How to Use Pumpkin Seeds for Parasites and Intestinal Worms


pepitas for wormsParasites like human intestinal worms are a far more common problem than most people realize. But what are some of the symptoms of tapeworm and other worms and how can you use pumpkin seeds for parasites as an intestinal worm treatment?

Ahead is a natural remedy for tapeworms and other worms, based on a traditional German parasite treatment using raw pumpkin seeds. First though, a look at the parasite problem and some of the symptoms of parasitic worms.

Human Intestinal Parasites

Parasites can enter our bodies through contaminated water or food (particularly meat like pork or uncooked fish); mosquitoes; 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 parasitic infection is a condition commonly goes undiagnosed.

Just because you have one of the symptoms listed below, does not mean you have intestinal worms. 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 this can be and how to treat parasites.

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 tapeworms and other parasites can cause in your digestive system and the changes they often make to the intestinal environment.

Frequent Diarrhea – Some human parasite infestations, like a protozoan infection, produce a substance that leeches sodium and chloride from your 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 – Worms can attach themselves to your 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 your food and stresses on your body due to a an infection of intestinal worms can lead to being in almost constant state of tiredness, low-energy and fatigue. This is obviously very difficult for the average doctor to diagnose and, unless there are more obvious symptoms, low level parasitic infections often go undiscovered for long periods, if at all.

Allergies - Parasites can cause irritation and inflammation in a gastrointestinal tract, making proper digestion difficult and leading to allergic reactions to certain foods. Leaky gut syndrome is often behind a sudden increase in allergies and improving your intestinal environment is the key to healing it, not taking drugs that mask the symptoms.

Poor immunity – Parasites steal energy sources, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from your 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 you vulnerable to other kinds of other foreign invaders like viruses and the candida fungus.

Pumpkin Seeds Parasites

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.

The Global Healing Center has a more detailed look at the different kinds of parasites, their various symptoms and their effect on your body. I’ve used their Oxy-Powder and Paratrax combination in the past and felt much better in the weeks after using them. The Oxy-Powder I still use monthly as an intestinal cleanse, even though I have no reason not to think I’m now parasite free.

While those treatments are made from natural ingredients and oxygenated magnesium, I’ve always believed there’s a lot of value in traditional treatments for conditions like parasites using powerful natural foods. Pumpkin seeds are a traditional remedy for parasites in Germany and ahead is how to use them as a treatment for intestinal worms.

Using Pumpkin Seeds to Get Rid of Worms 

Pumpkin seeds have been traditionally used as an anthelmintic (a substance that helps expel intestinal parasites). Here’s a recipe for how to make them up for this purpose and use them yourself.

Importantly, this pumpkin seed remedy for intestinal worms may not actually kill the parasites outright. It is believed the high levels of compounds known as cucurbitins 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 treatment with a natural laxative like triphala, to make sure that as many worms as possible are expelled before they recover.

Pumpkin Seed Parasite Treatment

  • Blend 200 grams of high quality raw pumpkin seeds in a blender with around a cup of real bio-live yogurt. Alternatively, coconut water or diluted coconut milk could be used and is very good for intestinal health. 
  • Keep adding small amounts of the yogurt or coconut water 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 quite good but is very filling and you may struggle to finish it. You can also add a teaspoon of raw honey with it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties, or a few drops of stevia if you like. Regular store bought honey and especially sugar is not recommended as these work against the purpose of the treatment. 
  • 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 make triphala and drink it, with the sediment too, 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.

Pumpkin Seeds Intestinal Worms

It is beyond the scope of this article to cover all that is involved in treating parasites once they get a hold. If you’re interested in much more on the subject, 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.

Since writing this article I’ve also investigated and written about using another traditional treatment for parasites – papaya seeds and how to make a worm killing smoothie with them.

I hope using pumpkin seeds for parasites works for you if you try it and please let me know if you have any questions about the recipe. I must state though that I cannot give any specific medical advice on parasites for individual people. If you suspect parasites but can’t get help from a regular GP then I’d recommend seeking out a specialist.

This page has a list of  physicians who specialize in medical parasitology and can be searched by state or country. I hope it’s helpful for some people out there as, from the many comments on this page and particularly the papaya seed article, it seems to be hard to get parasite problems taken seriously and treated properly.

Alternatively, traditional herbal medicine and Chinese medicine in particular have a long history of treating parasites and may be able to help. Make sure you discuss your concerns over the phone first and to check that the practitioner has experience with intestinal worms and other parasitic infections. 

I hope that the information on using pumpkin seeds for parasites on this page has been helpful and wish the best in your healing for anyone dealing with this problem.

Photo 1 credit: Auntie P / Photo 2 credit: healthaliciousness / Photo 2 credit: norwichnuts

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42 Responses to “How to Use Pumpkin Seeds for Parasites and Intestinal Worms”

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  1. Edward Mokgohloa says:

    the article is very grate please keep me updated

  2. Angie says:

    Why would you put sugary milk and honey in your mix? Worms love the sugary stuff. I have struggled with worms for almost a year, and am now trying to avoid anything sugary because the little critters go crazy and I suffer for it.

    Thanks,

    Angie

    Ps. Eating raw pumpkin kernels right now!

    • Jim says:

      Hi Angie and thanks for your comment.

      The recipe is based on an traditional German cure for intestinal worms and has been reported as effective by people in forums online.

      I’ve made it myself several times after trips to South East Asia where I felt I may have been exposed to parasites. While I didn’t see any ‘evidence’ afterwards it certainly improved the way I felt.

      Thinking about your comment though I felt it could be made better. The raw milk and raw honey that would have been used in the traditional preparation would be much better for our digestive systems than the heat treated supermarket milk and honey we use today. Given this, proper cultured yogurt and a true raw honey like Manuka seemed to me to be a significant improvement.

      Eating raw pumpkin seeds regularly would also be likely to be effective over the long term against intestinal worms. That said, the paste consistency of this preparation and the way it’s eaten on an empty stomach first thing would have some advantages in hitting the critters with a significant dose of cucurbitins without any other digesting food getting in the way.

      Another good option for dealing with parasites that I’ve been researching more recently is using papaya seeds. This page has another recipe that you might be interested in – http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-seeds-parasites

      I hope you are successful in getting rid of them soon.

      Jim

  3. Nafisa says:

    Hi
    Brilliant advice, however is it safe to use for infants and toddlers.

    Also with respect to deworming is it advicable to have just the suspected person dewormed or does the entire family need to be included within the immediate household. Taking into respect we all share bathrooms.

    Regards
    Nafisa

    • Jim says:

      Hi Nafisa and thank you for your comment. I’d have to suggest checking this with a health care professional first. There’s nothing specifically in pumpkin seeds that should be a problem but it makes sense to be extra careful with toddlers and infants.

      For adults, I’d also suggest reading this page for another powerful complementary treatment – http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-seeds-parasites

      There is a bit of an extra risk living in the same household but it would depend a lot on the digestive health of each individual. Parasites usually get a hold when digestion is impaired and the body’s defenses are low. That said, there’s no reason to not all have the treatment if you like. Pumpkin seeds are very good for you regardless of their effectiveness against parasites.

      Hope this helps.

  4. Sharon says:

    This would be great if we could “Pin It” on pinterest.

  5. Sharon says:

    Never mind….just saw the Pin It! Great article!

    • Jim says:

      Thanks Sharon. Just getting started on pinterest but I really like it. Look out for a lot more to come on my boards there.

  6. Sue says:

    Eating pumpkin seeds and going to order paratrax in a few days …not happy with the health care system that makes it hard to get medications for embarassing problems. The meds should be over the counter to treat worms. My dog is free of worms why shouldn’t I be. Thanks for the information.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Sue. I agree but many people find natural products like pumpkin seeds and papaya seeds work better than pharmaceuticals.

  7. Qanta says:

    Do you know if it is as effective to use other type of oil like flaxseed oil?

    Thank you! I’m eager to try this!

    Q

    • Jim says:

      Hi Qanta. Flaxseed oil can be beneficial for the digestive system and general health but I’m not aware of any specific effects against intestinal worms and other parasites.

  8. yvonne says:

    I sprinkle the pumpkin seed in my oatmeal. I do tjis with a parasite cleanse. I’ve cleaned house with the pumpkin seeds.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Yvonne,

      I like pumpkin seeds in my homemade muesli as well. Can’t say I’ve ever used them for cleaning though.

  9. Rachel says:

    I followed these instructions, and though I didn’t find any parasites, I did vomit for hours, and felt strong contractions in my esophagus that were very uncomfortable. I had never taken castor oil internally before, so I looked at a dosage chart that recommended two tablespoons because of my weight, but I just took one tablespoon to see how it would affect me. I used pesticide-free food grade castor oil and raw organic pumpkin seeds. I will definitely never use castor oil internally again.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Rachel,

      I’m very sorry that you had that experience. I’ve taken castor oil at double that dose many times before, many online resources recommend it for this purpose and it is prescribed by doctors when they need to make sure the colon is clear for medical procedures.

      In view of this though I’ve edited the page to remove castor oil and replace it with triphala that, while not as strong, I can find no reference to people having such a negative reaction to.

      Best Regards,

      Jim

  10. Lavinia says:

    Excited to try this. Just did a pinworm treatment and I feel loads better. I would rather try a treatment that will murder the tapeworm instead of temporary paralysis… Laxitives are in my experiences are so painful. But if I can’t find any over the counter tapeworm murdering substance, this will have to do.

  11. sharla says:

    Though I dont have symptoms.. ive used the bathroom and 3 times in a row ive seen a clear looking thing that I thought was a parasite. Its freaking me out. What do I do?

  12. Tarra says:

    Hello,
    I found out today that my best friend and her two lil ones have pinworms. This news is coming after me and my two girls being sick; rashes, bloating, diarrhea, vomiting etc. So I’m thinking because our kids play together frequently it could all be related? My friend started her kids on pumpkin seeds and it’s quite grotesque what she’s seen in the bowl. I am going tomorrow to purchase anything pumpkin, however my oldest daughter has a nutallergy so I’m concered about seeds as well. Any advice??

  13. Clare says:

    Is this safe & effective for use in cats, particularly tritrichimonas?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Clare,

      I really can’t comment for cats or dogs sorry as they have very different digestive systems.

  14. Tracey says:

    I think a friend of mine may have intestinal parasites. He describes what he’s going through as a “spray,” which I find perplexing. He says he feels like dust or dander coming out of him and making It hard to breathe. He says they come out and get inhaled back in. He also bloats up a lot when this takes place, and it makes him itch all over. He even says the spray acts like its on a cycle and tries to irritate him every few hours, especially depending on what he eats. Does this sound like an issue to parasites to anyone?

    He has had this for many years, and now he’s changed his eating habits eliminating all sugars and carbs. Yet, he still has the problem, although sometimes it’s less irritating. Just would like to know if anyone thinks this is an issue with parasites and if you think pumpkin seeds can help.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Tracey. That’s an unusual description. I’d think it would be worth him visiting a good holistic practitioner who can really investigate his condition properly.

      The papaya seed smoothie for parasites on this page – http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-seeds-parasites – contains pumpkin seeds as well as is a bit more powerful than than this treatment. It can help with other digestive issues as well so it might be worth seeing whether he’d be interested in trying it.

  15. Melissa says:

    Hi. I read the article and it says to use raw pumpkin seed. Just wondering if you think roasted and salted pumpkin seed might have the same effect? Thanks.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Melissa and thanks for your question. I’d much rather use raw pumpkin seeds for parasite treatments like this. Roasting can damage the fatty acids in pumpkin seeds and may destroy some of the other nutrients important for paralyzing intestinal worms. Additionally, you wouldn’t want to have that much salt either as this treatment uses a lot of pumpkin seeds.

  16. Holley says:

    Hi Jim,

    Really enjoy your posts. I can’t say enough about the supernatural powers of papaya!! That little orange fruit saved my life!! There is a reason most Shamans keep them close by!

  17. David says:

    Angie, the addition of sugary milk and honey in the mix is to attract the worms, so that in the process of going for the sugary stuff, they would also take in the raw pumpkin seed which would weaken them for expelling. This is consistent with a number of other intestinal worm treatments. Some you are advised to eat banana, take soft-drink or even cubes of sugar before taking. This to me is a brilliant article. I never knew before that pumpkin seeds could be effective for such treatment and they are readily available in my area. Thanks Jim.

    -David

  18. Femi says:

    Thanks for this post . i have been dealing with SIBO symptoms for years . I recently just know what it was. My doctor could not figure what was wrong her self. Im supposed to have and endosscope for april 2014 .However, i do fell itchy every time i eat hot(temperature) food and i feel as if my body wants to release certain sweat but cannot ( though i’m not sure if that’s a symptom of SIBO too ). My question is however, how do you make the Ayurvedic triphala powder or can you just any laxative for the relieve. Thanks in anticipation for response

    • Jim says:

      Hi Femi,

      Triphala is a combination of three dried herbs and it’s best to get it prepared in powdered form. The one I use is linked to in the article and it’s one of the few laxatives that could be considered beneficial.

      For parasites I’d recommend reading this article as well – http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-seeds-parasites

      Hope this helps.

  19. Halley says:

    Do I grind up the raw pumpkin seeds with the shell on? Or do I use just the greed pumpkin seed?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Halley,

      It’s best to use hull-less pumpkin seeds for this parasite recipe like Styrian or buy them already hulled. The link in the article is the ones I use.

      Hope this helps.

  20. Mekano says:

    Here’s a List of Natural Anti-Parasitic Food:
    1) Diatomaceous earth
    2) Black walnut hulls
    3) Wormwood
    4) Cloves
    5) Pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed oil capsules
    6) Garlic
    7) Neem
    8) Thyme
    9) Marshmallow root
    10) Pineapple
    11) Coconut milk and water
    12) Carrots
    13) Onions

    (You should use this kind of food from time to time even if you’re not infected to prevent infection) (And you can as well take anti parasitic medication every couple of months – It won’t be that harmful for you trust me)
    Also it’s better to check a doctor if possible.. Have a good diet with high fiber food generally such as vegetables and fruits has a great benefits as well!

  21. pumpkin-papaya-time says:

    Hello Jim,

    Thank you for your informative articles. I have been been heavily relying on your website as I try to kick out some pin worms. I confirmed sighting a large mass of dead worms ~March 7, but it is hard for me to tell when they started, because I have been having the nightmares I would associate with them for many months. It wasn’t until I saw the bodies that it all clicked what was going on. I had read in David Wolfe’s book Eating for Beauty that papaya seeds are effective at parasite removal. Wanting to learn more led me to your website.

    March 10, 11 & 12 I drank your papaya smoothie. I also added ~10-12 cloves. The best laxative I could find where I am in Germany was Senna tea. March 13 I tried a variation on this pumpkin seed remedy. The shake included – 150 g raw pumpkin seeds, ~12 cloves, ~2 tbsp papaya seeds, 1 tbsp coconut oil, and some chunks of pineapple.

    It is really hard for me to eat this,something with the consistency and harsh flavors, but I managed!

    It was hard to get down, but a few hours later there was what I would describe as 3 distinct, gelatinous sacs that came out. I felt good after this 4-day course, especially after the pumpkin remedy. Never sighted any adults again.

    Two days ago I started to have symptoms which could make me think they are active again. I am starting another 3 days with the pumpkin smoothie today. Choking it down as I write this. (I hope I am not too late, that I didn’t get to start right away on Monday). When I get back to the states I will also take a course of pharm-meds, but this seems to be doing it’s job so far…

    I just want to share my story here, to document it, in case it helps anyone else.

    Has anyone else seen these gelatinous sacs? I only found mention on this UK thread by a diligent mother who is trying to win the war with her family… http://www.patient.co.uk/forums/discuss/if-you-have-threadworms-please-read–29261?page=12

    • Jim says:

      Hi there and thank you for sharing this with people.

      I think the reason the mix is so hard to get down is the number of cloves, which at this level do tend to overpower everything. I’d suggest mixing up the smoothie without them first, pouring out 90% of the smoothie and leaving just enough in the blender to cover the blades. Add the cloves and blend them up. You could then shot down this small amount without tasting it too much and follow it with the much better tasting main smoothie. I actually enjoy having it and think this is important for following through with it.

      As I said in the (admittedly very long) post, with parasites it’s worth repeating the treatment multiple times to take care of the breeding cycle. If you can do this treatment for 3 – 4 days every fortnight for 2 months it should be very effective, especially since you’ve already seen results with it.

      Thank you as well for the link. That looks like a very detailed thread. I’ve saved it and will have a read when I get the chance.

      All the best.

  22. JMC says:

    Hi
    I am a very active person, I bike to school and back(2mi each) and workout almost every day at high intervals. I eat very healthy too, I don’t drink, smoke, do any illicit drugs..and I rarely even take say an aspirin. I don’t eat aspartame products such as soda either. My problem is,..the past 4 years I would say…my stomach has been very distended similar to those with Korsakoffs syndrome. I am about 5 ft tall, and built like a gymnast. But my stomach looks distended from when I wake up to when I go to bed.I don’t snack at night either. I want to know how to stop my stomach from being distended. Is there breathing exercises I can do..that will permanently help get it flat again? Its very frustrating, bc I look pregnant(I am not),eat very healthy(bread, veggies, fruit, drink lots of water, apple juice, grape juice, meat, soy milk..that kind of thing) and I workout all the time, and Its very frustrating. Does anyone know of this..if so can you please help me? Also, I am not gassy often. I was told that PUMPKIN seeds could do the trick, because that person thinks I might have parasites internally. How do I know? I’ve seen little grey clearish tiny worm things come out..but i didn’t know if thats a worm..or a parasite. Can you please help?

    thank you so much,

    JMC

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi there,

      Parasites are a possibility but they’re very difficult to diagnose, even for a doctor diagnosing a patient so there’s no way to be sure. Some people, myself included, prefer to treat themselves for parasites knowing that they are a common, if often undiagnosed health problem. If you’re interested you could consider making up this pumpkin seed treatment and/or the papaya seed smoothie on this page – http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-seeds-parasites

      Hope this helps.

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