Intestinal worms from the point of view of Ayurveda
Worms are very small organisms that could live in the human digestive system. Worm eggs get into the body when a human eats contaminated food, drinks contaminated water or lacks hygiene. They stick mainly to the walls of the intestines. There are different types of worms such as tapeworms, intestinal worms, flatworms and many more.
Parasitic infections can cause many gastrointestinal symptoms such as: nausea, vomiting, loose motions, itching in the anus, gas, and bloating. Parasites can also cause pain in the liver or gallbladder area. Other symptoms of a parasitic infection may include insomnia, restlessness, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Worms usually live in the intestines, but under certain conditions they can enter the liver, lungs, kidneys, and even the brain. Most parasites migrate in the body, so symptoms can change depending on where the parasites are at any time.
Ayurveda describes worm infestation as “Krimi Roga”. According to Ayurveda, parasite growth is encouraged due to poor digestive fire or low agni. Weak fire in the digestive system (Agni) is a sign of imbalanced Pitta dosha. Poor digestion is the main causative factor in creating an ideal environment for parasites. When the digestive tract fires are weak, the eggs of the worms survive and develop.
If the parasites are present in the intestines, they are associated with an imbalance of Vata energy, and if they are in the mucous membranes and in the mucus, then with an imbalance in Kapha.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat intestinal worms
For the prevention of worms, the goal of Ayurveda is the complete recovery of the body, which is possible only if the energy balance is restored. After consultation and diagnosis, Ayurvedic doctors prescribe diet, supplements and general daily routine.
Panchakarma cleansing is an excellent and long-term method used in Ayurvedic medicine against accumulated toxins, because toxins also cause imbalances in the doshas.
Ayurveda also uses many herbs to remove parasites from the body. The herbs can be taken separately, as a seasoning for food, in tea, or with water. A blend of Triphala, grinded neem leaves, black pepper, ginger and Indian long pepper are often used in Ayurvedic treatment.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of intestinal worms:
- Eat tulsi with honey
- Take a cup of grated carrots in the morning an hour before breakfast for a week. Carrots are rich in fiber, that helps in the health of the digestive system
- Take 1 tsp papaya juice + 3 tsp hot water + 1 tsp honey in the morning on an empty stomach
- Eat a small piece of jaggery (gudha) after each meal
- Papaya seed powder has benefits against worms
- Eating a clove of garlic daily is helpful
- Drink pineapple juice early in the morning on an empty stomach
- Crush pomegranate leaves, boiled with a glass of milk and drink it in the early morning on an empty stomach
- Make a paste of castor oil and neem leaves and eat it with honey, it helps get rid of worms
Check the Ayurvedic treatment of other digestive diseases:
Acid reflux (GERD), Anorexia nervosa, Gastritis, Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Hyperacidity, Constipation, Coeliac, Appendicitis, Food poisoning, Colon polyps, Hemorrhoids, Diarrhea, Pancreatitis, Peptic ulcer, Anal fistula, Lactose intolerance, Mouth ulcers, herpes.