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If you have (or think you have) intestinal parasites, you may be interested in natural remedies to help restore your health.
Intestinal parasites are typically caused by protozoa (single-celled organisms that can multiply within your body) or helminths (worms and larvae that can't multiply in the human body). The most common types of protozoa in the U.S. include Giardia and Cryptosporidium and the most common helminths are pinworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and roundworms.
In many cases, intestinal parasites are transmitted through contact with infected feces (usually by way of contaminated food, soil, or water). Risk factors for intestinal parasites include living in or visiting an area known to have parasites, poor sanitation, poor hygiene, exposure to child and institutional care centers, and having a weakened immune system.
Symptoms to Note
Symptoms of intestinal parasites include:
- Fatigue or weakness
- Passing a worm in your stool
- Stomach pain or tenderness
- Weight loss
If you think you might have intestinal parasites, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your doctor may order testing (including stool testing), prescribe treatment, and recommend preventative measures. After treatment, your doctor will likely order fecal testing to be sure that the parasites are gone.
Natural Remedies for Intestinal Parasites
Although there's a lack of clinical trials testing the effects of natural remedies in the treatment of intestinal parasites, some preliminary research suggests that certain herbs and dietary supplements may have potential.
Here's a look at several key findings from the available research:
A compound available in a variety of herbs such as the European barberry (Berberis vulgaris), berberine has been found to fight off intestinal parasites in several preliminary studies. In a report published in the Iranian Journal of Parasitology in 2014, for example, berberine extracted from barberry demonstrated activity that may help protect against tapeworm infection.
Along with barberry, berberine is found in herbs like goldenseal and coptis.
Practitioners of natural medicine sometimes recommend certain dietary strategies in the treatment of intestinal parasites.
These strategies include:
- Temporarily avoiding coffee, refined sugar, alcohol, and refined grains
- Including more garlic in your meals
- Increasing your consumption of carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and other foods high in beta-carotene (a precursor for vitamin A, which may increase resistance to penetration by helminths)
- Rebuilding beneficial bacteria in your gut by loading up on probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt
- Eating foods rich in vitamin C and B vitamins
Some practitioners also suggest an intestinal cleanse or detox, an approach that involves pairing a high-fiber diet with supplements said to aid your body in clearing out intestinal parasites.
These supplements include psyllium, beetroot, and flaxseeds.
There's currently a lack of scientific support for the claim that dietary strategies or intestinal cleansing can help treat intestinal parasites.