How Do I Choose the Best Parasite Treatment?

Some parasite treatments require the use of prescription antibiotics.
Freshly ground cloves can be used to help eliminate parasites.
Pumpkin seeds can help prevent stomach parasites.
Pomegranate juice can help reduce parasites.
Drinking apple cider vinegar before meals can help with a parasite treatment.
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A number of natural remedies and conventional treatments exist to combat the presence of intestinal parasites. The best parasite treatment for an individual will likely depend on the severity of infection and the type of parasites in the host's body. When deciding on a treatment, factors like time, money, and health insurance may also play a role in the treatment undertaken.

Natural remedies can be just as effective as their conventional counterparts and many of the tools necessary to complete an intestinal cleanse can be found in the average kitchen. For example, herbs such as wormwood, black hull nut, and cloves are the three most important ingredients in any parasite cleanse. Starting an intestinal cleanse in the kitchen can also mean that the infected person can maintain a diet that is anti-parasite and anti-infection. Foods like garlic, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate juice, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and probiotic yogurt can be incorporated into the diet so that the infected person can make his or her intestines inhospitable to stomach parasites.


Those with health insurance may consider visiting a medical professional for treatment. Conventional treatment may require that an infected person be administered certain drugs depending on what type of worm is in the individual's system. For example, mebendazole has been determined to treat hookworm, roundworm and pinworm infections successfully. Thiabendazole is the best treatment for porkworms and threadworms. Two separate drugs may also be capable of treating one type of worm. Metronidazole and nitazoxanide can treat giardiasis infections, and the latter can also rid the body of cryptosporidiosis infections.

Seeing a licensed healthcare provider may be necessary if a person is infected with large worms or suffers from severe health problems because of the infection. Surgery to remove blockages, for example, can only be performed by a medical professional. In addition, if someone is not capable of devoting the required amount of time into a parasite cleanse or keeping up with the lifestyle and dietary changes that it necessitates, taking pharmaceutical drugs as a parasite treatment may be the more practical option. Both natural and conventional programs assume that the infected person has chosen a specific treatment because he or she can see it through until completion; otherwise, the risk of reinfection is high.


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Post 9

Anon 138445 should go to a doctor right away and ask to see a specialist who deals with tropical diseases. A good naturopath could probably help as well.

Post 7

I think it's definitely important to finish the course of whatever human parasite treatment method you choose. Just like antibiotics, if you stop before you're done taking the medication, it won't solve the problem. In fact, it will just make it worse!

I know when you stop taking antibiotics before your course is done, it just leaves all the strong bacteria. I imagine it might be the same way for parasite treatment too.

Post 6

@eidetic - It's easy to say people should go to the doctor, but if you don't have insurance, it can be extremely expensive. Even if they are willing to give you a bit of a discount for paying cash, going to the doctor can still be pricey. And then you have to worry about paying for the medications!

I can totally understand why someone would want to choose a natural treatment first. Natural treatments are usually safer, and sometimes have fewer side effects than conventional medicines.

If it was me, I would probably try the natural way first and then go to the doctor for conventional parasitic worms treatment if it didn't work.

Post 5

I think that even if you don't have health insurance, visiting a doctor for intestinal parasite treatment is probably a good idea. I'm all for using natural remedies for minor problems, but parasites aren't exactly a minor problem.

They can multiply, and spread throughout your body. I think some parasites are even life threatening! If I had one, I would want to use a conventional treatment that I knew would work quickly. I wouldn't want to mess around when it comes to parasites in my body.

Also, sometimes when you don't have insurance, you can find a doctor who will work with you and give you a discount if you pay cash. It's always worth asking!

Post 4

I've heard that jaggery is a good stomach parasite treatment. But I've never tried it so I don't know if it works.

Like garlic and cloves, I think cinnamon and ginger have anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties too. I wonder if these would help get rid of parasites as well?

By the way, I have friends and relatives who have tried both tea tree oil and neem oil for skin parasites (like ringworm) and these cured what topical ointments and oral antibiotics couldn't. My aunt picked up ringworm while traveling and she used three trials of antibiotics for it. It would seem to go away at first but always returned after she finished the antibiotics. Applying tea tree oil topically got rid of it for good.

Post 3

My son, who was five year old then, was constantly complaining of anal itching a couple of years ago. I learned that this is one of the symptoms of a parasitic infection and started searching for home remedies.

I'm not against using prescription drugs. But I know that the drugs for parasites can also end up killing good bacteria in the digestive system. So I wanted to try some safe home remedies first and if that didn't work, then I can go for allopathic treatments.

First I wanted to try garlic which is said to be extremely effective at killing parasites. But getting a five year old to eat garlic is not easy. Then I heard about black walnut tincture. People who have used this say it's very effective and similar to wormwood. I found the tincture at an all natural store and diluted it with water. My son was able to drink this without problems and after a week, he stopped complaining about the itching.

I should mention that I diluted the tincture a lot, much more than suggested. Children are really sensitive so I wanted to make sure I didn't use too much. No matter how safe natural parasite treatments may appear to be, I still think of them as medicine and use them cautiously.

Post 2

@anon138445-- My mom treated my brother and I with pumpkin seeds when we got worms as children. She fed us pumpkin seeds with the shells for a couple of weeks. Apparently, this kills all parasites.

Eating shelled pumpkin seeds can be hard though. You can crush them and mix them with other foods to make it easier to eat.

If this doesn't work, then you should see a doctor for parasitic treatment. Some parasites are really hard to get rid of and can grow and multiply really quickly. If you happen to have that kind and you delay treatment, you might even have to have surgery to remove the parasites. So it's best to act fast and use prescription drugs if you need to.

Post 1

Well, i just feel really sick and i need to know if i have a parasite. can you please help me. by the way i went to egypt and ate the cheap falafel on the roadside. what should i do?

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