Most Of Us Have Intestinal Parasites

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What are intestinal parasites?

Intestinal parasites are usually microscopic organisms that invade the gastrointestinal tract in humans where they live alongside a host of other good and bad bacteria and fungi. In medical terms, a parasite is a life form that lives and thrives within the host’s body and does more harm than good to the host.

Most parasites are microscopic in nature however there are some which are large enough to see with the naked eye. There are some 3200 species of parasites, which can be found everywhere in our environment, in the air we breathe, in the water we drink and in the food we eat. These parasites feed on the nutrients that are meant for us thereby increasing the chances of nutrient deficiencies. At times these parasites can even pose a greater threat to our bodies because many of them carry diseases.

It is estimated that around 80% of both adults and children have parasites in their gut. People can be infected with these parasites in a number of ways. The most common route is through the faecal oral route. This means that faeces from the infected person via improperly prepared food, unsafe drinking water and contaminated hands, makes its way to the mouth of another person. This is the followed by ingestion of the intestinal parasite until it reaches the gut.

Common parasites:

Round worms – Enter the body usually through under-cooked and contaminated food. Manure used in organic farming may be contaminated with these works which is a reason to avoid raw produce diets. Always wash your hands after having contact with any pets especially if there has been contact with the faeces.

Pin worms – Living inside the intestines and lungs, these small white worms come out at night around the anus to lay eggs which hatch and the small worms re-enter through the anus. If a person scratches at night, the eggs may get lodged in the fingernails leading to possible spreading. Because these eggs are small and lightweight, it is believed that they can become airborne and spread to the lungs.

Hook worms and tape worms – Usually found in contaminated water though they can also enter the body through the soles of bare feet even without open wounds. These worms are unique because they have a lifespan of several years and can incubate in the intestines for up to ten years. Always wear shoes when walking outside.

Symptoms of intestinal parasite infection

Not everyone displays symptoms of being infected by intestinal parasites. The majority, however, do exhibit some or all of the symptoms below:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Repeated diarrhoea
  • Foul smelling gas
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Itching around the anus, especially at night
  • Wheezing and coughing often followed by stomach pain and bloating
  • Multiple food allergies
  • Unexplained dizziness and weakness

The list above is by no means exhaustive and there are numerous other symptoms.

How intestinal parasites affect your body

In literature, a parasite is a person who lives on someone else’s wealth. In medical terms, a parasite is a life form which thrives within another organism and does more harm than good to its host. Parasites can cause havoc within the body.

Intestinal parasites rob us of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and phytonutrients within the foods we eat affecting our digestion and indirectly virtually every process within the body. This is because enzymes, hormones and other chemical compounds found within the body require nutrients for their manufacture and function. Nutrient deficiencies such as a lack of iron can lead to anaemia. Improper digestion can lead to bloating. The stagnation of food in the gut can result in inflammatory bowel concerns and of course toxin build-up. These toxins make their way into the bloodstream affecting the other glands in the body including skin where in many cases rashes and skin sensitivities may develop.

Parasites can damage the linings of the intestines, lungs, liver and the circulatory system. They can make holes, clog or even damage the organs within the body. Intestinal parasites also poison our bodies because of the toxic metabolic waste products they release. This poisoning can lead to verminous intoxication which produces symptoms of dizziness, inability to think clearly, hunger pains, high or low blood sugar, poor digestion and allergies.

Parasites are highly intelligent organisms. They are not intelligent in the same way humans are, however they are intelligent in their ability to survive, reproduce and remain undetected. Of the 3200 species of parasites, over a 1000 of these parasites can live in the human body. Unfortunately, we can only test for 50-60 species which means that the vast majority of parasites can remain undetected. Scientists estimate that we play host to around 100 parasites, which begs the question of whether we really wish to support these unwelcome guests.

Cloves, Pumpkin Seeds & Thyme for intestinal parasites

Clove buds are one of the key herbs used in Ayurvedic medicines for the treatment of gastrointestinal infections and for worms, with a recorded use that spans thousands of years. Cloves contains a powerful oil, eugenol, which has been studied and found to help in the eradication of numerous pathogens in the gut. Clove oil has been found to dissolve the eggs left behind by worms. It is believed to be the only oil that destroys almost all parasite eggs.

Pumpkin seeds are known for their content of minerals and essential fatty acids. What most people do not realise is that pumpkin seeds contain a powerful anti-parasitic compound called curcubitin. The seeds themselves do not kill the parasites but it is thought that curcubitin paralyses the parasites so that they cannot hold onto the walls of the intestine as they do during bowel movements.

Thyme contains natural volatile oils which are known to help strengthen the immune system. Additionally, these oils also help to alleviate intestinal cramping often associated with parasite infection. These natural oils also help to eradicate and eliminate the growth of many parasites.

A remedy which contains these three key herbs and one which helps to address many of the symptoms of intestinal parasitic infections is Clove Bud Complex by Viridian Nutrition. Clove Bud Complex also contains caprylic acid, basil and rosemary all known for their varying roles in the eradication of not just parasites but also other pathogens in the gut.

Whilst many practitioners in this field advocate the regular use of anti-parasitic supplements, I believe that we should consider the use of Clove Bud Complex at least once a year to ensure that we cleanse and eliminate parasites from our bodies.

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This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

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  • Anne

    Hi Shabir, I had a bad bout of food poisoning in 1997, since then I have had trouble with my gut. Mainly bloating, foul smelling faeces and acid reflux which has progressed to Barretts Oesophagus. Would you recommend that I tried a course of Viridian Clove Bud Complex if so how long to be on it and would it need to be repeated? I am on blood pressure medication, Statin, and PPI’s. Thanking you in advance. Anne

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Anne, certainly all the symptoms you describe could point to intestinal parasites but could also point to a number of concerns. I don’t think it would be harmful at all to use Clove Bud Complex for one month at a dose of one capsule three times a day and keep me posted if the outcome remains the same or if it improves considerably. Shabir

  • Anne

    Thanks Shabir, would you recommend anything else to take alongside, such as a fibre supplement or colon cleanse? Anne

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Anne, not for the moment – lets evaluate what happens after the course of Clove Bud Complex because we need to ascertain if this is the problem otherwise we truly will not know what has worked or what has not. Shabir

  • Anne

    Hi Shabir, just received clove bud complex, do I take them with or between meals please.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Anne, You should take Clove Bud Complex in between meals for maximum efficacy. Shabir

  • Anne

    Hi again Shabir, I have finished the course of Clove Bud Complex as you suggested but unfortunately no improvement in conditions. Could you suggest anything else that may help please. Thank you. Anne

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Anne, I think that for now we need to use a digestion enhancing liquid called Centaurium Tincture. Centaurium is a bitter herb which enhances the production of all digestive enzymes including the salivary enzymes. By breaking down al groups of food, particularly proteins, bloating and acid reflux symptoms should subside and I am sure any other symptoms too. Incidentally, Centaurium also helps to enhance gastrin production, a hormone that controls the sphincter between the stomach and oesophagus. Shabir

  • Vivien Lash

    hi Shabir, Is it best to take a course of Clove Bud Oil or can it be popped when the mood takes me. For example, if I’ve eaten a horrible dinner at someone’s house not up to my usual standards? (To be fair my husband’s cooking is quite good.) I also take Pro-biotics. Viv

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Vivien, I prefer to use a course of Clove Bud Complex to help eliminate pathogens from gut whether bacterial in origin or otherwise. Shabir

  • Vivien Lash

    For how long and how many per day? Thanks. V

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Vivien, I would recommend one capsule twice daily for a minimum period of a month or in suspected cases of parasite infection to increase to two capsules twice a day. Shabir

  • rbargante

    Hi. I. Have bloating problems, joint and sinusitis too. What products do you advise? Thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Although these symptoms appear not to be linked, it might be prudent to use Clove Bud Complex to cleanse and eradicate pathogens and then to see what the result of this is. Shabir

  • rbargante

    Thanks for replying Shabir. Gonna thake it for one month and see how it goes? I Also i have gallstones. Thanks.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, One month should be fine and no problems with gallstones. Shabir

  • rbargante

    Fantastic. Thank you for all your help

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome, keep us posted.

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    Hi Babatunde, H pylori is a very specific infection and although Clove Bud Complex will definitely help, I am unsure if it will be sufficient on its own. I have found that the use of Carnosoothe by Life Extension has very favourable feedback – it works by preventing these bacteria from thriving and at the same time helps enhance the repair of damaged lining of the stomach. Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Linda, CarnoSoothe has now evolved into an even better supplement called Gastro-Ease by Life Extension which contains a trademarked version of zinc l carnosine together with a specific probiotic known to be of benefit. https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Gastro-Ease/12324

  • Joan

    Hi. Above you mention that threadworms have a lifespan of several years. Is this correct? I thought pinworms and threadworms are the same thing. My daughter is struggling terribly with them, we take medication and then they come back, even though we stick to all the rules. We are now trying natural methods.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Joan, yes I meant to say tape worms; sorry for the confusion. Natural methods are worth a try.

  • David Durkan

    Hi Shabir I also have acid reflux would clove bud complex aggravate that? Also does it have a die off effect as I am very sensitive with a lot of bad gut microbes. Thanks so much.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi David, Clove Bud Complex is not know to cause gastric discomfort but of course if it does so then please return the product to our Customer Care team for a full refund. With reference the the die off effect, it is a gentle way of eradicating many undesirable microbes in the gut.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • David Durkan

    Thank you so much for your help. Is there anything else you recommend for SIBO and Candida?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi David, my recommendation would be to try just the Clove Bud Complex especially since you have indicated sensitivity.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • David Durkan

    Hi Shabir unfortunately I believe the product has irritated my acid reflux would I be able to apply for a refund?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi David, absolutely fine – please return to Customer Care team for a full refund.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Lyn

    I was recently diagnosed with Helicobacter which I believe is also a parasite. After my prescribed antibiotics I have been taking Prescript Biotics. I think these after helped alot, especially with bloating.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lyn, thank you for the feedback about PrescriptBiotics and bloating.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • MissR

    Hi what dose would you recommend for children under 10 years, for treatment for pinworm. I am assuming the whole family will need to be treated; not just those showing symptoms?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, I would recommend a dose of one capsule daily (can open contents and put into juice) for children aged 8 to 15. The whole family does indeed need to be treated just to be certain.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • MissR

    Thank you for this :-) How long would whole family treatment need to be for, just as a rough idea please?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi MissR, I would recommend one month’s usage.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir