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Candida – Para – Cleanses – Kroeger

Been researching parasites and candida – cleansing is the answer.   Here’s part of my research.

“Para Cleanse

Unwanted Visitors

People get a little squeamish when the subject comes to parasites and it is not great dinner conversation. Humans have been hosts to parasites during our entire existence and we are still affected by them. You do not need to go to a third world country to be in contact with parasites, we have plenty in our sanitized, western culture. Many people do not consider parasites as a health issue and many health care practitioners are either not savvy about the topic or do not share parasite information with their patients.

Parasites and disease

There has been a renewed awareness and concern about parasites since the early 1990’s. Much of this is fueled by health practitioners finding a connection between parasites and other diseases. This is not an entirely new idea, traditional naturopathic protocol involves taking the load off the immune system that includes parasites.

There is a “chicken or the egg” question, are parasites the cause or effect of serious disease? If the immune system is compromised it allows parasites to enter the body more easily. However if we have parasites it can cause our immune system to go on high alert and often can be misdirected and thus possibly be a factor in disease. Excessive parasites can place a burden on our immune system to protect us and eliminate their toxins.

Do I have parasites?

Although you may be shocked, we all have some parasites. We could not exist on this planet and not be in contact with parasites. And while our immune system does a good job of keeping them out of the body a few still get through, just as viruses and bacteria also get through. There is some thought that parasites serve a purpose of keeping our immune system active.

We get parasites from food, water, contact with pets and the environment. We can be host to several hundred different types of parasites ranging from microscopic amoebas to tapeworms that can grow to be several feet long. Regular tests can only find several dozen and their accuracy is questionable. Most of the time we do not notice parasites. We can afford to share the nutrients from food and eliminate their waste without too much burden on our system. As populations of parasites gradually increase, we start having issues like allergies, congestion, restlessness, sleeplessness, poor digestion that we accept as our normal health status. These issues come on over a long period of time so we do not notice them as anything wrong. Since parasites are so prevalent, it seems everyone can benefit from a yearly parasite cleanse.

Types of parasites

In biology, the parasitic way of life is very common. There are several families of parasites: Roundworms, Tapeworms, Flukes and Single Cell parasites such as amoebas and protozoans. Each group has many kinds of parasites. While many parasites reside in the intestinal tract there are quite a few that live in other parts of the body, especially in nutrient rich organs like the liver, kidneys, heart, pancreas, brain and in the blood and lymphatic systems.

Roundworms are common throughout the world. It is estimated that twenty five percent of people in the world are infected with roundworms. Infections come from consuming worm eggs found on fruits and vegetables grown in contaminated soil. Some symptoms of roundworms are digestive disturbances, intestinal gas, weight gain around full moon, blood sugar imbalance, fatigue, anemia, restlessness and teeth grinding at night. Roundworms include common round worm (Ascara lumbricoides ), Hookworm, Strongyloides stercoralis, Ancylastoma caninum, Whipworm, pinworm, Toxocara canis, Dirofilaria immitis (dog heartworm) and Trichinosis.

Herbal help

There are plenty of herbs to help with these visitors. It is important to stay with a parasite cleanse for at least four weeks, which is the reproductive cycle of most parasites. This takes care of the adult worms and the eggs. Since parasites reproduce during the full moon, starting a cleanse a week before the full moon can increase efficacy. Parasites are the first to get the nutrients from food, since they are in the digestive system. It is best to take parasite-cleansing herbs before a meal, this way they are getting anti-parasitic herbs instead of food.

Wormwood Combination™

The original Wormwood Combination formula by Hanna Kroeger, stems from a long history of folk medicine, and decades of hands-on work with people’s health needs. Hanna Kroeger’s Wormwood Combination is a balanced formula that addresses parasites while not adversely affecting the host.

In traditional herbalism, bitter digestive tonic herbs are used to paralyze and kill parasites in the digestive tract as well as controlling their eggs and improving digestive secretions, a natural protection against parasite overgrowth. At the same time, the bitter principles help to increase elimination, so that the parasites’ toxins may be excreted at a faster rate. Wormwood Combination employs some herbs from this category that herbalists and naturopaths alike have relied on for centuries. Wormwood has been used to kill parasites (especially roundworms), reduce mucus, promote bowel movement and urination, tone the stomach and digestion, and clear toxins from the blood, liver and gall bladder. Traditional herbalists use Male Fern to paralyze parasites so that they may be more easily passed out of the system. Black Walnut adds laxative effects to ensure elimination and has impressive anti-parasite properties, while Quassia soothes and protects the stomach. Wormwood Combination is further balanced energetically for gentle yet thorough action with the addition of spicy Cloves, which not only kill parasites and their eggs but also helps reduce the gassiness and cramping that many other de-worming formulas can cause, only exacerbating the digestive distress many people experience with parasite conditions. All the herbs in this blend also control secondary fungal infections and excess mucus that can be both a contributing factor to and by-product of parasite infections.


As mentioned above, cloves help to diminish the digestive discomforts caused by parasites and while doing a parasite cleanse. Cloves have been traditionally used to harmonize digestive function, calm the stomach, promote bowel movement and reduce gas and mucus. Cloves contain sesquiterpenes that are very effective at killing parasites and their eggs.

Black Walnut Hull Tincture (from green black walnuts)

Both the leaves and the walnut hulls are used as a vermifuge or anti-parasitic herb. Black Walnut acts in several ways to address parasites. It works as a laxative to help expel parasites from the intestinal tract, it also oxygenates the blood to help kill parasites, and can also assist in ridding parasites from the blood, lymphatic system and organs such as kidneys, brain, liver, heart and intestinal tract.

Optimally, when using the black walnut hulls it is best to use the green or not fully matured hulls in a tincture form. The better quality extra strength tincture is usually a brown color.

Dietary considerations

Avoiding raw or undercooked beef, pork, fish and chicken is an obvious step in prevention. Water chestnuts, watercress, unwashed fruits and vegetables, and mountain water are also to be avoided. Parasites love sugar and carbohydrates as well as other easily assimilated foods. It is best to eliminate sweets, alcohol and potato chips while cleansing. Pumpkin seeds, garlic, calmyrna figs, pomegranates, cranberry juice, and apple cider vinegar are good foods to include in your diet to control parasites. Parasitic infections take hold when the body is alkaline. Keeping the intestines slightly acidic may help prevent and treat an infection. Cranberry juice or diluted apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons to eight ounces of water) works well for this.

The subject of parasites can be unpleasant, yet it is more common than most people are aware of. Becoming proactive about parasite maintenance can make a big difference in overall health. Doing a preventative program can ease your worries about uninvited guests.”


August 18, 2009 - Posted by | DIY Health

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