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In this post, our editorial team will go over some of the top parasite cleanse questions. How to know if parasite cleanse is working, how long does it take, warning signs that may indicate you should stop your detox.
We’ll also touch on some of the safest best home remedies, herbs and diet tips you can use in your parasite cleanse.
- A summary of our parasite cleanse protocol: How to get rid of parasites.
- The complete protocol, see: parasite cleanse.
How to Know If Parasite Cleanse is Working?
While everyone may have a different parasite cleanse experience, there are a few common things we usually see in our parasite cleanse protocol.
If you notice any of the following signs, you may know that the parasite cleanse is working.
- You see dead candida, yeast, or parasites in stool.
- Digestive issues such as bloating and excess gas become better.
- Stomach may appear flatter.
- You notice better mood, energy and brain function.
- Chronic symptoms such as skin rashes, acne and pain become better.
Week 4 and up:
- Stubborn symptoms start to improve.
- Common examples: fungal nail infections or unhealthy looking hair.
Nails and hair grow very slow and as such issues can take months to fully heal. It is common to see more improvements months after the parasite cleanse.
Symptoms of parasite die off are not a sign that the parasite cleanse is working.
These can actually be warning signs that may indicate that:
- You have a reaction to parasite herbs
- The parasite cleanse is too aggressive for your body.
We try to stay away from the “you need to feel bad before you feel good” notion. In most cases, these discomforts are not necessary and cause more harm than good.
Safety should always be your number one priority. Especially when you self cleanse at home.
If you already experience parasite die off symptoms, see our guide:
How To Manage Parasite Die Off Symptoms.
Before and After Parasite Cleanse
Know the classic symptoms of parasites
When you have a parasitic infection, there may be signs in your entire body. Some of the signs of parasites can be very specific to your body or the type of parasites you have. Other signs such as digestive issues may be more common.
Educate yourself as much as you can about these signs. If they are related to parasites, you should expect to see improvements. Notice that having these signs doesn’t mean you have parasites. They can be caused by other issues.
So it is always best to consult with a qualified health practitioner.
- Digestive issues.
Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.
- Nutritional deficiencies.
Certain vitamins and minerals deficiencies may be linked to intestinal parasites such as soil transmitted helminthes, Giardia duodenalis, Entamoeba histolytica. Iron deficiency and anemia for example, were correlated to Trichuris trichiura, Ascaris lumbricoides and hookworm infections.[1,2]
- Abdominal pain.
Upset stomach, stomach cramps, stomach pain, tenderness.
- Unusual stool appearance.
Greasy loose stool, worms, parasites, mucus, eggs or candida yeast in stool.
- Cravings for sweets.
Constantly hungry, increased or loss of appetite. More common with candida overgrowth.
- Low energy.
Feeling tired, fatigue, exhaustion.
- Mood swings.
- Muscle and joint pain.
- Skin issues.
Skin rashes and skin issues such as eczema, hives, rosacea.
- Poor sleep.
Insomnia, nightmares, night sweats, teeth grinding in sleep, anus itching at night.
- Genitals issues.
Vaginal itching around the vulva (very common with candida infections), anal itching, rash, vaginal infections.
- Unexplained weight loss.
Common with tapeworm infections.
- Unexplained weight gain.
How Long Does it Take for Parasite Cleanse to Work?
Based on our parasite cleanse protocol results, most people start to feel better during the first week. Especially when the intestinal cleanse flushes out waste buildup that feed parasites.
For best results it is very important to complete the parasite cleanse.
On average, it may take six weeks. The main reason: you have to stop the complete life cycle of the parasites.
The life cycle of human parasites varies and can take anywhere between several weeks to months from the egg phase to the adult parasite phase.
Some strains of P. vivax for example, the parasite that causes recurring malaria, can remain dormant in the liver for several months.
The average time of parasite cleanse we recommend is 6 weeks.
After six weeks, you stop taking the antiparasitic herbs for at least six weeks. If any of your symptoms come back, you may want to redo the parasite cleanse again.
During the time when you stop the parasite cleanse, there are a few effective home remedies for parasites you can still take. We’ll cover these below.
Home Remedies for Parasites
1. Herbs that Kill Parasites
- Paratrex®: 3 capsules twice a day, before your biggest meals.
Use: during the parasite cleanse, or 1-2 times a week after the cleanse.
Paratrex® is a professional strength organic and wild grown antiparasitic herbs that have a unique ability to kill different types of worms, parasites, bacteria and fungus. The formula supports the entire parasite life cycle including the larvae and eggs stage.[4,5]
Antiparasitic herbs in paratrex: organic and wild black walnut (green hull), wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), clove, epazote, neem and diatomaceous earth.
2. Mediterranean Oregano Oil
Oregatrex, 6 drops, 2-3 times daily, after the parasite cleanse.
Use: after the parasite cleanse. See special directions and warnings below.
Perhaps one of the most known all around parasite cleanse – immune support natural remedy, the Mediterranean variety of oregano oil has a long traditional use that is also backed by science.
The research suggests that the active ingredient in oregano oil, Carvacrol, has the ability to break down the cell membranes of various bacteria and parasites, allowing our immune system to take over and eliminate them.
Special directions and warnings: The mediterranean oregano oil we use in our parasite cleanse protocol is very different from the oregano oil you see at your local stores. This oil extract contains 80% Carvacrol, the active ingredient. It is so concentrated and strong you have to put it in capsules before you swallow. The capsules are provided with Oregatrex.
Do not put the oil directly in your mouth.
3. Parasite Cleanse Diet
Just like any diet, you will need to tailor the parasite cleanse diet plan to your needs. To help you with the process, we published an entire guide with common healthy guidelines that can help support the body to detox and eliminate parasites during the cleanse.
Its a type of eating that avoid foods known to feed parasites and include antiparasitic foods. Intermittent fasting and a lower carb approach, two popular dietary protocols regardless of parasites, seem to augment the results for most people.
In fact, many of our members continued with the plan even after the cleanse due to the way it made them feel. Main benefits people reported include consistent, sustainable energy, mood and focus throughout the day, and better digestive health.
To learn more, see: Parasite cleanse diet.
Useful DIY anti parasitic recipes:
- Intestinal parasitic infections and micronutrient deficiency: a review.
- Association between Anaemia, Iron Deficiency Anaemia, Neglected Parasitic Infections and Socioeconomic Factors in Rural Children of West Malaysia.
- History of Human Parasitology.
- Therapeutic efficacy of Artemisia absinthium against Hymenolepis nana: in vitro and in vivo studies in comparison with the anthelmintic praziquantel.
- Antioxidant potential of Juglans nigra, black walnut, husks extracted using supercritical carbon dioxide with an ethanol modifier.
- Antiviral efficacy and mechanisms of action of oregano essential oil and its primary component carvacrol against murine norovirus.
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