Blastocystosis/Does Wormwood Kill Probiotics?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Felicity
Posted on: November 24, 2005

I am taking 3 grams x 3 times a day (Metagenics) wormwood and wondering does taking wormwood kill the good gut flora as well as parasites?

I have blastocystis and am having a really acute reaction to a large infestation. What is the best treatment you know?

Blastocystosis is an infection with the parasite Blastocystis hominis.

Wormwood is antiparasitic and anti-worm. As far as I know, it does not kill the friendly gut bacteria. It is beneficial for the digestive system, promoting liver function and the release of digestive juices. Taking probiotics, including lactobacillus acidophilus and other normal gut bacteria speeds the removal of parasites. If you are worried about a remedy killing friendly gut bacteria, take the remedy 2 hours away from intake of probiotics.

David Hoffman, in "The New Holistic Herbal" (1992, Element, Inc) states that garlic supports the development of the natural bacterial gut flora while killing pathogenic organisms. Garlic is most effective eaten raw, between meals, so that its parasite killing chemicals can come into direct contact with the intestine.

Digestive enzymes are helpful in an anti-parasite regime. Papain and bromelain help to destroy parasites before they reach the intestine, and lipase breaks down fat. These should be taken 3 times a day with meals. In the diet, avoid raw meat and fish, dairy products, sugar and sweeteners, alcohol, mushrooms to avoid intake of parasites and growth of the intestinal parasite population. All food should be cooked well in order to kill parasites.

In blastocystosis, the blastocystis hominus parasite tends to embed in the digestive tract, making it difficult to get rid of. I recommend a colon cleanse, followed by a candida cleanse, followed by a parasite cleanse. Effective cleansing kits can be purchased at health food stores. The colon cleanse is necessary to clear out the parasites that are embedded in the intestinal mucus. This cleanse should contain fibre that will scrub the intestinal wall and laxative herbs to ensure that waste is eliminated. Balstocystis hominis usually coexists with candida, and the parasite’s environment will be weakened with the elimination of candida. The parasite cleanse usually contains black walnut husks and wormwood, taken alternate weeks.

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