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Worms

Definition

Worms are parasites that live in the gastrointestinal tract. Common in children, the types of worms include: tapeworms, threadworms, hookworms, pinworms, or roundworms.
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Causes

Improper disposal of human waste, walking barefoot on contaminated soil, and ingestion of the eggs or larvae from uncooked or partially cooked meat.
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Symptoms

They cause loss of appetite and loss of weight, diarrhea, anemia, colon disorders, and rectal itching. Worm infestation also causes poor absorption of essential nutrients. Because the worms tend to come outside of the anus in the warmth of the bed, check this area of the child after going to sleep if you suspect worms.
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Treatment

An old folk remedy: cut up an onion and soak it for 12 hours in a quart of water; then squeeze the juice out and take for four days. This juice will kill and expel the worms. Take as much juice as possible, fasting while taking it.

There are many herbs that kill worms. Check with the doctor about prescription medications to kill the worms.
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Nutrients

Garlic capsules, 2 capsules 3 times per day, (odorless garlic), for adults.

Pumpkin extract, contains zinc, aids in expelling worms.
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Herbs
  • Alder
  • Aloe, false (rattlesnake-master)
  • Aloe vera
  • Agrimony, small-flower
  • Areca nut (betel nut)
  • Arsesmart
  • Asafetida
  • Ash, prickly
  • Balsam fir
  • Bergamot, wild (purple bee-balm)
  • Betony, wood
  • Birch
  • Bistort root
  • Bitterroot
  • Bittersweet
  • Black-eyed Susan, root
  • Buckbean (bogbean)
  • Buckthorn bark
  • Butternut bark
  • Beech, American
  • Camomile
  • Cardinal flower
  • Carrot, wild
  • Castor Bean
  • Catnip
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Centaury
  • Chaparral
  • Corn-cockle
  • Elecampane
  • Fig
  • Fern, male
  • Fern, female
  • Feverfew
  • Garlic
  • Gentian
  • Horehound
  • Hops
  • Houseleek
  • Hyssop
  • Ipecac, American
  • Indigo, wild
  • Juniper
  • Lobelia
  • Motherwort
  • Mugwort
  • Mulberry root
  • Mullein
  • Nettle
  • Oak, white, bark
  • Oak, Jerusalem
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Pau d’arco
  • Pinkroot
  • Plantain
  • Pomegranate
  • Poplar, berk
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Quack grass
  • Quassia
  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • Rue
  • Sage
  • St. John’s wort
  • Self-seal
  • Senna
  • Serviceberry
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sorrel
  • Spearmint
  • Spicebush
  • Strawberry leaves
  • Tansy
  • Thistle, Canada
  • Thyme
  • Vervain
  • Walnut, black

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Recommendations

Personal hygiene is important. If you scratch the anus, the worm eggs can be transmitted to anything that is handled.

Use sodium chloride (table salt), a heavily salted diet, for children with pinworms for one to two weeks. Use areca nut (betel nut) for tapeworm. Drink male fern (aspidium) in a tea three times daily. Pinkroot, wormseed, and wormwood are good for all types of intestinal worms. Eat black walnut extract, pumpkin and sesame seeds, fig juice or figs, and chaparral tea or tablets on an empty stomach 3 times per day.

Do not eat meats that are not fully cooked or meats that are left out of the refrigerator for too long. Avoid pork until the disorder is corrected. For severe infestation use high colonics.

Children should be under a doctor’s care.

Children get roundworms more than other types. Because of the associated nutritional deficiency, one must take large amounts of all supplements. A well-balanced diet is important.
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Bibliography

Buy It! Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It! Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

Buy It! The Old Herb Doctor, by Joseph E. Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1984, sixth printing 1994.

Buy It! Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

Buy It! The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

Buy It!The Magic of Herbs, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

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