Information on Parasites in the HUMAN body

"There is a myth in some natural health circles that argues that the vast majority of people have parasites, and, therefore, need parasite cleanses. This presumption is untrue.

However, well-known parasitic infections such as malaria are a global epidemic. Malaria alone kills over 660,000 people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source. Most of these deaths are young children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Many parasitic infections are also possible in the United States. The CDCTrusted Source calls these neglected parasitic infections and include several statistics for their occurrence in the U.S.:

  • More than 60 million people have chronic Toxoplasma gondii infections, which is one of the most common parasitic infections in the world.
  • Trichomoniasis is a very common sexually transmitted parasite that affects about 3.7 million people.
  • More than 300,000 people live with the Trypanosoma cruzi infection.
  • At least 1,000 people visit the hospital each year for cysticercosis, or pork tapeworm.
  • At least 14% of the population has come into contact with Toxocara or roundworms, typically from dogs or cats.

However, some manufacturers of parasite cleanses and other detox products may inflate these numbers. Many makers of parasite cleanse products will go so far as to say everyone should do a parasite cleanse once or twice a year, with or without evidence of them having a parasite.

In reality, the only people who need treatment for parasites are the people who have parasitic infections. Anyone who is concerned they have a parasitic infection should speak to a doctor.

There is little research on whether commercial parasite cleanses are useful. Many of the people who try these products likely do not have a parasitic infection.

However, some parasite cleansers may be effective for people who do have an infection. For example, wormwood is the main ingredient in many parasite cleansing products, and it contains powerful antioxidants and other helpful compounds.

A recent study in the Journal of HelminthologyTrusted Source showed that wormwood reduced dwarf tapeworm levels in a similar way as a leading antiparasitic medication in animal studies. These results are promising, but the researchers call for more tests before recommending wormwood as a treatment.

Another 2018 study in humans found that wormwood could treat schistosomiasis, which occurs in people with a type of parasitic worms, as effectively as the standard medical treatment.

In the study, 800 participants with schistosomiasis received either the standard medical treatment (praziquantel) or one of two types of wormwood tea.

Those who received the wormwood tea cleared the infection faster and experienced fewer side effects than those who took standard medication.

Plants often have natural defense compounds built into them that work to protect the plant from infections, as well as ward off bugs and other invaders.

Many plants and herbs contain compounds that may have an antiparasitic effect in laboratory testing and other studies.

Therefore, manufacturers of parasite cleanses claim that many plants may kill parasites in the body as well, including:

Many natural sources have similar effects to standard medications for parasites and show promise as antiparasitic tools. However, it may be difficult to tell if they are effective when many people using at-home parasite cleanses do not have any underlying infection.

Common symptoms of a parasitic infection include:

However, many of these symptoms appear with other digestive health issues. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor for a full diagnosis."


Medically reviewed by Alana Biggers, M.D., MPH on October 16, 2019 Written by Jon Johnson, link :