It’s a sensitive topic, however most of us are unaware that much of our health issues may be related to intestinal worms. Depending on the type of worm infestation, symptoms may include bad breath, stomach pains or tenderness, gas or bloating, dark circles under the eyes, anaemia, weight loss, craving for sweet things, chronic fatigue or weakness, fevers or flu-like symptoms, irritability, nutritional deficiencies, headaches, bad dreams or restless sleep, itchy bottom and nose (children will be found to be digging their noses constantly, or scratching their bottoms), grinding teeth at night, nervousness, allergies, skin rashes, et al. These are pretty generic ailments which people come to accept as part of their lives. However there is a quick and easy technique that can be used anytime, anywhere, on yourself or your kids that will not gross you out, to check for the presence of intestinal worms!
Acupressure points on the hands or feet is a non-invasive and safe technique that can be used. Press the point on the side of the baby finger with your thumb, using gentle to firm pressure, depending on the age of the person. If a sharp pain is felt, this indicates the presence of intestinal worms. The degree of pain felt indicates the severity of the problem – intense pain in this case relates to a severe infestation. If you are unsure of the pain you are feeling, then apply the same pressure on another finger and compare. Acupressure pain feels piercing and seems like it is emanating from within your hand. With children, it is more tricky to gauge as children are generally playful. If they wince or pull their hand away suddenly, you can take this to be an indication of intestinal worms.
How does Acupressure work ?
An ancient ayurvedic practice discovered over 5000 years ago, acupressure uses the concept of energy meridians to detect and treat imbalances in the body. Every meridian is associated with an organ in the body, which in turn is connected to a nerve ending. All nerve endings of the body end on the hands and the feet. If you apply firm pressure on a nerve ending, you are directly stimulating its related organ. By applying intermittent pressure, you are directly eliminating toxins from that organ that is causing an impairment. The degree of pain felt on the pressure point indicates the severity of the condition. No pain indicates the organ is in balance and functioning optimally. Pain indicates the organ is compromised in some way. With regular pressure applied on a point, the toxic build-up in the organ clears up and the pain goes away, indicating that the organ is now functioning optimally again. It is important to press the Kidney point at the end of any acupressure treatment, to help the kidney flush out the toxins that have been released.
Thus acupressure is a safe, non-invasive technique you can use to restore balance throughout your body, without needing to diagnose any disease or condition.
I have worms … what now ?
There are tons of options that you could choose from to treat an infestation. You will have to try them out to see which works best for you, taking into account the type of worms present. Unfortunately unless you actually see a worm, you will not know which type you’re dealing with. I used to dose my kids with Vermox twice a year, and still didn’t see much improvement. I then got scripts for deworming meds having Albandazole as the key ingredient, and this worked much better. However the fact that it needed a script made me feel uncomfortable as to the side effects. I was especially wary after learning that allopathic medication taken for worms impacts the liver as a result. Getting my kids to eat pumpkin seeds and then drink castor oil was an absolute no-no! After considerable research I found a herbal remedy called Vitaklenz, that I was comfortable with and that worked wonders – unfortunately it is not available in South Africa hence regular use was not economical for me. I now use a blend of essential oils under their feet and on the abdominal area instead.
Be it essential oils, which is a very concentrated oil extracted from plants, or the actual herbs and foods themselves, there are recommended foods that have very strong anti-parasitic actions. Some of these are:
- Extra-virgin coconut oil
- Raw garlic
- Dried oregano, the essential oil being far more potent.
- Clove, the essential oil being far more potent.
- Black walnut
- Pumpkin seeds
- Milk Thistle
- Unripe papaya
Fermented foods and beverages such as Kombucha, Kefir, Saurkraut, Apple Cider Vinegar et al, also help eliminate parasites when consumed regularly. Fermented foods contain an amino acid called L-glutamine, that helps rebuild the gut, as well as very powerful strains of good bacteria, organic acids, and enzymes that help keep parasites at bay.
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It is important to note that all members of the household need to deworm at the same time to prevent re-contamination from shared bathrooms and living spaces.
What Essential Oils can I use ?
From my research, I found the following list of Essential Oils can be helpful in eliminating intestinal worms:
- Anise seed
- Caraway seed
I make a blend with Oregano, Fennel, Clove, Lemon, Lemongrass, Thyme and Basil, diluted with a carrier oil, in a glass roll-on bottle for easy use. For immediate action I apply to the tummy area and under the feet 3 times a day. For general use I apply under the feet at night. This is a cheaper alternative that I find practical and easy enough to incorporate into my kids’ routine when required. You can get your organic essential oils from me here.
Intestinal worms are a fact of life regardless of how hygienic and healthy you may be. We all spend the better part of our day in public spaces, and even walking barefoot is an opportunity for parasites to invade. However incorporating some simple practices every now and then will help keep these intruders at bay.
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Health In your Hands vol 1 – Devendra Vora