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What Are Intestinal Parasites?
Intestinal parasites, also known as intestinal worms, are gastrointestinal tract parasites that usually attach themselves to the intestinal wall. There are different kinds of intestinal parasites that usually cause infections. Some of the worst kinds include pinworm, tapeworm, whipworm, and roundworm.
How Do Intestinal Parasites Infect Us?
These intestinal parasites usually enter the body through food or water. They can also be transmitted through skin contact, sexual contact, mosquitoes, and even air. Usually, intestinal parasites occur when you follow poor hygiene. They sometimes affect people that have weak immune systems.
Intestinal parasites affect people who live in tropical and sub-tropical regions more when compared to other regions. It has been found that they affect adults and children alike, all around the world.
Home Remedies For Intestinal Worms Or Parasites
There are many naturally occurring remedies for intestinal parasites. Listed here are some popular ones.
Garlic is one of the most widely used spices in the world. It is also a strong anti-parasitic that helps purge all kinds of intestinal parasites. Garlic has high amounts of sulfur. Sulfur-containing amino acids usually have anti-parasitic characteristics. Garlic is also antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, and has strong antioxidant properties, which help eliminate microbes from the body (2).
This is one of the most reliable and time-tested remedies for treating itching of the rectum due to intestinal worms. Make a paste of raw garlic and vaseline and apply around the region. This kills the eggs and reduces the itch. If three cloves of garlic are eaten every day, its antifungal property also helps in getting rid of the worms.
2. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds have a compound called cucurbitacin that has strong anti-parasitic properties that paralyze parasites. In this state, they can’t hold onto the intestinal walls and are flushed from the body.
These seeds help in killing tapeworms and roundworms. You can either chew the seeds raw or make a powder of the seeds and mix with juice. After a few hours, take a dose of laxative to cleanse your digestive tracts.
3. Neem (Indian Lilac)
Neem, also known as Indian Lilac, is one of the best natural remedies for intestinal parasites. Neem has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-parasitic characteristics that not only kill parasites but help remove toxins that are left behind by dead parasites.
Rich in beta-carotene, carrots are quite effective for flushing intestinal worms from the body. Vitamin A has been known to dissolve parasite spores. Carrots are rich sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, with the latter two helping boost immunity.
5. Black Walnut
Drinking the concentrated juice of unripe hulls of black walnut helps in getting rid of intestinal worms. They are mostly used in cases of ringworm.