According to the CDC, millions of people are diagnosed with intestinal parasites in the United States each year, and those are only the cases we know about. Many parasites do not cause noticeable symptoms in their human hosts; consequently people can go for years with untreated parasitic infections that can have disastrous consequences, so it’s vital to know what to look for.
Signs of Parasitic Infection
Although some parasites do not cause any symptoms at all, there are telltale symptoms that people often dismiss as common indigestion or everyday aches and pains. Even if symptoms like those below seem small and insignificant, warning signs like these could be your body’s way of telling you that there’s a parasitic problem hiding inside:
- Pains or aches in the muscles and joints: The body may respond to parasites by increasing inflammation and immune responses, eventually taxing the joints and muscles.
- Fatigue and exhaustion: Certain types of parasites sap your energy and steal nutrients to the extent that you feel tired and exhausted for no apparent reason.
- Chronic constipation, diarrhea, or gas: Intestinal parasites will affect your gut in all sorts of ways, but you may be mistaking these symptoms for common digestive ailments.
- Occasional stomach cramping or abdominal pain.
- Unexplained weight loss: If parasites are consuming your nutrients or blocking the absorption of necessary foods, you may begin to lose weight.
- Interrupted sleep or insomnia: The presence of parasites in the intestines can disrupt nervous system functions, affecting your sleep patterns.
- Anemia: Some parasites feed off of red blood cells, leading to the development of anemia.
If you recognize several of the symptoms from the list above, there’s a good chance that you have a parasitic infection. The good news is that most parasites can be flushed out easily with an herbal cleanse. These are some of the herbs that target pesky human parasites:
- Black Walnut hull – High levels of juglone and tannins help the body to detoxify and rid itself of parasites.
- Cloves – This powerful herb can kill parasite eggs in your system.
- Wormwood – A natural antimicrobial, wormwood has been used to kill internal parasites for centuries.
- Garlic – Garlic provides biological compounds allicin and ajoene, which work together to ward off parasites and other harmful microbes.
Using a combination of the herbs above to do a parasite cleanse will take care of the most common parasitic infections. Shop parasite cleanse products and books, or read more about cleansing and avoiding parasites: