Black walnuts are best known as a parasite treatment, but they have many other potential health benefits. Special compounds in these powerful nuts, and particularly green black walnut hulls, make them not only an effective anti-parasitic, but also a potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, fungicide and intestinal cleanser.
This page though will focus on using black walnuts, and two other special herbs, to get rid of intestinal worms and other parasites in your body.
The Parasite Problem
Parasites like tapeworms, roundworms, pinworms and many others are a serious, if often neglected and undiagnosed health problem, even in developed countries like the United States. Some experts estimate up to 80% of people in the USA have some form of parasitic infection.
These harmful organisms may enter our bodies through contaminated water or food (particularly under cooked pork, beef and fish), mosquito bites, touching pets and other animals or any infected surface and then touching your nose or mouth.
Once they find a suitable environment, they start to breed and through various lifecycles can survive in our intestinal tract for many years. Common parasitic worms like pinworms, hookworms and tapeworms are found in the intestines, though other kinds of parasites have been detected in just about all parts of the human body, including the liver, blood and even the brain.
It is often difficult for doctors to diagnose a parasite problem due to the wide variety of them, poor testing methods, lack of knowledge and especially the many and often confusing symptoms. These can include, but are not limited to, intestinal pain, alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation, bloating, excessive flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome, constant tiredness and fatigue, increasing allergies and a general decrease in immunity.
Black walnut is recognized as a powerful vermifuge (kills parasites). It contains high concentrations of astringent tannins, natural iodine (one of the best land-based sources) and compounds like juglone that are believed to have anthelmintic (worm killing) properties.
Coming up ahead is a black walnut pesto recipe that I like to make up with other anti-parasitic ingredients like garlic, papaya seeds and pumpkin seeds. It tastes great as well as being designed to help clear out your digestive tract, remove parasites and improve intestinal health.
There is however a combination of two other herbs, taken with green black walnut hulls, that are considered especially effective against a range of human parasites and intestinal worms.
Black Walnut, Wormwood and Clove Parasite Treatment
Dr. Hulda Clark popularized the protocol of using wormwood, green black walnut hulls and cloves together as a powerful anti-parasitic treatment.
While there are many positive reports of using this combination for parasites, there is some question as to the potency of a lot of the products out there. Despite having the Clark name on many of these preparations, as far as I can find, Dr. Clark herself didn’t personally supervise the formulation of any of them and the strengths can vary greatly.
Of course no one treatment can be guaranteed to work for everyone. Additionally, it can be difficult to always tell when parasites are being expelled, without the type of detailed examination most people would not be interested in doing.
Dr Clark was very clear though that predominantly green black walnut hulls were more effective than hulls that were darker in color. The best black walnut tincture I’ve found that is guaranteed to be made from fresh green hulls is this one. They are inexpensive but at least two, probably more would be best for a proper parasite cleanse. There are also freeze dried capsules available with good potency and without the usual fillers.
Wormwood is a bitter herb with a long history of medicinal use. It contains many powerful active compounds including sesquiterpene lacrones, tannins and thujone and, as the name suggests, is particularly good for treating intestinal worms.
Herb Pharm make this certified organic extract with hand harvested wormwood from their farm. Potent wormwood capsules are difficult to find but these wormwood, black walnut and clove capsules with quassia and male fern root are highly rated and could replace individual tinctures. I’d recommend getting a good supply and taking a higher dose if you suspect a parasite problem.
Cloves are a tricky one as they can’t be irradiated or they lose their potency and they should also be organic and ideally as fresh as possible.
One option is to get a bag of these fresh, non-irradiated organic cloves and grind them up in a spice mill or pestle and mortar just before using them. This would be best but if you know you’re unlikely to go to that much trouble each morning then this organic clove extract is non-irradiated and still potent.
Dosage and Treatment
The suggested dosage and treatment for using these three preparations for parasites would be to start with the cloves first in the morning. Compounds in the clove like eugenol, caryophyllene and tannins attack parasite eggs, making them more vulnerable to the black walnut hull and wormwood to come.
If you were using the fresh cloves you could grind half a dozen of them up, stir them into a small glass of water and then quickly drink them down. Follow this with another glass of water or two as we want them out of the stomach and into the small intestine as soon as possible. Perhaps try half this amount for the first day if you have a sensitive stomach.
For the clove extract add double the suggested dose as larger amounts are generally needed for intestinal worm treatment. You’ll go through the smaller bottles fairly quickly at this rate but the extracts listed above are quite inexpensive so it’s worth getting a few.
Black walnut and wormwood extracts or capsules would then be taken half an hour afterwards, also with a large glass of water and well before any food. You can start at the suggested dose on the bottle but to be most effective it can be worth building up to double the lower suggested dose over the course of a weeks treatment as long as it remains well tolerated.
You should be prepared for a temporary worsening of any symptoms, usually referred to as a healing crisis, when you first begin a parasite cleanse. The signs of this can include feeling tired and rundown and even a little nauseous as toxins are expelled from your body.
Usually you’ll feel better after visiting the bathroom and reducing the dosage by half the next day can lessen these kind of problems. Regardless, trust what your body is telling you and consult a knowledgeable healthcare professional if these kind of symptoms are prolonged and worsening.
Black Walnut Parasite Treatment Timing
First thing in the morning is the best time for parasite killing treatments as there’s less digesting food to interrupt their passage through the gastrointestinal system.
You can also improve the effectiveness of any antiparasitic by cleaning out your colon of the old compacted waste that intestinal worms thrive in for a few nights before starting a treatment. The two best preparations I’ve found for this are Triphala, which is an ayurvedic combination of herbs for intestinal cleansing, and Oxypowder which is an oxygenated magnesium-based cleanser.
By using one of these you will be very likely to visit the bathroom when you first wake up to properly clean out your colon. The cloves taken first thing in the morning will then weaken the worm’s eggs protective coating and the black walnut hull and wormwood will follow to kill as many parasites and eggs as possible. Black Walnut itself has a mild laxative effect which can help to evacuate the affected parasites as well.
Ideally, this treatment would be repeated again in the evening before bed. It would be better to have an early and lighter dinner if possible and wait till several hours after eating before using the extracts or capsules.
While the evening treatment is recommended, if you are using the black walnut, wormwood and cloves more as a preventative or have a limited supply of the herbs then the morning parasite cleanse is the more important one.
It’s also advisable to repeat this treatment for a week, at least every morning. You can then take a fortnight off from the last day you used it and repeat it again for another week.
Intestinal worms and other human parasites are tenacious little critters. While I’d like to be able to tell you that one or two treatments will clear them out completely, it’s recommended to do a weekly treatment every fortnight for two months to deal with the breeding cycle. Once again, using the colon cleansing Oxypowder or Triphala the night before each treatment will greatly assist with this.
Other Parasite Treatments
The Paratrax parasite treatment made by Dr. Group contains black walnut hulls, wormwood and clove along with diatomaceous earth, bromelain, American wormseed, male fern root and several other organic or wildcrafted herbs.
Another treatment that I and many other people have had success with is this parasite killing papaya seed smoothie.
If I ever suspected parasites again (I travel regularly and it does happen, even when you’re careful), I’d use both the Paratrax and the green black walnut hull, wormwood and organic cloves treatment mentioned above and alternate it weekly with the papaya seed smoothie.
There are many positive comments about the effectiveness of this recipe, so if you haven’t yet I’d recommend reading about it in the link above and people’s (sometimes graphic but ultimately relieving) results with using it.
Hopefully this page is provided some insights into using black walnut for parasites and intestinal worms. Please share this information with your friends. It’s almost guaranteed that some of them are affected by parasites, whether they know it or not.
This is an important health issue worth the time to look into. The Global Healing Center has a lot of articles on harmful organisms and their effect on your body and would be a good place to start for further reading. There’s also more on the unusual health benefits of black walnuts here.