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Does wormwood kill parasites?

Wormwood or Artemesia annua is one of the most potent anti-parasitic medications available. Artemether-lumefantrine is perhaps the most powerful anti-malarial (malaria is a parasite) on the market, a drug that was developed using artemisinin, one of the active ingredients in Artemesia annua as a basis. The plant is also effective against intestinal parasite infestations and in fact, experts believe that an herbal treatment is less likely to lead to parasite resistance of the treatment because the A. annua plant is more complex than the drug Artemether-lumefrantrine which is made up of relatively few chemical substances in comparison.   How to Take Wormwood for Parasites   Artemisinin, the active ingredient in wormwood that has been studied the most by scientists, has a half-life of 2 hours. In other words, within 2 hours, half of the Artemisinin has been metabolized and eliminated from the body. Though a short half-life may seem inconvenient because you have to take wormwood more often, a short half-life also makes it more difficult for parasites in your body to build up resistance to it. Plan to take a new dose of wormwood every four to six hours. The plasma concentration of dihydroartemesinin (a metabolite of artemisinin) does build up in the blood with repeated use so if you have to wait a little longer than 6 hours between doses, it will be okay…wormwood still builds up in your system if you take it regularly.   By the fifth day of use, your liver starts to produce enzymes that lower the bioavailability of wormwood inside your body by a factor of 6.9. In other words, you begin to develop a tolerance to wormwood. Slowly increase the amount of Artemesia annua that you take each day.   Artemisinin could cause hypotension and it can also cause miscarriage during the first trimester of pregnancy.   Another, related herb, Artemesia absinthium, is also an effective anti-parasitic, but it is more toxic and in fact, can be lethal in high enough doses.   Below are some of the adverse events that have resulted from taking wormwood. Most people don’t experience any of these things, but if you do, stop use and consider a different treatment strategy:   Dizziness Tinnitus Nausea Abdominal pain Pruritis (itching) RARE: Cough and skin rash due to an allergy to wormwood   References:   Willcox, M., Bodeker, G., Rasoanaivo, P. (2004). Traditional Medicinal Plants and Malaria. CRC Press: New York.   Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism: The... read more

ADHD or maybe…parasites?

I have a Master’s Degree in child psychology and though I’ve worked with a lot of kids, I’ve never been sold on the idea of ADHD. I believe that there are probably some children who are actually hyperactive and unfocused, but the number of children who are diagnosed with ADHD each year is hard for me to believe. So if ADHD is not an emotional problem, what is it?   Well the truth is, I can’t tell you for sure, but I’ve noticed a few popular items that keep emerging in the research about this “disorder”. One is nutrition and the other is sleep deprivation. For most parents who have been sent home with ADHD as the final diagnosis, this is no revelation, but I want to connect the dots from nutrition and sleep deprivation to a problem that’s so simple, it’s elegant.     Believe it or not, most school-aged kids and many adults are infected with pinworms and probably other common intestinal parasites as well such as roundworms or hookworms. In this article, I’m going to stick to pinworms as a possible explanation for ADHD, just to make things less muddled, but if your child has some strange symptoms (like daily headaches, nausea, frequent vomiting, arthritic symptoms, eye twitching, depression or…other weird or inexplicable stuff like that) he/she may have other types of parasites too.   Before I go on, let me just say that parasites can be treated easily through a parasite cleanse using ingredients like wormwood, black cohosh, and cloves. I describe the parasite treatment protocol that I used for my family here.   Pinworms can spread through touch or through the air which is why it would make sense that so many children in institutional setting would have them. Here are some of the symptoms associated with a pinworm infection in adults according to the MayoClinic:   Pinworms often cause no symptoms   Insomnia   Restlessness   Irritability   Intermittent abdominal pain or nausea   Itching of the anal or vaginal area   Now, let’s translate these symptoms into how children might express them:   -Inability to pay attention because of a lack of sleep at night when the pinworms crawl out of the anus to lay their eggs   -Restlessness caused by general irritability in the intestines, anus, or vagina   -Difficulty staying focused due to daily/weekly/monthly die-off reactions that cause achiness and pain or stiffness in the joints   -Does not listen... read more

Unconventional Treatment for Infertility in Women: Parasite Cleansing for Conception

I always felt like I’d find an explanation someday for my fertility issues. I have one healthy child but my husband and I have had two miscarriages and one stillbirth. I’m not infertile. I can conceive. But for me pregnancy usually only lasts about three months and then I have a miscarriage. As time has gone one, my pregnancies last for shorter and shorter periods of time. First, we had a stillborn baby at 5 months. Then, a year later, I had a miscarriage at 4 months. Five years ago we had another miscarriage at 3 months.   Recently, it’s come to my attention that I (and my husband and my daughter) have an infestation of parasites in our intestines. You can read more about our parasite story here but suffice it to say, I thought I was going to die and so I started looking for the problem. And I didn’t find it at a doctor’s office. I found the answer in forums and individual posts by people with stories similar to mine.   So what does an intestinal parasitic infection have to do with female infertility? Some worms will crawl out of your butthole to lay eggs at night and then “get lost” and go up the “wrong hole” into the uterus or the bladder. Inside the bladder and the uterus, they may lay eggs or take up residence creating all sorts of disruptions (including cystitis, for example). Parasites in the ovaries could cause the ovaries to shut down (theoretically that is, although I doubt that studies have been done on parasites and human ovaries). The ovaries are the organs that make female sex hormones and so it would obviously be undesirable to have a parasite in an ovary hijacking your body’s hormonal balance, especially if you’re trying to conceive.   Parasites in the uterus may compete with an embryo for resources ultimately leading to a miscarriage or a stillbirth. It makes me angry to think that doctors could have suggested a parasite cleanse before I became pregnant (or even following a miscarriage), but modern medicine doesn’t buy into parasites. At the ultrasound while our stillborn baby was still alive, my husband and I commented to each other about how skinny he was. I would guess that there were worms feeding off of my placental while I was pregnant and our baby starved to death. But if you go to the doctor to talk about parasites, be... read more

ADHD? Depression? Anxiety? Consider Parasites.

As someone with a graduate degree in psychology, I can hardly believe that parasites have never been mentioned as a possible cause of mental illness. After spending several months questioning my own sanity recently, and then realizing that all my strange moods and feelings of dissociation were from a parasite infection in my intestines, I felt it might be helpful to write up a few things for people who might be wondering if depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or just about any other psychological disorder could possibly be the result of a parasite infection.   When I was a teenager, I believed I was bipolar. In fact, I still believe that I was bipolar as a teen. I tried to kill myself twice. Emotionally, I was way up and then I was way down. Now I wonder if I just needed a parasite cleanse. The symptoms of parasite infestation can mimic the symptoms of bipolar disorder.   I mean, I don’t want to oversimplify things. My parents were crazy. I love them, but they weren’t equipped to work with teens and that contributed quite a bit to my teenage funk. But I’ve watched my 15 year old daughter and listened to her “crazy talk” over the past few months while our family has been ill with intestinal parasites. As we’ve started getting better after doing our parasite cleanse, I have to wonder how often rebellious teens are actually struggling with systemic problems that could be easily remedied with some herbal wormwood and black walnut tinctures and dietary changes. As a parent, if teenage angst was actually caused by roundworms or hookworms, you’d do parasite cleanses every six months like clockwork, wouldn’t you? Well, it was only two generations ago that parasite cleanses were standard procedure in most households. And you know what? Teens were still teens but they weren’t as troubled as they are today.   I have friends in their 40’s right now who regularly make Facebook posts about their clinical depression or anxiety. I know enough about them to wonder if parasites are actually the problem. One of my friends regularly cycles through depression. Her brother suffered from clinical insomnia. Both could be caused by parasites which means that both could be cured with natural home remedies for anxiety or depression. If you’re suffering from one of these problems, it might be worth it to try a parasite cleanse. Herbs like wormwood are known for treating depression and... read more

Menstruation Problems and Parasites

I have one healthy child. I’ve had two miscarriages and 1 stillbirth. I’m not infertile, but my babies only survive for about three months in the womb. As a 39 year old woman, I’ve made peace with my past, but it’s upsetting now to think that my menstrual cycle problems and infertility issues could have been resolved through a simple parasite cleanse every six months.   Before I say anything else, it’s important that you know that you should NEVER take wormwood during pregnancy.   Wormwood, the most potent anti-parasitic herb is unique in that it’s an emmenagogue. It facilities menstrual activity, clearing up female menstrual cycle problems. Even though it facilitates menstrual activity, that doesn’t mean that it will make you have extended menstrual periods, heavy periods, or cause you to get your period before it’s due. Rather, it will help regularize your periods. Before doing our parasite cleanse, I was getting my period every two weeks. This was odd for me. Normally my cycle was between 25 and 32 days. I was waking up at night having night sweats around 3:00 AM every night. I thought perhaps I was going through menopause. After we realized that we had intestinal parasites and we started taking the wormwood concoction, I could tell that I wasn’t going to get my period in two weeks like I had been. It was like my hormones came back after having been absent for several months.   My 15 year old daughter’s periods had been affected by intestinal parasites too. She started skipping periods which was strange for her. Her cycle was very regular at 27 to 30 days normally, but she didn’t get her period for 6 weeks or not at all sometimes. Shortly after starting our cleanse, she got her period (on schedule). It was a little heavy, but nothing out-of-control considering that she’d skipped her period for a month and a half.   Wormwood is often prescribed by herbalists to regularize periods and simply help women with menstrual problems. It’s possible that the stuff works because it also rids the body of certain types of parasites that have made their way up into the uterus and fallopian tubes, hijacking normal menstrual activity and hormone balance. For several years prior to our parasite cleanse, I’d used Vitex Berry (also known as Chaste Berry) to keep my periods regular. Vitex Berry is supposed to be especially helpful to women after menopause, but as... read more

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