Human intestinal parasites are a far more common problem than most people realize. But what are some of the symptoms of these parasites and how can you use pumpkin seeds to help get rid of intestinal worms?
Human Intestinal Parasites
Parasites can enter our bodies through contaminated water or food (particularly meat); through mosquitoes; through sexual or intimate contact; or through the nose or mouth after touching an infected animal or contaminated surface.
Generally, a healthy person’s body should deal with parasites effectively and prevent them getting a chance to take hold. But when our immunity is low or our digestive system is functioning poorly, parasites, like intestinal worms, can become a big problem, manifesting a variety of sometimes baffling symptoms.
The difficulty in diagnosing intestinal parasites is that the symptoms often mimic other health problems. Experts in human parasites have said that the condition commonly goes undiagnosed.
Just because you have one of the symptoms listed below, does not mean you have intestinal parasites. If you have several of the symptoms combined though, it may well be a good idea to seek advice from a knowledgeable health-care professional. Choose someone who understands just how serious a problem parasites can be and how to treat them.
Common Intestinal Parasite Symptoms
Bloating and Gas – Parasitic infection of the gastrointestinal tract can be responsible for intestinal bloating and excessive gas. This is due to the blockages parasites can cause and the changes they often make to the intestinal environment.
Frequent Diarrhea – Some parasite infestations, like a protozoan infection, produce a substance that leeches sodium and chloride from the body, leading to frequent diarrhea.
Constipation – Conversely, parasitic worms can block the passage of digesting food or waste being eliminated, resulting in constipation.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Parasites can attach themselves to our intestinal walls, causing irritation and inflammation that leads to gastrointestinal spasms, contractions and poor nutrient absorption. All of these are common symptoms of IBS.
Fatigue – The malabsorption of the nutrients in our food and stresses on our body due to a parasitic infection, can lead to us being in almost constant state of tiredness, low-energy and fatigue.
Allergies - Parasites can cause irritation and inflammation in a gastrointestinal tract, making proper digestion difficult and leading to allergic reactions to certain foods.
Poor immunity – Parasites steal energy sources, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from our gastrointestinal tract during digestion. Poor immunity can result from this lack of nutrition, even if you are eating relatively well. Additionally, as parasites are constantly stimulating an immune response, over time they can lead to an exhausted immune system. This makes us vulnerable to all kinds of other foreign attacks.
As mentioned earlier (but it’s important enough to repeat), parasites are a serious problem and a lot more of us may be infected with them than we realize. This is due to the symptoms (and there are many more than those listed above) often been explained away as something much easier to diagnose.
If you’re having health problems like digestive issues, allergies and poor immunity, low-energy and constant tiredness and fatigue, it may be well worth your time to visit someone who understands just how much of a health issue parasites are and what treatments are available.
I’ve used products called Oxy-Powder and Paratrax successfully in the past (it’s hard to definitely ‘know’ if you have parasite problem, but I certainly felt much better after using them. The Oxy-Powder I still use monthly). Both of these are made by the Global Healing Center and their website has a good introduction to the effects of parasites and other harmful organisms.
Getting Rid of Human Intestinal Worms with Pumpkin Seeds
The previous part of this article was meant more as a broad introduction to the problem of human intestinal parasites. From here on in the focus is on intestinal worms, specifically the common tapeworm, and how to use pumpkin seeds to get rid of them.
Pumpkin seeds have been traditionally used as an anthelmintic (a substance that helps expel intestinal parasites). Importantly, this pumpkin seed remedy for intestinal worms does not actually kill the worms outright. It is believed the high levels of cucurbitins, and perhaps other unidentified compounds, actually paralyze the worms. This prevents them from holding on to the intestinal walls, as they usually do during a bowel movement.
It is strongly recommended to follow this pumpkin seed worm treatment with a natural laxative like triphala, to make sure that as many worms as possible are expelled before they recover.
How to Expel Intestinal Worms Using Pumpkin Seeds
- Blend 200 g of high quality raw pumpkin seeds in a blender with around a cup of real bio-live yogurt. Perhaps add a little raw honey like Manuka or black strap molasses if you like.
- Keep adding small amounts of the yogurt until the consistency is like a relatively smooth paste. Getting the mixture out of the blender and into a bowl can be tricky. I find a rubber spatula good for these kind of jobs.
- Eat this, just like you would a porridge breakfast, on an empty stomach in the morning. It actually tastes really good but is very filling and you may struggle to finish it.
- After an hour or so make sure you drink a large glass of water. Several over the next hour would be even better.
- Ayurvedic triphala powder is one of the few beneficial laxatives for occasional use. You can make it up around the same time as the smoothie and let it sit to increase its effectiveness. Use the directions for the stronger dose from the page on how to take triphala and drink it, with the sediment, around two hours after you finish the smoothie and before you eat any solid food.
- Triphala at the higher doses should send you to the bathroom before too long where hopefully the paralyzed worms will be expelled. For best results repeat this procedure first thing in the morning for two or three days (though no longer than a week, as laxatives shouldn’t be used for more than seven days in a row).
As mentioned earlier, there are many different types of parasites that can cause a variety of problems. While this homemade pumpkin seed remedy for tapeworms has been reported effective for many people, it may be best considered as part of an overall parasite treatment program.
It is beyond the scope of this article to cover all that is involved in parasite treatment. If you’re interested, I’d suggest the Global Healing Center’s website and in particular their Paratrax parasite treatment formula, would be a good place to start. There are also several good online forums like Curezone, full of information on parasite symptoms and treatments.
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