I have had threadworms now for some months....I am taking grapefruit seed extract and following dietary advice...both of which seem to help keep it from getting worse but do not get rid of them...I am also taking care of hygiene, boil washing bedding, towels, underwear, cleaning obsessively and constantly washing my hands!! of course with a toddler and teenager (part time) at home it's not perfect but I'm doing all I can... i think my teenager has them too...teeth grinding at night....but it seems my infant does not...perhaps his immunity is stronger from the breastmilk..
The strong herbal remedies (wormwood etc) seem not to be safe while breasfeeding (?) can anyone give me some advice of a product I can use. i'm really concerned that the problem is affecting my health and that of my children, and with a recent separation, and no where settled to live right now, despite all my efforts to stay strong and positive the stress of it all is regularly pushing me to the edge...
The conventional medical treatment for thread worms from a doctor ususally requires one dose of medicine. I usually recommend alternative stuff but alternative stuff takes a lot longer and it may be better for you just to get past this considering your situation. In most cases these types of parasites do not stay around long. Because you are having difficulty I would assume your immunity is down, probably from stress.
They say giving dogs garlic balongna gets rid of worms. I would try eating 1/4 clove of garlic with each meal for a couple days.
The garlic suggestion from saved1986 is a good option. Here's a forwarded message that mentions the use of coconut, garlic, carrots, etc.
what are intestinal worms?
Intestinal parasites are worms and other intestinal
parasites which infest human beings that populate the gastro-intestinal tract.
Children are more often infested with intestinal worms than adults. In humans,
they are often spread by poor hygiene related to feces, contact with animals, or
poorly cooked food containing parasites. The major groups of parasites include
protozoan and parasitic worms.
The usual symptoms of intestinal worms are diarrhoea, foul
breath, dark circles under the eyes, constant desire for food, and restlessness
at night with bad dreams, anemia, and headaches. Round-worms may give rise to
inflammation of the intestine and lungs, nausea, vomiting, loss of weight,
fever, nervousness, and irritability.
Threadworms may cause intense itching in the area around the
rectum. They may also cause periodic bouts of diarrhoea alternating with
constipation, loss of weight, cough, and fever. Hookworms may give rise to
anaemia and nutritional disorders.
The eggs of these parasites are introduced into the human system
through the medium of contaminated food, water and dirty fingers. When the
organisms are swallowed, they move into the intestine, where they can reproduce
and cause disease.
Roundworms are caused by eating contaminated food. Threadworms may enter the
body from dirty fingers and food. Hookworms enter the human body through bare
foot walking on infected earth. Tapeworms are transmitted to the body through
undercooked flesh foods or foods contaminated by dogs. The real cause of
intestinal worms, however, is faulty living.
Healthy immune system is the best defense against parasites
and disease. Some of the things to reduce the risk of parasitic infections are:
Wash all fruits and vegetables. Scrape off the wax substance on the outer
surface on any fruit or vegetable with a knife before washing.
Avoid eating grapes with open splits.
Washing in ozonated water, hydrogen peroxide, or bleach will kill parasites.
Do not eat raw or uncooked meats or fish.
Check for worms, especially on fish. Spray with hydrogen peroxide or wash in
ozonated water before cooking.
Keep all work surfaces clean.
Drink pure water
Practice good personal hygiene.
Wash your hands before eating and after going to the bathroom, changing
diapers, or handling pets.
Keep your fingernails short and clean. Parasites can live for two months under
Do not walk barefoot on warm, moist soil or while working in the garden.
Avoid swimming in rivers, lakes, ponds, or public swimming pools.
Avoid swallowing or drinking the water while swimming anywhere.
Avoid swimming if cuts or open sores are present.
Diet: The treatment for intestinal worms should begin with diet. The
patient should be kept on an exclusive fresh-fruit diet for four or five days.
He may adopt a well-balanced light diet consisting mainly of fruits, vegetables,
milk, and whole meal bread. In some cases, the all-fruit diet may have to he
repeated at intervals and in obstinate cases, the patient should resort to a
short fast of raw fruit and vegetable juices. Use more cloves with every meal.
Adding some cloves to foods will help kill the eggs from parasites in the
intestinal tract. Cloves added to coffee or herbal teas add a little different
taste. The diet should exclude fatty foods such as butter, cream, and oil, and
all flesh foods.
Warm-water enema one litre of water should be boiled thoroughly
with two spoons of Cumin (Jheera). After 250 ml water is evaporated, should be
taken early morning for 10 days. Also similar treatment with boiled water of
coriander seeds (dhania).During the all-fruit or fasting period, the bowel
should be cleansed daily with a warm-water enema.
The use of coconut is most effective in the treatment
of intestinal worms. It is an ancient remedy for expelling all kinds of
intestinal worms. A tablespoon of freshly ground coconut should be taken at
breakfast, followed by 30 to 60 ml of castor oil mixed with 250 to 375 ml of
lukewarm milk after three hours. This process may be repeated till the cure is
Garlic has been used for expelling intestinal worms. Both fresh garlic and its
oil are effective. Chew three cloves of garlic every morning.
Carrots are valuable in the elimination of threadworms
among children as they are offensive to all parasites. A small cup of grated
carrot taken every morning, with no other food added to the meal, can clear
these worms quickly.
Papaya seeds are also useful for this purpose. They are rich in a
substance called caricin which is a very effective medicine for expelling
roundworms. The seeds should be powdered and taken in doses of one teaspoon with
one cup of milk or water daily in the morning on an empty stomach. The alkaloid
carpaine found in papaya leaves also has the power to destroy or expel
intestinal worms. An infusion can be made by pouring 250 ml of boiling water
over 15 gm of dry leaves. This can be taken with honey.
The bark, both of the root and the stems of the pomegranate tree,
is well known for its anthelmintic properties of destroying parasitic worms. A
cold decoction of the bark, preferably fresh bark, should be given in quantities
of 90 to 180 ml three times, at intervals of one hour, to an adult. A purgative
should be given after the last dose. The dose for children is 30 to 60 ml. The
decoction is also used for expelling tapeworms.
The seeds of ripe pumpkin are useful in intestinal worms,
especially tapeworms. One tablespoon of the seeds should be peeled and crushed,
and then infused in 250 ml of boiling water and drunk. This will kill the
parasites and help in expelling the tapeworms. It will be necessary to fast for
a day and empty the intestines by taking the juice of boiled dry prunes. The
next day, three or four tumblers of the pumpkin seed infusion should be taken.
The herb wormwood is an ancient cure for
expelling intestinal worms. The flowering tops are used as a drug to kill
intestinal worms. They are usually powdered and given in eight to sixteen gram
doses daily for roundworms and tapeworms. The oil distilled from this plant also
possesses the property to kill worms. It should be mixed with olive oil in doses
of 50 to 100 ml for this purpose. An infusion of the herb can also be prepared
by mixing 2 ml of wormwood oil in 120 ml of water, and be given as an enema for
killing worms in the rectum.
The herb belleric myroblan, mixed with the
seeds of the herb butea (palas) on a 50:50 basis is an excellent anthelmintic.
It should be given in doses of one teaspoon thrice a day. It helps remove all
intestinal parasites. The seeds of butea can also be administered alone with
beneficial results in expelling intestinal worms. One teaspoon of seeds may be
given either in the form of powder or paste with one teaspoon of honey, thrice
daily. They are especially beneficial in the treatment of roundworms and
The leaves, bark, rout-bark, fruit, and
the flowers of vasaka tree also help in removing intestinal parasites. A
decoction of the root and bark can be prepared by boiling 30 gm of the root and
bark in 500 ml of water, till it is reduced by one-third. This decoction may be
given in doses of 30ml twice or thrice daily for two or three days. The juice of
the fresh leaves can also be used in doses of a teaspoon thrice a day for three
days. Another valuable remedy for expelling intestinal worms is the herb
__________________ "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanual Kant~
The strong herbal remedies (wormwood etc) seem not to be safe while breasfeeding (?)
Shamala, from everything I've read online about Wormwood, it is NOT safe to give to young children, so it is definitely NOT safe to use while breastfeeding, because indirectly you would be giving it to your infant.