Naturopathic Medicine Treats Intestinal ParasitesBelieve it or not the human body hosts a variety of parasites happily living in a symbiotic community posing no threat to our health. In fact, having this diverse collection is an integral part of optimal well-being with each human possessing their own “parasitic fingerprint”.

However, when the wrong parasites enter our system this is when a range of health challenges can occur. With names like giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, hookworms, roundworms, threadworms and pinworms it is important to rid them from the system.

Unwanted parasites would most likely be found in the intestines, causing symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain and more.

Many chronic ailments are often overlooked by conventional medicine as having any correlation to a parasitic infestation. In turn, many people live their lives with conditions that are tamped down by synthetic medications, never addressing the organisms that are causing it in the first place.

Naturopathic medicine offers an arsenal of various remedies that can address a possible parasite wreaking havoc on an individual’s system.

By using herbal, homeopathic, and dietary remedies, a naturopathic doctor may be able to eradicate parasites. This can possibly help a condition struggled with for years or an acute response that is creating current illness.

Botanical Parasite Remedies
Working with a naturopathic doctor, specific botanical remedies may be applied to address a precise parasitic colony.

Some botanical medicine used, derived from plants and herbs, include:

Goldenseal – Grown in the wilds of the U.S. this herb is significantly effective when the root is dried, ground and consumed. It works as an antimicrobial agent as well as aids digestion.

Goldenseal contains berberine, a natural salt compound capable of combating intestinal parasites.

Note: This herb cannot be taken on a regular basis as it may adversely affect important intestinal flora. Follow under the guidance of a naturopathic doctor.

Wormwood – Originally grown in Asia, wormwood is a fern-like plant used for centuries as an intestinal parasite tonic. It calms digestive juices, corrects acidity and strengthens the gall bladder.

Garlic – This miraculous pungent, bulbous herb has a wide variety of medicinal uses. When garlic is cut, pressed or ground a cellular change occurs creating its powerful healing property called allicin. This compound has been shown to eradicate parasites in test tube and animal studies.

Cloves – Cloves are a spicy herb that have been linked to killing parasite larvae. They are labeled as an antiseptic, bactericidal, and antiparasitic. Cloves should be taken in their fresh, non-irradiated form either as a powder or tincture for optimal parasite removal.

Black Walnut – The hull of this herb is an age old remedy used by Native Americans for battling intestinal problems.

Parasites and Clinical Nutrition
Many people ingest parasites through their food therefore what better way to get rid of them than with food as well.

A naturopathic doctor trained in the healing properties of clinical nutrition can offer a variety of foods known for their parasite fighting properties.

Some of these foods are:

Pumpkin Seeds – These seeds are underrated. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that consuming pumpkin seeds along with plenty of fluids results in a parasite paralyzing intestinal response.

The chemical compounds of pumpkin seeds present parasites with a numbing effect that doesn’t kill them but causes them to fall off the intestinal wall and be excreted.

Papaya – Papain is a digestive enzyme found in papaya. When this fruit is eaten 30 minutes before a meal, it creates an unfriendly gastrointestinal environment for parasites.

Also, papaya seeds have been linked as a possible remedy.

The Journal of Medicinal Food published a study, that gave a combination of papaya seeds and honey to 30 children with intestinal parasites. After 7 days, 23 of the 30 were cleared of the infestation.

Coconuts – Raw coconut contains lauric acid. This acid is converted into monolaurin, a compound capable of terminating protozoa as well as various species of ringworm and Giardia lamblia.

Homeopathy: Targeted Constitution for Parasite Removal
The unique science of homeopathy’s like-cures-like approach brings element and human into a cellular, vibrational, often healing dance.

By assessing an individual’s constitution through a detailed observational and historic intake, a naturopathic doctor may recommend a simple dosage of what may seem like sweet pellets under the tongue.

Derived from plant, mineral and sometimes animal sources, these pellets hold an exceptional, almost undetectable, healing power that some swear by and others dismiss.

Below are a few homeopathic remedies for parasite removal:

Cina – From the unopened flower heads of this plant, cina is used for intestinal worms.
Baptisia – The root of this wild indigo flower calms intestinal infections.
Sulphur – This mineral remedy is good to use after a dose of cina has been taken.

With a capable homeopath, these are only a small example of the many homeopathic remedies used for parasite removal.

When it comes to the duration of treatment for potential relief homeopathy affects each person differently. It is important to match the patient’s constitutional presentation to the proper remedy.
Naturopathic medicine treats intestinal parasites with these three approaches and several others including: acupuncture, nutraceutical supplementation, environmental medicine and detoxification.

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