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Many people have the misconception that Intestinal Worms are only a problem for children or those in countries less fortunate than ours. But that is not the case! Did you know that at least 37% of the world’s population host worms inside their bodies, even in developed countries like Australia? You could be the host to many uninvited guests that are slowly but surely undermining your HEALTH! In fact, 342 species of worms have been reported from human hosts. Worms are scavenging parasites that live within, upon or at the expense of another organism. These parasites are transmitted easily from one person to another or perhaps you’ve been a host since childhood? They can reside in your gastrointestinal tract and feed on waste material in your body. The most common types include Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms and Pinworms. Worms expel waste material into your body that may be associated with many digestive and health conditions. Intestinal Worms live in your large bowel and small intestine and can spread to other parts of your body.

Type of Worms:

Roundworm (Ascarias Lumbricoides)
Roundworm is probably the most familiar parasite in humans. An almost identical worm, often called Suum, occurs in pigs. The intestinal Roundworm (Ascarias Lumbricoides) infection in humans follows the ingestion of Roundworm eggs that are found in foods or soil. In the small intestine larvae are liberated and migrate through the intestinal wall. About 10 days later, the larvae pass from the respiratory passage into the digestive tract and mature into egg-producing worms, which grow up to 35cm in length, in the small intestine. The most common symptom of Roundworm infestation is abdominal distress.

Hookworm (Ancylostoma)
Hookworm infection begins when the worm is in the larvae stage. The Hookworm penetrates through the small intestine where it matures. The female lays several thousand eggs a day, which are passed through faeces. If the faecal matter reaches suitable soil, the eggs are hatched, and the thread like larvae then may penetrate human skin, usually via sweat glands and open pores in the foot. These intestinal parasites are long lived, with a life time that may span some ten years.

Tapeworm (Hymenolepis Nana)
The Tapeworm is a broad, long worm, often growing to lengths of 3 to 7 feet at maturity and capable of attaining 30 feet and can produce a million (1,000,000) eggs a day. The adult worm has two sucking grooves in its head which allows it to attach to the intestinal wall. You can be infected by eating poorly cooked meat and fish. Most infected people exhibit symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal discomfort, flatulence, vomiting, nausea and weakness. Some people are constantly hungry because Tapeworms also consume the food we eat.

Pinworm (Enterobius Vermicularis)
This worm is found both in warm and cold climates. It’s found in crowded places such as day care centres, schools and hospitals. Pinworms are 2-13 mm long, and pearly white in colour.

This is how the infestation process works. Female worms work their way through a person’s intestines and pass out the anus to lay their eggs at night. If this person scratches around the anal area without washing their hands afterwards, then touches their mouth any eggs on their hands may be swallowed. The eggs then hatch in the lower colon where the worms mate and the cycle continues. Some symptoms for Pinworms are poor appetite, teeth grinding, hyperactivity, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, bed-wetting, stomach aches, nausea and vomiting. These worms are better down the toilet than in your body!

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Symptoms

Intestinal Worms can cause symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, intestinal cramps, lethargy, itchy nose and anus, skin complaints (i.e. rashes), unexplained weight loss or weight gain just to name a few. Unfortunately, we usually disregard these complaints as just part of everyday life, other than addressing what could be the cause.

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Causes

 

The primary cause of varicose veins is a breakdown of the valve system in the veins. Blood carrying nutrients to the cells is pumped from the heart through the arteries to the legs. The depleted blood then returns to the heart through the venous system - veins having one-way valves. If one or more aggravating factors are present, the swollen, distorted veins, which are called varicose veins, may develop. Age and extra weight, especially in the hips and waist regions, are some of the contributing factors. With age, the valves and veins become weaker, and muscle mass and tone tend to decrease, thereby impeding the return of blood to the heart and increasing the risk of developing varicose veins. These factors may cause the valve to leak or fail, allowing blood to accumulate in the veins, causing them to stretch.

Any activity that may add strain to the circulatory system or constrict the flow of blood may be a contributing factor. Prolonged standing or sitting, lifting heavy weights, long-distance running, lack of exercise and obesity are some of the factors to be considered. Wearing tight fitting clothing or boots are other possible causes. Aging, pregnancy, hormonal changes, and dietary deficiencies are also contributing factors.

An unusual form of varicose veins affects over 200,000 women who suffer from chronic pelvic pain. See our Chronic Pelvic Pain section for more information.

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Home Remedies

Eat cranberries or papayas (paw paw) frequently. Fasting on raw pineapples for three days kills tapeworm. Cranberries, papaya and fresh pineapple contain enzymes that are anti-parasitic.

Chewing three cloves of garlic every morning is likely to relieve a person suffering from intestinal worms.

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Agrimony contains the chemical compound agrimophol, which expels parasites. Agrimophol causes parasites to lose their hold on the lining of the bladder or intestine so that they are evacuated with urine or stool.

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Always ensure that the water you drink is properly filtered and boiled.

The food must be properly cooked, especially if it is red meat like beef and pork.

Vegetables must be washed thoroughly before putting in the cooking pot.

Fruits must be washed thoroughly, and ideally peeled, before consumption.

After outdoor activities like gardening, wash your hands and legs thoroughly with a disinfectant soap. Hands must be washed after each visit to the toilet.

All laundry must be washed on a daily basis. Underwear must be washed and dried separately from other clothes. As an extreme measure, each person’s clothes must be washed separately.

Footwear must be worm whenever stepping out of the house.

If one person in the house is affected, then treatment must be given to all members living in the house. This is to prevent further transmission.

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