Parasitic infections are nothing new –If you think you might be infected a proper parasite diagnosis and parasite cleanse is in order. Many of us live with parasitic infections and we’re not even aware of it.
If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, it may be a sign of parasitic infection:
- Repeated diarrhoea or constipation
- chronic, unexplained nausea, often accompanied by vomiting
- fatigue and weakness
- intestinal cramping
- unexplained dizziness
- foul-smelling gas
- indigestion and bloating
- multiple food allergies
- loss of appetite
- itching around the anus, especially at night
- difficulty sleeping
- difficulty maintaining a healthy weight (over or underweight)
- itching on the soles of the feet, often accompanied by a rash
- facial swelling around the eyes
- wheezing and coughing, followed by vomiting, stomach pain and bloating
What Are Some of the Common Types of Parasites?
- Roundworms: live in the stomach and intestines and are commonly contracted through undercooked and contaminated foods.
- Tapeworms: live in the lower intestinal tract and enter the body through undercooked beef, fish or pork.
- Pinworms: live in the intestinal tract and lungs and come out at night to lay eggs around the anus. The eggs hatch and the young worms reenter through the anus.
- Hookworms and Threadworms: enter through the feet and can be found in contaminated drinking water. These worms are unique because they can survive inside your for several years and the eggs can incubate for up to 10 years.
Where Do Parasites Come From?
Microscope parasites and parasitic eggs can come for a variety of different sources including:
- water, food, undercooked meat and contaminated foods
- poor hygiene
- contact with soil
- eating unwashed raw fruits and vegetables
- sugary/stale foods or foods that are difficult to digest can make it easier for parasites to thrive
How Can Naturopathy Help You?
Step 1: Get the Proper Diagnosis
When it comes to intestinal parasites, it’s important that you get a proper parasite diagnosis to find out what kind of organism is causing your problems. During the initial consultation, they will sit down with you to discuss your current symptoms, previous history, previous treatment, diet and lifestyle and will use a wide range of diagnostic tools to determine what’s causing your problems.
Step 2: Understand Your Condition
We will explain the results of any tests that are done and help you understand what they mean for you. We will also make sure you fully understand what parasitic infections are present and how they are affecting your body.
Step 3: A Tailored Plan Just For You
Our practitioners will work with you from start to finish, explaining your test results and what they mean for you and tailoring a treatment plan specifically designed for you.
You will be provided with Practitioner Approved Supplements of Customised Herbs to help you manage your immediate symptoms through a parasite cleanse. Our practitioner will also recommend the right dietary and lifestyle changes that will tackle the root cause of your parasites.
Using Natural Remedies & Diet to Treat Parasites
Our practitioners use specific natural remedies that are designed to maintain healthy intestinal microbial balance through antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic activity. These remedies contain the following herbs and supplements:
- Lavender Oil – inhibits the growth of pathogenic microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract and has the capacity to inhibit germ tube formation and hyphal elongation which helps to reduce the spread of infection in host tissues.
- Garlic – has broad antimicrobial activity that can be attributed to multiple inhibitory effects.
- Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) – is a traditional herb that has been used for centuries to treat intestinal parasites
Quite often a parasite cleanse is in order in the case of parasites, our practitioners will recommend a detoxification program to help clear your system of existing parasites as well as to help treat the root cause.
The following dietary recommendations are often suggested to support the intestinal parasite cleansing process:
- Avoid caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol and refined foods
- Eating parasitic foods such as raw garlic, pineapple and papaya seeds which contain enzymes that aid the digestive system
- Eating foods that are rich in beta carotene such as carrot, sweet potatoes and squash which assist in increasing resistance to penetration by larvae.
- Probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacteria and L. bulgaricus which can help to rebuild beneficial intestinal bacteria