals Tonic, as the combination of these ingredients helps to bind and move waste out of the gut.
Parasites often contain heavy metals in their body, and when killed, these metals may be released into our body. Fulvic Acid is also a powerful chelator that may bind to heavy metals and effectively eliminate them from the body, and so, it is also recommended to consume Fulvic Acid for this purpose, as it is highly supportive to detoxification.
This formula is a therapeutic grade extract and is very potent. When using this formula, one may also kill small amounts of the beneficial bacteria in the gut as well as the intestinal parasites. To restore this beneficial bacteria, consume 1 capsule of our pharmaceutical grade Multi Strain Probiotic Complex each day on an empty stomach. This formula contains clinically studied beneficial strains of bacteria that help with repopulating the gut with healthy bacteria. Repopulating the gut with beneficial bacteria also increases the effectiveness of this formula at cleansing parasites, fungus, and bad bacteria.
To optimize your cleanse, be sure to also eat a parasite cleanse diet that supports the elimination of parasites.
Staying Free of Harmful Parasites
Cleansing with our Parasite Detox Formula a couple times each year, eating a balanced whole foods diet, and following proper eating protocols that support digestion, while also doing your best to avoid some of the major sources of parasitic infection, is the best way to maintain a healthy body free of harmful parasites.
Parasites are common, and it is likely that we will all have to deal with a parasite (or many parasites) throughout our lives—whether we are aware of it or not. Parasites also often underlie many harmful health conditions. Even though they are common, you can protect yourself and your health from these toxic organisms by cleansing the body of them regularly and focusing on eating a healthy diet and leading a healthy lifestyle, so as to limit your exposure and chance of infection. Your health is in your hands, and with the right knowledge, and the right tools available, you can truly become the master of your own health and wellness.