Worm infestation is a very common cause of human ailment and most of the times the worms live in the intestinal tracts. Of the various worms infesting the human intestine, tapeworm is quite common.It is a long, segmented parasitic worm which primarily lives in the human intestines.
Sometimes, the worm is found in digestive tracts of the animals also. Tapeworms can grow to more than 20 feet in length and 50 feet long worms have also been detected. The types of worms that are normally found in humans are Taenia saginata (beef tapeworm), Taenia solium (pork tapeworm), Diphyllobothrium latum (fish tapeworm) and Hymenolepsis nana (dwarf tapeworm).
One can get infected with tapeworm through drinking water and taking food which is contaminated with tapeworm eggs and larvae. This gets inside the intestine and matures there. People of any age can get infected if they do not practice proper hygiene. If treated in time, it is easy to get rid of tapeworm. But if such infestation is left untreated, the infection can get serious with formation of cyst in lungs and liver and even in the central nervous system.
Interestingly, one may get rid off the parasite with very common natural treatments that are easily available. The advantage of home remedies and natural treatments is that there is very little or no chance of getting any side effects. Not only do such remedies remove the symptoms but also the worms.
One of the common remedies is pumpkin seeds. It is an age old treatment to add crushed pumpkin seeds to any fruit juice and drink it at one go. The only downside is that for one complete treatment a large amount of seeds may be needed and it has not been found to be very effective on dwarf tapeworms. Often aspidium or male fern and pelletierine are added to the seeds for better effect. Repetition of the treatment several times may be needed for severe infestations and removal of the complete worm.
Wormseed is another traditional remedy against tapeworm. However, it should be taken in the form of tea as concentrated oil of wormseed can actually harm the intestine. Though it has been used for long in the tropics, studies are yet to ascertain the effectiveness and safety of its use. Peppermint tea, if taken regularly, can also help in getting rid of tapeworm.
Garlic is another substance that can help to get rid of tapeworms naturally. Raw garlic is very effective for the purpose. Apart from that regular use of garlic in food has also been found to be effective in killing these parasites. Often chewing raw garlic is not liked by people for its pungent odor. They can swallow capsules that retain all the properties of raw garlic.
Pineapple is very good cure for tapeworm. It is a fruit and good to eat. So eat a lot of fresh pineapple and pineapple juice to get rid of tapeworms and also prevent infection. However, the fruit is acidic and it may not be suitable for certain people who suffer from various stomach related problems.
Though there are various remedies available for treatment of tapeworms, it is advised that prevention is always better than cure. So practice good hygiene and avoid taking food in unclean surroundings.