Lois’ Notes: A lot of people know about pumpkin seeds as anti-parasitics. You grind them up in the coffee bean grander and mix with coconut milk.. Pumpkin seeds when ground will release curcurbitin, a chemical that paralyzes and flushes out intestinal parasites. Do this every morning for three mornings in a row, then wait one week and do the same thing. Continue for a month. Another less known treatment for parasites (85% of humans in the USA have them) is fennel. Fennel will kill most parasites, not just the ones mentioned in this article!
Parasites are small organisms that depend on a living host for their survival and propagation. In humans, parasites are often found in the intestines, but they also dwell in other organs such as the skin and the brain. Because they cannot live sans their host, most human parasites don’t cause death, but some can cause diseases. One example is schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease caused by Schistosoma mansoni worms which live in the blood vessels. Schistosomiasis is more of a disabling disease than a life-threatening one, although it can cause death due to complications involving major organs. While schistosomiasis treatment has been largely described as successful, it relies mainly on a synthetic drug that causes a lot of side effects. Fortunately, researchers from Benha University in Egypt have found a potential drug candidate that comes from natural sources. In their study published earlier this year in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, they reported that Nigella sativa, also known as fennel flower or black cumin, can effectively kill parasitic worms within 48 hours of treatment. The efficacy of this medicinal plant is further enhanced by using chitosan nanoparticles as drug carriers.
Fennel flower, a natural anthelmintic against schistosomiasis
Fennel flower is a plant that grows only three feet tall, has small flowers, and produces fruit pods filled with tiny black seeds. These seeds have been widely studied due to their abundance in phytochemicals, most notably a powerful compound known as thymoquinone. According to studies, thymoquinone has many therapeutic qualities, such as anti-inflammatory, immunity-enhancing, and chemoprotective properties. Fennel flower can be found in many regions across the globe, most notably in parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
The potential of fennel flower is not limited to just reducing tumor growth and relieving allergic rhinitis. Research suggests that fennel flower is effective against disease-causing bacteria and parasitic worms. In a recent study published in Acta Biologica Hungarica, Egyptian researchers reported the effectiveness of fennel flower oil and extracts from an alga known as Chroococcus turgidus in reducing the number of eggs produced by female S. mansoni worms. A review written by Iranian researchers also discussed the anti-schistosomiasis activity of fennel flower oil and how two weeks of treatment was enough to reduce the number of S. mansoni worms in the liver of infected mice. Treatment with the oil also decreased the number of eggs deposited in the mice’s intestines and liver.
Chitosan nanoparticles carrying fennel flower extracts can kill parasitic worms within 48 hours
For their study, the researchers assessed the efficacy of chitosan nanoparticles loaded with N. sativa (NSLCN) against parasitic worms, and the structural changes they can induce in vitro. Nanoparticles made from natural polymers are commonly used as drug carriers because they can modulate drug pharmacokinetics, increase drug bioavailability, and allow targeted release with minimal toxic effects.
The researchers obtained S. mansoni worms from the portal and mesenteric veins of infected mice. They cultured three to five worms of both sexes and exposed them to varying concentrations of NSCLN for 24 and 48 hours. Using a stereomicroscope, they assessed the viability of the worms 24 and 48 hours after treatment and READ ON
Note: Five to ten drops of essential oil of clove taken in a tea will destroy the covering of most parasite eggs, preventing them from hatching!