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Worms are parasites that live in the gastrointestinal tract. Common in children, the types of worms include: tapeworms, threadworms, hookworms, pinworms, or roundworms.


Improper disposal of human waste, walking barefoot on contaminated soil, and ingestion of the eggs or larvae from uncooked or partially cooked meat.


They cause loss of appetite and loss of weight, diarrhea, anemia, colon disorders, and rectal itching. Worm infestation also causes poor absorption of essential nutrients. Because the worms tend to come outside of the anus in the warmth of the bed, check this area of the child after going to sleep if you suspect worms.


An old folk remedy: cut up an onion and soak it for 12 hours in a quart of water; then squeeze the juice out and take for four days. This juice will kill and expel the worms. Take as much juice as possible, fasting while taking it.

There are many herbs that kill worms. Check with the doctor about prescription medications to kill the worms.
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Garlic capsules, 2 capsules 3 times per day, (odorless garlic), for adults. Pumpkin extract, contains zinc, aids in expelling worms.


  • TB
    • Alder
    • Aloe, false (rattlesnake-master)
    • Aloe vera
    • Agrimony, small-flower
    • Areca nut (betel nut)
    • Arsesmart
    • Asafetida
    • Ash, prickly
    • Balsam fir
    • Bergamot, wild (purple bee-balm)
    • Betony, wood
    • Birch
    • Bistort root
    • Bitterroot
    • Bittersweet
    • Black-eyed Susan, root
    • Buckbean (bogbean)
    • Buckthorn bark
    • Butternut bark
    • Beech, American
    • Camomile
    • Cardinal flower
    • Carrot, wild
    • Castor Bean
    • Catnip
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Centaury
    • Chaparral
    • Corn-cockle
    • Elecampane
    • Fig
    • Fern, male
    • Fern, female
    • Feverfew
    • Garlic
    • Gentian
    • Horehound
    • Hops
    • Houseleek
    • Hyssop
    • Ipecac, American
    • Indigo, wild
    • Juniper
    • Lobelia
    • Motherwort
    • Mugwort
    • Mulberry root
    • Mullein
    • Nettle
    • Oak, white, bark
    • Oak, Jerusalem
    • Onion
    • Parsley
    • Pau d'arco
    • Pinkroot
    • Plantain
    • Pomegranate
    • Poplar, berk
    • Pumpkin seed
    • Quack grass
    • Quassia
    • Queen Anne's lace
    • Rue
    • Sage
    • St. John's wort
    • Self-seal
    • Senna
    • Serviceberry
    • Sesame seeds
    • Sorrel
    • Spearmint
    • Spicebush
    • Strawberry leaves
    • Tansy
    • Thistle, Canada
    • Thyme
    • Vervain
    • Walnut, black


    Personal hygiene is important. If you scratch the anus, the worm eggs can be transmitted to anything that is handled.

    Use sodium chloride (table salt), a heavily salted diet, for children with pinworms for one to two weeks. Use areca nut (betel nut) for tapeworm. Drink male fern (aspidium) in a tea three times daily. Pinkroot, wormseed, and wormwood are good for all types of intestinal worms. Eat black walnut extract, pumpkin and sesame seeds, fig juice or figs, and chaparral tea or tablets on an empty stomach 3 times per day.

    Do not eat meats that are not fully cooked or meats that are left out of the refrigerator for too long. Avoid pork until the disorder is corrected. For severe infestation use high colonics.

    Children should be under a doctor's care.

    Children get roundworms more than other types. Because of the associated nutritional deficiency, one must take large amounts of all supplements. A well-balanced diet is important.

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