Parasites are small microscopic organisms that live in or on and take nourishment from another organism. They are external organism which can damage to the human body by causing chronic health problems. They generally feed on our body cells and foods that we take. They are habitual to survive in the unhealthy environments of human body. Parasites thrive in warm, moist environments. They are awful scavengers that first invade the intestinal tract, but can quickly migrate to other parts of the body. Once infected, they multiply rapidly and can live as long as two years. In healthy condition, there is always almost balance (80:20) between harmful and beneficial bacteria inside our body system. When this balance is disturbed the intestinal environment becomes favorable to parasite invasion.
Parasites need a host (eg. human cell) to live and survive. There are several factors that contribute to this imbalance, such as antibiotics, immune suppressants, steroids, etc. Food, water and air are considered to be the mode of transmission of parasites into the human body. Besides these, others may be through sexual contact, skin and nose and transmitting agent like mosquito. Most of the parasites stay in the intestinal tract, and others may invade other parts of the body. They can enter through mouth, nose, or absorbed through the skin. They can destroy cells, produce toxic substances and allergic reactions, irritate and invade body tissue, obstruction in body organs, depress human system and result in malabsorption of nutrients.
When there is parasitic attack, the symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, cramps, rectal itching, skin problems (dermatitis), lethargy, bad sleep, muscle cramps, joints pain, and post nasal drip, poor immune response, joint and muscle aches, anemia, irritable bowel syndrome, fever, weight loss, chronic fatigue etc are common. They can deplete the body nutrients such as vitamin A, B6, B12, potassium, calcium, and magnesium; which can lead to severe illness. Symptoms can also be manifested in other ways like stomach pain, indigestion, psoriasis, swelling, anemia, drowsiness after meal (parasite may be competing with the body for nutrients) and rashes.
Common sources of parasitic Infestation includes polluted water, raw meat, contaminated foods and vegetables, contaminated soil, pets infested with parasites, contact with feces, contact with the person who has parasites.
Parasites can diminish the body of nutrients such as vitamins A, B6, and B12, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which overpower the immune system and can lead to severe illness.
In healthy condition, human immune system is capable in defending the parasites. When there are strange situations, like poor circulation in the body, organs and tissues are deprived from oxygen and pH balance is disturbed; which results in deterioration of tissues. This enhances the possibility of parasitic attack. These harmful parasites then cause chronic health problems. It is believed that 90% of the world’s population has parasites. It is estimated that three out of five Americans will be affected by parasites at some point in their lives. Parasites are often tested as part of a stool culture. If parasites are not passed in the stool, they will not be found or identified. This leaves parasitic infections under or misdiagnosed. There are a number of natural, alternative health remedies that can be used to help eliminate parasites naturally. Parasite cleansing is the most effective way to get rid of the parasites.
Types of Parasites
There are various types of parasites. They may be either larger or small. Large parasites are easily seen with the naked eye. Round worms, tapeworms, flukes are large parasites whereas mostly protozoa and amoeba are small parasites. Large parasites most often cause malnutrition and anemia because they tend to take essential nutrients from the body as they need. Small parasites are even harmful as they can migrate virtually anywhere in the body and may appear in the bloods stream, muscles, brain, lungs, etc.
Modes of Transmission
Parasites are found everywhere and hence people can be infected through various modes such as;
- insect bites
- walking barefoot
- eating raw or undercooked pork, beef or fish
- eating contaminated raw fruits and vegetables
- eating foods prepared by infected handlers
- drinking contaminated water
- inhaling dust that contains parasitic eggs or cysts
There are various treatment alternatives for the parasitic infestation. They include nutritional therapy, ayurvedic medication, homeopathic medication, herbal remedies, diet control, detoxification and parasite cleansing, etc.
Nutritional Therapy: Nutritional therapies may include; eating well balanced diet with fiber, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, etc. which help eliminate parasite from the body and improve immune function. Probiotics like lactobacillus acidophilus and bifido-bacteria are beneficial.
Herbal Therapy: Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree oil), Artemisia annua (Worm wood herb), and Berberine containing foods like Berberis vulgaris (Barberry) are found to be effective treating parasitic infestations. Similarly Allium sativa (Garlic), Hydrastis Canadensis (goldenseal), Black walnut, Pumpkin seed and Grapefruit seed extract, Mentha piperata (Peppermint), Rheum officinale (Rhubarb) are extensively used for treatment of parasites.
Parasite Cleansing: Parasite cleansing is a used to effectively eliminate human parasites like protozoa, flukes, roundworms, tapeworms, etc. It is required when our body is overloaded with toxins due to parasites and immune system is threatened by the severe parasite infestation. We can easily find many proprietary parasite cleansing products available in the market. For examples, ReNew Life's ParaGone Cleaning Kit, ParaZyme, Vaxa Parasitin or Parasite Cleansing Kit. They are the most effective tool for recovering health. Hence, most of the nutritionist and doctors recommend a cleansing diet nowadays. It is a process of elimination toxins and wastes from the cells, organs and the bloodstream.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.A. (http://www.cdc.gov)
- Louise R. (2006). Parasites. Alternative and Natural Health.
- James F.B. & Mark S. Prescription for Natural Cures, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2004.