Microorganisms naturally inhabit and move through the body. Some are harmless, while others cause sickness. Infections can occur when parasites make their homes in our skin, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, liver, and other organs. Parasites require a host (e.g. human cells) to live and thrive.
The two main types of intestinal parasites are helminths and protozoa. Helminths are worms with many cells. Tapeworms, pinworms, and roundworms are among the most common helminths in the United States. In their adult form, helminths cannot multiply in the human body. Protozoa have only one cell, and can multiply inside the human body, which can allow serious infections to develop. Intestinal parasites are usually transmitted when someone comes in contact with infected feces (for example, through contaminated soil, food, or water).
Symptoms of Intestinal Parasites
- Gas or bloating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain or tenderness
- Fatigue or weakness
- Weight loss
- Passing a worm in your stool
There are many herbs that can be used to get rid of parasites. Wormwood is one of them. Native to Europe, this perennial has olive green leaves with a white hairy covering studded with yellow flowers. As the name suggests, wormwood is a powerful worming agent that has been used for hundreds of years to expel tapeworms, threadworms, and especially roundworms from dogs, cats, humans and other animals.
Medicinal Uses and Natural Ayurvedic Remedies of Wormwood
- Wormwood helps to destroy intestinal parasites and improves digestion. Bitter in taste (thanks to absinthin and artabsin), wormwood was taken before meals for this benefit. It is claimed that the bitter taste in the mouth increases saliva, releases bile and other digestive juices naturally enabling smooth digestion of the food consumed thereafter. Hence, it is suitable to those with poor appetite and weak digestion.
- Used in gastric pain, bloating, acidity and other related ailments.
- Helps as a purgative.
- Wormwood is a herbal aid to recovery from long term illnesses. It supplies the body with essential antioxidants to repair and redress.
- It helps to improve blood circulation.
- Studies claim that it has neuroprotective effect which reduces the harmful effects of oxidative stress on the body. The brain is rejuvenated and the cognitive function is enhanced.
- In diabetics, it may help to lower the blood sugar levels and normalize the lipids.
- It is also a natural sedative and pain reliever.
- The essential oil is effective against round worms and other bugs.
- It takes a place in deodorants with its particular smell.
- Wormwood spray is used as an insecticide and moth repellant.
Do not use this herb if you have any chronic ailment, had seizures, are pregnant or lactating without the approval of a herbalist. Drug interactions and allergies are known to occur with Wormwood usage. Overdose is fatal!