Parasites— How I Got Rid of them Naturally with this 12 Week Cleanse and Protocol

Like many health issues, the signs and symptoms of being infected with a parasite can mimic other illnesses or health issues such as IBS, blood sugar disregulation, SIBO, candida, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, etc. Research reveals that 99.9% of Americans actually have parasites and some live asymptomatic. After picking up a parasite, I followed this 12 week protocol— herbs such as black walnut, wormwood, clove, and mimosa pudica, garlic and pumpkin seeds, coffee enemas and specific cycling of nutrients to clear them.

 
Emily Morrow Garlic Parasite Cleanse
 

This post was published August 30, 2018 and updated July, 2019. This post is NOT sponsored; this is solely a post to guide people towards healing.

"A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host organism and gets its food from or at the expense of its host."  There are three classes of parasites: protozoa, which are tiny, one-celled organisms that typically live in the intestines, blood, or tissue; helminths, which are parasitic worms such as tapeworms, roundworms, and thorny-headed worms; and ectoparasites, which are ticks, fleas, lice, and mites that attach or burrow into the skin.

Like many health issues, the signs and symptoms of being infected with a parasite can mimic other illnesses or health issues such as IBS, blood sugar disregulation, SIBO, Candida, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, etc. Believe it or not, parasite infections are far more common than you might think. Dr. Timothy Ray research reveals that 99.9% of Americans actually have parasites and of that:

  • ~1 billion people have nematodes (roundworms)

  • ~1 billion people have protozoa (such as amoebas)

  • ~1/2 billion people have athropod (insects)

  • ~300 million have cestatodes (tape worms)

  • ~300 million have trematodes (liver flukes)

These numbers are not limited to third world countries. Autopsies, too, confirm that virtually every tissue of the body show traces of visitation by parasites.

There are a number of ways to contract a parasite. First, parasites can enter your body through contaminated food and water. Undercooked meat is a common place for parasites to hide, as well as contaminated water from underdeveloped countries, lakes, ponds, or creeks. However, meat is the not the only culprit. Unclean or contaminated fruits and vegetables can also harbor parasites. Some parasites can even enter the body by traveling through the bottom of your foot. - Mind Body Green

Out of more than a thousand species that can effect humans, labs only test for about 50. That is only 5%. Additionally, most doctors fail to test for parasites and most medical labs show at least a 50% false negative rate. 

Dr. Amy Myers relayed that "Conventional stool tests can identify parasites or parasite eggs in your stool, yet this test comes with many limitations. The problem with this test is that it is only conditionally successful. This test requires three separate stool samples that must be sent to the lab for a pathologist to view under a microscope. Parasites have a very unique life cycle that allows them to rotate between dormant and alive. In order to identify them in this conventional test, the stool sample must contain a live parasite, the parasite must remain alive as the sample ships to the lab, and the pathologist must be able to see the live parasite swimming across the slide. While these can certainly be useful tests for some people, they are unable to identify dormant parasites, and therefore I often see a high number of false negatives with this type of stool test." - Source

Signs and Symptoms of Parasites

There are tons of posts out there that discuss different warning signs. I really like the picture below from Mind Body Green.

Some other signs you may have a parasite include:

  • Dark circles under eyes*

  • Foul-smelling stool

  • Foul-smelling sweat*

  • High night time cortisol*

  • Insomnia*

  • Irritation, itching or picking of nose

  • Joint pain and muscle exhaustion*

  • Moodiness/Nervousness*

  • Mucous covered stool/floating stools

  • Night sweats*

  • Pale complexion*

  • Pruritis ani (itching of anal region)*

  • Vomiting*

  • None - some people are asymptomatic for years

Prior to finding out I had a parasite, my symptoms were subtle. I occasionally had digestive problems and some headaches here and there, but nothing out of the ordinary. What ultimately led my doctor to test for parasites was the low white blood cell count and elevated liver enzymes from recent blood work. However, during my parasite cleanse, I experienced a ton of the symptoms above, indicated by the * sign.

How to Test for Parasites

A few people asked me how I found out I had a parasite and how to go about testing for them. Do not make the mistake I made and order a 1 day stool test. Mine came back negative. You need a comprehensive 3-day stool test where someone is actually looking under a microscope. The only one I trust and recommend is this comprehensive stool test.

If you suspect you might have a parasite, there is no harm in doing this protocol; in fact, I recommend everyone do a variation of it every year because we are exposed to far too many parasites not too.

Parasite Protocol

With help from a few other functional medicine doctors, naturopaths and research, I created this parasite cleansing protocol. It worked for me and I’m confident it will work for you. Below you will find the exact diet, lifestyle and supplements that I used to cleanse my body and reduce the “die-off” reactions associated with it.

I want to make clear that I am not a doctor. The information provided in is this post is based on my personal experience. The information in this post is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure disease and should not be a replacement for medical advice. Always consult your doctor before trying a new diet, lifestyle or supplement protocol.


D I E T
for parasite protocol:

Cleansing parasites through your food is natural, safe, and easy. Parasites live off of certain foods and certain foods eliminate and kill them.

F O O D S  T O  I N C L U D E

Garlic: The allicin in garlic is potent against bacteria, but also viruses and fungus too. To reap the benefits, I recommend eating a raw, minced garlic cove every day, preferably on an empty stomach.

Reference: Ankri, Serge, and David Mirelman. "Antimicrobial Properties of Allicin from Garlic." Microbes and Infection 1.2 (1999): 125-29. PubMed. Web. 7 Dec. 2017.

Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitin, which can paralyze parasites, and could prevent them from attaching to the intestinal wall. They are one of the greatest foods for natural parasite cleansing; aim to consume 1 oz of raw, organic pumpkin seeds every every day.

Reference: Plotnikov AA, et al. “Clinical trial of cucurbin (a preparation from pumpkin seeds) in cestodiasis.” Med Parazitol (Mosk) 41 (1972): 407–11. PubMed. 8 Dec. 2017.

Papaya Seeds: These seeds have been shown to have anthelmintic effects on parasites in trials performed on rats.

Reference: Sapaat, A., et al. "Anthelmintic Activity of Papaya Seeds on Hymenolepis Diminuta Infections in Rats." Tropical Biomedicine 29.4 (2012): 508-12. PubMed. Web. 7 Dec. 2017.

Coconut: Coconut is suspected to help kill Protozoa, Tapeworms, Guardia Lamblia, and Ringworm.

Fennell Seed Tea: I did not drink fennel tea, but this is something easy you can add in that is believed to help cleanse.

F O O D S  T O  A V O I D

Sugar: Sugar feeds parasites and lowers immunity. In addition to making parasites stronger, sugary foods reduce vitamin b and essential minerals. People infected with parasites often crave sugar, but this is not a natural craving. Stay away from sugary foods if you are infected with parasites.

Fruit: Fruit breaks down into sugar quickly. It is best to avoid fruit while on cleanse.

Processed Foods: Processed foods lower immunity and make it hard for the body to cleanse.

Refined Carbohydrates: These lead to sugar imbalances in the body and greater strain on your system that is already carrying the unnecessary weight of parasites. Stay away from bread, cookies, cereal, and pasta.

Alcohol: Alcohol does not allow for proper healing because it weakens the immune system.

Wheat & Gluten: Many grains, including wheat and gluten quickly break down into sugar quickly & cause intestinal inflammation.

Pork/Red Meat/Sushi: Can be highly contaminated with parasites so it is best to avoid these while on cleanse.


S U P P L E M E N T
to kill parasites:

Any successful parasite cleanse MUST include supplements. Food is not enough, and natural herbs are often more powerful than antibiotics. If you are uncertain if you have parasites or not, I recommend first trying out this tincture from Amazon. It tastes awful, but it will definitely kill the pathogens if they are there. After a few days of use, you might see a few parasites eliminated through your stool. Keep in mind some parasites are microscopic; therefore, a cleanse might still be necessary. However, most people notice parasites after using this tincture for about a week.

Every parasite protocol MUST include these herbs and the binders and digestive enzymes listed in the Adult Protocol:

Black Walnut 

These hulls contain natural chemicals called tannins and quinine.  These compounds give the herb the ability to expel worms, larvae and other parasites. It is known to kill over a hundred types of parasites, in the developmental and adult stages. It is used to expel intestinal parasites, worms and yeast. 

Cloves

Parasites lay thousands of eggs every day. Cloves work to kill the eggs, so no parasite cleansing protocol would be complete without cloves.

Wormwood

Wormwood is a very, very, very bitter herb. I see why parasites hate it. Wormwood is also valued, especially for its tonic effect on the liver, gallbladder and digestive system.

Mimosa Pudica 

Mimosa Pudica actively paralyzes parasites and forces them to fall away from their position on intestine walls. This means that parasites can be effectively flushed from your system. Mimosa Pudica supplements should be used for at least six months. This supplement is effective because it plays multiple parts in recovery. Not only does it bind the toxins in the body, but it also repairs cell membranes. On top of that, it delivers positive nutrients into the blood and digestive system.

 

S U P P L E M E N T
for parasite protocol:

To ensure quality and purity of supplements, I highly recommend only ordering directly from Microbe, Fullscript and Wellevate. The ONLY time I think it is okay to order from Amazon is if you get in a bind and need the supplement ASAP and get it directly from the company on Amazon. You will be able to figure this out because the price will be listed at an additional $15-20 extra for the supplement. To ensure complete purity, please order from Fullscript or Wellevate for the products linked below to Amazon.

 

ADULT PROTOCOL

R E Q U I R E D:

Paracid X— Contains Black Walnut, Wormwood and Clove, plus other herbs in doses proven to kill parasites.

Klaire Labs Interface Plus— Addresses infection and provides enzyme support; also breaks down biofilms.

Biocidin— A synergistic combination of botanical medicines which targets the entire GI tract and supports microbiome balance for healthy digestion and elimination; it also breaks down biofilms where parasites can hide.

Mimosa Pudica— Actively paralyzes parasites and forces them to fall away from their position on intestine walls. This means that parasites can be effectively flushed from your system. Most parasite protocols fail to include this.

Formula 1— This proprietary blend includes multiple ingredients whose properties maximize the body’s ability to boost immune system function and detox. We now use this as a replacement for a Xymogen supplement that is no longer being made. Formula 1 and the Mimosa Pudica go hand in hand on ridding parasites from the body. The Formula 1 focuses on finding and killing them, while the Mimosa Pudica Expands and becomes sticky, leading the parasites to suffocate and being pulled out.

Bioactive Carbon Biotox- Removes debris and supports binding of toxins such as mycotoxins from mold, ammonia from bacteria, and parasites and other byproducts from yeast, fungi, and viruses. As the parasites are being expelled from your body they have a tenancy of releasing toxins into your body. These toxins are not being expelled from your body by the Mimosa Pudica or the Formula 1. If these toxins are left in your body you can see different symptoms that we refer to as die-off-symptoms. These symptoms can include but are not limited to; Bloating, head fogginess, and rash marks throughout your body. The BioActive Carbon BioTox focuses on binding to these toxins and expelling them from your body. A secondary option is GI Detox +.

Intestinal Mover - Necessary to keep the bowels moving and support digestive function. If you kill things off, but fail to eliminate effectively, toxins and byproducts will get reabsorbed and create an imbalance in the microbiome. (Update 2019); we now use this in place of Oxy Powder due to its ten years of development and additional years of clinical utilization and ability to also support digestion.

2019 Update - Microbe now offers a bundle that we direct clients too, saving them money then if they were to buy the supplements individually.

ProFlora4R— Restorative probiotic to take during off weeks to replenish good bacteria.

O P T I O N A L:

If you are still experiencing die-off-symptoms, using the Kidney and Liver Detox and the Lymphatic Detox will aid in opening your pathways to allow for proper drainage.

Biotonic - offers additional adrenal support using organically grown traditional Chinese tonic herbs which complement Biocidin with nutritional support for the G.I. tract, liver, and adrenals.


KIDS PROTOCOL

For kids, I recommend this Kids Parasite Protocol. It includes directions with the protocol.


S C H E D U L E
for supplements:

A successful parasite cleanse rotates supplements for a total of 12 weeks. Why? Because parasites live in different stages, and are most active during certain times of the month, specifically around the times of the full moon and the new moon. The three on/off cycles allow you to always hit at least one of these phases to kill parasites when they are most active!

Below is a very specific schedule to follow. Try to follow it as closely as possible. Timing is everything!

Cycle (14 days on/7-14 days off)

Complete this cycle for 3 months total. If you are not experiencing die-off reactions, follow the 14 on/7 off cycle; otherwise, following the 14 on/off schedule.

ON:

AM

Upon waking on empty stomach:
Klaire Labs Interface Plus— 1-2 capsules

30 minutes later:
Paracid X— 1-2 capsules
Biocidin— (dosage based on weight); see labels instructions
Mimosa Pudica: 1 capsule (can build up to 2 if tolerable)
Formula 1 - 1 capsule
Intestinal Mover - 2-4 capsules; based on bowel movement regularity

1 hr later:
Bioactive Carbon Biotox - 1 capsule (make sure to take 1 hr apart from morning supplements or medications)

Note - Avoid eating food in this 2 hour supplement window. In this window, lemon water and Ganoderma Coffee are both acceptable, since they both support detoxification and boost energy levels. Avoid normal coffee throughout cleanse as it hinders detoxification and creates a friendly environment for parasites to live and thrive.

PM

On empty stomach:
Klaire Labs Interface Plus— 1-2 capsules

30 minutes later:
Paracid X— 1-2 capsules
Biocidin— (dosage based on weight); see labels instructions
Mimosa Pudica: 1 capsule (can build up to 2 if tolerable)
Formula 1 - 1 capsule
Intestinal Mover - 2-4 capsules; based on bowel movement regularity

1 hr later
Bioactive Carbon Biotox - 1 capsule (make sure to take 1 hr apart from morning supplements or medications)

Note - Avoid eating food in this 2 hour supplement window.

If experiencing die-off, we recommend the Kidney and Liver Detox and the Lymphatic Detox as they will aid in opening your pathways to allow for proper drainage.

OFF:
ProFlora 4R Probiotic: 1 per day

Cycles 2+

ON: same as above, except increase Formula 1 and Mimosa Pudica to 2 capsules 2-3 times per day

OFF: probiotic

Dosing is largely bioindivdual; some work up to 2-3 capsules, 2-3x per day but always go off of how you feel. Back off dosing or add additional kidney and liver detox support if die off is too much.

Maintenance Cleanse - Additional 6-12 Months (during Full Moon)

Parasitic activity is greater during a full moon period. Leveraging an increased dosage of these supplements during a full moon will help target and eliminate parasites that might be a little harder to find during normal periods.

After the completion of the 12 week protocol above, it is crucial to complete a 6-12 month maintenance protocol. Why is the Full Moon relevant? Melatonin levels drop during the Full Moon. Melatonin plays an important role in the body, by fighting off critters so when your melatonin levels are down during the Full Moon, parasites take advantage.

Therefore, we recommend using the Full Moon Kit every full moon for 6-12 months; 2-3 days before the full moon, during the full moon and the 2-3 days after. Microbe wrote a great post on how to do the Full Moon Challenge with specific dosing and I recommend reading before purchasing.

Continued Maintenance

After completion of protocol, it is highly recommended to continue with the full moon challenges, as well as a longer 6-8 week repeat of the protocol above once a year.


L I F E S T Y L E
for parasite protocol:

1. C O F F E E  E N E M A S

This is probably the most powerful additional procedure for parasite removal. Many people notice parasites in their stool after a coffee enema. Coffee enemas stimulate bile flow, mechanically clean the colon and can help loosen and remove parasites from the body. Coffee enemas also reduce liver toxicity, making it great for anyone with an overabundance of toxins in their body.

 
Emily Morrow Parasite Cleanse Coffee Enema

What You Need for Coffee Enema

  • Coffee for Enema - I now only recommend this coffee for enemas; nothing matches its purity, convenience and ability to rebalance the gut microbiome with the ganoderma mushroom spores (DO NOT BUY FROM AMAZON; IT IS COUNTERFEIT)

  • Stainless Steel Enema Bucket - I bought this bucket because it was recommended by a well known ND. Please DO NOT USE a plastic or silicone bucket or bag; these can leach chemicals into the coffee that will then get into your body.

  • Organic Unrefined Sea Salt - Sea Salt restores the minerals lost during the enema.

  • Blackstrap Molasses (optional) - I did not learn about the benefits of blackstrap molasses until my last month of the cleanse, but it helped so much with retaining. Add 1 teaspoon into the coffee before putting it into the enema bucket.

  • Organic Coconut Oil or other oil - Lubricant for enema. Use organic and unrefined.

How to do a Coffee Enema

Coffee enamas are used in other countries for cancer therapy and treatment. They are such powerful tool for detoxifying and flushing the liver and gallbladder. See full post here for how to complete a coffee enema.

Aim to do 3 coffee enemas per week. With the enemas, you will do them the same weeks you are following the ‘On’ cycle. You may also do coffee enemas post parasite protocol during the maintenance phase to help detoxify your liver and keep bile moving freely.

 

2. G R E E N  J U I C E S

It is important to incorporate certain greens and toxin binders while cleansing. These will carry the toxins that are released from the parasites when being killed off. I've listed the recipe for the green alkalizing drink I consumed before and after every enema (1/2 before and 1/2 right after). This drink greatly reduces symptoms of the healing crisis, something I will discuss here in a bit.

 
 
Parasite Cleanse Green Drink

Green Alkalizing Drink Recipe

Drink before and after every coffee enema and periodically throughout the cleanse to get rid of toxins and alkalize the gut.

Recipe:

  • 1 Organic Lemon, Freshly Juiced

  • 1 Tbsp Organic, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother

  • Organic Greens Powder - make sure there are no fillers and make sure it is organic; there are multiple good brands; however, New Greens ingredient portfolio is far superior to anything else I have found. It can be ordered from Wellevate. Search ‘New Greens’ and it will pop up.

  • Filtered water- I can not stress how important filtered water is! The filter in your refrigerator is most likely not removing pathogens, heavy metals and other toxins. DO NOT use tap water.

 

3. I N F R A R E D  S A U N A

Parasites are very intolerant to heat. Daily use of Infrared saunas can help with countless health conditions including candida, brain fog (caused by heavy metals and candida), lifelong, chronic sinus infections, gut dysbiosis, parasites and heavy metal detox. If you do not have access to a sauna, try to sweat every day.

4. C L E A N  S H E E T S & T O W E L S

You will want to sleep in a new pair of sheets every week (ideally every night) but this can be difficult This is one of the reasons that people have such a hard time getting rid of parasites. Parasites lay eggs at night, so it is so important to sleep on new sheets. Go ahead and buy a few pairs of sheets to make it easier. Replace your bath towels after one use as well.


H E A L I N G C R I S I S
during parasite protocol

When you cleanse your body, the toxins dislodge and the bacteria die off and release endotoxins, meaning you may experience mild detox symptoms, called a Healing Crisis or “Herxhemier reaction.” This is a normal response to detoxing, as parasites and pathogens die, releasing their toxins into your system for elimination. This sudden circulation of toxins can temporarily impact your well being and symptoms of illness (sweating, fever, discomfort, etc.) may occur.

The indications that you are experiencing a healing crisis typically resemble symptoms you may feel during illness. Symptoms of a healing crisis vary from one person to another and may include:

  • Fatigue*

  • Diarrhea

  • Aches/Soreness*

  • Low-grade fever*

  • Anxiety

  • Mood changes

  • Nausea*

  • Skin irritations

  • Stuffy nose

  • Congestion

  • Low blood pressure*

* Indicates the symptoms I experienced

How to Combat the Healing Crisis

Massage, acupuncture, sauna sessions and meditation may be helpful for relieving the indications of a healing crisis, especially anxiety. Back off dosage amounts as needed until it passes. Support the body with Kidney and Liver Detox and Lymphatic Detox as they will aid in opening your pathways to allow for proper drainage.

Recap

If susceptive of parasites, you may order a comprehensive stool test; however, keep in mind not all parasites show up on stool tests.

Obtain necessary food, supplements and supplies and set a date to start. Plan it out on a calendar.

Supplies & Supplements

Important: to ensure quality and purity of supplements, I highly recommend only ordering directly from Microbe, Fullscript and Wellevate. The ONLY time I think it is okay to order from Amazon is if you get in a bind and need the supplement ASAP and are willing to pay an additional $10-15 extra for the supplement. You can easily figure this out if the supplement on Amazon is real and directly from the company by comparing the Amazon price to the price on Fullscript or Wellevate.

The more I am in practice, the more often I find people have parasites, some without even recognizing the symptoms. This protocol above is what we implement in practice. However, you should always consult your doctor before starting any new diet, lifestyle or supplement plan.