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TAPEWORMS (Dipylidium caninum, Hymenolepsis nana, Taenia saginata, Taenia solium, Vampirolepis nana parasites infecting humans)


Tapeworm parasite

Dipylidiidae, proglottids of the adult worm have genital pores on both sides which gives them the name double-pore tapeworm. Transmitted through infected food, a tapeworm attaches itself to its victim's intestine with hooks on its head or scolex. They mature over three to four months, during which time the reproductive organs develop. Tapeworms can survive for up to 25 years in humans. Their eggs are excreted in faeces and can survive on vegetation, where they are then consumed by cattle or pigs and passed on to humans.

Types of tapeworms

Beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata)
Contracted by consuming raw or undercooked beef. Up to a metre long with 1-2,000 proglottids these tapeworms can infect a host for up to 25 years. Only one tapeworm infects a human at any one time.

Signs and symptoms: Often there are no marked symptoms of infection other than occasionally passing segments in the stool. Other symptoms of beef tapeworm infection include diarrhoea, abdominal cramping, nervousness, nausea and loss of appetite.

Pork tapeworm (Taenia solium)
Contracted through eating raw or undercooked pork. The most dangerous of all the tapeworms, the pork tapeworm is smaller than the beef tapeworm at less than 1,000 proglottids. The larvae develop in the muscles and spread through the central nervous system and into other tissues. The scolex hooks into the lining of the small intestine and multiple pork tapeworms can infect humans at any one time.

Signs and symptoms: Can cause great harm when the immature larvae invade the muscles, heart, eye or brain when infection is often misdiagnosed as epilepsy.

Fish tapeworm (Diphyllobothrium latum)
Contracted be eating raw or undercooked freshwater migratory fish from Scandinavia, Russia, Japan, Australia, the US Great Lakes, Canada and Alaska such as Alaskan salmon, perch, pike, pickerel or American turbot. The largest human parasitic worm at over 4,000 segments. Can produce over 1 million eggs a day in its host.

Signs and symptoms: Can consume over 80% of its host's vitamin B12 producing pernicious anaemia. Other common symptoms include digestive disturbances, pain and fullness in the upper abdomen, nausea and anorexia.

Dog tapeworm (Echinococcus granulosus)
Contracted by swallowing infected dog fleas. Most common in children and adults who allow dogs to lick their face. The larvae are liberated when the fleas are swallowed and can invade many organs.

Symptoms of tapeworm infection

Many tape worms o
ften do not cause symptoms and the only sign may be segments of the worms, possibly moving, in a bowel movement.

Other  symptoms sometime show such as:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Constant hunger or loss of appetite

  • Diarrhoea

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • Fits

  • Inflammation of the intestines

  • Nausea

  • Nutrient deficiencies

  • Weakness

  • Weight loss

Natural treatment for tapeworm infection

Asafoetida is the dried latex (gum oleoresin) exuded from the rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula assa-foetida. To eliminate tapeworms dissolve a small piece of asafoetida in water and drink it on an empty stomach once a day for three days.

Ash gourd seeds Take a handful of ash gourd seeds and grind them. Eat it in the morning on an empty stomach. Two hours later, take two teaspoons of castor oil.

Betel nut Grind one betel nut with a small glass of milk. Take this early in the morning on an empty stomach. NOTE: Do not give betel nut to children and avoid if suffering with cardiovascular disease or pregnant.

Black walnut hulls can be taken as an extract. NOTE: Black walnut hulls are not recommended for infants or children.

Coconut and castor oil. A tablespoon of the freshly ground coconut should be taken at breakfast followed by a dose of castor oil after three hours. The process may be repeated till the cure is complete. NOTE: Castor oil should not be given to children below five years of age.

Grapefruit seed extract

Paico leaf can effectively eradicate tapeworms in most cases.

Pumpkins seeds can be eaten whole or mashed and mixed with juice. Two or three hours after eating up to 25 ounces of seeds, a laxative such as senna or prunes is recommended to purge the intestines. Cascara sagrada is a herb that can also be used after eating pumpkin seeds to help eliminate parasites from the body. It is milder than senna, but has a similar action.

Torrya seed can be used with pumpkin seeds and betel nut.

Wormseed can be taken as a tea. Do not use concentrated wormseed oil as it is too potent.

Wormwood (Artemisia annua): Named for its ability to expel parasites, wormwood is known world wide for its strong killing ability as it contains the potent chemicals thujone and isothujone, which are the primary components that kill parasites. Wormwood also contains santonin, an effective remedy for parasitic diseases and sesquiterpene lactones, which work similarly to peroxide by weakening the parasites membranes therefore killing them. It can be taken as a tea, a liquid extract or as a capsule. To make a medicinal tea, soak a handful of sweet wormwood leaves in hot water for 20 minutes. Then wring out the juice and drink it all. Do not take the pure oil as it is considered to be toxic.

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