Say Goodbye to Parasitic Infections with 7 Natural Remedies
Parasitic infections are more common in rural and under developed areas. They can easily enter the body through the mouth or skin (depending on the type of parasite).
Infection usually occurs when people consume contaminated food or water. However, it can also occur when engaging in sexual activity involving contact between the mouth and anus.
In this article, we’ve included six natural remedies for parasitic infections that are highly effective at both preventing and deterring this condition.
Natural remedies for parasitic infections
According to popular beliefs, the following remedies can help get rid of parasitic infections. However, there’s no scientific evidence to support these beliefs.
Therefore, the best thing to do to treat a health problem, of any kind, is to have a medical check-up and follow medical advice.
Some say that eating garlic as part of a healthy diet, due to its allicin content, could help get rid of parasitic infections.
One of the best-known diets in the world has garlic as the main ingredient: the Mediterranean diet. Check with your doctor to see if this is the right choice for you.
2. Papaya seeds to treat parasitic infections
- To take them as a remedy you need to crush or mash them and eat them on an empty stomach for several consecutive days
- You can also mix them with the juice of the papaya
3. Pumpkin seeds
Furthermore, people also say that eating pumpkin seeds (natural, roasted, fried, or salted) can support intestinal transit and, at the same time, facilitate the elimination of parasites. This is due to the ethanolic extract contained in its seeds, as explained in this article, which confirms its antiparasitic effect similar to the drug mebendazole.
According to popular belief, if you’re already infected, it’s recommended to consume 30 raw pumpkin seeds every day on an empty stomach. You can also crush them and have them for breakfast.
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4. Annatto seeds (Bixa orellana L.)
A pigment, annatto, essentially composed of carotenoids, is extracted from annatto, used to color foods and beverages. However, studies revealed that the extract has several pharmacological properties. Among many other benefits, it’s antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antiparasitic.
In experimentation, the ethanolic extract of the seeds of bixa orellana against positive samples of intestinal parasitism obtained an efficacy of 99 percent. Stigmasterol is the most potent antiparasitic and antimalarial compound in annatto seeds.
The achiote seed coat has 3 percent of wax-like substances that act on parasites by paralyzing them. To take advantage of its health properties as an infusion, use about 20 grams of seeds or leaves of bixa are for every quart of water. Furthermore, drink it during the course of the day.
According to a study published in 2015, ginger has antiparasitic properties effective against Toxoplasma gondii, Giardia lamblia, Trypanosoma brucei brucei, and Blastocystis species.
- If your doctor authorizes its consumption, you can drink a ginger infusion in the morning, after breakfast.
- To use it as a preventative, you could use it in moderation as a condiment for various dishes, sweet as well as savory. It enhances the flavor and increases the juiciness of food.
This is a spice with a powerful smell. People include it in all kinds of recipes. But there’s no scientific evidence that it can help deter microbes, bacteria, viruses, and parasites. However, many people recommend its consumption to eliminate said microbes.
Chew a clove in the morning on an empty stomach every day. This will supposedly help to get rid of parasites and their eggs.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Some people believe that drinking a little apple cider vinegar diluted in water every day can help you get rid of parasitic infections. However, scientists haven’t proven this remedy to be effective. Still, some encourage it.
We recommend pure, organic apple cider vinegar, non-filtered or pasteurized. This way you’ll be sure its content of enzymes and probiotics are still intact.
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What about medication for parasitic infections?
Regarding treatment against parasitic infections, researchers Chelsea Marie and William Petri say that “some drugs (anti-parasitic) are specially designed to eliminate parasites. Or, in the case of some worm infections, reduce the number of parasites so that symptoms disappear. In addition, certain antibiotics and antifungal drugs are effective against some parasitic infections.”
However, there’s no drug that’s effective against all types of parasites. Thus, you cannot use the same treatment for every case. Hence the importance of having a medical check-up and following medical instructions.
Finally, the infection will go away on its own and won’t require treatment in some cases.It might interest you...
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