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Parasites like human intestinal worms are a far more common problem than most people realize. But what are some of the symptoms of tapeworm and other worms and how can you use pumpkin seeds for parasites as an intestinal worm treatment?

Ahead is a natural remedy for tapeworms and other worms, based on a traditional German parasite treatment using raw pumpkin seeds.

First though, a look at the parasite problem and some of the most common symptoms of parasitic intestinal worms.

Human Intestinal Parasites

Parasites can enter our bodies through contaminated water or food (particularly meat like pork or uncooked fish); mosquitoes; intimate contact; or through the nose or mouth after touching an infected animal or contaminated surface.

Generally, a healthy person’s body should deal with parasites effectively and prevent them getting a chance to take hold. However, when your immunity is low or your digestive system is functioning poorly, parasites like intestinal worms can become a big problem, manifesting a variety of sometimes baffling symptoms.

The difficulty in diagnosing intestinal parasites is that the symptoms often mimic other health problems. Experts in human parasites have said that parasitic infection is a condition commonly goes undiagnosed.

Just because you have one of the symptoms listed below, does not mean you have intestinal worms.

If you have several of the symptoms combined though, it may well be a good idea to seek advice from a knowledgeable healthcare professional. Choose someone who understands just how serious a problem this can be and how to treat parasites properly.

Common Intestinal Parasite Symptoms

Bloating and Gas

Parasitic infection of the gastrointestinal tract can be responsible for intestinal bloating and excessive gas. This is due to the blockages tapeworms and other parasites can cause in your digestive system and the changes they often make to the intestinal environment.

Frequent Diarrhea

Some human parasite infestations, like a protozoan infection, produce a substance that leeches sodium and chloride from your body, leading to frequent diarrhea.


Conversely, parasitic worms can block the passage of digesting food or waste being eliminated, resulting in constipation.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Worms can attach themselves to your intestinal walls, causing irritation and inflammation that leads to gastrointestinal spasms, contractions and poor nutrient absorption. All of these are common symptoms of IBS.


The malabsorption of the nutrients in your food and stresses on your body due to a an infection of intestinal worms can lead to being in almost constant state of tiredness, low-energy and fatigue.

This is obviously very difficult for the average doctor to diagnose and, unless there are more obvious symptoms, low level parasitic infections often go undiscovered for long periods, if at all.


Parasites can cause irritation and inflammation in a gastrointestinal tract, making proper digestion difficult and leading to allergic reactions to certain foods.

Leaky gut syndrome is often behind a sudden increase in allergies and improving your intestinal environment is the key to healing it, not taking drugs that mask the symptoms.

Poor immunity

Parasites steal energy sources, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from your gastrointestinal tract during digestion. Poor immunity can result from this lack of nutrition, even if you are eating relatively well.

Additionally, as parasites are constantly stimulating an immune response, over time they can lead to an exhausted immune system. This makes you vulnerable to other kinds of other foreign invaders like viruses and the candida fungus.

Treating Parasites

Parasites are a serious problem and a lot more of us may be infected with them than we realize. This is due to the symptoms (and there are many more than those listed above) often been explained away as something much easier to diagnose.

If you’re having health problems like digestive issues, allergies and poor immunity, low-energy and constant tiredness and fatigue, it may be well worth your time to visit someone who understands just how much of a health issue parasites are and what treatments are available.

The Global Healing Center has a more detailed look at the different kinds of parasites, their various symptoms and their effect on your body. I’ve used their Oxy-Powder and Paratrax combination in the past and felt much better in the weeks after using them.

The Oxy-Powder I still use monthly as an intestinal cleanse, even though I have no reason not to think I’m now parasite-free.

While those treatments are made from natural ingredients and oxygenated magnesium, I’ve always believed there’s a lot of value in homemade remedies for health conditions like parasites using powerful natural foods.

Pumpkin seeds are a traditional remedy for parasites in Germany and ahead is how to use them as a treatment for intestinal worms.

Using Pumpkin Seeds to Get Rid of Intestinal Worms

Pumpkin seeds have been traditionally used as an anthelmintic (a substance that helps expel intestinal parasites). Here’s a recipe for how to make them up for this purpose and use them yourself.

Importantly, this pumpkin seed remedy for intestinal worms may not actually kill the parasites outright. It is believed the high levels of compounds known as cucurbitins paralyze the worms. This prevents them from holding on to the intestinal walls, as they usually do during a bowel movement.

It is strongly recommended to follow this pumpkin seed treatment with a natural laxative like triphala, to make sure that as many worms as possible are expelled before they recover.


  1. Blend 1 cup (around 130 grams) of high quality raw pumpkin seeds in a blender with half a cup of coconut milk and half a cup of water.Coconut milk is very good for intestinal health and recommended but an undiluted cup of a good unsweetened almond milk or hemp milk could also be used. Dairy or sweetened liquids aren’t recommended as both feed parasites
  2. You want the consistency to be like a smooth paste so start by blending in the coconut milk and then add the water in small amounts until it’s smooth and creamy. A quality blender, like this one I use in my kitchen, is great for healthy recipes like this.
  3. Getting the mixture out of the blender and into a bowl can be tricky. I find a rubber spatula good for these kind of jobs.
  4. Eat this, just like you would a porridge breakfast, on an empty stomach in the morning. It actually tastes quite good but is very filling and you may struggle to finish it.You can also add a few drops of blood sugar stable stevia to sweeten if you like. Store bought honey and especially sugar is not recommended though as these work against the purpose of the treatment and feed parasites.
  5. Within the hour make sure you drink a large glass of water. Several over the next hour would be even better. This is important to keep the pumpkin seed parasite treatment moving along and doing its work.
  6. Ayurvedic triphala powder is one of the few beneficial laxatives for occasional use. You can make it up around the same time as the smoothie and let it sit to increase its effectiveness.Use the directions for the stronger dose from the page on how to make triphala and drink it, with the sediment too, around two hours after you finish the smoothie and before you eat any solid food.
  7. Triphala at the higher doses should send you to the bathroom before too long, where hopefully the paralyzed worms will be expelled.

Treatment Time and Other Natural Parasite Remedies

While some people may get results with just one treatment, intestinal parasites like tapeworms can be tenacious and making up the mixture multiple times is likely to be more effective.

For best results make up this pumpkin seed parasite treatment first thing in the morning for at least two or three days (though no longer than a week, as laxatives shouldn’t be used for more than seven days in a row).

Have a week off and then repeat the following week, preferably following this routine for up to a month to deal with the parasite breeding cycles.

As mentioned earlier, there are many different types of parasites that can cause a variety of problems. While this homemade pumpkin seed remedy for tapeworms has been reported effective for many people, it may be best considered as part of an overall parasite treatment program.

It is beyond the scope of this article to cover all that is involved in treating parasites once they get a hold. If you’re interested in much more on the subject, I’d suggest the Global Healing Center’s website and in particular their Paratrax parasite treatment formula, would be a good place to start.

There are also several good online forums like Curezone, full of information on parasite symptoms and treatments.

Parasite Specialists

I hope using pumpkin seeds for parasites works for you if you try it and please let me know if you have any questions about the recipe.

I must state though that I cannot give any specific medical advice on parasites for individual people. If you suspect parasites but can’t get help from a regular GP then I’d recommend seeking out a specialist.

This page has a list of physicians who specialize in medical parasitology and can be searched by state or country. I hope it’s helpful for some people out there as, from the many comments on this page and particularly the papaya seed article, it seems to be hard to get parasite problems taken seriously and treated properly.

Alternatively, traditional herbal medicine and Chinese medicine in particular have a long history of treating parasites and may be able to help. Make sure you discuss your concerns over the phone first and to check that the practitioner has experience with intestinal worms and other parasitic infections.

I hope that the information on using pumpkin seeds for parasites on this page has been helpful and wish the best in your healing for anyone dealing with this problem.