[toc]Parasites are small micro-organisms that live in the body of the human and are responsible for causing various parasitic diseases and ailments. Parasites can occur in any organ of the body like intestines, skin, scalp, genital organs etc.
Parasites can enter the human body through contaminated food and water, vegetables, grains, fish, meat etc. They can also be spread from one person to another through sexual contact, sharing of utensils and drinking water etc.The most common types of parasites causing diseases in man are roundworm, tapeworm and flukes.
The parasites usually inhibit the functioning of the digestive system and release toxins which cause diseases like dysentery, diarrhea, constipation, gas, nausea, pain in the stomach, bloody stools, dry skin, itchy anus and skin, rashes, eczema, sores, herpes, weight and appetite problems etc. A person affected with parasitic disease often experiences acute weakness, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia etc. Below mentioned are some herbs which are very effective in removing parasites and worms from the body.
8 Herbal Remedies For Parasites
Wormwood as the name suggests, is a very effective and traditional herbal remedy for getting rid of all kinds of worms and parasites in the body. Wormwood contains chemical compounds which help in weakening the cell membrane and structure of the parasites, thereby making them inactive and subsequently killing them. Wormwood is a very powerful anti-worm agent and is effective in eliminating tapeworms, threadworms and roundworms of all variety.
The anti-parasitic property of Wormwood makes it one of the important ingredient of many parasite cleansing formulas available in the market. Wormwood is very bitter in taste and is available for internal consumption in form of capsules, tonics, extracts etc. However, wormwood should not be used for extended time period as it is toxic in nature. It is also recommended to use Wormwood only in consultation with a good herbalist, as it can prove to be dangerous if taken in large amounts.
Tansy is yet another very popular ancient herbal remedy used for getting rid of parasites in the body. The main active component of Tansy is Thujone, which helps in killing the parasites. The flowers and seeds of Tansy are rich in medicinal properties and are especially effective in expelling the parasites from the body. Tansy helps in repelling the pinworm, roundworm and threadworm from the intestine.
Although, Tansy is very effective for intestinal parasites, it is also highly toxic when taken in large doses for long period of time. Hence, it is advised to seek a good herbalist before consuming Tansy for intestinal parasites. Tansy can be consumed in form of herbal tea, tonics etc. It can also be applied externally in form of poultice to repel lice and skin parasites.
Goldenseal is a very popular herbal remedy to remove parasites from the body. The main component of Goldenseal is berberine and hydrastine, which effectively kills the parasites residing in the intestine. Goldenseal is a very popular vermifuge used to kill hookworm, pinworm, ringworm etc. It is best effective when used in combination with garlic.
Goldenseal is bitter in taste and can be used in form of tincture, capsules, tonic etc. It can also be used externally for skin parasites in form of skin wash, herbal compress, poultice, oil, powder etc.
Black Walnut is another very powerful and safe herbal remedy used for removing parasites from the intestine. Juglone, is the main active ingredient of Black Walnut which helps in killing the parasites, worms, bacteria, fungus and viruses causing disease in man. The Black walnut helps in oxygenating the blood, which subsequently kills the worms in the intestine.
The nut hulls and bark of the Black walnut are rich in medicinal properties and is used both internally and externally to kill parasites. Black walnut can be consumed internally in form of tea, tonic, extract, tincture etc. It can also be applied topically in form of powder, skin wash, ointment etc., to rid of itching and swelling caused by parasites.
Butternut is also a very effective anti-parasitic herbal remedy used traditionally to get rid of Parasites inhabiting the intestines. Butternut also contains Juglone, which effectively kills the parasites in the intestine and subsequently removes it from the body. This herb is also a very good laxative, which helps in removing constipation along with intestinal parasites through stools.
The inner bark of butternut is rich in medicinal properties and is used to make medicines to combat parasites. Butternut can be consumed in form of herbal tea, tincture, capsules etc.
Elecampane also popularly known as scabwort, is very beneficial herb for killing parasites. It is very effective in killing the intestinal parasites like threadworm, whipworm, roundworm and hookworm. Along with removing the parasites from the body, Elecampane also helps in improving the digestion of the system.
The root of Elecampane is rich in medicinal properties and is available in form of herbal tea, capsules, tincture, decoctions etc. It is also available in form of skin wash, ointment, poultice etc., to treat scabies, herpes and other skin diseases caused due to parasites.
Feverfew has been used since medieval times to kill the intestinal parasites inhabiting the body. Feverfew contains chemical components known as sesquiterpene lactones, which helps in killing the parasites by destroying their cell membrane and structure. Feverfew is also very effective in relaxing the body and removing stomach and head aches.
Feverfew is also very rich in insect repelling properties and can be applied externally on the skin to get rid of insect and bee stings. The leaves and flowers of Feverfew contain medicinal properties and can be consumed in form of extracts, capsules, tonic etc.
Agrimony is yet another very effective herbal remedy to get rid of parasites. Agrimony is rich in chemical compounds known as agrimophol, which inhibits the attachment of parasites to the intestinal wall. The parasites are then eliminated from the body via the stool and urine. Agrimony also helps in destroying the micro-organisms and bacteria responsible for dysentery and diarrhea in the body.
Agrimony has a very bitter taste but is mild in nature. Due to this it can be used safely in case of children suffering from intestinal parasites. Agrimony can be consumed internally in form of herbal tea, decoction etc. It can also be used externally in form of skin ointments to get rid of skin parasites like ringworm etc.