Intestinal worms and stomach worms
This worms mostly found in the gastro-intestinal tract of a person, primarily on the intestinal wall. Intestinal worms mostly strike during the rainy season. Stomach worms are quite common in children, and can cause pain in the stomach as well as during motions.
How human-being getting the intestinal worms
- Eating contaminated food,
- Eating food with dirty fingers,
- Faulty living style,
- Walking bare foot,
- Eating undercooked flesh foods, poor sanitation
- Worms can enter through the mouth, the nose and the eyes
- Sexual contact can also be a cause of intestinal worms.
Types of Stomach worms
This are small white worms about 1/2 inch long. They are also known as seat worms or threadworms. most of the time due to accidental ingestion of the worms’ eggs. Pinworms can affect people of any age, but children are at the highest risk for infestation. The worms migrate to the person’s rectum where each female worm can lay up to 1500 eggs per day and cause irritation around the person’s anus, which is usually the most prominent symptom.
Hookworms are intestinal parasites that affect up to one billion people throughout the world. Infection happens to people who come in contact with larvae through the soil or by ingesting hookworm eggs or larvae. Hookworms that enter the body through direct contact penetrate the skin, leaving irritation at the penetration site, and enter the bloodstream. If there is Hookworms symptoms including weight loss, diarrhoea, abdominal discomfort or pain and anaemia from blood loss.
Roundworms are the most common. Children are at higher risk, although people at any age can become infected. Infection occurs when a person accidentally ingests roundworm eggs. Most people that are infected with roundworms show no symptoms, in severe cases may cause symptoms like abdominal pain or discomfort, intestinal obstructions and slow weight loss due to the worms are consuming the majority of the valuable nutrition.
Tapeworms are stomach and intestinal parasites that enter the body through ingestion of under-prepared meats, such as pork, beef and fish. Most cases of tapeworm infection are in areas where living standards are below average. Symptoms include increased appetite, irritability, insomnia, sensitivity to light and anaemia.
Whipworms are a type of roundworm that infects people through ingestion of the eggs, usually as a result of consuming dry goods such as rice or beans. The eggs hatch in the person’s small intestine and make their way to the large intestine where they burrow into the lining to breed and multiply. Most infections have little to no symptoms, but severe infections can cause a person to have diarrhoea, anaemia, vitamin A deficiency or even rectal prolapsed. After diagnosis the infection is treated with a medication that rids the body of the worms through the person’s stool.
How to prevent stomach worms
- A healthy immune system along with hygienic habits and sanitised surroundings are needed for prevention of worm infections.
- Proper washing and cleaning of fruits and vegetables before consuming raw is necessary.
- Maintaining personal hygiene is the easiest and the most effective way of preventing the infection. Clean your hands and legs each time you go out.
- Try to avoid eating foods from street vendors.
- Do not forget to wash your hands after changing diapers, cleaning house, holding uncleaned food stuffs, handling animals.
- Eating fruits and green vegetables is a good way of detoxifying your body and is considered as the easiest method of killing parasitic worms.
- Drink plenty of water. Water also has tendency of detoxification. Drinking about 8-10 glasses of water a day will help a lot.
- If you are suffering from stomach worms, then strictly avoid all fatty foods like oil, butter and cream.
- Meat (including red meats) must not be taken until the infection is completely cleared. Yoghurt will help you in restoring your digestive health.
Tips for Killing Stomach Worms For killing stomach worms,
- avoid carbohydrates, especially those found in refined foods, fruits, juices, dairy products and all sugars.
- Consume more raw garlic, pumpkin seeds, pomegranates, beets, and carrots, as all of them have anti-worm properties.
- Drink a lot of water to enhance good bowel, which will in turn promote elimination.
- Consumption of fibber also helps get rid of worms.
- Add a number of robotics to your diet to prevent the parasites from spreading.
- Digestive enzymes help in restoring the intestinal tract to its normal state. This makes it inhospitable to parasites.
- Consistent doses of Vitamin C and zinc also help in reduction of worms. However, vitamin C dose should be lowered in case of diarrhoea.
- Carrot juice contains digestive enzymes naturally, which can help eliminate worms from your body. Consume at least 1-3 glasses of juice from carrot daily.
The most commonly used medicines are
Apart from the regular medicines, there are a number of herbs which help in killing or reducing the stomach worms. They can be ingested in the form of dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerines (glycerine extracts) or tinctures (alcohol extracts). However, caution should be exercised and they should be taken strictly under the supervision of a health practitioner.
Some of the commonly used herbs are
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)
Goldenseal ( Hydrastis canadensis )
Oregon grape ( Berberis aquifolium )
Tea tree oil ( Melaleuca alternifolia )
Anise ( Pimpinella anisum )
Wormwood ( Artemisia annua )
Curled mint ( Mentha crispa )
Black walnuts ( Juglans nigra)