WHAT ARE INTESTINAL WORMS?
Intestinal worms are parasites that can affect adults and children, although they are more prevalent in children. There are several types of worms, the most common being roundworms, threadworms, pinworms, hookworms, tapeworms and giardia.
HOW DOES ONE GET WORMS?
Intestinal worms enter the body through the skin, nose mainly as a result of ingestion of contaminated food or water. They breed in the digestive tract and cause a number of symptoms.
Depending on the type of intestinal worms, the symptoms may include stomach pain, bloating, bad breath, diarrhoea, constant hunger whilst loosing weight, exhaustion, restless sleep, anaemia, nausea, vomiting, cough and even fever. You may have itching around the rectum or vulva and pass worms in your stool.
To prevent intestinal worms it is important to ensure good personal hygiene and a healthy diet including fresh, nutritionally rich food. It is best to avoid sugar rich foods as these create a gut environment within which intestinal worms thrive. Good quality probiotics can help to support a healthy gut “microbiome”. Garlic, coconut, papaya, pomegranate and pumpkin seeds can be of help too. Your GP may prescribe a variety of medications or antibiotics. If you wish to try a complementary option, there a plenty of alternative remedies for intestinal worms. I have found Cina to be effective in cases of thread worms or pin worms. Pin worms can also be treated with Napthalene or Ratanhia and tape worms can be expelled using Iodum, Kousso or Granatum. Cuprum Oxydatum Nigram can be tried for a range of worm infections. Teucreum can be resorted to for pinworms, especially after conventional medicines have been used without effect. Please contact your local registered homeopath for more information.
Daniela Karsten RS. Hom., Dip. Hom. www.homeopathessex.com