Herbal Remedies for Intestinal Parasites in Humans
The type of parasite should be identified before treating intestinal parasites in humans. Some treatments may require a combination of herbs to be effective. It is best to consult with a professional herbalist.
Goldenseal contains berberine and is particularly active against Giardia lamblia and Entamoeba histolytica. Research has shown berberine to be as effective as metronidazole (flagyl), a drug most commonly used to treat intestinal parasites in humans, but without the harmful side effects.
Wormseed has the ability to expel intestinal parasites in humans, mostly hookworms and roundworms, by paralyzing them. A strong laxative is given afterwards to drive the parasites out of the body. Wormseed oil is too potent to ingest, so many herbalists recommend wormseed tea.
Wormwood has been used for hundreds of years to treat parasites and is believed to be effective by weakening their membranes. Wormwood may be active against roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms. Pure wormwood oil should not be ingested because it is considered toxic. Tea, capsule form, and liquid extract are recommended.
Other herbs to treat intestinal parasites in humans include:
During the treatment of intestinal parasites in humans, eat more fiber, drink a lot of water, and avoid coffee, alcohol, refined foods, and simple carbohydrates such as dairy products, juices, fruits, and all sugars (except honey).