Intestinal Parasites May Be The Cause of What Ails You
Did you know that parasite infection can mimic a host of other physical ailments? From skin conditions such as eczema to chronic fatigue to heart trouble, the real cause may be pesky parasites. That is why most naturopathic doctors want to test for parasites before deciding on a diagnosis or treatment.
Many people are mortified by the idea and would rather get a root canal or even a colonoscopy before getting tested for pinworms or tapeworms. But if you experience chronic symptoms like sleeplessness, itching skin, irritable bowel, heart palpitations, nervousness, allergies, arthritis and even tumors, it is worth considering that you might have parasites. Especially because worm life cycles vary and parasitic infection can be hard to detect, people who initially test negative for intestinal parasites sometimes wind up having symptoms at a later time. Female pinworms, for example, can take between two to six weeks to deposit their eggs.
The type of tumor caused by parasites is called a granuloma, (a granular or grain shape and feel) which is actually just a sac enveloping eggs and larvae. Parasites can mimic allergies or arthritis because of the inflammation they cause as an immune response. Insomnia or the inability to stay asleep; what allopathic medicine calls maintenance insomnia, is also common. If you find you awaken at the same very early morning hours every day, that is a clue your liver is filtering toxins. Chinese medicine calls the hours between 3:00 and 4:00 am the ‘liver hours.’ Consuming alcohol too close to bedtime is a primary cause of sleep maintenance insomnia for the same reason. While parasites causing teeth grinding is debated, bruxism has been listed as a classic symptom of pinworms and other intenstinal parasites. If you’re gnashing and grinding where once you did not, consider the unmentionable.
Too shy to mention it? One easy, private test is to use a detoxifying herb or root such as burdock or ginseng. Adding these cooling herbs to your diet is an easy, inexpensive experiment that can only contribute to your overall health even if you are parasite-free. If, after a few days or weeks of eating the herbs or drinking their teas your symptoms disappear, there is a good chance you had a parasitic infection. At that point you may want to tell your doctor and follow up with medication and to assure a complete purge of the critters. Mebendazole, an antivermicular, is the most commonly prescribed medication for intestinal worms and, because it is so specifically targeted to worms, causes few adverse reactions and has little impact on the rest of your body system.