“The food you eat can be either the safest and the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Intestinal worms are parasites that gain entrance into the human’s gastrointestinal tract via mouth. These worms encompass millions of species, among which the most common ones are roundworms, pinworms (usually afflicts a child’s gut), tapeworms, hookworms, threadworms, whipworm, and the list goes on. Causes include poor hygiene; poor sanitary living environment; transmitted directly from person to person via ingestion of fecally contaminated food; ingestion of raw or undercooked meat/poultry/fish; or carried by a vector such as flies.
These intestinal worms trigger diversified symptoms: a) gastrointestinal manifestations: abdominal pain/colic, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery (bloody diarrhea) and anal itching (pruritis). b) Extra-intestinal manifestations like fever; lung involvement in cases of widespread roundworm or hookworm infections, causing cough, shortness of breath, blood-tinged sputum (hemoptysis); muscle pain/myalgias; fatigue; anemia (worms feeds on red blood cells); and in severe cases, central nervous system inflammation like meningitis and encephalitis. Due to the various manifestations, they challenge the physicians with a fiddly diagnosis.
Here are the top 10 best home remedies for intestinal worms:
1. Papaya Seeds
Suffering from those collywobbles is a misery! The papaya seeds are a classic anti-helminthic remedy and slay the worms efficiently. Make a paste from these seeds via blending them in a blender, or alternatively crush the seeds with a mortar and pestle. Take about half a teaspoon of this paste on an empty stomach and then gobble down a papaya as a whole. Soon you will notice all the killed worms expelling out of your intestine in feces. Commence slowly and build up gradually until effective results observed.
2. Bishop’s Weed/Carom/Ajwain
Ingest some jaggery (aka gur), approximately 25-30 grams. After 15-30 minutes, take about 1 tablespoon of carom or ajwain powder and swallow it with some water. You must be wondering why use sugary jaggery, though it is an ideal foodstuff for the intestinal termites to breed on. The ploy here is to allure the worms towards the loaded sugar first and then, while they are active in your bowels guzzling up the sugar, you exterminate them with the carom. Repeat the same for four-five times to wipe out those blood-sucking, energy-sucking dragons.
Grate the carrots, mix the grated carrots with honey, and consume about 1 tablespoon of this concoction first thing in the morning on an empty stomach as well as before hitting the bed. Carrots are laden with vitamin A and beta-carotene, both of which defy against the invasion by the worm larvae (eggs).
4. Bitter Gourd Seeds
Grab a handful of bitter gourd seeds (or karela seeds). After thoroughly rinsing and drying them, crush the seeds and take 1 tablespoon of this powder on an empty stomach.
5. Pumpkin Seeds
Mash the pumpkin seeds and ingest 1 tablespoon of mashed seeds in the dawn Reiterate while awaiting successful outcomes.
6. Oregano Oil
Oregano is a common spice/herb found in almost all kitchens nowadays. It has powerful anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic properties, making it an effectual cure for intestinal worms. Some studies suggest that oregano oil is efficient in cleansing your digestive system of worms. You can easily find oregano oil from a good grocery/herbal store in the aisle of essential oils.
Garlic is also a recognizable anti-parasitic home remedy. Grab around four garlic cloves and chop them. Mix the chopped cloves with some juice (if you are intolerable to its pungent taste), or otherwise you can nibble them as they are. Incorporate this tip into your regular routine for at least 2-3 weeks and the worms will soon be succumbed to death!
Onions are sulfur-containing veggies, which renders them as being another anti-parasitic agent. Eat them on a daily basis in a fasting state for complete eradication of the maggots.
9. Castor Oil and Milk
Fill in a glass with warm milk and add 1 tablespoon of castor oil to this. Drink this oiled milk in the dawn every day for at least a week to eliminate the intestinal worms. Castor oil acts as a stimulant laxative and cleansing detergent to banish the vermin out of your entrails.
10. Embrace Adequate Hygienic Methods
A final word of advice: Treatment without prevention is unsustainable! Hence, slot in adequate hygienic methods on a day-to-day basis. Wash hands thoroughly before eating or cooking anything, not to mention after using restroom as well. Always ensure that the veggie or fruit you are consuming is soil and dirt free. Assure that meat/poultry/fish is well cooked. Maintain a clean pantry and refrigerator.