A number of natural remedies and conventional treatments exist to combat the presence of intestinal parasites. The best parasite treatment for an individual will likely depend on the severity of infection and the type of parasites in the host's body. When deciding on a treatment, factors like time, money, and health insurance may also play a role in the treatment undertaken.
Natural remedies can be just as effective as their conventional counterparts and many of the tools necessary to complete an intestinal cleanse can be found in the average kitchen. For example, herbs such as wormwood, black hull nut, and cloves are the three most important ingredients in any parasite cleanse. Starting an intestinal cleanse in the kitchen can also mean that the infected person can maintain a diet that is anti-parasite and anti-infection. Foods like garlic, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate juice, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and probiotic yogurt can be incorporated into the diet so that the infected person can make his or her intestines inhospitable to stomach parasites.
Those with health insurance may consider visiting a medical professional for treatment. Conventional treatment may require that an infected person be administered certain drugs depending on what type of worm is in the individual's system. For example, mebendazole has been determined to treat hookworm, roundworm and pinworm infections successfully. Thiabendazole is the best treatment for porkworms and threadworms. Two separate drugs may also be capable of treating one type of worm. Metronidazole and nitazoxanide can treat giardiasis infections, and the latter can also rid the body of cryptosporidiosis infections.
Seeing a licensed healthcare provider may be necessary if a person is infected with large worms or suffers from severe health problems because of the infection. Surgery to remove blockages, for example, can only be performed by a medical professional. In addition, if someone is not capable of devoting the required amount of time into a parasite cleanse or keeping up with the lifestyle and dietary changes that it necessitates, taking pharmaceutical drugs as a parasite treatment may be the more practical option. Both natural and conventional programs assume that the infected person has chosen a specific treatment because he or she can see it through until completion; otherwise, the risk of reinfection is high.