Pumpkin Seed Cures for Pinworms

Updated November 21, 2016

Pinworms are the most common worm infection in the United States. Pinworms, also known as threadworms, are a type of roundworm that infect young children most often, but adults are vulnerable as well. They live in the colon and rectum of the host and cause extreme itching. Without proper treatment, a pinworm infestation may spread to entire families and beyond. In addition to doctor-prescribed medication, several natural home remedies are known to help get rid of pinworm infestations, including the consumption of pumpkin seeds.

Separate 300gr/10.5 oz of raw pumpkin seeds into small portions and crush thoroughly. Use a smaller dosage for young children, typically 30 to 120 grams (1.5 to 5 oz) depending on the child's age.

Add 2 cups of water to the crushed pumpkin seeds and apply a steam bath for two hours on low heat. You can create a steam bath on the stove by placing the mixture on a rack or steam basket in a saucepan that has a lid, adding two inches of water, covering the pan and turning the heat to simmer. Alternately, you can use the microwave by placing the mixture in a microwave-safe bowl, covering with cling film, and microwaving on high for a short time.

Let the mixture cool after steaming. Remove the layer of oil that should have risen to the top and filter the mixture.

Take 1 tbsp of the mixture every 15 minutes for 1 hour.


Wash your hands often to prevent the spread of pinworms, particularly after going to the bathroom.


Do not use herbal remedies to treat pinworms or any other condition without first consulting a doctor. The pumpkin seed regimen is best used as a supplement to doctor-prescribed medication and advice, and should be approved by your doctor before you begin.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 grams/10.5 oz. raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • Saucepan and lid
  • Strainer
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