Herbal Parasite Cure for Threadworms

Updated November 21, 2016

Threadworms are small, thin intestinal parasites that infect humans. The parasites are passed from one person to another though direct contact or through contact with an object that has been contaminated by an infected individual. Once the threadworms have entered the digestive tract, they migrate toward the large intestine. Overnight they make their way to the anus to lay eggs, which causes itching and discomfort for the host. A common malady, threadworms infestation is generally not a serious condition and can be easily treated at home with simple herbal remedies.


Garlic has natural anti-parasitic properties and can be highly effective in the battle against threadworms. You should add at least a half a dozen cloves to your meals throughout the day or, if this doesn't suit your palate, you can purchase garlic capsules or tablets at your local pharmacy. In addition, crushed garlic can be mixed with petroleum jelly and applied directly to the anus. This will prevent the adults from exiting the body to lay eggs, ending the infestation in approximately two weeks time.


In addition to using a lot of garlic, try to incorporate a number of anthelmintic foods into your daily diet for at least two weeks. Eat watermelon, carrots, beets, pumpkin seeds or papaya seeds as often as you can. These foods contain enzymes, which can destroy or remove a variety of parasitic worms, including intestinal worms, such as threadworms, once they have entered the digestive tract.


Drink tea made from lupin seeds four to five times a day for one month or more to ensure the threadworms have been completely removed. Place half a dozen lupin seeds in a glass of warm water and allow them to steep for one to three hours. Strain the concoction to remove the seeds and then drink. To bolster the effectiveness of this remedy, use in it conjunction with the other steps outlined above. Alternatively, a hot mug of your favourite tea can be prepared with a few drops of wormwood tincture added to it. Wormwood has been used for centuries to treat intestinal worms as it contains natural chemicals, which destroy the outer membranes of the parasites, killing them on contact.

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About the Author

Lisa Parris is a writer and former features editor of "The Caldwell County News." Her work has also appeared in the "Journal of Comparative Parasitology," "The Monterey County Herald" and "The Richmond Daily News." In 2012, Parris was honored with awards from the Missouri Press Association for best feature story, best feature series and best humor series.