Parasites are organisms that can cause severe infections to the digestive tract, liver, lungs and blood. Some common symptoms include chronic constipation, gas and bloating and intestinal discomforts. The herbs that are used for its treatment are usually the ones that have anthelmintic properties. Following is a brief rundown on some of the most popular herbal remedies for parasites.
Remedies for Parasites
Wormwood contains thujone, a natural substance well-known for its ability to treat parasitic infections. Drinking wormwood tea is a classic herbal remedy for parasites. It also helps in digestion. You can prepare this tea by steeping dried or fresh leaves of wormwood in boiling water for five minutes. Do not let the leaves steep for longer than five minutes; doing so will increase its bitterness and decrease its effectiveness. You can also add a teaspoon of honey for taste. Drink one cup of wormwood tea twice daily, preferably before your regular meals.
Boldo Leaf Tea
Boldo contains ascaridole, a natural substance that fights against intestinal parasites and worms. You can prepare a herbal tea by boiling the boldo leaves in water.
It tastes bitter, but can be very helpful not only in helping your body to get rid of parasites but also in relieving the symptoms caused by it, such as bloating, gas and heartburn. It also improves the functions of the digestive system. Drink boldo leaf tea 2-3 times a day, preferably before meals.
As compared to other anthelmintic herbs, black walnut is considered to be safer and gentler. It offers symptomatic parasites intervention without causing any side effects. But, the long-term use of this herb is still not advisable.
You can boil a handful of fresh black walnut leaves in one glass of milk and consume the filtered solution, just once daily, early in the morning, on an empty stomach. It can also be taken in the form of tinctures. For best results, you are also advised to keep a fast (drink water, nothing else) for a day while you are using this remedy. This way, the herbs will act faster and will help your body to get rid of parasites.
Mix one teaspoon of dried agrimony in one cup of water. Bring the mixture to boil over low heat. Allow the herbs to steep for at least twenty to thirty minutes. When the herbs steep, tannins are extracted from it and are dissolved in water. You can then filter the solution and drink it while it is warm. Drink at least 2-3 cups daily to get rid of parasites faster.
Bromelain is used in extract form, usually in combination with papain (a digestive enzyme) so that more and more Bromelain enters the bloodstream. Bromelain contains proteolytic enzymes that have been found to be very effective, especially in treating infections caused by food borne parasites. You are advised to not use home-made Bromelain extracts, as they do not get properly absorbed through the digestive tract and pass out easily without performing their job. Take it in standardized capsule form, up to 500 mg, three times a day, after meals.
Though the above-mentioned herbal remedies for parasites have been found to be very effective, they should not be used for a prolonged period. Long-term uses of these herbs can turn out to be toxic. In any case, since parasites can lead to very chronic conditions, the guidance and supervision of a doctor is always crucial.