18 Effective Home Remedies For Intestinal Worms

Intestinal worms are parasites that are found primarily in the intestinal walls of the gastrointestinal tract. The most prevalent and most harmful intestinal worms are the tapeworm, whipworm, roundworm, and pinworm.

Parasites get into their host through contaminated food or water, through other transmitting organisms known as vectors, through the skin, or through sexual intercourse.

Being infected with intestinal worms is more prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world.

Symptoms of intestinal worms may vary depending on the specific worm type you are infected with. Common symptoms of intestinal worms include; bad breath, stomach pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, dysentery, weakness, anemia, nausea, fever, weight loss, nutritional disorders, fevers, and headaches.

Here are some tips and good practice, to consider, when dealing with intestinal parasites and worms;

  • Endeavor to wash your hand with soap and water when; preparing food, during food consumption, after using the toilet, after gardening, etc.
  • When you are traveling or camping, endeavor to drink only purified, bottled or boiled water.
  • Strive to drink only filtered water.
  • Avoid the use of microwave heating, especially, for animal products, as microwave heat is relatively inconsistent and may not be sufficient to effectively kill the parasite.
  • Get two chopping boards; one for cutting animal products, the other board for cutting all other things.
  • When swimming, strive not to swallow the pool water.
  • Wash raw fruits and vegetables, thoroughly, before consuming.
  • Avoid consuming dairy products, raw foods, and raw fresh drinks when traveling.

Below are natural treatments and home remedies for intestinal worms;

1. Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Raw pumpkin seeds contain cucurbitin amino acid which paralyzes the intestinal worms in the digestive tract. Apart from being tasty, the seeds are packed with proteins, magnesium, and copper which play an important role in maintaining a healthy body. You should grind the seeds and add them to your food or salad.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains lauric acid which balances the gut’s flora. Coconut oil is rich in multiple vitamins, fiber, and other minerals. Best of all, it has medium-chain fatty acids which help to get rid of worms from your digestive tract. When you take one tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning, you’ll boost your nutrient levels and inhibit the worms in your gut. This coconut remedy is most effective in the elimination of Giardia parasite. Only use virgin coconut oil.

3. Pomegranate Bark

Pomegranate tree bark is one of the most trusted remedies for intestinal worms. Apart from its anthelmintic properties, it’s rich in punicine (a highly toxic alkaloid for intestinal parasites). To prepare the decoction, boil the pomegranate tree bark in a pot of water for one hour. Drink one cup of the liquid every day. You may want to eat a purgative fruit like an avocado or a banana to facilitate the bowel movement. Eating a pomegranate fruit can also prevent intestinal worms.

4. Garlic

Garlic contains antibacterial, antiparasitic and antifungal properties that help to eliminate parasitic worms. Also, the allicin compound, present in garlic, can kill hookworms, pinworms, and amoebas. To get rid of intestinal parasites and worms, you should add garlic to your food. If you are comfortable with the pungent taste, you can chew a few cloves every day.

5. Papaya

Papaya has papain enzyme which can help to remove intestinal worms naturally. Furthermore, papaya seeds can aid in cleansing the stomach. You can either swallow the seeds as a whole or grind them into a fine powder. Alternatively, you can sprinkle the seeds on your salad or add them to your fruit smoothie. You should not take the seeds if you have a clotting disorder since the papain enzyme can increase the chances of bleeding. Papaya is the easiest natural way to eliminate roundworms.

6. Carom Seeds

Carom seeds contain thymol, a bioactive constituent that inhibits the replication of worms. Ideally, the seeds kill the eggs that are laid by the parasites. This carom seed treatment is more effective when combined with jaggery. First, you should take some jaggery on an empty stomach and then the carom seeds one hour later. The seeds will flush out roundworms and tapeworms. This remedy should not be used by pregnant women and young children.

7. Carrots

Carrots contain beta-carotene which aids in flushing out parasitic worms. Besides that, carrots contain vitamin A which destroys the eggs. Carrots have large amounts of vitamin A and zinc. Just take fresh carrot in the morning on an empty stomach to get rid of the parasites. To make the remedy more potent, grate some carrots and coconut, then, eat them.

8. Indian Lilac (Neem)

Neem leaves have antiparasitic, antiviral and antibacterial properties that help to kill the parasites and remove toxins left by the dead parasites. Simply dissolve one teaspoon of neem leaf powder in a cup of milk and drink twice a week, preferably on an empty stomach. Alternatively, you can fry some Indian lilac and add some butter or ghee. Eat the mixture two times every day for one week. Breastfeeding mothers should not use this remedy.

9. Turmeric

Turmeric contains anthelmintic properties which destroy the eggs of the harmful parasites. Turmeric also helps to eliminate abdominal pain, nausea, and excessive gas. Just take raw turmeric, extract the juice and drink one tablespoon every day. Another way is to add one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup of water and drink once, every day, for five days. You can also substitute water with milk whichever suits you best.

10. Cloves

Cloves have antiparasitic, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties that help to kill the worms and flush out the toxins from your body. Cloves also prevent future infestations. Simply, add one teaspoon of clove powder in a cup of hot water, allow it to steep for 20 minutes. Drink the concoction three times a day for 7 days. For optimal results, use fresh clove powder.

11. Yogurt Or Buttermilk

Both buttermilk and yogurt have probiotics properties which help them to eliminate different intestinal worms. When you consume yogurt alongside your meals, it will stop fungal growth and flush out bad bacteria from the intestines. To remove the harmful worms, take some buttermilk or yogurt early in the morning for three to five days.

12. Goldenseal

Goldenseal is a strong remedy for a number of digestive issues. Goldenseal contains berberine compound which helps to eliminate all types of intestinal parasites. Other than that, goldenseal corrects intestinal imbalances caused by bacterial and fungal infections. For this remedy, boil the herb in a cup of water for 15 minutes, allow it to cool and drink once a day. You can also add this herb to your detox regimen.

13. Wormseed

This herb has countless antiparasitic properties. Wormseed is an age-old remedy for killing tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms. Fresh juice from the herb can curb a number of gastrointestinal disturbances, not to mention the oils in the seeds can kill amoeba parasites. Wormseed also inhibits parasitic infections from spreading. Wormseed should not be taken by young children.

14. Tomatoes

If you suffer from intestinal worms, regular intake of tomatoes can cure the problem. Just take three tomatoes, slice them and then sprinkle some pepper on the sliced tomato. Eat them when on an empty stomach. Avoid eating anything for the next three hours. Since tomatoes have no harmful effect on your health, you can take them every day.

15. Black Walnut

Amongst its many health benefits, the black walnut has anti-parasitic properties that help to get rid of intestinal worms. Moreover, it contains astringent tannins which are to be anthelmintic (worm killing properties). Simply extract the juice from unripe hulls and drink it when in concentrated form. Black walnut eliminates roundworms, pinworms, roundworms and many other parasitic worms. It’s also used in curbing ringworms.

16. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract has antimicrobial and anti-parasitic properties which help to destroy parasites and other organisms. Grapefruit seed extract is especially effective in eliminating single-cell parasites. The good thing about this seed is that it does not interfere with the normal bowel flora. That being said, it kills the parasites and flushes out the toxins. Since this extract has a pungent taste, it’s recommended that you mix with some juice. Furthermore, Since grapefruit seed extract is not absorbed into the intestinal tissues it can be taken for a long time.

17. Hyssop

Hyssop is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an antiseptic agent. It helps to fight parasites like hookworms, tapeworms, fluke worms, and fleas. When the intestinal parasites get into your body, they interfere with the nutrient absorption which can cause general body weakness. With this in mind, hyssop ensures the essential nutrients are not taken by the parasites. You can either add hyssop in your food or salads. Alternatively, you can also prepare some hyssop tea by boiling fresh hyssop leaves in a cup of water. Drink the concoction early in the morning for five days.

18. Bamboo Leaves

Bamboo leaves have germicidal properties that help to kill many intestinal parasites, including the threadworm. Not only that, they help to eliminate various digestive disorders like indigestion and constipation. To make a decoction, boil some fresh bamboo leaves in a pot of water for 30 minutes. Allow the liquid to cool and drink one cup every day. Continue using this regimen until you see some positive results.