One of the best things that happened to me during my detox program at the Gaia Retreat Center in Bali was that I got rid of a nasty parasite that was “living” in my colon. It got flushed out in my second colonic hydrotherapy session, which was part of the detox program (6 sessions in total). You can read about this procedure in my previous post here.
Because I had researched and discussed with the health practitioner beforehand what could potentially be excreted from the colon during these sessions, I was not particularly shocked when I saw the parasite being flushed out. From my studies and research I was familiar with the symptoms that go along with parasitic infections (read below), which is why I actually expected I had one. So instead of being shocked, I felt incredibly relieved and thankful.
Parasitic infections are more common than you think and most people who do have one, don’t even realize it because the symptoms may not be overt or they may be associated with other health issues.
Some of the most common symptoms of parasites include:
- General Weakness
- Excessive appetite and constant cravings, especially for sweets
- Abdominal Discomfort (bloating, constipation, fullness, etc.)
- Insomnia, Waking up in the middle of the night
- Grinding the teeth
There are various parasites that infect a major percentage of the population. The most common types include pinworms, roundworms, and tapeworms, which proliferate in an unhealthy, mucus-loaden, digestive tract. One of the most common ways to get worms is from pets (dogs or cats) or eating uncooked meats, fish, and sometimes raw vegetables.
Parasites affect the whole body chemistry. Therefore, certain healing methods will not be fully effective until they are eradicated. Taking herbs and supplements to strengthen a weakened digestive system if you have a parasite may further weaken your body. This is because the herbs may primarily nourish the parasites, causing them to proliferate. Changing your diet is difficult when you are feeding both yourself and your parasite(s).
Best Healing Strategy:
- Change the external environment to remove both the source of the parasites and the factors that contribute to their spread.
- Eliminate the internal environment that supports parasites. Conditions that promote parasites include a “damp” internal climate with excess mucus, imbalance in the intestinal flora, and/or chronic constipation.
- Finally, the pathogenic organism can be eliminated. This can be achieved with herbs that destroy parasites.
In my case, I did a 10-day juice cleanse meaning I did not consume any solid foods that could feed the parasite. I changed the external environment and internal environment (colonics, fasting). Fasting is one of the best healing methods as it deprives the parasite of material to feed on.
After the parasite was excreted, I bought a combination product of anti-parasitic herbs, including cloves, ginger, wormwood and black walnut. Although the parasite was eliminated from my body I wanted to take these herbs to ensure it was gone completely (parasites can proliferate in the body and penetrate other organs and tissues).
A herbal protocol for parasites is usually done for 2 weeks and then repeated but the nurse and I decided that it was sufficient for me to take it for three days only because I had no other symptoms. Plus, no other parasites were excreted in the fowling colonic hydrotherapy sessions.
How to test for parasites
If I suspect a client to have a parasite or other pathogen, I use the GI Maps Diagnostic Stool Test from Diagnostic Solutions. This comprehensive test is much more sensitive than the conventional stool test because it will detect a parasite even when the parasite is already dead or in its dormant phase. As I mentioned in the beginning, parasites are far more common than you think.
If you think you might have a parasite, working with a functional medicine practitioner is encouraged, to ensure the appropriate testing method and treatment protocol is selected.
“All Disease Begins In The Gut” – Hippocrates